I discovered that Bummis makes a cloth diaper starter kit, which includes 36 infant prefolds, 6 covers, and a roll of flushable diaper liners. I bought it at our local Baby Company for $159.00, which I think is pretty good for 3 months worth of diapering! I likely would have spent twice that on disposables during the same amount of time. The great thing is that prefolds are so versatile... when the baby outgrows them, I can use them as inserts or doublers for the next-sized diaper... they can also be used as burp cloths, or on-the-go change pads. I've heard many moms say they make great, long-lasting dust rags, and are wonderful for washing the car! And they're unbleached, so no nasty chemicals. I washed them 3 times in hot water (to strip the natural oils out of them), and dried them in the dryer, and they fluffed up beautifully and are SO nice and soft. :) I bought a snappi, and a few dozen washcloths to use as wipes, so we're good to go in the diapering department! I might make a couple of fitteds just because they're so stinkin' cute (I made one last night, in fact), but I no longer have the pressure of sewing a whole stash - now I can just sew for fun! For the record, this kit also comes in toddler size - so if you have an older baby and think cloth diapering is unaffordable, this would be a great way to do it.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
An Economical Start to Cloth Diapering
Happy new year everyone! I hope you're all well-rested after the holidays. I feel like I'm still recovering... or it could be that I'm in the final stretch of pregnancy and I'm just feeling more tired. Sometimes I like to try to convince myself that I can get a million things done, even though my body is trying to tell me otherwise! With only 9 1/2 weeks to go, I think my body is telling me to slow down and chill out. :) Meanwhile, my nesting instincts are telling me the opposite! I feel like there are still so many things to do before this baby's arrival. So I made a decision that will make my life a little easier. I was planning on sewing a full newborn stash of fitted diapers, but given that a) I don't have the energy, and b) They're only in the newborn size for about 3 months, and it seemed like a gargantuine waste of time, I decided to take the easy route: Prefolds and covers.