Converting to Cloth

In our continued efforts to cut our spending in order to focus on saving money we’ve decided to try out cloth diapering. It only took us about 2 years to come to this decision. We considered it briefly before Kai was born, but Ben vetoed the idea. His biggest problem was the poo going in the washing machine. 4 years later, we both laugh at that being worrisome.

When Kai was about a year old we considered it again. I really looked into the savings, but again Ben wasn’t too keen on the idea. I also, wasn’t completely sold. I was worried that the amount of laundry I’d be doing would negate any savings. I was also used to the convenience of disposable diapers. The real clincher was that I ended up babysitting a child who was cloth diapered and I was completely turned off to the idea. The smell of the diapers and the rash that the child had were repulsive.

A couple weeks ago Ben and I were crunching numbers and moaning at how much we were still spending on disposable diapers. Even now that Malakai is (FINALLY) potty-trained we still spend about $75 every 4-6 weeks on Desmond’s diapers and overnight pull-ups for Malakai. I’m currently looking into cloth overnight undies for Malakai. At $30 a pair, I’d like to figure out how to sew my own (or recruit my Mother-in-law!) before going in that direction.

I emailed a friend from college who has a little guy the same age as Desmond (check out her blog here). I knew that she’d been cloth diapering and was knowledgeable on the subject. I trust her opinion and was hoping to get better information from a friend than what I was finding scouring the internet. INFORMATION OVERLOAD! Amanda was a great help. Additionally I asked friends through facebook to share their favorite kinds. Then I crunched the numbers of half a dozen different trial programs.

I decided to go with Just Simply Baby. They had a great deal on a starter package of 10 pocket diapers, 20 inserts, 10 cloth wipes, a detergent sample, and cloth safe diaper cream for under $90. I got free shipping by adding 2 wet bags to my order and meeting the $100 minimum. They have a 30 day money back guarantee so I knew that I could send it all back if we weren’t satisfied or if we decide cloth diapering doesn’t work for us. Currently they are running a $10 diaper deal!

My second choice would be the trial through Jillian’s Drawers. They send several types for you to try out at a fairly low cost. You can then send back any or all of them after 21 days. Your next order then ships free!

I just got our package today and have it all prepping as I type. I’m pretty excited to start something new and I’m really hopeful it’ll work out and we can start saving!

I received a trial amount of EcoSprout detergent to use, but need to figure out an affordable option for use after it runs out.  Any tips, tricks, or products you’d recommend or NOT recommend? Leave a comment!

  1. Jenny

    April 2, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    This is something that I am interested in and I wanted to do before I had Tristan but we had the same worries and then I also got used to disposables. Looking forward to hearing how you like (or don't like) cloth. I wonder how using cloth can help with potty-training> if the cloth allows them to feel wet and they "get it" sooner…

  2. Megan Buss

    April 3, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    This is such a great post; Michael and I have already committed to the idea of using cloth diapers for our future little one(s), but like you said, the info online is overwhelming. So excited to hear what your experience is! 🙂

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