Cloth Diapering on a Budget

When we discussed having our third and final child there was never any question that I would be a stay-at-home mom. I would be a stay-at-home mom that cloth diapered. I had zero friends that cloth diapered and the last person who I knew yhat did, was my aunt… 18 years ago. I was left with no choice other than google. Try googling “cloth diapering” and see how fast your head starts spinning. I quickly became extremely overwhelmed and needed to take a few steps back. Than I did what I always do when I am undergoing a change… I figured out exactly how much we could afford to make this happen. That is when I realized pre-folds would be the cheapest way to go.

Pre-folds are scary. I will be the first one to admit that. Buying enough A1Os or A12s for the 12-15 poops a newborn baby was in one day was even more terrifying. I have an active three year old and a busy eight year, I could not spend everyday doing diapers. So pre-folds to start was the way to go so that I could get enough to last a few days. I do have some Kawaii, BumGenius and some others that have bought online here and there but not enough to use exclusively. I figured that I would be able to build up slowly as she grew out of the pre-folds. Logan had a dadachelor party and everyone brought him gift cards to a wonderful little store called Zoolikins. Zoolikins is a hippy mom’s paradise. They have a ton of all kinds of different diapers and even offer classes. They also have an awesome start up kit for $145. That kit includes 36 Bumpkins pre-folds, 6 Thristies covers and 3 Snappis. That is enough for a solid three days without laundry for a newborn. I also picked up a large wet bag while I was there. I had a smaller one that I bought online that I keep in my diaper bag. I use Eco-Soap Nuts for my cloth diapers that you can read about here. My sister-in-law bought me two diaper liners (two is not necessary but it is so helpful so there is always one in the pail even on laundry day). I got a 13 gallon waste basket with a lid to use downstairs in our room and use the large wet bag upstairs.

I watched quite a few Youtube videos on pre-folds and there are a LOT of different folds. We use the “jelly roll” fold which works really well for newborns and EBF babies because it makes it a little thicker in the center. You basically roll the edges of the diaper inward until it fits in between the baby’s legs. Pull the top up just as you would a disposable and bring the back panels around the front and snap together. The snappis are super cool and use teeth like things to clip the diaper in place. No more pins are needed so poking mom or baby is a thing of the past. After the diaper is in place the cover just goes over it. The key here is to make sure that the pre-fold is COMPLETELY covered. If there is any cloth peeking out there will be a leak.

I own a sprayer but have yet to hook it up. Harper is breastfeed so her messy diapers are still water soluble. When it is diaper day (I wash diapers Wednesdays and Sundays, no matter how many need to be washed) I just shake the diapers out of the bag into the washer and toss the bag in too. I have noticed that my diapers do have some slight staining but I have used vinegar than dried them out in the sun. That worked like a charm. Prepping them was pretty easy just very time consuming. I washed the diapers with the soap nuts 5 times in hot water. There is no need to dry the diapers in between washing. The covers only got washed once.

I have been using these for over three months now and I can honestly say… I LOVE THEM. She is getting close to the time that we will not be using this set anymore which means decisions are to be made. I am really leaning towards getting bigger pre-folds. A pre-fold costs about $2 a piece and a cover ranges from $8-14. They are just so easy to use. There is no wondering if I am using the right insert in or if I need a doubler. We have had zero blow-outs and the only time we have had any leaks was strictly user error. If you are really wanting to cloth diaper and are overwhelmed I highly recommend kickin’ it old school and going with pre-folds.

 

 

 

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  1. Heidi Prucker -  March 27, 2012 - 2:58 pm

    I was very scared when I saw you change your daughters diaper. There were so many things that go with one diaper change! But then at the same time I was so curious. And since my baby shower I have done hours of research on cloth diapers and yes, when you google cloth diapers it’s very overwhelming. Thank you for sharing your story of how you came to be a cloth diapering mom.

  2. Meagan -  March 28, 2012 - 11:39 am

    I love my prefolds and covers! I don’t use the snappis yet, just the easy trifold, an we only have leaks if there is a poopsplosion or I make an error when adjusting the waist. Econobum is a nice, cheap option! Try diaperjunction.com!!

  3. Khristina Peters -  March 28, 2012 - 7:12 pm

    I enjoyed reading this article and just wanted to let you and your readers know that I can make cloth diapers. I will not charge a lot for them, after all coth diapering is about saving money. Please keep an eye on my facebook page for the announcement with the first diaper. It should be on there by next week. Thanks!
    https://www.facebook.com/CComfort4U

  4. Trisha -  August 30, 2012 - 10:10 pm

    I <3 that you are sharing the budget friendly options. I have spent less than $200 on diapers in January of 2011. I have traded some off, sold some, had an amazing friend give me some; but if I would have kept my initial first few buys (Sunbaby pockets) I would have had enough.

  5. Rhiannon -  August 31, 2012 - 6:26 pm

    We started Bronson out with prefolds and thirsties covers and I LOVED them, we fool around with bum genius at night but honestly I think I just use them because we spent $17 a piece on them… We recently moved somewhere without laundry facilities and after having to emergency wash some diapers by hand I decided I liked that a lot better than dealing with a laundromat and it got my diapers way cleaner so in the past few weeks I switched to flats which were $11 for 6 (we got 18) they’re super easy to wash, I sun dry them and you can iron them to sterilize, and even better he’ll never outgrow them! Hopefully this article eases some moms fears about old fashioned cotton because it’s just so much easier!

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