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Worth every penny: Part 3 of Everything Cloth Diapers
May 21, 2012, 1:12 am
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Worth every penny: Part 3 of Everything Cloth Diapers.

Worth every penny: Part 3 of Everything Cloth Diapers
May 21, 2012, 1:11 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

In the beginning, I thought cloth diapering would be so expensive, but it really has been cheap. In fact, I recently had to overcome shock when I had to buy some disposables.  I went to our local warehouse store and bought a case, with coupon, and was out nearly $40.  This is really the first time I’ve ever had to buy disposables since my daughter was born, and I am so glad about it.

So what do cloth diapers cost?   Being blessed as I have been, it’s been next to nothing for our family.  We registered for our baby shower, and between friends and family, we were set up initially enough to diaper a newborn.  I have had friends who got disposables the same way, but I bet they have run out by now.  In our house, the only thing I’ve had to buy is more detergent.  We’ve asked, and received, more covers as our daughter gets bigger.  But we use the same prefolds, which is what you need the most of in the prefold and cover system.

In order to determine actual cost, you need to determine your needs.  We mostly use prefolds and covers, and have a few pocket diapers.   Half a dozen covers are enough, and two or three dozen prefolds.  For about $150, you can get set up.  They do make diapers that fit birth to potty training.  You probably will also need a few more items, such as a wet bag (a good thing to place dirty diapers in when on the go) and some snappis to hold the diapers in place, but you can live without these items.  We also use liners in case we need to use diaper rash cream to protect the diaper, and soakers for overnight.   We also used newborn sized covers and prefolds for when our daughter was first born, and then moved into standard sized prefolds when she got to be about 10 lbs.  Also, we have been getting bigger covers as she grows.

You can also make your own of any of these things, including the whole cloth diapering system.   I don’t know if this is any cheaper than purchasing new.  There are plenty of DIY tutorials available online for free, such as  Another way to save money on cloth diapers is to buy used.  Most well made cloth diapers should just quilt with more use and cleaning, and should still be in good condition.  Check craigslist or ebay.  Often your local children’s consignment store may have them for sale also.

The other big money saver with cloth diapers is that when your first child is done with them, save them for your second.  I recommend buying gender neutral diapers for this reason.  When you’re finally done with them, you may also be able to sell them to the next green mama.

Cloth diapers are different than disposables because they are an investment.  The initial setup cost of $150 may seem like a lot, but even if your child potty trains at two years old, you will easily have saved $1000.    If you do it the green mama way, it will be easy.