Tuesday, November 3, 2009

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On a Budget? How to Cloth Diaper for Less!

Often we hear from customers advising the initial start up cost for cloth diapers can be quite daunting - after all, there are many other “big ticket” baby items one usually needs such as car seats, baby carriers/slings, strollers, bassinet/crib.



Quite surprisingly, cloth diapering on a budget is definitely doable. First, you’ll need to determine what your cloth diaper preference is; do you want to use all-in-one’s, pocket diapers, fitted diapers, or good ol’ prefolds and diaper covers?

Prefolds and covers are one of the most economical cloth diaper options available to parents. You can easily cloth diaper your little one for $100-$150 using prefolds and covers. bumGenius is launching a new diaper product called Econobum - delivering a cost effective cloth diaper option with the simplicity of prefolds coupled with the well loved fit and design of the bumGenius One Size 3.0 pocket diaper. Be sure to check out all the options - and remember, with cloth diapers it’s okay to use a little of this and a little of that!

Not fond of prefolds and covers? Prefer the convenience of all-in-one’s s, pocket diapers, or fitted diapers? While these diapers are generally more expensive options - all hope is not lost!

Consider setting up a gift registry for the items you need/want. This allows your family and friends to help share the initial cost and allow you to reap greater savings from your decision to cloth diaper!
Make purchases little by little. If your budget doesn’t afford you the ability to make one big purchase - set yourself an allowance and make small monthly purchases until you have all the diapers and accessories you need.
Don’t be shy; participate in all our giveaway opportunities (our blog, Twitter, and even Facebook)! Winning FREE diapers and/or cloth diaper accessories will greatly reduce your cost; moreover, providing you with a little fun while keeping up to date on the latest fluffy news!


Kelly’s Closet has regular promotions - whether free shipping, 5% off or even $5 off - you can still get a great deal without having to splurge on your diaper stash all at once. Additionally, for the patient - many of the big manufacturers such as FuzziBunz, Blueberry, and Happy Heinys will periodically approve of special discounts on their products which further increases your savings! Therefore being subscribed to the Kelly’s Closet newsletter, blog, Twitter, and Facebook will ensure you are up-to-date on all the latest money savings specials and promotions-further increasing your savings!

Lastly, stretch your diaper dollars with the Kelly’s Closet Diaper Dollars rewards program. Receive points for every dollar you spend, every review you write for products purchased, and earn points for blog posts too; you can redeem your points for gift certificates allowing you to get free diapers or accessories! If you’re going to spend money on diapers - why not make it count in more ways than one!

16 comments:

Upstatemomof3 said...

Great tips - especially the winning - that's the best way to add to your stash :)

Attila & Tamara said...

Thank you for the tips! I will second the notion that you don't need to have all one kind, brand, type of diaper. I love having a variety and am hoping to broaden it even more in the future! So far, we've spent less than $150, including accessories. We are needing to expand our stash but we are off to a good start!

Crystal said...

I think it's also important to do lots of research so you don't spend money on things you won't use. Ask other moms who've used cloth which purchases they regret and which were life savers. Read reviews. I spent money on a few things I didn't really need, and I wish that money had gone toward more of my favorite diapers.

Crystal

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Megan said...

I ended up buying my initial investment of cloth diapers used from someone. This saved me a lot of money and they were still in great condition. I will probably try prefolds with my next baby during the early months anyway.

Ashley said...

This is great! All the information I need to convince my husband that it's worth it to look into cloth diapering part-time. (Daycare refuses to cloth diaper.) Thank you!

Rocketgurl said...

Great and timely post! Knowing that cloth diapering can fit any budget helps parents make an informed decision. While researching cloth diapering in the past and seeing that the initial start-up costs can be anywhere from $300- $1000 is a bit daunting. Sure, parents spend way more than that on disposable diapers, but all the cost isn't up front, but spread across years. I think its really important for parents to get a real picture of what cloth diapering is and how much it'll cost, but it's also important to let parents know that it's doable and see the costs broken down and compared to disposable diapers. Despite the best intentions to reduce our carbon footprint, sometimes, it really does come down to dollars and cents for many folks!

Heather said...

Funny - I JUST read a great blog post about frugal cloth diapering by Angela, an RDA leader in Maine: http://realmoms.synthasite.com/blog.php. Good supplement to your advice!

The Jacobsen Family! said...

Thank you for this informing post! I've been trying to figure out just how I'm going to convince my husband that cloth diapers are the way to go... That they WILL be cheaper (in addition to being better for the environment!), and that they're NOT what they used to be!

Arizona Girl said...

When we started cloth diapering I started with the prefold thing. It was the cheapest and quickest way to get started. Then as we had the money we invested in some of the fancier diapers. Any time one of my friends want to start cloth diapering I referee them to Kelly's closet.

Jessica said...

I like the article but it said that prefolds and covers are the most economical way to cd and I have to say I love flats! I bought 2 dozen for $25 ($12.50 a dozen) and they work great on my 17 month old and are a one size option, plus they are easy to wash thoroughly and way cheaper to dry! I actually think they may be a little more economical than prefolds! But I love prefolds for when I don't fel like folding.

Amanda said...

I couldn't agree more on having a variety of diapers. We have a few of each different kind that I decided to try (based on reviews from diaperpin.com) and then a few that I made myself (mostly fitteds but an AIO and some wool too, another great $ saver). It has really helped me to get to know what I like and don't. At some point if/when we get more I know more of what I'm looking for and what works best for us.

mummasinJH said...

It is really amazing how cheaply you can use cloth. Prefolds and covers are not really that bad at all. Sometimes I prefer them over pocket diapers. I like Crystal's advice- you really do have to do research before you spend a lot of money. The wee guarantee is great if you want to try those diapers for awhile.

Hannah said...

Oh, and sometimes you (or your mom, or your friend) can sew your own. Fitteds are pretty easy and you can even use recycled materials.

Lexi said...

cloth on a budget can be tricky, but totally possible. I made all our diapers

Emily said...

This is great info for beginners.....I have passed this post along to a friend who is new to cloth.

Auntie Aimee said...

used is a great way to go, but be sure to do your research so that you know what to look for.