Every new parent dreads diapers and buying them and all the mess. Diapers are necessary – that is a fact. When we were planning our baby budget, I was trying to do the math of what we would need each month to buy and the cost. When I started adding it up I was not happy! The cost was not going to leave much for anything else for the budget we had! My estimates were that diapers and wipes would be $50-75 a month!! That’s a lot of money. (No this isn’t going coupon crazy or buying store brands…)
The Topic of Diapers!
So I started doing research. I had read a post by Emily at Daily Garnish on her cloth diapering experience. From there I read posts by Young House Love and a few others. I also talked to a few friends and gathered lots of research. I did my research on all the different brands of diapers. I watched YouTube videos. (That was new for me as I was not keen on watching videos.) I researched places to buy diapers and all the costs and accessories. I read all about washing them and the details.
I was hooked.
The next step was convincing the husband. I gathered my research and costs and everything all organized to present it to him. It took me weeks to gain the courage to bring it up! When I finally did I barely had 10 words out of my mouth before he was turning me down. I argued for him to hear me out. He did. In the end, I won because he doesn’t really have much interest in changing diapers. It’s my job since I stay home and therefore if I want to use these then I should be able to.
I didn’t use cloth diapers as soon as Hannah was born. For the first 7 weeks Hannah was in disposables. I do not regret this decision. It was hard to adjust as a first time mom and it just made it easier. But boy they were expensive! We had to buy a lot of newborn diapers!
What did I get?
I started off by purchasing 12 BumGenius 4.0 diapers. I bought a pack from Kelly’s Closet and with their awesome coupons I got a free Rumparooz diaper. (*note the current version is 5.0 of the diaper but its the same thing almost)
I had some amazon money from baby showers and used that to buy 2 wet bags, 3 more diapers and some toys and books.
I started out with 16 diapers when Hannah was 7 weeks old. Here she is in her first cloth diaper:
It was not bad! She was small enough that I could use just the small newborn insert. She didn’t have many rashes but I had some CJs butter as well to use and it is great! I was quite nervous at first to use diapers when I went out so for the first couple weeks I just used disposables. We had some still from baby showers. Eventually I got my nerve up and used them for outings. It was not as hard as I expected.
I did end up buying 5 more diapers when they discontinued some of the colors and put them on sale. 16 is fine but I was having to religiously wash every other day and it was cutting it close. With the second order I also got a couple Thirsties hemp inserts and a prefold! That put me at 21 diapers total and I would typically wash every other day still but can go for 2 days if things were busy. I also got a couple GroVia covers and some snap in inserts to use as a back up when things get dicey for washing. I love the covers and eventually switched to using the covers and the GroVia prefolds for night.
That is what I used to diaper Hannah from that 7 weeks until about 21 months. At that point I had to purchase some more dipaers since Teddy joined our family and I’ll have more about that in another post!
I just want you to know that you can diaper well with 24 diapers! It is not a lot, but you don’t have to buy 50! (you certainly can if you wish because they are CUTE!)
All in all we are very pleased with our decision to cloth diaper. Even hubby makes comments about liking the ‘reusable’ diapers! He has also heard from coworkers about the cost of diapers and come home saying how glad he is we don’t have to buy them!
Do you cloth diaper? If not what is holding you back?
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