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Do you save money using cloth diapers?

I love how the new cloth diapers look and plan to stay at home and have no issues with having to clean cloth diapers (we're not talking about Gerber diapers... more along lines of the ones with buttons or velcro and elastic around the legs). My SO is afraid we'll get them and waste our money having them. Is it really cheaper to use cloth over disposable?

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Asked by RubyPlusOne at 9:39 AM on Aug. 5, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Absolutely! It's at least half the price of disposables in the long run. A lot of mamas find them gently used to save money, I have a laundry basket full that I don't use, but that's only useful if you live in arizona. Most mamas will wash them and hang them to dry then you can throw them in the dryer on tumble to soften them up a bit. The sun bleaches them and sanitizes them. I loved cloth diapering! My husband, not so much. It wasn't "easy" enough for him. Little frustrating for me. Best of luck!

    Answer by Cassarah at 9:46 AM on Aug. 5, 2010

  • Yes! Even if you buy the expensive ones it generally either is cheaper. We used prefolds and flats, the cheapest option. Simple to launder. We spend more on air conditioning! We also do Elimination Communication so I haven't used diapers in over a month, my baby is 10 1/2 months. Nothing is cheaper than diaper free.

    Answer by amileegirl at 10:07 AM on Aug. 5, 2010

  • I don't use cloth but from what I have heard it might seem like it is expensive when you first start buying them. But then you are set lol, unlike diapers you go through a box every 2 weeks with a newborn.

    Answer by cynprz at 10:51 AM on Aug. 5, 2010

  • Even if you get the most expensive cloth diapers you will save in the long run. If you buy them and decide you don't like them you can always sell them. I have tried and then sold ones I didn't like as much as others and usually got back about 90% of what I paid for them. I also sold all of mine when my older son potty trained and got back about 70% of what I had paid, after using them for 2 years. I use the bun genius 3.0 with my current baby. bum genius

    There are some that look the same and are a lot cheaper at LuvYourBaby


    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 11:30 AM on Aug. 5, 2010

  • Yes! I bought Fuzzin bunz and bum genius and have saved $$$ even though it's only been a few months.

    aimeelee- with EC, what about overnight while you are sleeping?

    Answer by mnt_2_b_mommy at 1:15 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • I love cloth diapering! It is better for baby! Better for the environment! Much cuter diapers compared to disposables! And all of the money that we save is just icing on the cake! A great cloth diapering resource is My favorite cloth diaper style are the simple "all in ones." Good luck with your decision!

    Answer by catholicmamamia at 2:25 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • I did. I didn't have to buy diapers at all from the time my son was 1 until he potty trained. For extra savings, use cloth wipes too. You don't think about it, but spending a few bucks a week on a package of those adds up too. Buy a few packs of baby washcloths and a squirt bottle and you're good to go.

    Answer by ohbladi at 9:37 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • yes you do! The hardest part to get around is the initial cost. That almost scared off DH from trying it. But, with the use of Craigslist and other websites, I've set up my diaper stash for about $250 and I should be set from birth to potty training.

    Answer by zoeysmom331 at 10:06 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • Oh yes, and I'm using a cloth diaper service too! It costs us $20.00/week plus fuel surcharge which is just about $2ish dollars per week. If DD stays in them for 3 years (average time a child in disposables), I'll save over $1500! Kids in cloth usually only are potty trained around age 2, so that's more money in your pocket. And you can tell your s/o that my hubby loves cloth!

    Answer by Scribble at 10:40 AM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • Tremendously cheaper. When we costed it out, years ago, including the laundry (we have our own, I think laundromat would be a lot more expensive), it was cheaper to use a diaper service than buy paper diapers.

    The fact that I can't stand the smell of paper diapers --clean or used-- had a lot to do with it. I prefer the smell of pee aging gently on its own over pee scented with whatever gross fake perfume those paper things are made with. Kind of like rose-scented bathroom 'air freshener' as if poo smells better when it's scented like fake roses.

    Anyhow... I used flat flannel because they're cheaper to buy, can be folded a dozen different ways for different shaped and sized babies, and dry fast (and cheap) in the dryer, and faster (and free) on the clothesline whenever the weather was even slightly good enough. I had 8 dozen (for each baby), and 5 or 6 covers. Grand total price for 2kids, 3 years of diapers each was under $2k

    Answer by LindaClement at 12:23 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

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