All you need is cloth diapers to use cloth diapers right? Wrong.
As with most things, there are accessories and items that make cloth diapering easier, but using them cost more. So how do you cope and manage to still use the products and save money?
Here are a couple ways to get MORE bang for your buck!
TWO Cloth Diaper Accessories that will save YOU!
Coconut Oil! Yes, you read it right. Coconut Oil is a super economical and all natural rash remedy and preventative used by many many families.
Purchase one 15oz jar and you may never need another as long as you're cloth diapering. Unless you discover it's many other uses!
For rashes and rash prevention simply tap your fingers and get some oil on them and apply lightly to the babies skin, not enough that it would drip (that's too much), just enough as though you were moisturizing.
It's also perfect for skincare, cradle cap, eczema, hair conditioner, after sun moisturizer, nails, cuticles and more!
Flushable Liners! At $6.50 per roll of 100 sheets, it's hard not to think about the cost adding up. That's .065 cents per diaper change.
The savings come in when you consider that disposable liners will make washing easier. Less rinse cycles mean less money spent and less staining mean your diapers will retain their value longer.
What else? On tiny babies you can often cut each sheet in half. That means you'd get twice as much use out of one roll making cutting your cost in HALF.
These are just TWO products that pack a lot of BANG for the BUCK. Proof you don't have to spend a fortune on accessories in order to use cloth diapers.
What other accessories have you discovered in unlikely places that help save you money?
Melinda Date 12/11/2012
We have tried diaper liners with our daughter and the just seem to get bunched up in her heiny and privates. Any idea on how to keep that from happening?
Andrea Date 12/11/2012
Someone did their math wrong - it's $0.065 per sheet, which is 6.5 cents per sheet. Still too much for my cheap blood.
Milka Date 12/11/2012
I made cloth wipes out of receiving/flannel blankets and fleece liner out of fleece blankets. I use flushable liners for when I have to put on butt cream on my LO instead of using a sposie. I make my own wipes solution and reuse ziploc freezer bags that aren't fit for food as wet bags for dirty diapers on the go.
Erin Date 12/11/2012
I have used the coconut oil before, but am wondering if you could shed some light on my question: Is coconut oil safe to use with synthetic fiber cloth diapers (i.e. fleece) without causing them to repel as a store bought ointment would? Thanks in advance! :0)
Delora Date 12/11/2012
We use flushable liners, and for changes where baby hasn't pooped, I gently rinse them out in some soapy water and lay flat to dry. So long as they don't get stretched while wet, I can get 5-6 uses per liner before they begin to fall apart.
Renae Date 12/11/2012
I have made my own cloth wipes out of old recieving blankets. They work great and are nice and soft. I make a solution out of doc bronners soap (1 oz) olive oil (1 oz) and fill perry bottle the rest of the way with water. It works so well that I despise using regular wipes when I have to, especially with sticky toddler poopey diapers :)With a newborn soon to arrive, I plan on using cloth wipes in wipe warmer with similar solution.
Mallory Date 12/11/2012
Cloth wipes! A pack costs about the same as one refill pack of disposable wipes and can be used over and over, plus they are much gentler on baby's skin. I just soak them in water with a couple drops of Dr. Bronner's soap (another great multi-use, money saving product!) and put them in a wipe warmer.
Shelly Date 12/11/2012
@ Melinda... I had the same issue at first but realized that if I sized the diaper down one row, the liner didn't move. As my son got older, and had to move up a size for sure, I still never had the problem again. He was just in-between weights, and pulling that crotch up a little made all the difference! He's now almost 2 and we still love our liners!!
Ashley B Date 12/12/2012
I used the flush able liners but was never happy with them. I figured that if some pocket diapers were made with micro fleece lining, that I could make my own liners! I spent under $5 for half a yard of micro fleece at Joann's and made around a dozen 5 X 12 inch washable liners. Poo comes off the micro fleece much easier than my prefolds and since I got brown, I don't have to worry about staining! I save what's left of the flush able ones for traveling.