It’s no secret that cloth diapering is the cheaper route in the long run for the average family. But if you are starting out with cloth diapering, the initial start-up cost can be a little overwhelming to moms on a strict budget. How’s a mom to choose between Eco-friendly and budget-friendly? Thankfully, cloth diapering on a budget is possible. Here are a few quick tips to get you started.
If you’re expecting a baby and planning to cloth diaper, think ahead. Buy a cloth diaper here or there when you can and as your budget allows before baby arrives. Many moms like to pick up a favorite print from their favorite brands who regularly release new styles. A $10 to $20 cloth diaper every few weeks is certainly a much easier purchase to swallow than a $200 to $300 cloth diaper stash.
Much of my cloth diaper stash is from Buttons Diapers, an affordable family-owned company that designs modern cloth diapers and snap-in inserts in a variety of styles. I love their simple cloth diaper covers that are adjustable for babies 0-24 months, and come in so many adorable prints and solid colors! You’ll have a hard time choosing your favorite pattern.
Buttons Diapers cloth covers come in three sizes; Newborn, standard One Size, and Super for kids who are potty training. Each cover is interchangeable with Buttons Diapers microfiber, hemp, and bamboo inserts, also available in daytime and nighttime doubler styles. This cloth diaper system is easy to use and also interchange with other similar diaper brand styles.
Buttons Diapers most recently introduced the “Super” diaper size, which fits bigger kids and also doubles as great training pants for the potty training stage. We’ve spent so much money on disposable pull-ups and it’s nice finding reusable alternatives for 3 and 4-year-olds. These Super diapers are just like the One Size diaper style but they are bit more roomy and fit the XL inserts. All the covers are easy to adjust with rows of sizing and riser snaps.
Buttons Diapers also regularly releases new cover prints so you can easily add to your stash over time. This helps save money and not blow the budget if you just buy a new diaper each month. The cloth diaper covers and inserts are priced very affordably.
Buy Used Cloth Diapers
One of the great money saving benefits of using cloth is that you can buy gently used cloth diapers secondhand and even sell your stash after baby is finished using them. After 3 kids, some of my cloth diapers are fairly far gone but I do have some that I could still sell. Buying used cloth diapers can be a great way to build your stash for much less, and you can get cloth diaper patterns from past seasons that are no longer available new!
Mix & Match Covers & Inserts
Cloth diaper covers can be reused several times between washes if the insert is just lightly wet. Just remove the insert and swap it out with a new cloth diaper insert when you change your baby. This means you can have 10 covers and 20 inserts for two days of cloth diapering.
Use Reusable Wipes
Disposable diapers and wipes can really add up in cost, especially when you have several kids. Reusable wipes are easy to lander with your cloth diapers and you can use them over and over. Mix up a cloth wipe solution with water, coconut oil, baby shampoo and a few drops of lavender essential oil.
Don’t Go Overboard
Collecting 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!
What is your favorite thing about cloth diapering?
Katie has been married for 9 years, has 3 young children, and loves creative projects, photography, decorating, and encouraging others to pursue their ideas. She loves the Lord and feels blessed to be a stay-at-home mom with opportunities to enjoy creative outlets from home.