11.13.2013

How to afford cloth diapers #schoolofcloth

If you are interested in using cloth diapers, you may be over taken by sticker shock. Disposable diapers cost more over time, but the up front cost of cloth diapers can quickly scare you away. There are quite a few ways to build your stash on a budget.

There are many economical diapering options available. Flats or prefolds with covers are going to be the most budget friendly options. Econobum has a diapering kit for less than $50. You can purchase a Flats Package from Kelly's Closet. Modern cloth diapers (pockets or all-in-ones) are more expensive, but will save you money in the long run over using disposable diapers.

You may stumble upon modern cloth diapers for less than $5. While this may seem like a steal, it is important to note that these are not quality diapers. They typically are imported illegally into the US and do not follow child safety standards. There are countless reviews of these diapers falling apart or delaminating within a few washes. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Tip! 
If purchasing your diapers new, make your money go a little further by using coupon codes! Kelly's Closet has coupon codes for free diapers with purchase. Plus, you'll earn reward points on every purchase that will equate to more free diapers! 

Build your stash slowly
If you can afford it, buy one diaper each week or one each month. However your budget allows, add a diaper one at a time. If you already have disposable diapers on hand, use those to supplement for your small stash until you have enough diapers to go full time. You may have to wash diapers more frequently, even daily, for a while, but eventually you will have enough cloth diapers to not need the disposable diapers anymore.

Buy used diapers
One of the great things about cloth diapers is that they can be used for multiple babies! If you are looking to find a deal on cloth diapers, buying used is a great option! You can find diapers in excellent condition for a fraction of the cost of new diapers. Be sure to ask questions about the condition of the diapers and do your research before buying.

Use what you have
If you can't afford to buy diapers (cloth or disposable) there are ways to diaper your baby using items around your home. There is little to no investment needed. Items like receiving blankets, dish towels, or t-shirts make excellent diapers. See the resources below for more information.

Diaper Banks
There are many diaper banks loaning diapers to families in need. The Real Diaper Association has a list to help you find one in your area.

Do not be discouraged by the large stashes you may see posted on social media sites. While purchasing cloth diapers can be addicting to those that can afford to add more diapers to their stash, it is not necessary to have a ton of diapers. A small, modest stash will do the job. The important thing is your baby is clean and healthy and has access to diapers!

For more information:
Using Cloth Diapers on a Budget {Real Diaper Association}


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