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Saturday, March 26, 2011

10 Tips To Save Even More Money Cloth Diapering

In this post, I would like to give you some tips on saving even more money cloth diapering.It’s quite clear that using cloth saves you a great deal of money, compared to disposables. Your one-time cost when going cloth is about 600 euro. Taken on account that children take longer to potty train when they’re on disposables, you’re looking at 2,5 to three years of disposables which comes down to 1400 euro. Those 600 euro for the cloth diapers last until your child is fully potty trained and might even serve for a second or even a third child (hey, I even reused my old diapers from the eighties as burp cloths, talking about getting a lot of mileage out of them). Sure, they can wear, but they can often be repaired too.
TIP 1When your velcro is worn out, simply take it off and replace it. You can even choose to replace velcro with snaps, and you don’t need to be a professional tailor to do so.
TIP 2Cut up some cotton or sponge towel to use instead of baby whipes. I have a little plant spritzer with water I use to wet the squares and that’s all you need. If you have a tap near your changing space, you can opt for using a washcloth too.
TIP 3Fabric liners are another easy thing to make. Cut them out of fleece, sponge towel or thick ribbed cotton jersey. Be creative, you can even reuse worn T-shirts if you layer them. You can either make square pads or more ergonomic ones. And again, for this job, you don’t need a lot of experience sewing.
TIP 4Paper liners can be washed too. I always wash mine if she has only peed on them. They even was two or three times.
TIP 5When you are making your initial buy, shop around. Google it, nose through webshops, ask your friends. You might find some sales, you might get some handy-downs. Sometimes small mommy-run businesses make good quality diapers for less than the bigger brands. Plus most of the time these are customizable, so all the more fun. Trial packs can also be a good idea. Often they are cheaper and it’s a great way to test out a few brand before sticking with one.
TIP 6Don’t buy everything at once. If money is short, this is a good way to split the cost. Your child only needs size S the first 5 to 7 months, you can postpone buying size L until later. This will also give you the time to find out if you are happy with the brand you own.
TIP 7AIO’s (all in one) are a great way to avoid having to result to disposables when you’re out and about and might save you some $$
TIP 8Buy enough diapers. Now this might seem counterintuitive, but the bigger your stash the less frequently you have to wash, the less they will wear and the less work you have.
TIP 9Let them run around bare bottom every once in a while. It’s not such a big deal to clean a pee or a poop off the ground (if your flours aren’t carpeted, of course). They also learn a little about themselves this way, and in the end, that’s some less diapers to wash and iron.
TIP 10Use soap nuts or bio wash ball. I haven’t tried the bio wash ball myself, but I’ve heard some great things about them. I can however vouch for the wash nuts. We’ve been using them for over two years now and our clothes are still squeaky clean. It costs about 14 to 17 euro for one kilo and we only use two bags a year (and I assure you, tropical climate dirties up your laundry like nothing else, and add to that a hubby squeezing himself into narrow oily and dirty shafts half the time for a living and who spends the other half of his time climbing dirt piles...). It also spares you the fabric softener, we only use white vinegar and the odd drop of essential oil.



  1. Great tips! For TIP 5, we got a lot off eBay, but I believe they've prohibited used diapers from eBay now. :( But another place I've seen them cheap (and sold some) is small consignment shops. Keep in mind, also, that you can resell usable cloth diapers after your family is done, so you recoup some money there.

    I totally endorse TIP 9! You can start taking babies to the potty early (even from birth) and can potentially save on a lot of diapers that way.

  2. We are thinking about EC for the next baby... but I'm not sure. There's again a lot of mixed messages about that, that it would be messing up their natural deveopment. On the other hand, a real intelligent remark I read in favor of EC is that we spend two years teaching our children to pee in a diaper and then we tell them all of a sudden that's not the way and they should go potty. Got to read about it a little more first, I guess.

  3. I'm sorry, IRONING diapers? That's a new one for me. Tip #11: Don't iron your diapers. :P
    LOOOVED cloth diapering! It was so addictive. Another tip: buy diapers that can work for different sizes so they grow w/ your baby.

  4. @Amy M we had to iron the diapers that dried outside, because in Cameroon and Ivory coast, there are critters who lay eggs in laundry and they can enter the skin... we nasty business that can only be taken care of through ironing or heat

  5. We did EC with our daughter and I've never heard anything about it messing up their natural development. Part of the point is that they are developed enough to control elimination and communicate their need to eliminate before they have the physical ability to just go and sit on the potty themself. So in the same way that you feed a child because they can't do it themself, you take them to the potty.

  6. Oh boy...critters in diapers! I've got another great tip-make your own from recycled materials like t-shirts, towels and sweaters. I just 'upcycled' my own wool sweaters. Cost me $15 for the lot where that would have cost $15-50 each depending on where I bought them. I google a lot to find patterns and materials people used with success. Great tips from you, thanks!

  7. @ArtsyMama: thanks for the tip! indeed a great idea
    @Saved Sinner: We're going to EC too, if we'd ever have a second child

  8. I saved a ton on cloth diapering by getting my diapers from someone on Freecycle! My son is nearly 21 months and I've spent NOTHING on diapering him!

  9. Great tips and I'm so impressed by you folks that manage to go the cloth route. We tossed our the idea very seriously, but then chickened out.

  10. @a Thrifty mama: that's great, there are indeed a lot of ways to get your diapers free or cheap, or make them... I should really write about that too, one day

  11. I've spent way too much on cloth but considering that we want more children, that I can sell the ones I don't use/want anymore, that we don't clog up landfill etcetcetc I can live with it...not sure if my husband can though. ;p


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