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Saving money (and the environment) by going cloth

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I don’t really remember them, but I know what they are and let me tell you, you won’t catch me using a cloth diaper like this. From what I’ve been told by those women who didn’t have the option of disposable way back then, these diapers were a pain. They leaked, they were not so easy to put on, and they just didn’t hold much (see *leak).

If I had the choice between these diapers and disposable ones, oh yeah, I’d definitely stick with disposable. The wonderful thing is I have one more option. Cloth diapers that look like disposables. Not only that but there are many more options with cloth diapers aside from that.

You can have all-in-one diapers which are exactly what they sound like — the diaper is one single piece like a disposable, but it’s cloth, with the protective cover attached.

You can have fitted diapers which look like a diaper and velcro or snap, but you then put a cover over it. There’s also the pre-fold. The pre-fold folds up like the old-school cloth diapers did, but then you put them inside the cover and snap that on. It still looks like a disposable, just one extra step.

The pocket cloth diapers are similar to pre-folds, but they have a pocket to fit the thick, absorbent cloth that is taken in and out of the water-proof outer cover.

They even have some that are kind of a “one size fits most.” They have snaps all over the front of the diaper so depending on how big the baby is depends on where you snap it.

See? Like I said. So many options.

We used cloth pull-ups with Josiah (yes they were pull-ups not diapers, but the absorbency lacked after a month or two). I didn’t use cloth diapers because I was still in school and working a random job and I didn’t think I could do it.

With Samuel, I’m going one step further. You see, cloth diapers are around $10 a piece when you buy them online. Don’t panic. Typically you by 10-20, so $100-$200 worth and they last for several months. With disposables you’re going to spend $20-25 a week on diapers — so in two months you’ve made your money back. As far as I know, cloth will last for 3-6 months depending on how fast your baby grows. If you use pre-folds they’re going to last longer.

Oh, and don’t fall for that myth that says you’re going to spend as much in laundry. When you have a baby, you’re obviously going to have more laundry. Diapers are a couple of small loads a week (they advise that you wash your diapers every other day when used).

One of the cloth diapers I've made.

One of the cloth diapers I’ve made.

So what extra step am I taking? I’ve been making my own. Yes, I’ve been making my own cloth diapers. The journey has been interesting because until I started making the diapers, I had no clue what a bobbin was and had to Google how to thread the machine that I inherited from my step-mom.

This post is getting a little bit long, so I won’t keep you much more, but here’s a quick break down.

After I bought the supplies needed to sew, the cost of my diapers and covers (I’ve been making fitted and pre-fold diapers) have been less than $2 a diaper and about $.50 per cover. So I’m spending $2.50 a diaper. Making the diaper and cover together can take anywhere from about 20 minutes to an hour depending on what you’re doing (pre-folds and covers don’t take long to make, diapers take a little longer). The time has also decreased as I’ve gotten the hang of sewing.

So look for my next post and I’ll show you how I’ve been making my diapers.


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  1. Pingback: Making good quality, cheap cloth diapers | Be Organic and Healthy

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