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Cloth Diapering in a Military Family

Let’s face it, just about no one enlists in the military for the fabulous salary. As a stay-at-home Mom and U.S. Air Force spouse, I have to work hard to stretch every dollar. When my husband and I found out that our second son was on the way I started looking around for ways to economize even further than we already had. One day when I was talking to a new friend I had made at a house warming party, and she told me about her decision to cloth diaper. She showed me her daughter’s adorable diapers with their cute girlie prints and explained how much money she and her husband were saving on diapers. I kind of nodded and smiled, but my husband’s ears perked up when she mentioned how cost effective cloth diapering could be. A second friend echoed the same opinion when I asked her about her cloth diapering. She had cloth diapered her last three children and had nothing but good things to say about it. Needless to say, after some prompting from my husband and a LOT of internet research later I agreed that we should try to cloth diaper our upcoming bundle of joy. Almost eight months later, and we’re still growing strong! My husband and I LOVE cloth diapering, and we already know 100% that we’re going to cloth diaper any subsequent children …

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One Size Cloth Organization with an Extra-Small Budget

Our main reason for choosing to use cloth has been to save money. So it should come as no surprise that when it came to diaper organization, thriftiness was kept in mind. We spend the majority of our day in our family room so that’s where many of the hasty diaper changes occur. We keep the bulk of our stash in the hallway just outside the family room. The diapers are easily accessible in bins on a wall shelf, along with an organized tote to carry all the essentials for a quick change. The fabric bins were found at the dollar store. They measure 6” wide X 10” deep X 6” high. I can fit roughly six double stuffed diapers in each. In an effort to make it easier to grab what we want quickly, I try to organize each bin by what it contains (for the sake of my sanity, we’ll pretend that my husband listens when I tell him what style of diaper is in each bin). As an example, my four bins pictured below left to right are 1. pockets with single inserts & swim diapers 2. Velcro closure 3. pockets with double inserts 4. Prefold/flats/fitteds/covers. The bins hide the diapers perfectly on the wall shelf in our basement hallway, and we simply take down a diaper and toss it in the changing tote when it’s time …

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A Modest Stash for a Modest Budget

The first question I got when I told my husband that I wanted to cloth diaper our third baby was, “how much is it going to cost?”. We are a frugal family, we stick to a budget, and try to keep a simple lifestyle. Cloth diapering was more of an environmental decision for me and a way to avoid nasty chemicals, so I wasn’t sure how it would fit with our budget. I knew I wouldn’t need a large stash for one baby, and I planned to wash every other day anyway. I spent a lot of time researching and “window” shopping on Kelly’s Closet. We knew that our baby would be at least 8.5lbs and that we wouldn’t be starting in cloth until his circumcision & umbilical stump healed, so I went with mostly one size diapers. I purchased two six packs of bumGenius 4.0s and earned two free diapers {Rumparooz one size pockets} with those orders. We also had a few fitteds and some smaller prefolds/sized covers. I had about 25 changes total. A simple and modest stash, yet plenty for frequent changes. Once baby outgrew the fitteds/prefolds/covers, I sold them and added a few more bumGenius 4.0s to our rotation. I’ve since added to our stash, including a few Flip covers & organic day flats, hemp inserts, and I’ve earned two free Kawaiis {love these at night}, …

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Penny Pinching & Cloth Diapers: Perspective from a Broke Mom

“Well, that’s everything! Congratulations, and we’ll see you in two weeks to find out the sex of your baby. Any questions?” Um… YES! For starters, can someone pick my jaw up off the ground for me? I seem to have dropped it. Because apparently I’m pregnant. Secondly… how am I going to pay for my own small human? Adorable as they are, they aren’t cheap. I’m an actor. My boyfriend is a culinary artist (or a cook, for those of you who don’t know the lingo). What on earth are we going to do? When we found out that our very unexpected (but VERY wanted) little bundle of joy was on the way, we had our fair share of panic attacks over how to provide for said tiny joy bundle. Almost immediately we began researching ways to save money, and do you know what was the number one expense we found ourselves facing? Diapers. Not medical bills. Not feeding or clothing our little human. Diapers. ^The unexpected joy bundle. Almost immediately we made the decision to use cloth diapers. We began buying them anytime we had extra money in our account. When asked what the new baby needed most, we instantly responded with “cloth diapers!”, and then proceeded to tell the inquiring individual what brands were our favorites (bumGenius, GroVia, and Rumparooz). How did we come to this conclusion? Well, …

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My Cloth Diaper Stash to Be + A Way to Save With Cloth

Before I can show you my dream stash to be, I first must introduce myself properly. My name is Ashley, and I am a single 23 year old childless nursing student. I have been blessed with a huge passion for little ones and helping mamas {and daddies} learn more about how to take care of their precious cargo. After all they don’t come with instruction manuals. I learned about cloth diapering two years ago and read everything that I could get my hands on, and now I consider my self and semi-expert on the topic. When I tell other families about the cloth diaper option a lot of times I receive the same answer, “it is just too much pay out of pocket.” True-but how many times can you rewash and reuse those Pampers? Only once. It costs about $30 for a box of disposable diapers that you use once and about $20 for one cloth diaper that can last until your little one is potty trained and further on for your next one. I have strategized a way to help those who are conscientious about spending money on cloth to finally see the light with my future cloth diaper stash to be + a way to help them save! Warning – this plan works for me, but may not work for you. Use at your own discretion. These are …

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