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Save money and the earth…cloth diapering on a budget

No Comments 20 May 2013

Many families choose to cloth diaper their children for the cost savings. When you consider that using disposable diapers over two and a half or three years will cost approximately $3,000 to $4,000, it’s hard not to consider the cost savings cloth diapering provides.

We are often asked by curious families what’s the least amount of money needed to cloth diaper a child. We’ve run a couple of scenarios to show you just how little investment cloth diapering requires.

*Most cloth diapering families spend approximately $500 on a diaper stash. This allows for several different styles of cloth diapers, more diapers to allow for daycare, babysitters, etc., an extra wet bag and diaper pail liner and more cloth wipes.

For simplicity, we’ve used the following baselines:

  •  These scenarios include enough diapers to wash every other day. You can technically get by with just enough diapers for one day, but you’ll spend a lot more time washing and your diapers will wear out faster, possibly requiring you to purchase more diapers before your child has potty learned.
  •  We are not including the energy or detergent costs for washing diapers as these can vary greatly depending on many factors. In general, you can factor in a penny per diaper, per washload in water and electricity costs. This can be reduced by line drying regularly.
  •  Sales tax is not included in our totals.
  •  You can recoup much of your upfront cost by selling your gently used cloth diapers when you are finished with them.
  •  There are many, many ways to cloth diaper. These are just a few recommendations.

Scenario #1: Flats and covers

  • 30 birdseye flat diapers @ $1.75 each = $52.50
  • 4 Econobum One Size diaper covers @ $8.95 each = $35.80
  •  2 Thirsties Hemp Inserts 2-packs, 1 size one, 1 size 2 (for nighttime diapering) @ $9.00 each = $18.00
  •  2 15-count packs OsoCozy cloth wipes @ $11.95 each = $23.90
  •  1 Kissaluvs diaper pail liner @ $14.95
  •  1 Thirsties wet bag @ $7.95

GRAND TOTAL = $153.10

*To add some variety and color to your stash, you could substitute Sweet Pea One Size diaper covers for an extra cost of $8.00. Substituting a Sweet Pea wet bag will add $2.00.

Scenario #2: Econobum by BumGenius

  • 2 Econobum full kits (12 one size prefolds, 3 OS covers, 1 wet bag) @ $48.95 each = $97.90
  •  2 Thirsties Hemp Inserts 2-packs, 1 size one, 1 size 2 (for nighttime diapering) @ $9.00 each = $18.00
  •  2 15-count packs OsoCozy cloth wipes @ $11.95 each = $23.90
  •  1 Kissaluvs diaper pail liner @ $14.95

GRAND TOTAL = $154.75

We’ve made an effort to make budget cloth diapering realistic, so we included inserts for nighttime absorbency and more than the bare minimum number of wipes. For us, cloth diapering needs to be practical, and constantly running out of diapers or wipe or washing every few hours isn’t practical.

An added bonus of diapering with flats and prefolds is that these two styles of diapers have the longest life span of any cloth diaper. You really can diaper all of your children, your friends’ children and your grandchildren with flats or prefolds!

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ABC Expo 2012 – Day 2

4 Comments 15 October 2012

We got a bit of late start today and didn’t get to the Expo center until about 10 a.m. At 1:15, we realized we hadn’t eaten lunch yet!

8 hours of walking and talking later, the show closed for the day and we headed back to the hotel. We’ll be back at it tomorrow at 9 a.m.! The game plan for tomorrow is to hit Swaddlebees, Thirsties, Moby and Rockabye Baby (we’ve been told we’re just about the only people who LOVE the Rockabye Bjork album :)! ).


Buy 2, Get 1 Free on Flip covers

No Comments 26 April 2012

This offer only applies to Flip covers in all solid colors, both snap and hook & loop. No other Flip products or Genius Series Prints are included in this buy 2, get 1 offer.  Discounts do not combine. This is a manufacturer’s sale and may end without notice. Valid on in-stock items only; no special orders or backorders.

June 18, 2012: This sale has ended.

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Snappi fasteners now available in singles and day glo

1 Comment 17 March 2012

Want just one Snappi? Looking for different colors? Snappi diaper fasteners are now available at Green Bambino in single packs in size 1 and 2, and in several new colors, including day glo yellow, orange and pink.

Not sure what a Snappi is? Here’s some info from Snappi Baby USA:

The Snappi® Diaper Fastener has revolutionized cloth diapering! This PINLESS diaper fastener offers a practical and reliable way to fasten a cloth diaper and has become one of the most important cloth diapering accessories in the world. Over 60 million have sold worldwide.

An EASY to use fastener that offers a PRACTICAL and RELIABLE way to fasten a cloth diaper, replacing the diaper pin. It comes in a variety of colors and is made from a stretchable non-toxic material, which is T-shaped with ‘teeth’ on each end. These ‘teeth’ hook into the diaper fabric to ensure a snug-fitting diaper with enough natural movement for the baby.

The Snappi® fastener underwent a ‘makeover’ in 2006. The basic shape and function remains the same, the only change being that the rings at the end of each leg have been replaced with a solid piece embossed with the Snappi® logo and a crescent-shaped loop at the end of each leg, which gives the Snappi® an extra safety feature.

When the Snappi® fastener is not in use, fold the loop over the back of the Snappi® end to fit over the teeth of the white grip – see photo above. This acts as a barrier and prevents the sharp teeth from being exposed. These loops are NOT to be pulled on when attaching the Snappi® fastener to the diapers. When attaching the Snappi®, hold onto the solid part of the tab.

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Nicole’s best cloth diaper advice

No Comments 07 November 2011

My cloth diaper advice to others – keep an open mind and don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.  Almost all the negative things I hear about cloth are said by people who haven’t even tried it.  I was really hesitant to try cloth diapers.   I just knew it was going to messy and gross.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.  I actually found it less messy — at least with cloth diapers the mess actually stays inside the diaper and you aren’t changing clothes, blankets, sheets, or having to wash the carseat liner.

When we started with cloth diapers I wanted something easy.  I was against prefolds because they seemed too complicated.  I didn’t want to be doing origami; I just wanted to diaper my kid.  While prefold diapers may not be for everyone, I have to admit I was wrong again.  It wasn’t until we started thinking about potty training that I bought a few to try.  Most of our diapers had stay-dry linings and I thought feeling wet would help my daughter with potty training.  Prefolds are super cheap, soft, wash and dry really well, and don’t have to be complicated.  I love the Better Fit Prefolds that can simply be folded in thirds and laid in a cover – no origami required.

Wool was the other category of diapers that I just didn’t think was for us.  The washing instructions seemed so intimidating and I always thought wool was itchy.  As my daughter became older, we found ourselves changing sheets a few times a week after she’d sleep her twelve hour stretch.  Many people told me how great wool was for nighttime, but I wasn’t convinced.  After changing sheets one too many times, I decided to give it a try.  The result – LOVE!  Not only is wool breathable and SOFT, it’s actually pretty easy to care for (Eucalan No-Rinse Wool Wash is great).  My daughter is now potty trained and only wears a diaper to bed.  When she gets up I just turn the wool cover inside out and let it air dry until we are ready to put it back on.  The sheets are dry and the cover only has to be washed every couple of weeks.  What could be better?

There are many options in the cloth diaper world.  My advice is simply to keep an open mind.  What works best for one person may not be the thing for you and your family, but you’ll never know unless you give it a try.

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Morgan’s fave five; part 1

3 Comments 03 November 2011

A recent Facebook request has spawned a new blog series here at Green Bambino. We’re asking our owner and staff what their fave five diapers/systems are. We’ll each create two lists: one made up of the five diapers or diaper systems we’d include in the “perfect stash,” and a list of our five favorite diapers available at Green Bambino.

Morgan, Green Bambino’s owner, will kick things off!

Morgan’s fave five:

  1. Bummis Easy Fit One Size All-in-One diaper: best velcro on the market, fast drying, trim fitting.
  2. Flip covers and prefolds or flats: don’t underestimate the awesomeness of natural fibers and old school. The longer I diaper, the more I love flats.
  3. Mother-ease Wizard Easy Stuff pocket diaper: Mother-ease diapers last FOREVER. I love pockets, but get tired of stuffing and unstuffing. This diaper solves both problems. Pair this with a birdseye flat for the perfect diaper.
  4. Sandy’s organic cotton fitted diapers: easily the most absorbent diaper ever. The toddler size gets my preschool through the night.
  5. Wool. Don’t wait to try wool. It’s magic, and once you start, you can’t get enough.

We’ll have more to come!

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Jelly Roll for prefolds

1 Comment 17 August 2011

This fold is great for containing breastfed poo.

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