After so many readings and video watching, I finally decided on what cloth diaper system to choose and finally completed our cloth diaper stash, too. Everything is already pre-washed and ready for use. Thank you to all the experienced moms who shared their expertise on cloth diapering with their blog articles and youtube videos. Just in case you missed my first post on why we decided to cloth diaper, you can read it here.
Different Kinds of Cloth Diapers
There are about 9 different types of cloth diapers: All in Ones (AIO), All in Twos (AI2), prefolds, flats, diaper covers, hybrids, pockets, fitteds and contour diapers, but I’m not going to talk about them one by one here. Instead, I will share with you the links of the articles and videos by experienced moms that have served as my guide in understanding more about the modern cloth diapers and in deciding which system to choose, with all the photos/videos for easier visualization.
Cloth Diapering 101: Everything You Need To Know To Get Started by Genevieve (The Mama Natural) is one of the very first articles that I’ve read about Cloth Diapering. She is also the author of one of the pregnancy books that I have: The Mama Natural Week-By-Week Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth.
Another article that helped me is Cloth Diapers: How To Get Started by Katie, The Wellness Mama. I have also watched a lot of youtube videos about cloth diapering and the one that I liked and watched a lot is the video Our Simple & Affordable Cloth Diaper Stash by Eat Pray Crunch. It is the very video that helped me decide to go with flats and the diaper cover system.
Our Practical & Inexpensive Cloth Diaper Stash
Among the many kinds of cloth diapers, I chose (the bana is completely clueless about the different kinds) to go with flats and the diaper cover system (I was totally convinced after watching the video Our Simple & Affordable Cloth Diaper Stash). A flat is just a square piece of cloth made of cotton, the “lampin” that we commonly use in the Philippines, while a diaper cover is the waterproof part that you put after the “lampin” to avoid leakage. The cover is usually made of PUL ((polyurethane laminate)and it is breathable, tight-knit polyester and laminated which makes it waterproof. Some covers are also made of wool and fleece.
I like the idea of using flats or “lampin” very much because I want to experience the same method that my Mama, Lolas, and Tiyas used in the Philippines. And it also gives me a feeling of excitement because I haven’t had the experience of changing and washing lampins during my childhood or teenage life coz I only have 2 younger siblings and we only had 1 year and 2 years interval, so I didn’t have the chance of taking care of them while they were younger. For sure, this flats and diaper cover system are more time-consuming than the other choices, but a lot of mothers all over the globe like the system, too, because they find it more convenient than the others, more economical and so fast-drying. I’m going to experience for myself so soon and there’s no turning back coz I already bought and completed our cloth diaper stash.:) I’m going to mention each item of our complete practical and inexpensive cloth diaper stash and put the links on where I bought them, just in case you want to try some of the items, too.
I bought 20 pieces of flats or lampin. I ordered mine through amazon.es and I chose the ones from ZOLLNER because it’s made of 100% cotton and it’s Oeko-Tex certified. It’s big enough at 80x80cm and it comes in a package of 10 for 15.99€ instead of the normal 19.99€ and shipping is for free if you have an amazon prime.
Most mothers recommend 24 diapers (of any kind) and have a wash routine every other day. If you are planning to wash every 2 days or so, then you’ll need more than 24. A new born usually uses 10-12 diapers per day, infant uses 8-10, and an older baby or toddler uses 6-8 diapers each day. So I think 20 flats is good for us since I’m planning to wash every other day because some articles say that longer days of not washing soiled diapers might trigger the build-up of bacteria, so, better be on the safe side.
I bought 5 diaper covers to go with my 20 flats. Most mothers recommend having 4-8 covers for 24 flats since covers can still be reused 3 to 4 times in one day before finally throwing it to the diaper pail for washing or lesser than 3-4 times if it gets soiled by poo. If not, then you can just wipe it with a wet wipe or damp cloth, dry it and re-use it. I bought 4 of my diaper covers from www.apego.es and 1 diaper cover from www.crianzanatural.com.
Cloth Diaper Fasteners
These are modern pins that you’re going to use to hold the flats in place and it’s commonly known as snappi in the cloth diapering world. I bought 2 from www.apego.es and because I forgot to leave a note that we are having a boy, so they sent me the items in random color: green and pink. 🙂
are an extra piece of cloth that you can also use to enhance the absorbency of cloth diapers especially during the night when your baby sleeps longer. They are also called boosters or soaker pads. I bought 3 pieces of absorbents from Crianza Natural. Each set comes in 2 sizes (one small when the newborn stage and one large when the baby is bigger, but you can use both at one time especially if you have a heavy wetter). I chose the one made of cotton and hemp because most mothers say that it’s more absorbent than cotton or microfiber.
Though I decided to choose the flats and diaper covers as our main cloth diaper system, I also bought 5 pocket diapers from /www.thenappylady.co.uk. I was hesitant at first to make the order, but finally decided to give it a go since pocket diapers resemble disposable diapers and it’s so easy to use when on the go and when the grannies or other people who are hesitant yet to cloth diapers are around. I will just use them when we go outside for a medical appointment or some errands to make diaper changing a breeze.
There are a lot of cheap cloth diapers available on eBay and other sites, but these are often made abroad and may not meet EU safety standards. That’s why I decided to go with Little Lambs because they are a well known and trusted UK brand, with a great reputation. These nappies are made in Turkey and conform to all EU regulations and have fabric Oeko Teks safety certification and it’s not expensive and it comes with 2 bamboo boosters for extra absorbency, which you can also use with your other cloth diapers.
The Total Cost of our Cloth Diaper Stash
The downside of cloth diapering is the upfront cost because you have to shell out the money at once to complete your cloth diaper stash. Unlike disposables that you can buy it weekly, so you won’t notice the total amount you’re actually spending on buying them. But once you’re done completing your cloth diaper stash, you don’t have to buy more and with proper care, you can still use your cloth diaper stash on your next baby or babies. Here’s the total cost of our cloth diaper stash:
20 pieces flats – 15.99€ x 2 = 31.98€
5 diaper covers ——– = 92.35€ (2 covers for 16.20€/each, 2 covers for 22€/each and 1 cover for 15.95€)
2 snappis – 2.60€ x 2 —- = 5.20€
3 sets of absorbents —– = 25.50€ (sold for 3 sets)
5 pocket diapers – 6.70€x5= 33.50€ (it was 6 pounds each and I converted it using the moneyconverter at www.xe.com)
total cost of our cloth diaper stash = 188.53€
Woww the total is way cheaper than the estimated cost of diapering one child from birth to potty training which is around $1500-2000 depending on the disposable diaper brand that you’re going to use.
But take it easy, the expenses for our complete cloth diaper stash didn’t stop at 188.53€ at all because I bought some cloth diaper accessories, too. One can actually cloth diaper without the accessories, but it’s way better and convenient if you actually have them. So, I took the convenient way, 🙂 which means increasing the total cost of our stash to about 300€.
I’m going to talk about our cloth diaper stash accessories on another post because this one is already very long. I don’t want to bore you, that is if you’re not yet on that state. 🙂
How about you, how much did you spend in completing your cloth diaper stash? If you’re not yet into cloth diapers, how much are you going to spend?
*All images posted on this site are mine unless otherwise noted.
*** We had another check-up in the doctor yesterday (October 19) on my 41st week of pregnancy. The baby is doing well, but my cervical opening is still close. 🙁 We are going to have another check-up tomorrow at 10am. Please continue praying for us. Thank you.