Below is a cost comparison between using The Diaper Wagon's cloth diaper service and buying disposable, single-use diapers.
Eighty conventional (Pampers) disposable diapers cost around $32.00. Eighty natural (7th Generation) disposable diapers cost around $35.00. Eighty cloth diapers with our service costs $21.92 - $24.23, depending on the duration of service you choose.
Comparing total cost over 18 months, the average duration child in cloth diapers: Disposables = $2,730 vs. Our Service = $1,830.
And remember, babies who are cloth diapered tend to potty-train earlier than those in single-use disposables and this just adds to the savings of choosing cloth.
Although this page is about evaluating the cost to the individual family of cloth diapering vs. disposable, single-use diapers there is so much more involved than our immediate budget. Disposables heavily tax our resources and environment. This directly affects our cost of living and is therefore a long term expense that is difficult to quantify.