Here is how we store our diapers:
We sanded and painted an old find on Craigslist for about $50 total and store all of our diapers and pajamas in it (sorry, lighting is off in the nursery this morning!).
In the top drawer, we are storing our current prefolds (which in this case is ready to go for newborn), our newborn fitteds, our snappis and covers, and our liners and doublers.
- 24 Newborn Orange-Edge prefolds from Green Mountain Diapers
- 2 Kissaluv Fitteds, Size 0 (newborn) *used*, in the diaper bag
- 6 Snappis (got an awesome deal on a going-out-of-business online shop, $1 each!)
- 3 Grovia Shells (they have snap-inserts, which we have in another drawer, but can also be used as a cover)
- 5 Flip Covers *Seconds*
- 2 Econobum Covers *gift*
- 4 Newborn Thirsties Covers, 2 if which are in the diaper bag
- 1 Thirsties Size 1 Cover
- 1 Newborn Bummis Super Whisper Wrap *used*
- 2 Hemp Baby Diaper Doublers
- 15-ish stay dry fleece liners (I made them)
In the middle drawer, we are storing all of our pocket diapers, all-in-ones, fitteds, extra inserts, and snap-in inserts.
- 9 Bumgenius 4.0 Pocket Diapers *Mostly Seconds*
- 4 Bum Genius Freetime Diapers (all in one)
- 5 Charlie Banana Pocket Diapers
- 1 Sustainablebabyish fitted
- 1 Grovia Kiwi Pie Fitted
- 3 Applecheeks Pockets, size 1
- 1 Kawaii Baby Pocket (I got this free, not sure if I am going to use it, Will have to see how it fits!)
- 4 Grovia Snap-in inserts for the Grovia Shells
- Extra inserts that came with the diapers
In the bottom drawer, we are storing all of our pajamas and sleepers, as well as extra prefolds.
- 6 Small Yellow Edge Prefolds from Green Mountain Diapers
- 6 Medium Wide Baby Prefolds from Green Mountain Diapers
We also purchased a kitchen trash can for a pail and a Planet Wise Pail Liner in Pink, as well as 2 wet bags (they call theirs "Wet and Dry Totes") from Smitten Baby in their Pewter color (I loooove them!) via Zulily. We received a Bum Genius diaper sprayer for the toilet at a baby shower =)
Total, we spent $500 on all of these diapers and accessories. Up front, this cost seems substantial. And, $500 at one time definitely is. We follow Dave Ramsey's plan and love it- so any extra items that aren't in the budget have to come from somewhere else. During the two years we were trying to conceive, we saved up any extra cash from "extras" that didn't come from our base income. I was blessed to be able to tutor, tailor clothing, do some upholstery jobs, and work volleyball and basketball games at school. Each time my paycheck had extra on it that we were not planning on, we took out that cash from the bank and put it into our diaper jar-
Ha. Dumb, I know. Granted, it took us a while and a half to conceive Little Miss, but over that time we paid for our diapers at least twice over (at one point we took out $500 and bought a new camera lens because we were so sick of it all!) and didn't spend any money out of pocket. Once we got pregnant, and then found out we were having a girl, I went to work buying dipes and was able to get us some great deals. Here are some things we did to save on the diaper budget:
- Research. It's not really a budgeting tip, but if you go in blind, you won't know what's a good deal. Researching the different brands, types of diapers, and sellers was not only super important for us but I had a lot of fun doing it. Once you've got a good handle on those things, start buying. My husband would make fun of me because I seemed to always be looking at cloth diapers online! But, if I'm going to spend $500, it's going to be worth it. My favorite thing to do was watch reviews on YouTube by mamas who really use the diapers. ObbsandLala has an entire series of videos that cover just about everything you need to know about diapers, so that's a great place to start (plus, she is funny and I watch everything she puts out).
- Decide if used is okay or not. I am not grossed out by used cloth as long as they are clean- and we actually have a few that are used. However, I have to be getting it for at least half off retail. Cloth diapers have a huge resale value. It's ridiculous! For me, if someone is selling a used diaper for a few bucks less than new, I am going to just buy new (And people do that- like $2 less than new. Uh, ya not happening). If I want these to last multiple kids anyway, I'm going to have better luck if I start off with a new diaper. My favorite buys were the 2 Newborn Kissaluv fitteds we bought used off of Craigslist. New they run about $13.95 each. I got them for $5, no stains. Baby Woman will only use them for a bit anyway. I know a lot of people who have had wonderful luck getting used diapers off of Craigslist and Ebay- but beware. I am a member of a Facebook swap/sell for cloth diapers and people are constantly posting that they are receiving diapers that are in way worse condition than advertised and have paid close to full retail. Also, you might be an honest person, but we all know there are a lot of dishonest people out there. Someone might be selling you a third or fourth generation diaper without telling you and you are stuck with it-and out cash. OR, you might be getting a killlllller deal. It goes both ways!
- Watch for sales! We bought all of our Bum Genius pocket diapers from the Cotton Babies Second Sale. That just means that they are NEW diapers that-apparently-have some defect and cannot be sold for full retail by Bum Genius. They are almost half price and I have never been able to find what was wrong with a diaper we have gotten. Several just had an un-clipped thread and another a tiny pen mark that came out in the wash! Great deal. Several online retailers also offer sales and deals where you can get a free diaper if you spend so much cash. I did this twice, only because I was spending that much anyway, and got a brand new diaper for free. One was a really expensive one, but I hated the print, so I got rid of it and bought a new diaper. We have liked Kelly's Closet and Lil Tulips.
- Check places like Target, Walmart, Babies R Us, etc. You wouldn't think they sell cloth diapers because, well, you only see the crappy Gerber prefolds in stores. But, look online! Several stores sell lots of different, well respected cloth diapers brands online. I bought a few diapers from Target using my Target Debit card, while they were running a sale to get $5 off of 2 diapers. Because I used my Target card, I also got free shipping and my extra 5% off. It makes a difference! Also, you can obviously register for any diapers since they are sold online. You never know! (and, those Target gift cards can always be used for cloth diapers!)
- Buying cloth is addicting. Set a limit to how many diapers you want in your stash, stick to it, and STOP when you hit that number. It's a sad day, but you can easily spend thousands on cute cloth. I think I stopped when I was 6 months pregnant and haven't shopped for diapers since.
And, remember? Cloth has a crazy high resale value. So, if something doesn't work, we can sell and buy more of what does work and lose little money in the process.
I don't have any tips on actual usage or care of diapers, because we obviously haven't used them yet! But, we are so excited to use them on our girl and figure out what works on her! After all of this, please know-I don't care how you diaper your kid. I don't care how you feed your kid. Love your kid and do what is best for them and your family. This is just what we want to do for our family. I am cheap, love to save cash, and, hey- did I say they are cute?!? =)
If you are interested, here is a video by ObbsandLala about cloth diapering myths!