By the time baby #2 came around I was ready to try cloth diapering. Where do I start? Well there are several blogs and online information about the different types of cloth diapers (and here I thought it was just plain white cloths like what grandma and great grandma used!) Of course all this information was a bit overwhelming especially when looking at the initial costs of the types of diapers. I asked myself "why can't I do it the old fashioned way?" That's when I learned there was fancy terminology for it like flats, prefolds, and covers. Yeah I'm a complete newbie at this sort of thing! So today we're a cloth diapering family with an initial cost of about 50 dollars. Yes only 50 bucks total on diapers and covers so far. We have 20 prefolds, 10 receiving blankets that we use as diapers, 4 safety pins, and 4 diaper covers. We usually have to wash them every other day so the cost of utilities should be considered into the cost of cloth diapering. I've found that if I add the dirty diapers in with my regular load of towels or other clothes than it saves on how many loads I have to do.
Ways to save money by cloth diapering:
- Use old washcloths, receiving blankets, and flannel as diapers or wipes
- Add the dirty diapers to loads of laundry instead of saving them all for 1 or 2 loads of just diapers
- Air dry the diapers for energy saving costs plus the sunshine is an excellent natural bleaching agent for stains
- If there is an old wool sweater lying around that you don't use any longer it can be turned into a diaper cover with a little cutting and sewing.
- Recycle the cloth diapers to use for additional babies or sell them