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 $125.
The least expensive route are prefolds and covers. My favorite prefolds have been the very first ones I purchased in 2005. I bought 2 dozen DSQ newborn/infant 4x8x4 Indian cotton prefolds from the Granitesmith ebay store. 1 dozen prefolds costs $18.99. If you buy 2 or more dozen you get free shipping on covers. Shipping for 2 dozen prefolds is $11.50. So far the total is up to $49.48.
For covers I purchased the proraps covers in size L. At the time my son was 15 months old. I have used proraps on a newborn and loved them. For a 4 pack of prorap covers it is $27.90. 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.
I prefer proraps covers for children that can undo diapers because of the clasp. I’m sure there are some crafty kids out there that can undo it but I found it to be the only one my son kept on. The clasps are not on size Newborn and Small.
Okay, so with 2 dozen prefolds (+shipping) and covers (free ship) the total is $105.28. Granitesmith ships FedEx so you get them fast.
Now you need to purchase a diaper pail system. I use a Sterilite 20-Quart Touch-Top Wastebasket from Walmart for $4.97. 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.
Add $10.00 to our diaper total of $105.28 and you can start cloth diapering for $115.28. 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.