Cloth diapering saves you a ton of money over disposables in the long run but some families find the initial investment of cloth diapers too much to afford. What they and you need to know, is that you CAN cloth diaper on a budget, still save money, and still have a perfectly good diapering system that you can rely on.
- Consider prefolds! Prefolds are a super inexpensive yet very durable and forgiving method of cloth diapering. They average in cost from $2-$3 each and can be bought in bulk at a greater discount. Don't waste your money on Gerber prefolds, their purpose is more for use as a burp cloth, real Chinese or Indian prefolds are much softer, thicker, and made to be used as a real cloth diapering method.
- Purchase Duo Sized or Onesized Covers! Covers, for use with your prefolds, can be purchased in various sizes. While it is true that the sized covers have a more tailored and visually appealing fit, you can purchase Duo Sized covers like Thirsties or Onesize covers like Kawaii, which are only $7.99 each.
- Buy Gently Used Diapers! I recommend looking for gently used or certified pre-owned diapers that are being sold by a cloth diaper retailer. This ensures that they really are in good shape, don't have residue build-up, and often qualify for additional store discounts when combined with any other order.
- Try handwashing! If washing facilites are an issue then prefolds and covers will definitely be a good option for you. Prefolds can easily be handwashed in a sink, bathtub or camp-style bucket washer and can be hung out to dry. Covers are really easily washed by hand and dry within about 20-30 minutes when the conditions are right.
- Ask for hand-me-downs! You might be surprised to find that others you know have cloth diapers they no longer use or may have never used. Don't be afraid to ask and see if anyone you know has cloth diapering items they'd want to part with.