Having a baby may be more costly than all parents initially imagined. One of the almost inevitable costs is the cost of baby nappies (most commonly disposable ones).
Using nappies can cost you somewhere from £25 up to £70 per month on average, or from £400 per year. The total amount you will spend on nappies depends on the brand you are using. This can also change if you decide to use disposable or reusable nappies.
It is always best to try several brands with different qualities to see which one suits your baby the most. If you are worried about the cost, bear in mind that all the nappies will do pretty much the same thing in the end.
How Many Nappies Will a Baby Use in a Day?
How many nappies your baby is going to use per day depends on the age you are looking at. Newborns use more nappies than toddlers, so the baby’s age needs to be taken into consideration.
A study has shown that newborns (up to 3 months old) spend the most nappies – on average 12 per day. The older the baby gets, the fewer nappies it uses. This means that the average number progressively becomes smaller as the baby gets older.
For example, infants (up to 6 months old) use around nine nappies per day, crawlers (up to 12 months old) use 6 per day, and so on. Considering this can lead only to one conclusion – buying and changing nappies can be very costly.
When you put it on a paper like this and see how many nappies a baby will approximately need until it’s potty trained, it’s no wonder many parents are looking for alternatives. However, bear in mind that using reusable nappies can be very tiring and time-consuming.
Also, the cost of nappy increases as the baby gets older, simply because the nappies themselves is getting bigger. However, your baby will need less and less of these, so this doesn’t have to worry you.
What Are The Best Nappies for a Baby?
Here I must say that it is okay and normal for you to try out several brands before deciding which one is the best for you (of course, if you have decided to use one-use, disposable nappies in the first place). There are so many choices available, so it may seem like a mission impossible to choose only one.
First of all, some babies may get a rash from a specific type or brand of nappies, so that is the first thing you need to look for. Secondly, look at those nappies that are durable to actually soak everything so that there is no risk of leakage. If a nappy cannot provide you security in that sense, then there is no point in using it in the first place.
The best nappies for your kids are those that don’t cause any irritation to the kid and are not a big impact on your family budget. In the table down below you can see a comparison of several brands and the overall amount of money you will spend, on average, until your baby is ready to let the nappies go.
The nappies are usually divided by the kg group, meaning that you decide the size you need based on the weight of the baby. This is because restricting nappies to the age of a baby is not practical – some babies may be more developed than the others at the same age.
Since there are too many variables attached to the age, it is best to decide the size by the kilograms of your baby. Manufacturers have adopted this classification, and they mark and produce their product by the kg group your baby is in.
The prices in the table below are given per one piece, and in the final column, you can see the total amount you would spend on nappies by using only one brand.
|Size 1 & 2||Size 3||Size 4||Size 5||Size 6||Size 7|
|Mamia (Aldi PL)||3.7p||4.6p||5.1p||8p||9p||10p|
|Little Angels (Asda)||4.2p||5.1||5.9p||6.9p||9.3p||10.9p|
|Little Ones Sainsbury’s||2p||5p||6p||8p||10p||13p|
|Fred & Flo Tesco||4p||5p||6p||7p||10p||14p|
How to Save Money on Baby Nappies?
This number is not insignificant and can be saved or spent on another thing. Both types of nappies will eventually do what they are made for. However, if you are really looking for a way to save money on nappies, there is a solution in a form of reusable cloth nappies.
This is recommended if you want to go the old-fashioned way, like our grandmas used to do. If you have time and patience to use these types of nappies, it could save you a lot of money.
But take into consideration that the average amount you will spend is not that big if you think that you will be spending it over two to three years. Of course, you will spend more in the beginning, but later on, this expense will be decreasing (even though the nappy price will be increasing – you will be reducing the frequency).
Not to mention that disposable nappies are very convenient for travel and whenever you are on the go. If you are outside, it is hard to change a cloth nappies, so you should consider sticking to disposable ones.