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My Favorite Budget-Friendly Cloth Diapers

by julie on March 21, 2013

Budget Cloth Diapers

One of the main reasons I started cloth diapering was to save money. You can imagine that my initial goal was to keep my cost low but while maintaining quality. I have found that the following diapers have worked well and lasted well for my family.



Pocket cloth diapers seem to be the most popular type of cloth diaper. The reason that pockets are so popular is because they are very similar to a disposable. Once the diaper is stuffed just lay it down and snap or velcro on baby. Pockets can be purchased very inexpensively. Here are some of my favorite budget pocket diapers



Covers are a great way to stretch your cloth diaper dollars. Covers, if not soiled can be reused for multiple uses before being laundered. By replacing just the insert, this method can provide multiple diapers changes for cheap!


Flat cloth diapers are as they sound flat. They look like a thicker receiving blanket. The flats can be folded into many different positions to accomplish the best fit for your baby. Flats are a single layer of fabric that can be folded multiple times to create a more absorbant diaper. Flats can be placed inside a cover for a very inexpensive insert option.


Prefolds are also as they sound. There are prefolded or sewn in lines/stitching which allows for multiple layers of material to be placed on top of each other creating (similar to flats) a more absorbent insert option. Prefolds are usually made up of 2 thinner outer flaps and one thicker inside. Go HERE to get a visual!

I will save AIO’s and Fitteds for another budget friendly post as these types of diapers do tend to be a little more expensive. Also remember that a lot of these prices are for the smallest size prefold or flat. As the size increases, so does the price, but this is still one of the most inexpensive ways to cloth diaper your baby.

Also be sure to check out Green Mountain Diapers as they have many different options for Flats and Prefolds at great prices!

Think About It:

  • Remember that the Cover/Flat/Prefold option will usually get you the most bang for your buck. As long as the baby does not soil the cover it can be wiped down and used for another change where as a pocket or AIO needs to be washed after each use.
  • Re-use of Pockets? You can use prefolds and flats stuffed inside a pocket diaper as well. Sometimes you can even get away with placing a prefold over the top of your pocket, and as long as the microfleece is not wet/soiled you can re-use the pocket.
  • Get some of these items even cheaper. If you wait for sales or use a coupon code, you can purchase many of the above items at an even great discount!

What are your favorite budget cloth diapers?


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Suzi Satterfield March 22, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I love my pockets, but I’m a big fan of all-in-two diapers for going inexpensive. Plus they’re great for travel!


Sadie Keeter March 23, 2013 at 12:16 am

A really important thing to note on this list is that Mudshrimps are made in the USA by a WAHM. They’re not a cheaply mass-produced import from China!


Olivia L March 23, 2013 at 1:36 am

I bought a set of Sunbabies 2 years ago for $4 each (without inserts) and free shipping. Those diapers are now on my second baby. Probably the best deal I ever got. I stuff them with my old prefolds and they’re my workhorse diapers. Even if they fell apart tomorrow I will have gotten my money’s worth. I think the so-called low end diapers are a great way to introduce families to cloth diapering – low cost and low risk.


Bonnie Way March 29, 2013 at 9:06 pm

This is very handy – thanks! My hubby and I shopped around lots before buying our first set of pocket diapers four years ago (we got BumGenius diapers). They wore out after 3 years of non-stop use (2 kids), so I’m shopping around again. The best deal I’ve found is Kawartha Cloth, do I’ll check your links. :)


Janelle April 3, 2013 at 10:17 am

I just checked Kawarth Cloth since I had never heard of them before. They are actually a rebrand of alvababy diapers which you can purchase for about half the price from their website.


Ashley J August 4, 2013 at 8:20 pm

We currently use ai2 grovia’s – but they aren’t very nice on the budget! Stuffing pockets seems so time consuming, but the time may be worth the price. Thanks for all the helpful links


julie August 6, 2013 at 6:55 am

Yes, Grovia are not that cheap. You should try the flip covers and inserts. I have had great success with them and you can get covers for $7 at the cotton babies seconds sales! Much more budget friendly!


Stephanie September 14, 2013 at 9:47 am

My favorite cheap diapers are just simply baby….they are a pocket style with double gussets. I have a ton of them…they are cute and work great for us. They have good sales frequently and you can earn store credit. Here’s a code for a 10% refund on your first order, never expires….JSBAR117


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