Frackie's Road to Frugality

My journey into cloth diapering…
April 9, 2010, 12:01 pm
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And so begins another blog by me. I have 2 others but just don’t seem to keep up with them. The only reason why I think I “may” be able to keep up with this one is because I actually have something to talk about now. You see, a couple weeks ago I made the decision to be more frugal and to start making wiser choices in my spending. If you know me, you know that I am not a shopper or huge spender…but there are some areas that I can overspend (like when it comes to my 1 yr old daughter!). The road to frugality for me started out of choice, but for others it may be out of necessity.

As I take this road to frugality I wanted to document and share the experiments and changes that I am making. Maybe they can help someone else or just open their mind to some wiser spending options that they may have never known about. I’m taking this road slowly. Once you open the door it is amazing how little you can spend if you just use your resources. So, today I am going to blog about my dramatic switch to cloth diapers

Switching to cloth diapers wasn’t something I did to be more green, though that is a great side effect of it. I decided to switch to cloth to save money. The average family spends around $2,000 on disposable diapers for ONE baby! As I was reading about this I thought about how many other children me and my husband want and just couldn’t fathom spending so much on something that gets pooped in and then thrown away. So, I started reading about cloth diapers and WOW. Ok, so some people are infatuated with cloth. Cloth diapers are not like they were 20-30 years ago with those pins and old school flats. There are several different kinds: the prefolds, pockets, all-in-ones, all-in-twos, and of course flats. I found a 21 day trial package for $10. They sent me various kinds for me to try out and after the 21 days I just have to send back the ones that I don’t like. Here’s the link:

Testing cloth before you buy is the best way to do it. All babies come in different sizes and poop in different ways, so it only makes sense that trial and error (without affecting your wallet) is the best way to find a good fit for your baby. My favorite out of the pack that they sent me is the bumGenius 3.0 pocket diaper. This diaper is awesome! It contains the pee and poop like it means business. It is so soft and the first time I put my DD in it she looks at me and says, “Yay!”. They are great for at night or naps. My daughter is a heavy night wetter so I just stuff an extra insert into the pocket. You see with the pocket diaper you don’t have to deal with folding those big cloths or pinning. You just stuff an insert into the pocket and “voila” you are good to go. You do have to wash the pocket diaper after every use. So, you will have to get around 10-15 pocket diapers for 1 toddler if you do your laundry every other day. These pocket diapers run around $18. This means you would spend around $250 to diaper your toddler (much more for a newborn). Sounds like alot, I know! BUT, these diapers are one size (fits 8-35lbs)! So, you can use them for mulitiple children all throughout your diapering life.

(above is a picture of Arianna’s bumGenius)

My other favorite was the old fashion prefolds with a Flip cover. I love this cover! A cover goes over the prefolded cloth and when the baby pees or poops you just have to change the prefold and you can reuse the cover(if there is no poop on it). The Flip cover is great because it’s also one size and it has snaps instead of velcro. Snaps are good in the long run as velcro can make snaps and loose it’s durability. So when we are at home I grab a prefold and the Flip cover. The company Flip also makes a biodegradable insert for when you are traveling. These are great because when you are out and about you can just throw the dirty insert in the trash. These inserts are still cheaper than buying Pampers or Huggies, but not a store brand like Walmart or Kroger diapers. Prefolds is by far the cheapest way to go and some mothers swear by them. I love them and have found alot of good used diapers here:

(above top is a picture a Flip cover and below that is a picture of a prefold opened and then folded)

As I dive into cloth diapering I realize that you can really spiral out of control with all the different styles and prints. You can spend MUCH more than you would for disposables so it’s good to set a budget and stick with it. I spent around $100 getting my 1 year old started and everything I bought for her was neutral and one size so that they could be used with the next child. This is how you could truly save lots of money. As I said before you could spend around $250 on one child, but when your next child comes around you don’t need to spend much of anything.



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