When we started to build our cloth diaper stash I tried to do it in the most economical way possible. What I learned is that you don’t have to shell out a huge sum of money to start cloth diapering. Yeah, there will be some start up costs, but families can cloth diaper on any budget. Here are some ways to make your dollar stretch further:
- Start with a budget in mind. I knew I wanted to save at least $1000 dollars by switching, so I vowed to not spend more than $350 on my cloth stash. Don’t forget to add in accessories such as pail liners, doublers, wet bags, and cloth diaper safe rash cream when you budget.
- Keep an open mind when considering systems. I was initially set on only using pocket diapers, but a wise friend convinced me to try out prefolds. I fell in love! Who would have thought? Flats or prefolds may not be for everyone, but they might work for you. All-in-two’s are also a convenient option, and they are usually less expensive than buying all pocket or all-in-one diapers.
- Also, keep an open mind when considering brands. You may fall in love with a certain well known brand, but if there’s an awesome sale on a good alternative, consider it. You can always return Wee Guarantee diapers that didn’t work for you to the Diaper Shops.
- Shop the sales. It’s my experience that everything goes on sale eventually, if you wait long enough. Look for free diaper coupons as well as “buy a certain number, get one free” sales. This is an especially good idea if you have your heart set on one particular brand. Patience is definitely a virtue when trying to cloth diaper frugally.
- Take advantage of second sales and gently used items. Over half of my diaper covers were purchased gently used and many of my prefolds are seconds. You can get great deals on fully functional items when they have minor defects or have been worn a time or two.
- Get a high quality product. Generally, you get what you pay for, and most of those ultra-cheap diapers offered by Chinese companies aren’t such a great deal when you consider how long they’ll last. It’s always a good idea to go through a reputable retailer, both for the warranties and the customer service. You want your diapers to last!