Cloth diapering starting costs...

Kim - posted on 11/13/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I have a 7month old daughter and am thinking of switching to cloth diapers but I would like to know what the cost would be to start doing this. I also feel like I don't know where to start either. Any advice would be great. Thanks

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Amanda - posted on 02/01/2011

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i just switched myself with a 9 month old....i initially bought a "starter package" from weebunz.com of prefolds and covers then found cottonbabies.com was having a sale of bumgenius 3.0 for $9.95 each- with an older baby, i wish i had just spent all of my money on all in ones- its kind of hard to diaper a wiggling active baby. i like the prefolds with covers (they are so soft!), but its hard to wrestle a bigger kid into them. good luck!

Kim - posted on 11/16/2010

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Thank you both so much! I've been looking at different sites to try and help make our decision to make the switch. I'm still trying to convince my husband that this is the best choice for our family.

There are so many choices it is a little overwhelming, I have to admit. With the prefolds, all in ones, inserts, diaper covers, and then what kind of detergent to use, what to soak it in...I feel a little bit lost as well.

Jennifer - posted on 11/16/2010

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We started around 8 months. What I did was I did a cloth diaper trial. Jilliansdrawers.com and many others offer these and they allow you to try a bunch of different types of cloth diapers for 21 days for $10. Diaperpin.com is also a great resource and even has a calculator (http://diaperpin.com/calculator/calculat...) which can help you in your decision. Diaperswappers.com is another site that has used diapers that people sell and you can get some great deals there too. In the end we bought our Fuzzibunz one-sized brand new from eBay at around $15 ea. and have been thrilled with the switch. The pocket diapers go on much like disposables, and even though they were more expensive than the prefolds, it was the right choice for us. Good luck!

Heather - posted on 11/14/2010

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you can try craigslist to see what they are going on there. try googling the type you are thinking about using and get prices from the internet, check local diapers stores. if you go to a local shop they can give you lots of help usually, also try buying a couple different brands and types until you find the one you like. new ones run 15-20 depending on the kind you get, if you get used ones look for prices 10-15. you may even find them cheaper than that at a re-sale shop. hope this helps! good luck and have fun

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