This week will be challenging to say the least. My wife and I (ok so mostly my wife) will begin potty training our child. We have been anticipating this day and it is finally upon us. [Budgeting is a Lot Like Potty Training Your Child]
Hopefully potty training boot camp will end up saving us considerably on the cost of diapers and baby wipes. Those things are expensive!
The Cost of Diapers
We opted for disposable diapers over cloth diapers for various reasons: ease of use, community washers, and I just don’t want to touch poop.–I’m willing to add a line item for this in our budget. I know my eco-friendly friends they aren’t the best for the environment–please don’t judge us too much.
How much have these diapers and wipes cost us? I haven’t kept a close track like Budgets Are Sexy with his Child Cost Tracker. I took a quick look over the past 22 months and it averages out to around $55 a month. $55 x 22 = $1,210 we’ve spent on diapering our boy.
Wow! His diapers could have paid rent one month or funded 1/5 of a ROTH IRA. Hopefully diapering is about to become less expensive.
The Cost of Preparing for Potty Training
We have a minimal cost as we prepare for our 3 day potty training adventure.
- Potty Book- Free. I just looked online and it costs $24.00, but someone passed it on to us. We’ll need to purchase the book later.
- Kids toilet- Hand me down = free
- 2 Five packs of big boy underwear- Cars and Thomas the Train $23.98 (we paid premium for ones he’ll like)
- Crayons, stickers, prizes $14.11
- Taxes $3.33
- Total $41.42
Projected Savings of Potty Training
According to the University of MIchigan Health Systems, the average age for potting training girls is 29 months and boys is 31 months. They also state that 98% of children are fully potty trained by 36 months.
If our boy is a fast learner and can figure out this potty training by his 23rd month instead of his 31st month we’re looking at more than $440 of savings on diapers (costs have been higher as his sizes have increased).
Good thing since he’s eating costs are rising. He’ll also qualify to attend preschool which may help us increase our income should we choose.
Have you potty trained your child? What did you do with all the extra diaper money you saved?