May 20 2010

Saving money at a diaper swap

I had the pleasure of attending a diaper swap meetup on Wednesday. Six mothers (and even more kiddos!) gathered to trade and buy cloth diapers.

It’s a great way to save money, because second-hand diapers are obviously going to be cheaper than new (and most of them really do have lots of life left!).

In addition, it’s a nice way to get rid of unused/unwanted fluff. Since we were doing the swap in-person, we didn’t have to worry about shipping fees and PayPal fees.

I unloaded seven diapers, and I came home with 10 prefolds, a newborn fitted, a one-size fitted, two wool covers, a Bummis cover, and an extra $13. I’m happy with my loot.

There’s still a few things that I want to sell, and I’ll list the items on diaperswappers.

I’m finding some great deals on the site and I know that I’ll be able to add a good newborn/infant supply of diapers for much less than if I ran out and bought it all brand-new.

Since I was told  “newborns aren’t in that size for very long,” I didn’t buy many in that size while I was pregnant and still had time to hunt for the deep discounts.

So when Jonathan was born and was a skinny little 6 lbs. 5 oz., I knew that we’d be using NB for awhile — turned out to be about 6 weeks. That was a ton of diapers.

I had to pay full price on a few packs because I had no time or energy to seek deals that may have existed when we needed them.

We ended up spending probably $75 (but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was $100+) on newborn diapers. For comparison’s sake, I spent about $100 total on sizes 1-3 that lasted until well past Johnny’s 6th month. The newborn phase was expensive as far as diapers were concerned!

Some moms do birth babies who start out in size 1s. Maybe that’ll happen to me next time, but I don’t think it’s too likely.

This time, I might end up spending about the same amount, but on cloth. I’ll be able to use them again and then get some of my money back.

I can resell the ones that don’t work for us and get all or at least some of my money back.

Can you say the same thing for a disposable diaper? I would think not!

And one final perk — I am SO excited at the prospect of having fewer newborn poo explosions! With those dang disposables, we had a blowout/big leak pretty much every day — even with premium diapers.

Oh, and in case you are getting really squicked out at the thought of a second-hand diaper, relax. They’re clean! I don’t normally bleach any of my diapers just for the heck of it, but I did add bleach to the load of cotton prefolds. I like that you can be a little more aggressive with prefolds.

The others will be washed according to manufacturer’s instructions, and I’m also going to use superduper hot water (and maybe I’ll boil the ones that can take it), tea tree oil, and laying some in direct sunlight to sun out any possible thing that might be lingering.

Most of the things I bought and am planning on buying are easy to get a thorough clean.

What about you? Ever consider going to a diaper swap or buying second-hand cloth?



4 Responses to “Saving money at a diaper swap”

  1. Sounds like you’re doing a great job at stocking up on the cheap!

    We didn’t go the cloth diaper route with our two little ones, now ages 4 & 2. It just wasn’t gonna happen with me keeping up on that laundry! I was busy enough when my first wanted to nurse all day long!

    Anyway, I just wanted to say that not all babies will have poo blow-outs using disposables. Neither of my kids ever had a single blow-out. I’m not trying to argue for use of disposables or anything, I just wanted to clarify that blow-outs aren’t always going to happen.
    .-= Mary @ Tips & Treasures´s last blog ..Computer issues AGAIN! =-.

  2. I have bought quite a few used diapers via Craigslist. Hopefully, I’ll be able to sell them for the same price I paid if I end up not liking them! :)
    .-= Becky@FamilyandFinances´s last blog ..Ten Fingers and Ten Toes, Unless You’re a Chicken =-.

  3. Yup, about half of Cora’s NB dipes came from diaperswappers. All of Roanin’s larges came from diaperswappers. My mom was a little grossed out by used diapers at first, until I pointed out that a baby’s bottom comes into contact with far fewer chemicals with used diapers than with brand new disposables. Those “moisture-locking” chemicals scare me much more than anything a previous baby could have put into a diaper!

  4. Eww! I think money spent on a new cloth diaper is money well spent. I would rather forgo dinners out or any purchase rather than use used cloth diapers for my baby

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