As the sole income provider for a family of five, I am always searching for ways to save money, so, it didn’t seem like to much of a stretch to switch to cloth diapers for my third child.
I had used cloth diapers before–with my first daughter–I went all out for that child. I spent a fortune on cute PUL fabrics and made at least two dozen adorable diapers. By the time my second daughter was born I was back at work full time, and my husband was staying home with the kids. He had no desire to use cloth diapers, and since we weren’t planning on more children, I passed the diapers along to another family.
Well, now we’re on to child number three, and money is tight…with a box of 170 disposables costing nearly $50, I knew something needed to change. This time around though, I couldn’t afford to spend a fortune making customized cloth diapers. I searched the web for the best deal on cloth diapers, deciding that the Fuzzi Bunz and BumGenius were certainly the nicest–they’re all in one, user friendly, and totally adorable. However, they cost between $215 and $230 for a dozen diapers! My goal is to be economic, so I settled on Indian Pre-folds…one dozen for $25.95.
If you would have told me a year ago that I was going to use pre-folds to diaper a child, I would have told you you were crazy, but, now I wouldn’t diaper with anything else! Indian pre-folds are incredibly soft and absorbent–and they fit within my budget. Now my only problem was getting my husband on board. I wanted the diapers to be a convenient as possible…something a Dad would actually take the time to use, so I converted the pre-folds into fitted diapers—it took me about 20 minutes per diaper, and only cost me $4.00 in elastic. Then I knit a couple of wool soakers for over the top of the diapers. I didn’t think that the wool soakers would do the job, but boy was I wrong! In addition to be more breathable than the PUL fabric, the wool is great at preventing leaks!
Before we converted to cloth diapers we had numerous pooptastrifies…you know, the kind of runny poop that oozes out of the legs or up the back of the diaper, totally staining you babies clothes. With my new cloth diapers we have yet to experience a pooptastrify–I couldn’t be happier.
As far as I am concerned the only downside to using pre-folds are that they are bulkier than the all in one diapers…but my little one doesn’t seem to mind.