What are the best inexpensive cloth diapers out there?

Kandace - posted on 02/05/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter has always used disposables but it is just so expensive, and not very good for the environment and I was wondering if anyone knew how to make inexpensive cloth diapers?

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I don't make my own, but you can try sassycloth. They're a lot cheaper than most of the bigger brands, and the covers I own from them are just as good as more expensive covers I've bought for twice the price. They also sell all-in-one and pocket diapers, which have good reviews, but I've only used their covers. The website is sassycloth.com. The only drawback is that there can be a long wait for your order since it's all handmade to order. I waited a month for mine. That's just the price of admission when you are getting something good and it's also cheap. It usually won't be fast. Oh, and the size chart on that site tends to run big, so er to the smaller side if you're on the fence about what size to get.



Otherwise, I can tell you that prefolds with covers are hands down the cheapest system. Indian Prefolds, the kind I use, are anywhere from $1-2 each (depending on size) and covers run the gamut from $6-30. You need about 2-3 dozen prefolds, and 4 covers. Others will differ in opinion on this, but that's what works for me. I don't use prefolds at night. I use Bum Genius then. They're kind of expensive, but if you can find them used (try diaperswappers.com) you can usually get them, and any other type of diaper, for a fraction of the price.



Actually, buying used might be the best way for you to find inexpensive cloth diapers. It will allow you to minimize your financial investment while trying out many different types of diapers to figure out what works best for you.



Also, there's a group on here that you can join. It's called Cloth Diapered Munchkins. It's a very active group with many people who are experienced with cloth diapering. You can find a lot of good tips, advice, and support there. No doubt, there are people there who have made the switch from disposables to cloth (mine has been in cloth since birth, so I'm no help on switching!) and can help you figure everything out.



Good luck!!!

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Kaitlin - posted on 04/12/2012

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I spent a hundred bucks and got enough for both boys from birth to potty training. Mine have lasted through two boys and I have another on the way, and in between were used on another kiddo too- they held up great! I got pre folds and a few cute covers and learned how to make a few covers (very very simple). I make my own laundry detergent for cloth diapers (you cant use regular stuff and specifically designed for diapers can get expensive) and I line/rack dry when possible. Pockets and all in ones take longer to dry and can be more expensive. Try greenmountaindiaper.com- they have a lot of helpful information. You can also try getting used off craigslist or ebay or amazon type sites, just watch shipping costs. When you get them used, if you're a little nervous of germs, just boil them (do not bleach) and then wash or use them regularly. :)

User - posted on 04/12/2012

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I use Alvababy pocket diapers and am in diapering less than $250 total for about 10lb baby to potty training! alvababy.com

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I don't make my own cloth diapers but I use prefolds and covers and they are quite inexpensive, and they're also easy to use and care for. If you plan on having more children though, pockets or all in ones might be something you'd want to look into. Though the initial cost is up there, they will hold up nicer through multiple babies.

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I don't make my own cloth diapers but I use prefolds and covers and they are quite inexpensive, and they're also easy to use and care for. If you plan on having more children though, pockets or all in ones might be something you'd want to look into. Though the initial cost is up there, they will hold up nicer through multiple babies.

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