When my husband and I first started talking about cloth diapering, we really didn’t know what we were talking about, we just knew that we wanted to try. I did some initial research online and found some cute all-in-ones (AIOs) but we didn’t buy anything because I wasn’t far enough along, and then there was no need to.
With this baby I’ve had plenty of time to research. My initial decision was the Econobums would be the way to go. We didn’t want to spend a ton of money, and the idea of spending $100 or so on enough diapers to last us through toilet training was a very attractive prospect.
For some reason, I just couldn’t seem to pull the trigger.
I found out that there was a cloth diaper store very close to my house, and that allowed me to go, poke around, and see what was what. I had already spoken to my grandmother about cloth diapering and she told me what she had done – flats and rubber pants. So while I was at the cloth diaper shop I checked out the AIOs, the pockets, the Flips, and everything in between. I also bought a sample pack of the Econobums – one prefold and one cover, among other things.
I’m so glad I bought that sample pack, because once I prepped the very thick insert, I decided they probably weren’t for me. The prefold is nice, but it’s so bulky I’m not sure I can work with it.
So here is my stash as it stands right now:
24 birdseye flats (gift from grandmother – these have all been prepped and folded origami [or bat wing] style)
3 Gerber rubber (plastic/training) pants – size 0-3 months, purchased from Babies R Us (clear/white)
3 rubber/plastic/training pants – purchased on clearance from the local diaper shop – size S, cute patterns!
20 solid color Alva pocket diapers, purchased as a package directly from the website (with microfiber inserts)
4 print Alva pocket diapers, purchased from the website (with microfiber inserts)
3 Kissaluvs organic cotton/hemp fitted diapers (size M/L) purchased from Ecomom using a discount certificate from PlumDistrict
1 Econobum prefold/cover purchased from the local diaper shop
5 Alva 4-layer bamboo/microfiber blend inserts purchased through a co-op (arriving soon!)
10 Alva 3-layer bamboo inserts purchased through a co-op (arriving soon!)
3 Alva wetbags purchased through a co-op (arriving soon!)
3-pack of Snappis, purchased from the local diaper shop
All told I think my entire stash has cost about $225. It probably could have been less if I’d purchased the Alva pocket diapers through the co-op rather than from the website, but I was undecided before the deadline had passed. The co-op also didn’t include the inserts with the diapers so I think I may have broken even on that deal.
All of the above should supposedly last me from birth until potty training with this baby. $225 would last me 3-4 months with disposables. Logistically I’m sure this is going to be difficult at first, but I’m excited to have just about everything ready for baby’s arrival.