Updated 2017. Many families choose to cloth diaper for financial reasons. Budgets can be so tight that startup costs are often overwhelming. However, there are ways to begin cloth diapering today on less than $150. I wanted to share one way to do this. This isn’t the only way, and I’d love to hear how you’ve done it successfully as well!
The least expensive route are prefolds and covers. Cotton will be the least expensive. But bamboo and hemp blends are more absorbent. So that is something to keep in mind if you have a little extra money or if you upgrade down the road.
I bought 2 dozen newborn/infant osocozy prefolds from Amazon. 1 dozen prefolds costs $25.
I have used Sweet Pea covers on a newborn and loved them. Four diaper covers from Sweet Pea cost $44. I started out with only 4 and washed them when 2 got wet or soiled. I never had a problem running out of covers. However, for a newborn or infant the chances are a lot higher that the cover will become soiled. In that case, I would order 8 covers.
Okay, so with 2 dozen prefolds and 8 covers that’s $138
Now you need to purchase a diaper pail system. I used a Rubbermaid Commercial Deskside Plastic Wastebasket from Walmart for $5.97. For a pail liner I went to the camping section of Walmart and bought a waterproof bag. I paid $5.00 for mine. I have also used the $1 laundry bags from the Dollar Tree. They don’t last as long but they’re cheap. You can of course get something fancier. But on a budget this will work.
Add $12.00 to our diaper total of $138.00 and you can start cloth diapering for under $150. Keep in mind this is for NEW items. I always recommend for those on a very restrictive budget to buy used. This can knock your cost down to under $100.
If you are looking at used items make sure you know what you are getting first. Ask for photos, condition of elastics and pul and also if there are any issues. Finally, always use paypal so you are protected if anything doesn’t go as expected.
Did you start using cloth diapers on a very limited budget? How did you do it?
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