Question by Shelly: What is the most economic and organic way to cloth diaper your baby?
I want to cloth diaper full time, but we are on a very tight budget and I need to know which cloth diapers are the cheapest and where to buy them. Does anybody know? I want to go all-organic if possible. Where can I buy the cheapest yet most natural cloth diapering supplies?
Answer by Chicka's mama
Check out tribalbaby.org for ways to save money AND the environment with less nappy use! I just stumbled across it the other day i wish i had seen it sooner!
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- Mommy to Lauryn and Sydney says:
I went to diapers.com if you want to check out there packages and use the promo code BABYSALE you can get 10.00 off your order I order my Bum Genius and Fuzzy Bunz there your going to spend quite a bit to get started but after that you just can buy new soaker pads if needed which are usually 8.00 for a pack of 3
- Danny T says:
If money is an issue, I'd stray away from any internet site or cloth-diaper company. Go to a charity shop (Goodwill, Salvation Army, etcetera) and buy cloth there, cut it into a diaper and use that, then wash them yourself (it's nasty, but hey it's your idea to do this).
- Rogue Wyndwalker says:
The cheapest way to cloth diaper organically is to buy natural organic hemp prefold diapers (flat cloth) that you fasten in the front with what is called a Snappi. I tried doing this at first with my newborn because some suggested it would be easier while the umbilical cord was healing. However, it leaked HORRIBLY because, unlike other diapering options, it isn't fitted. The next most economical way to cloth diaper is to still use the prefolds, but also purchase some diaper covers to put over the prefold. The most natural, organic diaper cover is made of wool, but those can be expensive, but the plus side is that as long as the cover does not get any excrement (poop) on it, it can be reused with a different diaper (prefold) afterwards.
Fortunately, in the long run cloth diapering your baby is cheaper (and more ecologically-friendly) than using disposable diapers. (Not to mention how much gentler it seems to be on baby's skin.) I, personally, really love pocket diapers. I use Bum Genius 3.0 one-size diapers. You can use the same covers from newborn to potty-training and they are really easy to use. You can read more about them here: http://www.bumgenius.com/
They do have organic Bum Genius 3.0 one-size pocket diapers, but they are a little more expensive. (I've seen them being about more at about per diaper, and they each come with one diaper insert and a doubler.) I prefer the pocket diaper to the all-in-one because I think you can get the pocket diaper cleaner and it dries faster. Hope that answers your question!
Also, if you have any natural parenting stores in your area that sell cloth diapers, many of those same stores also offer classes on cloth diapering that will really help answer a lot of your questions. Good luck and happy diapering!
- smedrik says:
Bum genius 3.0.
They will grow with you baby so they are useful from birth through to potty training. if you care for them properly you will only need about about a dozen of them through the child's entire diaper years. They are about each however under 0 to diaper your child for 2-3 years is a bargain.
- jay_cce1 says:
the flat unfolded ones are the cheapest and easiest to wash and dry.
if you want info on how to fold them, let me know and i can give you websites or explain it (i use regular cloth diapers and folded them).
when i laundered my babies diapers, instead of folding them as i needed them, or in squares to store, i prefolded each one ready to go on babys bottom complete with a liner, and had them ready to go so they were just as easy to use as disposables.