While cloth diapering decisions initially seemed SO overwhelming, once we decided just to go for it, collecting and organizing the diapers has been so much fun! We are on a tight budget, so our finances have determined a lot of the decisions we’ve made about what kinds of cloth diapers we’ll be using for Bonnie (as opposed to ease or convenience). We should have enough to last from birth to potty training, although
we might need to get a few more covers. We’ve spent about $250 on cloth diapers and covers, homemade wipes, wet bags, etc.
Here are the diapers we have in our collection right now. These are the ones that are washed and ready to go:
- 6 Charlie Banana pocket diapers with 12 inserts, size small ($60 at a discount store)
- 1 Trend Lab diaper cover with 1 insert, size small (50 cents at a local thrift store)
- 1 Wolbybug diaper cover, one-size ($6.50 at Kelly’s Closet)
- 6 Imagine prefolds, size small ($15)
- 3 Econobum covers with 12 prefolds, one-size ($48 at Walmart)
- 1 BumGenius cover with 1 one-size insert, and one newborn insert (the cover is one-size)
For Bonnie to grow into, we have:
- 2 more Thirsties diaper covers, size small
- 3 Thirsties diaper covers, size 2
prefolds, sizes small and medium
- 16 prefolds, sizes medium and large
(I found the Thirsties covers and the bigger sizes of prefolds on Craigslist, and bought the lot for $60.)
And here’s what is going on with the top of the changing table:
Of course we have a changing pad and cover. The changing pad was $7, and I got the blanket on top from a thrift store. I also have a few others for when this one gets dirty.
In the pink pail on top of the baby scale, I have hand sanitizer (for me after diaper changes), 5 snappies for our prefolds, a spray bottle filled with water (which is what I am using instead of cloth wipe solution), and baby powder.
The basket to the right is where I keep our homemade baby wipes. To make the wipes I simply cut flannel receiving blankets, and my mom surged the edges of them to keep them in tact. I have about 45 wipes, and keep most of them here, while leaving a small pouch-full in my diaper bag.
On the agenda for the rest of this week is to finish washing the diapers. Both the prefolds and the inserts need to be washed 4-6 times prior to being worn in order to insure maximum absorbency.
I also plan on covering my homemade, cardboard drawer dividers (you can’t see them very well in the pictures) with fabric, per the suggestion of a crafty friend.