Let me just begin by saying that I am cloth diaper obsessed! Although my baby girl hasn't arrived yet, I've built up for myself a pretty good stash- and for a fraction of what other moms are spending on cloth diapers!
If you go to Target, their main cloth diaper is the brand Charlie Banana, and at $20 a piece, no wonder people shy away at building their own stash. But there are so many ways to cloth diaper your child for cheap- I mean, isn't that why most parents choose to cloth diaper? For it's economy? Not to mention its greenability! I'll delve into the statistics in another post.
So this is what I have in my stash...
FOUR dozen OsoCozy Unbleached Flat Diapers from www.clothdiaper.com
Six Alva Baby pocket diapers. These are my only pocket diapers. I think these will be used as more of a nighttime diaper as she gets older or something easy for my husband to throw on. I was able to score these for $2 a diaper after receiving an Amazon gift card! They normally run more around $5-$10 a diaper including one or two microfiber inserts (although I will be stuffing them with the Osocozy flats, not the microfiber). Still, compare that to other pocket diapers out there that are going for $20 a piece!!!
Three Rumparooz Lil Joey Diaper Covers from SweetBottomsBaby.com
Three Kawaii Diaper Covers (they were on sale at SweetBottomsBaby.com)
Three newborn diaper covers and three regular one-size diaper covers from www.assuntastore.com (btw, I LOVE this store!)
36 homemade cloth diapers! 16 100% Cotton flannel flats and prefolds made from upcycled sheets (one old one from the house and one I bought from Thrift Town for about a $1! 20 homemade flat diapers made from 100% Cotton jersey material from 2 flat sheets- super soft and squishy!! These will be perfect for the newborn stage- the Osocozy flat diapers may be too bulky in the beginning. I cut the fabric into 27x31 inch rectangles and that's it! Jersey doesn't fray, so I don't have to stitch the edges, but they were vey hard to cut because the fabric is so stretchy- they did NOT come out perfect, but that doesn't matter to me- as long as it looks cute on my little one's bum and does its job WELL, then I have no problem with uneven rectangles!
Last, but not least, I have four flour sack towels I got from target for $3.30. Some people rave about flour sack towels, that they are the perfect size and are really trim and absorbent. I really hope they are! I left two as flats and I stitched one into a "Jo-Fold" and one into a prefold.
So that's my stash... and all of it cost me under $200. Theoretically, these should last a child from birth to potty training and through multiple children. *crossing fingers* And after all the kids have grown out of diapers, the flats find a new life in the house as cleaning rags and "Mama Cloth" (more on that later), unpaper towels, etc. The possibilities are endless.
Notice I exclusively chose flats-the prefolds that I have are homemade. Flats wash out in a cleaner way and dry way faster than prefolds! No need for special cloth diaper detergent for flats too! I use a homemade laundry detergent for these diapers and all of BabyGirl's clothes (stay tuned for the recipe later). Flats are significantly cheaper. I love the fact that you have a choice as to how to fold them- which makes it customizable and allows for the diaper to grow with your child. Prefolds have to be sized. A newborn prefold would not fit on a toddler child, but by using flats you can make it work! This is especially important if you are cloth diapering more than one child! (Thinkin' ahead, here!)
I am always on the look out for good cloth from the thrift store that I can upcycle. Others have made diapers from old tshirts- which would be similar to the ones made from the cotton jersey flat sheet. They've made cloth diapers from old towels, receiving blankets, anything around the house that is absorbent. If you are on a budget and can get creative, there's no reason you can't cloth diaper your child for a lot less than I paid!
I just feel that it is such a shame that our culture doesn't put more of an emphasis on CD'ing. Two generations ago it's all they used. In some developing countries, it's all they STILL use. There are many families in our own country who sadly have to choose between buying diapers for their kids and food! Some families wait hours and hours between changes to save on diapers. Some even blow dry them so they can reuse them!!! When the simplest cheapest solution would be to use cloth!
I digress again! My apologies! Please feel free to contact me for more information about where I got my stash or about cloth diapering in general. There are millions of resources out there pertaining to cloth diapers out there. It can be confusing- I sure was. Sometimes it helps to get someone's personal opinion! Good luck!