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How to Begin Cloth Diapering Without Spending Too Much

on May 9, 2013

dsblog1How to Begin Cloth Diapering Without Spending Too Much

Four years ago, I didn’t know very much about cloth diapers. Besides knowing that it could potentially save money and cut down on waste, I was a complete greenhorn and very wary about spending a lot of money on a system that might not work out for us.

I know a lot of mothers who are new to cloth feel the same way. That’s why I think it’s best to start small and just see what works for you.

Here are some great ways to get started on cloth diapering without making a huge financial investment:

1. Take advantage of free shipping to save money on your purchases. Diaper Safari has a huge selection of the most popular and highly rated brands, and they always ship for free.
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2. Always check to see what’s on sale at any given time. You could try a different style of diaper that you’re curious about without paying full price.

3. Look out for sales that offer a free diaper or cover with your purchase. This is another way to try a different brand or style, and you won’t be out any money if it doesn’t work for your child.

4. Start with a simple and affordable option like prefolds and covers, so your initial investment is small. For just $50 you can buy one dozen cotton prefolds and three one-size covers. Steer clear of higher priced AIO diapers, fitteds and wool until you’ve got some experience under your belt. Luckily, if you decide that prefolds and covers aren’t your favorite, they have excellent re-sale value on Ebay and diaper swap sites, so you’ll make some money back.

5. Ask around and see if anyone has some old cloth diapers you can use. Facebook is a great place to post a status update. Last year, a neighbor that knew I cloth diapered gave me a whole box of old BumGenius pockets! Sometimes there are cloth diaper listings on your local Craigslist as well.

Do you have any tips to share about getting started with cloth diapers?

-Guest Blogger Anne


13 responses to “How to Begin Cloth Diapering Without Spending Too Much

  1. If you’re low income/receiving assistance, you can always apply with a diaper organization like Cloth for a Cause!

  2. Ditto what you said! I built our stash with used pockets, buy 1, get 1 offers, and sales. I knew that I was going to cloth diaper before I even got pregnant, so I had 9 months to piece together and build our diaper stash.

  3. Great post. I have been planning on writing a somewhat similar post. I know a few moms in our breastfeeding group had said that they couldn’t afford the start up costs. I couldn’t help myself, I offered up some freebies to get her started!

  4. I spent about $150 to start out with cloth. I washed every day, but it was manageable.

  5. Don’t forget your local Facebook groups, too. My local cloth diaper community is absolutely amazing about giving back.

  6. Thanks for sharing! I pinned this post as well.

  7. These are all great ideas that I wish I would have known when I began. Thanks for this great write up!

  8. Jenny says:

    These are great tips! If only there was some way to stop the addiction! That’s my spending problem!

  9. Meghan says:

    Thanks for the tips! Next child I need to try harder to stick with cloth diapering!

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