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?