Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to use cloth diapers and now you get to shop. BUT, you only have $200 and that’s all you can squeeze out of your money tree.
$200 is plenty to purchase the necessary items you will need to cloth diaper your baby day and night.
Before you start have you read these posts?
- Giving Diapers, Giving Hope Providing Cloth Diapers For Families In Need
- Cloth Diaper Savings Calculator
- The Life Expectancy of a One Sized Cloth Diaper
- 5 Simple Steps to Begin Cloth Diapering
- New To Cloth Diapers?
To accompany each of the options you will also need a system for storing the dirty cloth diapers, detergent and cloth diaper safe diaper rash cream.
You do not have to have a cute print, zippered wet bag however I do highly recommend one simply due to the durability and effectiveness.
It may seem strange to spend almost $30 on a bag when your budget is $200. When it comes to containing smells and portability you will want a product that surpasses others.
Consider asking for it as a gift for a baby shower, birthday or Mother’s Day.
The only brand of wetbag I have found to be worth every penny is Monkey Foot Designs. I have had several in use for more than 2 years and they are still functioning.
You will also need detergent. Have you considered making your own detergent? If you are using a store bought detergent remember that enzymes, optical brighteners, fragrances and soaps will cause buildup on your cloth diapers. Buildup leads to leaking, repelling, rashes, dirty smells and ammonia.
Detergents are an ongoing expense not just with cloth diapers. It is always easiest to find a detergent that you can use for all your laundering. Country Save, Planet, Rockin Green, In The Fluff, Clean B, Crunchy Clean and EcoNuts are just a few excellent choices.
And finally, before we get to the cloth diaper options you will need a cloth diaper safe rash cream in your arsenal. There are a variety of choices but the most cost effective is a sample jar of CJ’s BUTTer. It will last you many months if you are only using it when a rash comes up.
Cloth Diaper Options for UNDER $200:
Flip Cloth Diapers. For $50 you can purchase 2 covers and 6 staydry inserts. I recommend two of these packs plus 12 additional inserts at $1.99 each. This brings your total to $123.78. This system gives you 24 diaper changes and can be used for day and night. With this option you would be washing every other day.
Pooters Cloth Diapers. Pooters offers you a discount if you buy in bulk. Buy 12 diapers, save 15%. I suggest a combination of bamboo and hemp fitteds. I prefer the hemp option for nighttime. I suggest buying 12 fitted diapers plus 3 Sweetpea Diaper covers ($10.95 ea). Your total for 12 bamboo fitteds + 1 hemp fitted is $136.40 plus the 3 covers for a total of $169.25. You will have to wash cloth diapers every day.
Go Green Champ 2.0 (Buy 5 Get 1 Free Sale). This sale gets you 6 one-sized pocket cloth diapers plus 6 microfiber inserts. I suggest 2 packages. In addition you would need to purchase extra inserts. For nighttime 2 microfiber inserts on top of 2 Hemp Babies doublers works great. Hemp Babies doublers are $3.00 ea. Total for this option: $189.90 (12 pocket diapers + 12 add’l microfiber inserts + 4 Hemp Babies).
Kawaii Baby Minky Sale, Buy 5 Get 1 Free. Each bundle of 6 diapers is $51.25. Three bundles gives you 18 cloth diapers allowing you more breathing room in your stash. You would still need to add a few hemp doublers for nighttime needs. Your total with this option would be $165.75. Depending on your baby, you would wash anywhere from every day to every other day.
Alva Baby or other MIC clone. I’m not a fan of exact duplicate diapers with a different label slapped on them. However, if it means you can cloth diaper your baby then I support your choice. Many, many of my readers use Alva Baby successfully. Each diaper runs anywhere from $4.50-$10. You will also need to purchase inserts. With these prices it would be easy to buy a full stash of cloth diapers.
This is just 4 options for NEW cloth diapers. Most online boutiques now have a gently used section and Cloth Diaper Trader always has a nice selection of used cloth diapers. Craigslist is an excellent place to find a huge deal but you have zero protection or trust in the seller.
I also suggest signing up for your favorite cloth diaper boutique’s newsletter. You will be the first to hear of sales, coupon codes and giveaway.
If finances are tight but you want to cloth diaper please be encouraged that you can do it! You don’t have to use prefolds and pins…but many do and LOVE it!
As you begin looking at all the options sticker shock will no doubt hit you. Just put on blinders and look for sales and package deals.
If you’d like more suggestions from other moms, join the discussions on the cloth diaper forum. I’m always happy to help in any way I can!
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