It Doesn’t Have To Cost A Lot

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**

Wool Pinned Cover

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”)

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I’m participating in the Flats and Handwashing Challenge hosted by Cloth Diaper Revival.

Wool — Cloth Diapering

Wool? Like the hot, scratchy kind?? Yep!

Well, not all wool is scratchy. Believe it or not, wool can keep you warm, but it’s also breathable. Air is good for the bums!

We love our wool, even here in South Florida!

Some stay away from wool, for cloth diapering, because it’s intimidating. Once you learn how to do it, it’s so simple and can be less work. Oh and did I mention it’s the solution for a lot of parents who have a “heavy wetter?” That’s because wool can absorb up to 30% before it feels wet. You also don’t have to wash your wool every time, like you would your diapers. Use it for 2-3 weeks, continuously, and then wash it. Give your wool a lanolin bath and it can also repel urine!

Here’s a quick step-by-step tutorial on how to lanolize your wool.

You’ll need to following to do this:

Bucket or Sink (that you can fill)

Lanolin (You can even use the “nipple cream kind” in a pinch)

Emulsifying Cubes or Baby Wash

Small Glass Jar or Plastic Container with a cover

Bath Towel

 

Step 1 – Wash all wool, by hand, so it’s clean. No need to “scrub” it unless there’s poop spots. I use Ecos detergent to wash my wool, but I also have that on hand (from washing my baby carriers). I’ve also used a little regular detergent or baby wash. Anything to make sure there’s no urine or poop on / in the wool.

 

 

Step 2 – Take wool out, fill your sink with clean, lukewarm water and put wool back in. It’s take to make your lanolin mixture and bath!

Fill your glass jar with hot water. It doesn’t have to be boiling hot, but hot enough to melt the lanolin. Take a pea size amount of lanolin and put into the hot water, followed by half an emulsion cube or a squirt of baby wash).

Put the lid on and give it a good shake!!

You should end up with a milky, kind of soapy, liquid.

Open it carefully! (Remember from science class? Hot liquids that are shaken, create energy!)

 

Step 3 – Pour all of that into your lukewarm, bath of wool and mix everything around until he water is a little cloudy.

Leave it for about 30 min. Some say less, some say more…but I haven’t seen a difference. Go have a snack, or feed the baby and come back!

 

Step 4 – Drain the water, squeeze each piece, and remove as much water as possible but don’t “wring it out.” Open your bath towel and lay each piece on top.

Then roll the bath towel up, and put pressure on it to remove more water from the wool.

 

Step 5 – Lay all your wool flat, to dry. I usually lay them outside and then bring them in later, and lay them flat inside the house. Note — Your wool can take 24-48 hours to dry! Factor in this time if you need to use them.

Not too bad, right? Think you can handle it? No? Tell me what’s stopping you, or what you think the hardest part is?