Diaper Statistics

Looking to save a couple thousand dollars per child? With each child going through anywhere from 6000 to 9000 disposable diapers, it's no wonder many parents are switching to cloth diapering. Here are some reasons why:

Save Money

  • For cheap brands that are sold at $0.24 a diaper, that translates into $1440 to $2160. More expensive healthier brands with less chemicals can cost up to $5000. 
  • A set of 20 cloth diapers can be purchased for less than $600.
  • Some cities subsidize part of the cost (although not on the list, Saint-Laurent is subsidizing $150 to the first 100 families that apply). 

Eliminate Diaper Rash 

Many kids react to synthetic materials as well as the chemicals in disposable diapers.

Earlier Potty Training

Disposable diapers are so dry that children are not motivated to potty train. 

Reduce the Waste in the Landfills  

  • Each disposable diaper takes on average 500 years to decompose and that's if it's not in a plastic bag.
  • Each child sends on average 0.5-1 ton of waste from disposable diapers per year.
  • Everyday 4,000,000 disposable diapers are tossed into Canadian landfills which makes up 2.5% of the waste.

Getting Started

We recommend checking out our Quickstart Guide to Cloth Diapering and our Top Starter Diapers posts to see what it's all about.


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