It's no secret that cloth diapering is the cheaper route in the long run... But starting out the initial start-up cost can be a little overwhelming to moms on a strict budget. What's a mom to do? Thankfully, cloth diapering on a budget is possible. Here are a few quick tips to get you started.
If you're expecting and planning to cloth, think ahead. Buy a diaper here or there while you can and as your budget allows before baby arrives. A $10 to $20 diaper every few weeks is certainly much easier to swallow than a $200 to $300 stash.
One of the great money saving benefits of using cloth is that you can sell them after baby is finished using them. Buying used can be a great way to build your stash for much less!
Use Covers & Prefolds
These are perhaps the cheapest of all diaper options. Covers can be reused several times between washes so you need fewer and prefolds are very inexpensive!
Use Flour Sack Towels
Prefolds may be cheap but flour sack towels are even cheaper. These can be found in the kitchen section at places like Walmart or Target and cost around $1 per towel. Fold them up and use them as you would a prefold. Cheap and absorbent.
DIY Cloth Wipes
Cloth wipes are great but can add more to your startup cost quickly. Have old shirts laying around? Cut them up and use them as wipes. Old receiving blankets can make excellent baby wipes also. Get creative!
Don't Go Overboard
Cloth diapers can become quite addictive. It's easy to get caught up in buying all the diapers but if your sole reason for cloth diapering is to save money remember a modest stash is all you NEED!
If you are truly in need there are organizations that will help you out! Search for local organizations in your area!
Randi is a Christian wife, mother of two and blogger at A Modern Day Fairy Tale, where she writes about her life — raising a child with autism, transitioning out of the military family life and much more. She has a passion for sharing natural parenting options like babywearing, cloth diapering and extended breastfeeding with fellow moms!