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When I was pregnant with my first, we discussed using cloth diapers but never followed through. After going through hundreds of diapers with him and then learning I was pregnant again and would have TWO in diapers, I decided it was time to give it a try. I wish I would have done it sooner! It’s not as hard or messy as I thought it would be and it can really save you money!

Prorap Diaper Cover

Cloth diapers have come a long way since our grandmothers and mothers used them. There are several types of cloth diapers out on the market now. You can get a prefold diaper and use traditional plastic pants with Snappis or a cover like the Prorap. There are also pocket diapers that you place a liner in, and all-in-one diapers that are like a disposable except you wash them instead of throwing them away!

The easiest cloth diaper to use on the market now is the all-in-one, but these come with a hefty price starting at around $12-$14 a diaper. The option I chose for diapering my kids was using a prefold diaper with a Prorap cover. The covers start at around $7.25 and the prefold diapers start at around $16/dozen.

I should also note that cloth diapers can save you money even if you are only doing them part time. When I started using cloth diapers, I was working full time and could not send my son to daycare in cloth. We crunched the numbers and found that even by just using them on the evenings and weekends when we were home they would pay for themselves in 2 months. Everything after that has just been a bonus!

For more information on cloth diapering, I suggest visiting the website for Nicki’s Diapers. She has great information with more complete definitions of the types of diapers, washing instructions, folding instructions, and more. This is where I have ordered all of my cloth diapering supplies from and have been very happy with the service (and, no, I was not asked nor am I getting paid to say this). She even offers a 15-day trial period and you can actually return a used diaper if you don’t like it!

If you are a cloth-diapering momma or know other resources for using cloth diapers, please share your experiences/resources below!

Stay tuned… next week I’ll be sharing how to make your own baby wipes.

3 Responses to “Not Your Grandmother’s Cloth Diapers”

  1. Betty Zmij says:

    Hi Kathy,
    Boy cloth diapers have certainly come up in price. I used them for my first two kids and then with 3 & 4 got lazy. They were something like $5 or $6 back then. I hope the lady who you get yours from doesn’t get into anyone like we had when I worked at Sears. This woman would use most of a box of disposables and then bring the box back and say the diapers did not work as stated and she wanted to try another one. I can not tell you how many times she did this until we finally were able to cut her off. God knows how many Sears stores she went to buying diapers and returning them with one or two in the box. She also brought in a diaper once that was over filled with pee, to show us that the diaper did not hold water as it should. Geeze!
    The best to you, I think cloth is best, just be sure to remind your bloggers to rinse them very well, so no bleach or detergent residue is left in the cloth because it will burn the babies butt when mixed with urine if the diaper is not changed soon after soiled.
    Just a little note from an old mom!

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  3. Janet says:

    Cool stuff! Will be sure to come back again. Love the theme!

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