I’ve answered the question before about why we chose to use cloth diapers, but haven’t shared how we have gone about cloth diapering. I’m very thankful that we have a friend who cloth diapered her two kids, and she was a treamendouse help with her tips and tricks on how to get started. In talking about how we’ve cloth diapered, I’ll start out by stating that our goal was to keep things as inexpensive as possible.
Initially I thought we would opt for AIO (all-in-one) diapers or pocket (diapers that you stuff with an insert) diapers, and would run from the idea of prefolds and covers. AIO diapers give you the ease of putting diapers on and tossing them in a diaper pail almost like a disposable diaper. I figured this would be how my husband would want to diaper. We both started googling and watching YouTube videos to learn as much as we could. We quickly realized that prefolds and covers are not that bad, and they are SO MUCH CHEAPER.
Here is how we started out with cloth diapering a newborn:
- $38.25 – 3 Size One Thirsties DuoWrap Covers (we were gifted three)
- $30.00 – 24 Indian Cotton Prefolds
- $7.75 – 3 Pack of Snappi Diaper Fastners Size One
- $20.95 – Blueberry Simplex AIO Newborn Diaper (bought this to try AIOs. Loved this for on the go changes and babysitters)
- $16.50 – Thirsties AIO Newborn Diaper (bought this to try AIOs. Loved this for on the go changes and babysitters. This was the only diaper my friend used on her diaper)
- $0.00 – 50 Wipes (Our friend mentioned above, made us ours for my baby shower. She said that any material works, but she made ours out of flannel on one side for softness and terry on the other for messier diaper changes)
- $0.00 – Two Dozen Diaper liners (the same friend above gifted us liners at my shower. These are great for a moisture barrier at night or as a liner for poopy diapers making them easier to clean)
- $39.99 – Simple Human Trash Can
- Munchkin Wipe Warmer
- $32.00 – Planet Wise Pail Liners
- $13.00 – Itzy Ritzy Wet Bag
- $17.95 – Itzy Ritzy Wet Bag
- $4.99 – Skip Hop Wipe Container (loved this for on the go)
Total Spent: $221.38
Additional Purchases to continue cloth diapering into toddlerhood:
Over time we found out there were some more things we needed. Also, along the way I’ve learned of things to add to our diaper stash that works best for our childcare situation and lifestyle.
- $51.00 – 4 Size Two Thirsties DuoWrap Covers (we were gifted three)
- $5.00 – a second hand Size Two Thirsties DuoWrap Cover (sometime buying gently used can be a great deal!)
- $34.56 – 24 Indian Cotton Prefolds Size Infant
- $39.14 – 24 Indian Cotton Prefolds Size Regular
- $43.72 – 24 Indian Cotton Prefolds Size Premium
- $100.00 – 5 Blueberry Simplex AIO Diapers (these are the diapers we use for preschool, because they’re so easy)
- $7.75 – 3 Pack of Snappi Diaper Fasteners Size Two (eventually kids outgrow the size one)
- $18.50 – Logan + Lenora Wet + Dry Diaper Clutch (for holding lots of wipes at preschool)
- $10.00 – Logan + Lenora Wet Bag (use this for the bathroom for holding poopy diapers after cleaning)
- $21.95 – Leslie’s Boutique Wet/Dry Bag Size Medium (for holding more diapers for long days out and about)
- $15.75 – Planet Wise Travel Wet/Dry Bag (for holding more diapers for long days out and about)
- Pail Liner
- $29.50 Munchkin Mist Wipe Warmer (the first one died on us)
- $42.50 – Bumkins Diaper Sprayer
Total Spent: $419.37
Night Time Diapers – As our daughter got older and slept longer we needed some more absorbent options
- $35.00 – BumGenis 4.0 two pack (used until we found out my daughter was allergic to the suedecloth)
- $5 – 2 Hemp Inserts
- $34 – Babee Greens Hemp Fitteds (two were bought second hand)
- $16 – Bummis Covers (larger cover for bigger kids at night)
Total Spent: $90.00
Grand Total Spent: $730.75
Keep in mind there are some items on this list that we would have bought regardless of cloth diapering (diaper pail). Some items on this list are nice to have (extra wet bags), but not a necessity. We hope to have another baby, and then we will use these cloth diapering supples AGAIN and make our investment extra valuable.
Have any questions? I definitely plan to share more about how we do things, and I will periscope a few times about cloth too. Be sure to follow me on periscope (hebrewdaw), and know that I’m happy to serve as a resource to anyone who may want to cloth diaper.
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