How I Built My Newborn Cloth Diaper Stash On A Budget
I Built My Newborn Stash for around $200 and how you could do it for even less!
When I was expecting my daughter I knew immediately that I’d be cloth diapering.
After all, I had spent a ridiculous amount of money buying my son every cute print I came across.
I had a stash of almost 50 one-size cloth diapers just waiting for her.
One size diapers aren’t exactly one size fits all.
It soon became clear that I would need a newborn stash as well.
When my son started cloth diapers I wasn't exactly interested in saving money. I was going through a bit of a (three-year long) spending spree and I wanted to #buyallthethings.
This time, money was a factor. So I set out to find a way to make her newborn stash affordable. Rather than purchase 15 of my go-to all in one or pocket diapers. I choose fitted diapers and covers.
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To be honest, despite all my cloth diapering experience I never gave covers a chance.
I previously owned two and they were the emergency “mommy is feeling so so lazy but really needs to do laundry” diapers.
The reality is, they are a much cheaper option and I have already grown love them.
My newborn stash consists of:
7 covers including:
4 Rumparooz ($10 each)(affiliate)
2 Thirsties ($12 each)(affiliate)
1 Imagine ($10)(affiliate)
5 Thirsties All in Ones (AIO) ($15 each)(affiliate)
10 Cloth-eez Workhorse Fitted ($6.95 each)
for a total of: $228.50
and I could have done it cheaper without sacrificing much at all!
Everything except for the Thirsties covers were Snaps,
I’m not big on velcro diapers primarily because they don’t last nearly as long (or so I’ve heard).
I purchased everything on the list myself from Amazon (affiliate) and Green Mountain Diapers however, there are a couple of other Cloth Diaper retailers that I would recommend.
I make a lot of purchases from Amazon so it’s more convenient for me, but they don’t have the best selection or best deals when it comes to Cloth Diapers so definitely shop around! Retailers I recommend:
Each of these retailers have something unique to offer including rewards programs, used diapers, trial programs, and exclusive products.
I’m really happy with her newborn stash and I got some super cute girly prints :)
but....If I could do it over I probably would go with all Rumparooz (affiliate) Covers and Workhorse Fitteds.
Another benefit of cloth diapers for newborns is the high resale value.
You aren’t using these diapers long, so they typically sell for almost as much as you paid. I expect my overall diaper budget after she outgrows them and I sell them to be closer to $75 total, not bad at all!
During this newborn stage, no one other than myself and my cloth diaper savvy husband has had to change any diapers.
I don’t intend to be leaving her with anyone anytime soon.
IF I did I would definitely find the AIO’s a necessity. Even though they aren’t difficult at all; anyone not totally used to cloth diapers may be a bit annoyed with the cover and fitted.
There are many other ways to make cloth diapering a newborn even cheaper including:
Borrowing from a friend
It’s pretty common for parents to save their cloth diapers for their next child. If you have a cloth diaper buddy who has some newborn diapers but no newborn, they may be willing to let you borrow them. For the amount of time they are in used, there isn’t much wear and tear involved.
2. Rent them
I seriously considered this option. There are many websites that rent cloth diapers including: Sweet Bottoms and I’m sure many more. I was THIS close to renting my stash but when I really thought about the costs I realized that I’d save more money reselling them then renting. With the rental you (obviously) don’t get to keep them, and it felt like a lot of money for something that wasn’t mine. I also worried that myself or my…less than responsible husband, might lose one. I’m sure there is a policy in place and the consequences aren’t all that dire, but I really dreaded the thought of calling the company to tell them I lost a diaper….talk about #randomthingstoworryabout.
In addition to their rental program Sweet Bottoms (affiliate) also has a “diaper trial” you get to try the diaper for 30 days and return it if it doesn’t work for you. This is awesome especially since diapers are not “one brand fits all”. A diaper that works wonders for my baby may leak like crazy for yours. It’s all about body type and preferences. This is a great idea! Note: I haven’t used the trial program myself but have had good experiences with the company in general.
Kelly's Closet (affiliate) also offers a trial program but does not offer rental.
3. Buy Used
Some of these companies allow you to buy used diapers and sometimes local shops will as well. I had no idea that there was a shop near me ( I live in a rural area where like no one cloth diapers so I found it very odd and exciting) that sells used cloth diapers and every other item from a natural parenting mamas dreams. If I had known, I absolutely would have bought used fitted diapers and covers from them. I am keeping them in mind for an option of who to sell my newborn stash to when my baby girl is done with them. If I can’t convince the husband that we need more babies to fill this big house :)
Numerous companies offer used diapers including:
Sweet bottoms (affiliate)
Kelly’s Closet (affiliate)
Diaper Junction (affiliate)
The used diapers stock is always changing so check back often for some great deals :)
4. Go Old School
Use flats or prefolds or flour sack towels. With a cover or without. I can’t say too much about this option because to be honest, I’ve never been this brave. Although I know many cloth diapering moms who adore flats and prefolds, it just sounds like more than I can handle. Although I thought cloth diapering a newborn would be more than I could handle, and that is going great. Maybe with the next baby?
Do I have enough?
My newborn stash is just right for our current needs. I do wash diapers daily. Personally, I prefer it that way, especially since it forces me to keep up with my laundry: something I typically lack the motivation for.
My favorite thing about cloth diapering this time around?
When I have a bad mommy moment where I forget the most important item in the diaper bag… like I did two days ago?!
It’s easy to improvise. You would have thought I was a first time mom going shopping for the first time when I found myself an hour from home with a diaper disaster and not a single diaper. Luckily I had an extra onesie. I just grabbed a couple layers of cloth wipes, placed them in the onesie and called it a day until we were home. :) I also could've used another onsie or really any piece of cloth.
I also used a flour sack towel in a cover when it was more readily available than a diaper.
Cloth diapering can be convenient!
Using covers really changed cloth diapering for me. It changed my mindset and I’ve started to realize that cloth is cloth.
If I was still using paper diapers I’m not sure I would have been so resourceful, would I have even considered the options? Who Knows, but I’m thinking probably not.
Maybe.. just maybe I can use flats? I guess we’ll see.