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How to Begin Cloth Diapering Without Spending Too Much

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

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Pregnant!

Well, it turns out that TomCat and I are expecting our third child in May– another boy!  I’m about halfway through (22 weeks) and I’m having fun testing out new products.  I’d like to spend a little time highlighting some of my favorite pregnancy and post-partum products.

One of the first things I found I needed for this pregnancy was a new bra!  I quickly outgrew my old ones, and found that my ribcage was expanding very early on.  I found that the Bravado Original Nursing Bra was just what I needed.  It’s stretchy enough to be comfortable during pregnancy and also provides enough room for the changes in early nursing and milk production.

Between dry winter air and a stretching, growing belly I was feeling pretty itchy!  I tried out several creams and lotions and found two favorites:  CJ’s BUTTer and LuSa Organics Booty Balm!  Both go on smoothly, smell really nice, and leave my skin feeling moisturized.

What are some of your favorite pregnancy products?

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