When I was trying to decide if I wanted to cloth diaper baby #3 or go the disposable diaper route it took me a long time to decide. I knew that with cloth diapers it would be more work, but not by much.
Even with my older kids when I’d change them, poopy diapers would be rinsed out in the toilet. Well the poo would be flushed. The only difference is instead of putting the diaper in a trash can we will put them in a pail and every other day throw the diapers in the washing machine and wash them.
From what I have heard you only doing an extra two or three loads of laundry a week. You don’t HAVE to use a specific diaper detergent, although I am using Bum Genius Detergent. But a lot of people use plain/original Tide, which can also be used on the entire family’s laundry.
I have also been told that cloth diapers don’t smell nearly as bad as a wet disposable diaper. The reason disposables smell is the urine mixed with the chemicals in the diaper makes them smell. I have no idea if this is true or not.
But my biggest reason to do cloth diapers is the fact that in the end it will save us money. I don’t use coupons, so based on the average family that does not use coupons your spending somewhere around 18 dollars a week on a pack of diapers, I know that when I’d buy a 46 count at 18 dollars that pack would last us five days. Lets just say then that would be around 100 dollars a month, times that by two and half years, sometimes three. That is anywhere between 2,000 to 3,000 dollars. Cloth diapers, depending on how many you buy and what you buy you are looking at around 300-500 dollars from birth to potty training.
Below is my Newborn Stash. (I have a lot more diapers but for after the newborn stage.)
1 AIO- Kissaluv Newborn White
11 AIO – Bum Genius size XS white
1 AIO- osocozy size S (6-18 lbs) light green
6 FITTED – Snugglebottoms with Closures Size : NB (6-10 lbs)
6 FITTED- Snugglebottoms with Closures Size : Small (10-16 lbs)
12 PREFOLDS – OsoCozy Unbleached Prefold Cloth Diapers size 1
1 COVER- Thirsties Duo Wrap Snap, Blackbird, Size 1 (6-18 lbs)
1 COVER-Thirsties velcro XS white (6-12lbs)
1 COVER – Thirsties Duo Wrap Snap, HOneydew, Size 1 (6-18 lbs)
1 COVER- GroVia Hook and Loop Mod Flower (6-30 lbs)
1 COVER- Weehuggers Hook/Loop Closure Size 1 Baby Blooms (6-18 lbs)
I purchased quite a bit of these on Amazon so I used gift cards to purchase most of the diapers. I also save Visa or American express gift cards and used those to purchase diapers. So my actual out of pocket cost on my newborn stash was: $ 186. And 100 of that was just on the Bum Genius Newborn XS AIO (all in ones), But when we are done with them I can re-sell them and make back half of what I spent.
I know my sash is much smaller compared to others but I don’t want to go over board and buy a ton and not need them either.
Stay tuned for my “After Newborn Cloth Diaper Stash”.