Indeed, you can save hundreds, even thousands of dollars, by cloth diapering as opposed to disposable diapering. But if you are on a budget, how can you save even more? I took some time today to come up with a list of suggestion on how to cloth diaper cheaply. Here goes.
Cloth Diapering on a budget isn’t that much of a challenge these days. The web is full of ideas, online stores and reviews.
1. Buy Diapers Based On Your Budget
Don’t go buying all the fancy, popular name brands if your budget doesn’t call for it. You can still get really decent quality cloth diapers for reasonable prices. Buy Dappi diapers and covers, for example. Some moms even argue that they like these more than BumgGenius and other popular brands.
2. If You Can, Make Your Own
This has to be the best way to save. If you are the least bit handy with a sewing machine, there are plenty of patterns and instructions on the web…Even free ones. Try these links:
You can make diapers for as little as $30 in materials, if you can recycle old shirts, bedding, blankets and sweaters. $30 may be a challenge, although Frugal babe did it. It may be reasonable to make all of your diapers for about $100 though. And if you are not handy with a sewing machine yet, you can easily get handy by watching YouTube videos for free, or taking one or two sewing classes. Even with the cost of the classes thrown in, you’ll save big.
3. Buy Quality Inner Layers, Cheaper Outer Layers
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I recommend buying prefolds and liners that are natural and/or organic material, like 100% cotton or hemp. These are the parts of the diapers that will be touching your baby’s skin. You want them to be non-irritating. Covers, however, can be of lesser quality, since they won’t really be touching your baby’s skin. If you are trying to save, this may be a good ways to go, especially because prefolds are inexpensive, but covers can run fairly steep.
4. Buy Used
I recommend getting “gently used” cloth diapers. This isn’t just a plus to your bank account, but to the environment. Every bit that you recycle is an eco-boon.
5. Use Reusable Wipes and Liners
Basically, anything that you can re-use will save you money, and be less of an impact on the environment.
6. Re-Sell Any Items You Are Done With
You can recoup some money, based on what condition those cloth diapers are in after use. This is a good reason to take care of your diapers. Some tips on care:
- Line dry when possible. This will add to the life of your diapers (and save money and natural resources!)
- Pre-treat really soiled diapers before putting them in the diaper pail.
- Use laundry soap, like Charlies Soap, as opposed to detergent. Again, this will be less harsh on diapers, making them last longer.
- No bleach. bleach deteriorates fabric.