Cloth Diapering on a budget.

Typically when cloth diapering comes up in conversation the first thing someone will say to me is, “Wow! I wanted to cloth diaper but I just couldn’t commit to it.” Cost and laundry are usually the top two reasons why most mamas feel overwhelmed by cloth diapers.

Cloth diapers don’t have to break the bank! Don’t believe me? Let me walk you through it.

When I decided to cloth diaper I didn’t know much about them. And it seemed like a lot of money…I was told it was expensive and would only add unnecessary work to my already overwhelming role as a new mom.

So how do you cloth diaper on a budget?

Buy Used (Secondhand). Buying used DIAPERS? Gross! Actually, it’s not. Most cloth mamas treat their cloth diapers like another child, especially if they bought them brand new. You can find a lot of secondhand diapers at a fraction of the cost literally all over the Internet! Ebay is a great spot to start.

  • Shop Deals and Promotions. Amazon sometimes has sales on cloth diapers. And most cloth diaper websites have sales going for first time buyers. They also do “Earth day sale” Nora nursery has 30% off for new buyers!
  • Put cloth diapers on your baby registry! I WISH I had thought of this but it never occurred to me until after the fact. You can score almost everything you need by registering for your stash before you even have your baby.
  • Inherit diapers.All though I have never inherited cloth diapers I have gave my fair share of cloth diapers to new moms wanting to try them out. If you know a friend or family member who isn’t going to resell or has had used diapers for a long time and wants to just get them gone-try asking. You might be surprised!

Cost Breakdown: New VS Used.

If you are new to cloth,You might wonder why they cost so much! But really it all depends on how you go about it. If you MUST have high end, brand new, organic diapers you are going to spend anywhere from $500 to $900 for a small stash. For example:

The Charlie Banana brand of diapers sells 3 brand new diapers with 6 organic inserts for $83.99 If you are diapering from birth, you’ll need at LEAST 12 diapers a day (and be washing every night) to have enough!

Or if you go second hand, I’ve gotten 8 Charlie banana diapers with inserts for under $25 dollars on ebay!

It’s all about how you want to do it.

When I first started my stash I spent a total of about $80 on everything. I had about 30 pocket diapers with 1 insert for each diaper, 2 brand new wet bags. One for at home and one for on the go. It may seem like a lot of money at first but really it’s not if you think of how much you’ll be spending on disposable diapers!

And that’s really all you need to start with!

Wet bag for going out. It has two spots. One for dry diapers & one for wet diapers.
Wet bag for home. I know once this is full its time to wash diapers!Which is normally every 3 days.
I have about 25-30 diapers. And I wash them normally every 3-4 days.
(not all pictured)

Budget Friendly New Cloth Diapers:

If you aren’t keen on secondhand diapers you can still purchase brand new diapers that are budget friendly. You are still going to spend more than if you bought secondhand but these are the two most affordable brands I’ve seen that I can reccommend.

I love secondhand diapers! Why? Because it’s the most affordable option when you are starting out. You can also try so many different styles of diapers when you buy secondhand because the cost gives you more room to work with. And then you can see which brands and styles you like most. And then buy some brand new ones! 🙂

Do you cloth diaper and have you ever tried doing it on a tight budget? I’d love to hear your best tips and tricks!

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