It’s Day 2 of the Cloth Diaper Revival’s Flats and Handwashing Challenge.
Let’s discuss the costs of cloth diapering. For most parents, the upfront costs of cloth diapering tends to turn them off. When you see the price of a “modern cloth diaper” in the store for $20 – $25 each, you wonder how anyone can afford a big enough “stash” (that’s cloth diaper lingo for ‘all your cloth diapers’).
For a middle-class family like ours, even that’s unrealistic! This week, I made it a personal goal to use more cost effective options than I’ve used in past years. Here’s what’s included in my stash for this week:
$0 – 5 old cotton T-shirts
$7.88 – 10 Walmart Flour Sack Towels (or Amazon has 13 for $15.99 with Free Prime)
$0 – 1 Flannel Receiving Blanket
$2.50 – Fleece Liners to keep “the bum feeling dry” (Walmart Fleece Blanket cut up into tons of them!)
$0 – Snappi (Someone gifted a few to me years ago – or you can use old school diaper pins or nothing at all)
And here’s where you have a few options that ranges in budgets…
A diaper cover is a diaper cover is a diaper cover. You just need SOMETHING that is waterproof, so when baby pees or poops onto the absorbent portion (the flour sack towels), it doesn’t leak out. It can cost you as little as $5 per diaper cover or as much as $18+
One kind isn’t necessarily better than the others, but varies in prints and availability. The great part about diaper covers, is that you don’t have to toss them aside and wash them every time you change the baby, so you need LESS of them. If baby pees, wipe the cover clean and reuse it. If baby poops, then you can use a new one. For the average baby, who uses about 8-12 diapers a day, you can probably get through a day/week with about 6-8 covers. Buying second hand diapers is even cheaper!
$32 – 4 Diaper Covers (I’m not using these but they’re a great, inexpensive option)
$13.25 – 1 Thirsties Size 2 Duo Wrap Cover
$50 – 4 Flip Diaper covers (I bought mine second hand at $10 a piece including shipping)
$13.50 – 1 Buttons Cloth Diaper cover
$3.99 – 1 Upcycled Wool Diaper Cover (I bought a 100% wool sweater from the Thrift Store and sewed that bad boy into a cover). For those that can’t sew, you can still do the same with a few pins!
**Not my photo (photo by Karen J ) – but it’s a fabulous example**
So our grand total for the 2018 stash was — $77.87 — for 16 diapers, and a handful of covers. You could easily bulk up this stash with a few more tshirts, receiving blankets or FSTs. And realistically, you don’t have to buy all the cloth diapers at once. If you’re working now, start purchasing a few with each paycheck before the baby arrives. Before you know it, you’ll have your own little stash ready to go!
My 2018 Flats and Handwashing Stash Shot!
(Not pictured – My fleece liners and 1 Flip Cover that’s currently “on the bum”)
I’m participating in the Flats and Handwashing Challenge hosted by Cloth Diaper Revival.