What Disposables really cost

By: Doodlebums  11-11-2011

What does wearing disposable nappies really cost?


Small – R3.02 each*

Medium – R2.50 each*

Large – R3.15 each*

Extra Large – R4.22 each*

 How many changes needed?

0-3 months 10-12 times a day

3-6 months 8-10 times a day

6-12 months 6-8 times a day

12 months+ 5-6 times a day

 How much does this cost?

1-3 months = (3 x 30 days) x (R3.02 x 10 changes a day) = R2718

3-6 months = (3 x 30 days) x (R2.50 x 8 changes a day) = R1800

6-12 months = (6 x 30 days) x (R3.15 x 6 changes a day) =R2268

1-2 years = (365 days) x (R3.15 x 5 changes a day) = R5748

Total for first two years = R12,534.00

And many children only potty train at 3 years old and wear night time nappies at age 4!

*Thank you to Rebecca Rubin-Dixon of Bam+Boo Baby products for this eye-openign calculation.

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