Cloth Diapering On A Budget
Cloth diapering does not have to be expensive! Many parents decide to start using cloth diapers to save money. Using cloth diapers can be very economical, especially if you are on a tight budget. Here are some great tips for how to make a great full time stash on a small budget.
Cloth Diaper Packages
With the state of the economy the way it has been the last few years more cloth diaper stores are offering cloth diaper packages or economy deals. Most of these packages offer prefolds or flats, because these are the most economical diapers. You can easily find a package deal of prefolds starting at $75 including covers. Any of these packages will easily get you through 2-3 days and you will only need to add snappi's and wipes.
Here are some of the best cloth diaper packages:
Green Mountain Diapers Flat Package - 4 dozen flats, 10 covers, 14 pack of Dritz pins, an 24 cloth wipes $189.30. This site also has a great Newborn package!
Diaper Junction. cloth diaper package - 24 prefolds and 4 covers starting at $77.50
Osocozy Fitted Package - This is a great deal for fitteds! 18 fitteds and 4 covers starting at $135.
Mother-ease One Size Fitted Package - These one size fitteds will last you from birth to potty learning! The price is more, but you are set for your child's entire diapering years. 24 one size fitteds, 12 absorbent liners, 4 covers $334.95
Buying Second Quality Diapers
There are many diaper manufacturer's that sell second quality diapers. Second's are diapers that have some sort of defect. Sometimes it is something as simple as a frayed edge or a pen mark on the diaper. Most second quality cloth diapers are almost or as nice as regular diapers. I have bought seconds and could not figure out why they were seconds at all!
Little Lions has amazing deals on second quality prefolds! You can save a lot of money buying prefolds here. Cotton Babies also has great deals on seconds. If you sign up for their newsletter you will get an email when they put out seconds. You can buy BumGenius pocket diapers and all in ones for a huge discount! Thirsties and Swaddlebees also have outlet stores where you can purchase seconds. Again you can get several dollars off their products. Talk about a savings! This makes using cloth diapers on a budget easy!
Buying Clearance Diapers
When a manufacturer decides to stop making a particular diaper they will mark them down to move them out quickly. Many products go on clearance all the time. Thirsties just stopped making their Fab Fitteds and BumGenius stopped making their Bamboo fitteds. If a manufacturer decides to clearance out a product, all stores that carry it will clearance them as well. Cloth Diaper Clearance is a site that you can check for many of these deals.
Buying Used Diapers
When you are cloth diapering on a budget, buying used diapers can be an excellent way to save money. It will also allow you to afford cloth diapers that are more expensive when bought brand new. There are many great places to buy used diapers. Craigslist is a great place to start. If you go to the Baby+Kids section you can find local moms who are selling their used diapers. Some still like new for dirt cheap! And because it's local there are no shipping costs. Another great local place to find used diapers is at the thrift store. I have heard some moms score great finds at a thrift store. It's definitely worth checking out!
Another popular place to find a huge selection of used diapers is the Diaper Swappers FSOT (for sale or trade) section. There are many moms that sell their diapers here and will often take money off the price if you buy several of their items. You can find anything from prefolds and fitteds to wool covers here, but you will have to pay a little for shipping. There are other cloth diaper forums that have FSOT sections, but this is the biggest.
Another great place to find used diapers is Spot's Corner on Hyena Cart. I have seen a lot of great finds on Spot's Corner. This is a great place to find some of the more expensive WAHM made diapers or wool covers for really low prices.
I know moms who have made up their entire stash buying used diapers. With some great deals they were able to make a great stash for a very small amount of money.
Make Your Own Diapers
If you are even a little crafty you can definitely make your own diapers. There are tons of resources for making diapers and covers. There are tutorials for making prefolds out of t-shirts and wool diaper covers from sweaters. I will add many links for these soon!
Budget Conscious Diapering
It is very easy to cloth diaper on a budget. There are so many options out there to help you make a wonderful stash of great diapers for your baby. If you are really in a tough spot and cannot afford diapers at all, you can look into The Cloth Diaper Foundation. This is a great site that can help parents get started using cloth who don't have the finances to afford it. Every parent should be able to use cloth diapers. With a little research and saving you can create a budget friendly stash that's right for you and your baby.
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