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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?


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