Unfortunately, I eliminated my cloth diaper stash after my youngest child potty trained. (She was, after all, going to be my “last baby” right?)
Yesterday I got my first batch of cloth diapers in the mail. I’ve enjoyed fondling them ever since.
As a self-confessed cloth diaper addict, I can scarcely wait to diaper a baby bum in these. It’s one of the fun things about new babies – perusing the different brands of diaper, deciding on your cloth diaper “system”, buying, washing and stacking your diapers in anticipation of baby’s arrival.
Frugal mommies who are using disposables become geniuses at combining store specials with coupons and rebates to get their baby’s ‘sposies cheap – but what’s a cheapskate cloth diapering mommy to do? Building your cloth diaper stash requires an up-front investment. Depending on how much you spend, it may take you months to recoup that.
Affording Cloth Diapers: How to build your cloth diaper stash
The most affordable cloth diapers are almost always going to be prefolds. These are the workhorse diaper. Absorbent, they are easy to wash and they dry quickly.
Generally prefolds $1-2 apiece for the good ones, and you can often find imperfect “Seconds” on Amazon and eBay. Or, you can buy them used.
Keep in mind that you get what you pay for. Cheap quality diapers typically found in discount stores are thin and not very absorbent, plus they’re rarely 100% cotton.
Prefolds are awesome for their adaptability too. You can fold them in different ways for boys and girls and use two in one diaper cover for nighttime. If baby has a rash, a loosely pinned on prefold will provide some protection while letting lots of air flow around to allow his skin to heal.
But, if you’re interested in trying some of the new, fancy schmancy Cadillac cloth diapers (or just want to keep a few of those around for dads, grandparents or babysitters who may not “get” cloth … or for travel), here are a few suggestions on affording them if you’re on a tight budget.
Baby Shower Registry
Nowadays, dozens of natural baby online shops are offering baby registries. Search around to see if your favorite site offers one.
Personally I always found it very difficult to register at a typical discount store like Target and the like, because I don’t use so many conventional baby products that these stores sell.
But a lot of your friends and relatives will love the convenience of a baby registry. They know they’re getting you what you like and what you really need.
Amazon’s Wish List is another great option.
Simply browse to items you want and click “add to wish list”. If you have an Amazon account, you have a wish list by default. If you want to create a new one, it’s super simple to do. Tell your friends you’re “registered” at Amazon when they ask!
Once A Month Diaper
Try investing in just two or three diapers a month during your pregnancy. If your budget is tight you can probably still reallocate some funds to the tune of $20-$30 a month.
By the end of 9 months you should have a couple dozen, which if you wash often, could suffice, especially if you purchase “One Size” diapers. My favorite one size diapers were Fuzzi Bunz pocket diapers.
Back in the good old days (when my oldest was a baby), I could find nice used cloth diapers at thrift stores – it’s been years since this has been the case however. My thought is that most moms who are getting rid of their stash just sell them on eBay instead.
But, it’s still worth looking around – especially at consignment sales. Of course eBay and Craigslist are also great for finding used cloth diapers. I’ve bought many cloth diapers from local moms via Craigslist.
If the idea of “used” cloth is too much for your squeamishness level, keep in mind that many moms will sell new diapers that their baby has outgrown or that do not fit their baby’s shape well, or that they flat out do not like. Some women intend to do cloth but then decide not to, so they sell their diaper stash. Some of these have been washed not worn, and some have never been worn. It’s worth a look.
So. How did you build your cloth diaper stash on the cheap?