I have to admit, I was pretty excited that I was able to scientifically prove that spending money on cloth diapers was saving our family money. But after sharing my "research study", I got to thinking. Yes, cloth diapers are cheaper than disposables in the long run, but $1200 is a lot of money. Not everyone is able to lay down that kind of cash right before they have a baby, and I would hate for anyone to think they can't cloth diaper because they can't afford that initial investment. If you feel that way, or if you're just looking for ways to save a little more, here are some ideas.
Try different brands. As with anything else, different brands of cloth diapers have different prices, so try a few at your price point. And feel free to stray from the established names. Bum Genius, Fuzzy Bunz, and Swaddlebees are all great, but Hyena Cart has some amazing diapers at great prices made by some pretty talented work-at-home-moms.
Buy used diapers. Yes, they are clean. No, this is not gross. It’s a great way to buy excellent quality diapers, often for half the retail price. Diaper Swappers is a fantastic site for this. (Speaking of which, you can also sell your cloth diapers on Diaper Swappers after you no longer need them! Definitely can't do that with disposables!)
Buy fewer diapers. As I said in my last diaper post, we did not buy all our diapers at one time. (We didn't even buy all our diapers, but more on that below.) Having fewer diapers may mean nightly diaper laundry, but speaking as someone who did that for six months, it's not that big of a deal.
Put cloth diapers on your wish list. If you are pregnant, a diaper registry is a great idea. (I know that Abby’s Lane offers this service, and I'm sure other stores do too.) Although we didn't make an offical registry, when my parents and sister asked what they could buy W for a baby present, we suggested cloth diapers. Between them, we got our entire newborn stash! When my in-laws asked what W (then, 6 months) wanted for Christmas, I pointed them in the direction of BubuBebe. They were thrilled to pick out a couple cute prints and give him something he would actually use!
Skip newborn diapers. I would be lying if I told you I didn't love seeing W in his Kissaluvs 0, but newborn diapers are a big investment for such a short period of use. If you don't want to skip them, but feel like all the other options are too expensive, you can...
Choose prefolds. These are the "old school" of the cloth diapering world, but lots of moms still love using them from birth until potty training time. Green Mountain makes excellent quality prefolds, and at around $2 each, it's hard to beat the price! Add a couple snappis ($4 each) and waterproof covers ($9-12 each), and you'll be set. We used these to supplement our newborn stash, and my husband (the self described "engi-nerd") loved learning about all the different folds.
Obviously, your own cost comparison is going to vary based on the types and amount of diapers you buy, but I hope these ideas help to make cloth diapering even more wallet-friendly for your family! If you think of any more money saving tips, please leave a comment and share!