Frugal home cloth diapers for beginners is hopefully an answer to questions that remain about cloth diapering. Walking through a step by step process usually helps me when I have questions.
With my first two children I used disposables only. Cloth diapers were a daunting idea to me. As a young child I witnessed my aunt using cloth diapers with my youngest cousin. It didn’t seem hard but the pins always worried me. The fact that one could come undone and hurt him had me convinced to never try them. Fast forward to when I used cloth diapers and even the pins. Once I tried them….I loved them. They were so simple to use!
Cloth Diaper Purchase
First step in cloth diapering is to read up and research what type may work for you. In one of my other cloth diaper posts I point out various reasons that I went to a consignment shop for babies. It was helpful because my diapers were used but I was able to try them.
Second, after you decide what type of cloth diaper you wish to use, buy one and try it. The initial cost is expensive for new ones, so my advice to buy one, take it home and use it. From that experience it should help you decide whether you like or dislike cloth diapers. Frugal home moms use cloth because it is definitely cheaper and easier in the long run.
Cloth Diaper Changing Station
Setting up the diaper changing station are is an important step. You will be there, not a long time, but everything needs to be within reach. Shelves worked well for me because they were accessible, no doors and easy to put way my cloth diapering supplies.
I used one shelf for the actual pre-fold cloth diapers. Those came in handy at night so that my baby didn’t have an accident. He was a pretty good sleeper, and it helped having a waterproof cover.
The next shelf was for the covers, pins and plastic cover. I did use a plastic cover sometimes if we were going to church or an outing. Plastic covers were easily recoverable if they ripped or something. They are definitely easily replaced. Cloth diapering the old fashioned way with the pins became relatively easy and not as difficult. The pins stayed on the outside and were baby safe for the most part. Using the pins was a backup plan if I ran out of diapers and forgot to wash a load or didn’t get them dried.
Frugal home cloth diapering is easier with a diaper changing routine. They do not last as long as disposable so changing about every two hours is feasible. Three hours as they get closer to one. Mine I had to keep at every two hours due to his love of water. The nice part of cloth diapering is the fact that I always had diapers on hand, and we were saving money.
Frugal Home Cloth Diaper Suggestions
If I have any suggestions for cloth diapering it would be to sell yourself on the idea. They are more work, but if one of the reasons you are cloth diapering is something you value, then the work does not matter.
My second suggestion would be to not listen to other opinions. Cloth diapering is like breastfeeding because it is an individual choice. If I don’t care about using disposables because I don’t want more laundry to do, then cloth diapering is not an option.
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