"Cloth Diapering on a Tight Budget"
When I began cloth diapering money was tight for my family as well. I had to acquire my stash over time. I purchased a few clearance diapers with every pay check and skimped on groceries for a couple weeks. In the end I still paid around $400. And although using cloth diapers has already saved us hundreds of dollars, I know how hard it is in the beginning with the up front cost. I only wish I had known then what I know now. I could have saved over $300 on my start up stash!
I am proud to say my search for extremely affordable cloth diapers is over! I have purchased and tried some cheaper cloth diapers from various places and have been very disappointed. All the "cheap"diapers I tried were either poorly made, leaked, or fit terribly. Then recently I came across KaWaii Baby cloth diapers. A friend from church had her baby boy in a KaWaii Baby diaper and being the cloth diaper fanatic that I am, I had to find out what brand they were. The diaper looked nice. It fit well and had me completely intrigued. My friend said that she purchased it from an ebay seller and that it was only around $6.00. She said that it works great and has been a good diaper.
When I got home that night I went to my computer and searched out KaWaii Baby cloth diapers. I actually found that they have a online store called Luv Your Baby Products. I was excited to find they offered a wide variety of cloth diapers styles in lots of colors and prints. I love cute prints! I was even more excited when I saw the prices!!! I knew I had to try these diapers because if they functioned as well as they looked, then I had found the diapers I had been searching for.
I contacted April owner of Luv Your Baby Products about a review. She allowed me to purchase a variety of her diapers at a discount for my review. I am happy to say it has been a great experience clear across the board. April shipped my diapers right out and I received them within a week. The diapers were individually wrapped and each came with 2 well made diaper inserts. I am amazed at the quality of these diapers. They are made with the same high quality fabrics, velcro and snaps I am use to seeing on higher priced diapers. The stitching on them is flawless as well.
Let me tell you about the variety of diapers I tried:
The Pure and Natural is a smaller one size pocket diaper designed for babies from birth to 15 months or 6-22 pounds. It is made from the same cloth diaper fabric most of us are use to (polyester with a polyurethane coating), soft suede cloth inner and has a velcro closure. This diaper comes with 2 microfiber inserts. The inserts for the Pure and Natural are shorter and more narrow than the average insert, making this diaper nice and trim fitting and less bulky for those smaller babies. If you want a newborn stash that will also grow with your baby, this is it! The Pure and Natural when set to the smallest setting would definitely fit a newborn! It is adorable!
Cost for the Pure and Natural with 2 inserts: $6.00
(Comes in white, peach/pink, and baby blue)
Fits 8-36 pounds
Cost for the OS Heavy Duty Diaper with 2 inserts: $6.99
(Comes in Lime, Red, Baby Yellow, Light Blue, Dark Blue & Olive-suede cloth inner and White, Green, Red, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Yellow, Purple,& Pink- Microfleece inner)
(Comes in Lime, Purple, Aqua/White Edging or the Black)
(Comes in Yellow, Green and Purple Sunflower prints as well as Camouflage, Circle Dot, and Unicorn Kid prints.)
This diaper cracks me up! Reminds me of the flinstones. Too cute! The Minky fabric is SUPER soft and waterproof. The Snazzy Minky OS diapers have either a microfleece or suede cloth inner (depending on which print you choose). This diaper gives a nice overall fit. It is slightly bigger than the others and is made to fit babies from 8-44 pounds! This is good news for those of you with super chunky babies.
Cost for the Snazzy Minky OS Diaper with 2 inserts: $8.95
(Comes in Black Polka Dot, Blue Stripe Velvet, Moo Cow, Leopard, Brown Symbol, Pink Heart, Zebra, and Brown Spotted Cow in either velcro or snap closure)
If you really want to get your cloth diapering cost down, you may want to consider using prefold cloth diapers with covers. The advantage of this is, as long as covers are not soiled they can be reused without having to wash. You may want to give your covers a quick wipe down and let them air dry between diaper changes. I will go over how many covers you will need to cloth diaper this way in just a moment.
The KaWaii Baby diaper cover is even more cost effective because it is a one size. It will size down to fit babies as small as 8 pounds but allows you to use on toddlers as big as 36 pounds. My 2 year old is about 20 pounds now and he has plenty of grow room with this cover.
Cost for the OS Happy Leak Free Diaper Cover: $4.50
(Comes in both velcro or snap closure in the following colors; white, lime, yellow, pink, light blue and dark blue)
What makes these diapers nighttime diapers? Well, each diaper is made from multi-layer Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) Laminated Fabric, Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is a composition specifically adapted to produce non-porous membranes exhibiting waterproof and water vapor transmissible. High performance, durable, excellent water-resistant, cut and tear resistance and soft. The inserts for these diapers are a multi-layer of fluffy microfiber and are XL for the heavy wetter. Surprisingly enough, these diapers are not bulky. I use them for everyday use as well as nighttime. If your child is a heavy wetter all the time, this may be the solution you are looking for.
Lime Green and Green Apple (Velcro Closure)
The Minky Bamboo Diaper is comprised of a breathable waterproof Minky Outer Cover and has 2 ultra soft bamboo terry inserts. Bamboo fabric can adjust to your body temperature, when you touch the surface of the insert, you will feel it is cooler than the regular inserts, It has very fast wicking properties, it is 3-4 times more absorbent than regular diapers.
Minky is a polyester plush velour (feels like mink fur). It is a high quality fabric, very durable and soft, laminated with Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU). Inner layer is made of organic bamboo terry. Each diaper comes with 2 bamboo inserts. Inserts are made of 3 layers, 2 layers of 100% organic Bamboo and the middle layer is microfiber to help absorption. For use on smaller babies or newborn, it is long enough to fold in half, which gives you 12 layers of extra absorbency.
(Comes in bright blue, creme, brown, pink and baby blue)
so now that I have introduced you to these great cloth diapers let me break down the savings for you. Most one size pocket diapers with 2 inserts cost on average $14 to $25 depending on the brand. The average KaWaii Baby OS pocket diaper is around $7. For one child you will need a minimum of 20 diapers (enough to last 2 days of diapering) although I personally recommend 30 for 1 child as you will want enough diapers in your rotation to keep your diapers in good shape. This will ensure they last for another child.
20 brand X OS diapers x $19.00 (this is the most common price) = $380.00
20 KaWaii Baby OS diapers x $7.00= $140.00
Overall Savings= $240.00
That is almost 75% less than the average cost for your cloth diaper start up!
KaWaii Baby also offers FREE SHIPPING on orders of 10 diapers or more and discounts if you buy bundle deals (10, 12, 15, or 20 of the same diaper type). This gives you even greater opportunity to save on your start up cost!
Now let's look at another route to lower your diapering cost....
Prefold diapers and covers!
Most of us like the convenience of a OS pocket diaper but if you are on the tightest budget and simply can't afford even the pocket diapers, this is a cheaper alternative. When you cloth diaper using prefold diapers and covers, you can reuse covers. This means you will only need approximately 6 covers and 24 prefold diapers. Since KaWaii Baby's covers are one size you will not need to buy additional sizes down the road (aka: greater savings!)
Here's the breakdown:
6 OS KaWaii Baby Happy Leak Free Covers x $4.50= $27.00
24 KaWaii Baby Chinese Prefold Diapers ($18.90 per dozen) x 2= $37.80
Total cost for full time cloth diapering=$64.80
There you have it! You can cloth diaper your baby full time for as little as $64.80 to $140. Your diapers will last you until potty training and beyond (to younger siblings) and you will save approximately $1,400 on diapers from birth to potty training with 1 child. The savings will increase with use on younger siblings! AWESOME!!
If you would like to try a variety of KaWaii Baby cloth diapers to see what you think, you can make a custom order. Email your order to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please make your payments through Paypal.
Luv Your Baby Products also offers a discounted co-op rate for groups of moms with a total order or 60 diapers or more. This is a great way to save even more on your diapers! Think about women in your church group or play group! Email email@example.com for more information.
I hope this Fluff Talk Thursdays post will be a blessing to many a mom who did not think cloth diapering was an affordable option. I know you will be pleased with the quality and service you receive from KaWaii Baby. I am very impressed and have purchased more diapers since my review order. I don't "need" more diapers, but they are such a great price and so I can use that excuse to feed my cloth diaper addiction! Haha.
I want to hear your money saving tips when it comes to cloth diapering. Have you learned how to buy cloth diapers on the cheap? How did you get the money together for the start up cost? Leave a comment below or blog about it! We all want to know your secrets to affordable cloth diapering! If you blog, be sure and grab my Fluff Talk Thursdays button for your post and come back here to link up your post.
cloth diapers at discount for my review.
All opinions are my own and no other compensation
was received to conduct this review.