Cloth Diapers for the Timid

by Amber Van Schooneveld

I love frugality, so cloth diapering appeals to me. Although it is more work and I’m not ready to be a cloth purist, I do enjoy the savings. Here are a few ways I’ve found to make cloth diapering more doable:

Splurge on the fancy ones: "Pocket" or "all-in-one" cloth diapers are similar in design to disposable diapers, and there’s no fussing with folding. They may be a bigger investment at the start, but they’re still cheaper than disposable.

Line with disposable inserts: These little absorbent strips lie inside cloth diapers and can be easily removed to flush waste. They’re especially great when you’re expecting a dirty diaper.

Use disposables at night: My baby’s overnight diapers could get weighty. Because cloth couldn’t always hold up for that many hours, we opted to use disposables at night.

Consider a diapering service: If washing cloth diapers is definitely out of the question for you, research diaper laundering for the most economical service in your area.


This article appeared in the October/November 2012 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2012 by Amber Van Schooneveld. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.

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