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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Start Cloth Diapering at Home for Only $20 {no sewing required}

Are you expecting a little bundle of joy or desiring to switch from disposables to cloth diapers?

My biggest suggestion...take time to try different diapers and decide what works best for you and your baby before you purchase an entire diaper stash.

Sounds great, but what do you do in the meantime? What would you say if I told you you could begin cloth diapering your baby at home for only $20 without having to do any sewing?

Well, you can!

We've now used this method on two babies and have had great success. I think this is a great way to buy yourself some time to figure out what works for you as far as cloth diapering goes.

Our family has finally settled into pocket diapers for when we're on the go and waterproof diaper covers over prefolds when we're at home. However, we still use this method of diapering Eliya while we're home and love how quick, easy and inexpensive it is.

Here are the supplies you'll need to start out:

12 prefold diapers = $12
The Gerber ones (think burp cloths) from large chain stores work fine for newborns and young babies. You'll need to add to this number as your baby gets older and becomes a heavier wetter, but 12 to start out should work fine. If you want to only wash diapers every other day, you'll need to start out with 24 prefolds.

1 Snappi baby cloth diaper fastener = $4 approx. (or a set of cloth diaper pins)
We love our Snappis! These are typically available at most cloth diaper stores or on Amazon.

4 small fleece receiving blankets = $4
The inexpensive ones from the dollar store work fine.

Not calculated into the cost because I assume most babies have these in their wardrobe.

Here's a quick video of how this method works. In the video Eliya is sporting a pair of Jonathan's training pants for modesty's sake. You would start with your baby bare from the waist down.

Please, ignore the fact that we're all still in our PJs. It had been a rough morning :)

Here's a quick written tutorial for those of you who can't watch the video:

1. Start with the fleece blanket folded into a triangle, the long edge at the top.

2. Place your prefold diaper on top of the blanket, fold the top part down to make it fit your baby's rise.

3. Place your onesie clad baby on top of the diaper with the top of the prefold slightly higher than your baby's waist.

4. Fasten the prefold using the Snappi or pins.

5. Bring the bottom corner of the blanket up between baby's legs making sure to cover the entire front of the diaper.

6. Wrap the right corner of the blank across baby's front and tuck it behind their left side.

7. Repeat with the left corner.

8. Adjust the onesie to cover the fleece "diaper cover" and fasten the bottom snaps.

When your baby's diaper is wet the fleece will begin to feel damp. When this happens, simply undo the onesie, unwrap the fleece and change the prefold. As long as the fleece isn't soiled or wet you can reuse it for a few diaper changes.

Please, let me know if you have any questions.

Do you have any suggestions for cloth diapering on a limited budget? Leave us a comment, we'd love to hear them.
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Blogger Maria D. @ DownrightDomesticity said...

That is genius! Your little model was so cooperative-- I'm impressed!

January 13, 2011 at 4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow that was kind of ..... AWESOME. Loved it! I'm going to try that fleece blanket thing.

January 14, 2011 at 11:03 PM  
Anonymous Tammy L said...

I think this is a fabulous idea! And who doesn't have a few extra fleece baby blankets laying around? I know I do!

January 19, 2011 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger Jessie Weaver said...

That really is GENIUS. My older daughter is still in her (cloth) diapers but she's 2, so I've been hesitant to buy more cloth ones for the baby. This would hold us over til she's potty trained! Woohoo!

January 21, 2011 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger David & Mary Ann said...

We have found cloth diapers free on Freecycle!! Also some really good deals through Craigslist.

January 24, 2011 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger Baker Bunch: said...

Love this!! Wish I would have know about this before got a bunch of fitteds & fleece covers. Great idea for when I wait a little too long for wash day.

April 2, 2011 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Baker Bunch: said...

great idea! will be handy on days I wait to long to do diaper laundry.

April 2, 2011 at 9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will the flannel receiving blankets work also???

April 7, 2011 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Tim, Allyson, and kids said...


Flannel receiving blankets could be used to replace the pre-fold diapers but not the fleece. The fleece helps to contain moisture from wet diapers.

You could use flannel receiving blankets as an extra layer to the prefolds, but it would be like a fitted diaper and would feel wet once all the layers soaked up the pee.

April 7, 2011 at 3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely brilliant. THIS is the heart of cloth diapering, easy, cheap, ingenuity.

April 7, 2011 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger Jen Crum said...

Thanks so much for this tutorial! I've used microfiber towels for prefolds at times (my mom gave us a bunch for Christmas and we don't use them much). I've sewn several diapers out of upcycled fabrics from local thrift stores - flannel, tshirts, etc.

April 7, 2011 at 9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for this! We DO want to cloth diaper, but with so many choices it's really hard to decide what to do. And the up-front costs are a bit intimidating. I'm going to register for some cloth diapers since we don't need a lot of other items (we're expecting our fourth). But this is just so helpful for if we run low, can't afford enough regular cloth diapers, or .... as I expect will happen, I don't keep up on the laundry! :)

Thanks again!

April 8, 2011 at 9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK YOU! Thank you so much ! What a great comprehensive post ! Thank you!

October 15, 2011 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger Kenner said...

I've heard of fleece covers, but assumed they were made out of some super heavy duty material or something. Do fleece blankets really keep the moisture from wicking onto the onesie?

October 18, 2011 at 7:21 PM  

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