The Frugle, Yet Practical Approach to Cloth Diapers…

Alright, at this point I consisder myself pretty informed on cloth diapers. I’ve tried so many styles and brands that I feel I have a pretty good grip on what works and what doesn’t. I have to say that each child is different so what works for us may not work for you but I have a good idea it will.

Cloth diapering on a budget…(listen to me, I promise I have an idea of what I’m talking about)

1) Diaper covers. I have tried pockets and covers and by far covers have worked best for me. I have also tried numerous types of covers finding a few to really be the best covers for particular reason to be described in another post. I would purchase 7 Flip Diaper Covers, preferably from Kellyscloset.com while they are running a coupons or something…they often do spend this much and get a free diaper (usually pockets). Why 7? Two per day with an extra for a super mess. I wash about every 3 days, if not sooner.

2) Inserts. This is the how to do it the cheap way… Go to Wal-Mart and buy 2 packs of their prefold cloth diapers that are 14.99 per pack of 12 and 2 packs of their flat cloth diapers, same price. Why both? I like to wrap the flat inside the prefold for extra absorbancy. At night for my heavy wetter I add an extra hemp insert, Fuzzibunz hemp insert 3 pack for 14.99.

3) Laundry detergent. I have used two types of laundry detergents. I would recommend spending the money on cloth diaper detergent. I know its expensive but its worth it! I prefer Rockin’ Green Laundry detergent. I also use the Rockin’ Green Funk Rock ammonia bouncer with each wash. It is well worth the money.

4) Wet Bags/ Pail Liners. At first you can get away with just 1 of each but I would recommend two pail liners at least. It makes for a nice rotation during laundry day. I personally have three wet bags and two pail liners that work great for us. I am not brand specific. They all seem to work the same to me.

5) Diaper Pail. I use a dry diaper system, which is recommended by almost everyone. I use a step-open trash can which can be purchased for about $20.

6) Cloth Diaper-Safe Cream. A must if you plan on cloth diapering. At some point you might get a red area and need to apply something so have it ready. I really like CJ’s Spritz’O butter. Keeps your hands clean(er) and smells great. I also always have Grandma Eli’s Diaper Rash Cream around as well. I also always have a little Tea Tree Oil to get rid of anything even slightly resembling yeast ; )

7) Cloth Wipes. The cheapest and easiest thing to use are baby wash cloths. I’m sure you have tons from your baby shower and if you don’t go to Ross and find a pack of 12 on clearance for $2.

8) Cloth Wipe Solution. I have used Baby Bum Drops but really have found that plain water with a little Tea Tree Oil works great. I also use a plain old spray bottle from the store that can be purchased for a couple dollars.

So for a grand total of….

7 Flip covers at 13.97 each =97.79
2 Prefolds packs of 12 = 29.98
2 Flat packs of 12 = 29.98
Fuzzibunz 3 Pack Hemp inserts = 14.99
1 bag of Rockin’Green Laundry Detergent 45/90 loads = 14.95
1 bag of Rockin’ Green Funk Rock Ammonia Bouncer 15 Loads = 12.95
2 GroVia Pail Liner = 30.50
1 Grovia Wet Bag = 6.75
1 Step-open trash can= 20.00
CJ’s Spritz O’Butter= 9.00
Grandma Eli’s Cream= 10.97
Tea Tree Oil (local grocery store) = 12.00
Cloth wipes (baby washcloths) 2 packs of 6 brand new at target 5.99 each= 11.98
Spray bottle for water= 3.00

For a GRAND TOTAL OF ====== $304.84

You could even shave off…
-3 covers (which mean more frequent laundry) for 41.97
-1 pack of prefolds for 14.99
-1 pack of flats for 14.99
-wet bag, use grocery store plastic bag for 6.75
-1 pail liner for 15.25
-1 pack of washcloths for 5.99

Saving $99.88, bringing your GRAND TOTAL TO $204.96!!!!

Not so bad, right? Save money, save the planet and have a baby with a cute fluffy butt! Now I understand that you may not have $300 right off the bat to just put towards cloth diapers. Lets say that around 5 months prego you decide that you might want to try and cloth diaper ; ) Start saving…$60 bucks a month and/or register for cloth diapers for you baby shower.

Jenn

bumGenius 4.0, the ultimate night time diaper…

As a fairly new cloth diapering mama I realized really quickly that I needed a diaper that was going to last through the night for my 4 1/2 month old.  Our other diaper were not going to cut it.  I decided that I was going to give the Bum Genius 4.o a shot.  It worked out great because kellyscloset.com was having a deal that if you ordered $35 worth of merchandise they would send you a free cloth diaper…score!  So I ordered a butternut bumGenius 4.0 One-Size  Stay-dry cloth diaper with snaps for $17.95.  The diaper came with  two inserts, a one-size and a newborn.  I washed the diaper as recommended by the manufacturer and got it on my girls bum as soon as I could.

The diaper is beautiful.  I love the color.  I typically go for girly bold, patterned colored diapers but love this soft yellow ; )  I also like the “feel” of the diaper.  The real test, how long would it last? My daughter typically sleeps from about 9:30pm until about 7:00am with a couple of snacks in between.  She hates her diaper changed in the middle of the night, hence the need for a long-lasting night-time diaper .  I put the diaper on her around 8:30pm and put her to bed at her usual time and she woke up around 7am.  The diaper worked!  She, the bed, and her cloths were dry!  Woo Hoo!  Less laundry for mama! Bonus, the free cloth diaper was another bumGenius 4.0!

Overall rating:  4.75 out of 5 stars

-I would highly recommend this diaper to my friends.

Cost: 4 out of 5 stars

-One of the most expensive diapers I own.  I would have more but I can’t afford to so I will stick to the two I have and use them for my night-time diapers.

Performance: 5 out of 5

-10+hours!

Fit: 5 out of 5

-Some of my other diapers tend to be too bulky with two stuffers but this fit nicely and appeared to be comfortable for my little chunky thighed girl.

Care:  5 out of 5

-Nothing but the usual, cold rinse->cloth diaper detergent/hot water->second rinse->line or tumble dry (although the inserts to require two rounds in the dryer to get dry).