Tip Monday: Cloth Diapers (for the Frugal Prepper)

Introduction to Cloth Diapers

Saving money is one of the biggest parts of prepping; being able to guarantee your family’s financial well being. When a new child is born to your family, one of the biggest expenses you will face is diapers and a good way to head off this significant expense is to use reusable cloth diapers.

The Needed Gear

Green thirsties brand diaper, adjusted for the different sizes that the diaper can "grow" with your baby to, there is Velcro in the center and multiple snaps present, there are three diapers in the center of the screen with the text under them that reads: "Duo diaper, grows with your baby!" in progressively larger text.

Thirsties Duo Diaper Shells

With our newborn we have been using is the cloth-eez brand cloth diapers, with the thirsties brand duo shells. The cloth-eez diaper is folded and put into the diaper shell and both are reusable.

I am using and recommending the thirsties brand shells as you will only need to buy shells twice (once for newborn to medium and once for medium to xl toddler); as the thirsties shells “grow with your baby, by adjusting the Velcro and snaps on the diaper shell.

When the cloth-eez diaper is soiled we put the diaper into the diapers into the thirsties wet diaper bag where we save up soiled diapers diapers and shells that happen to get dirty throughout the day, and then wash them once a day in the laundry machine.

Note: In our experience with our newborn/infant who goes to the bathroom about 12 times a day in the cloth diapers, we need 3-4 duo diaper diaper shells.

White daiper bag, with black loop on the left hand side, there is a white background patterned with blue, yellow, and brown leave-less trees, some of the trees have black birds in them.

Thirsties Wet Diaper Bag

If you make this purchase with your first born the initial investment is about what you would pay for two weeks of diapers from the department store or from a warehouse store. But, after that two week period the payback is very quick, especially given you can use the same cloth diapers and shells with your subsequent children also. I figure that each time I do a load of laundry with my home-made laundry soap the load of laundry costs me about $0.07 when you factor in natural gas for the water heater, natural gas for the dryer, water for the wash machine, and electric for both.

You will need to purchase the cloth diapers (cloth-eez) in my case at least 3 times, starting out at the newborn size, and then going to the small size, and then to the medium \ large size.

For both the infant and small sizes you may be able to get already used cloth diapers from another parent that is done with having their children. Before the child starts eating solid food the diapers consistently come back to “like new” after being washed, but after the child makes it to the medium or large sized diapers, there is a higher likelihood of the diapers becoming stained and less appealing to use, used from another family.

Washing & Maintenance

Multiple sizes of cloth diapers present in the photo demonstrating the sizes, the newborn size is at the top of the stack, moving to the small size, and then the medium size, then large, and extra large. The diapers have color-coded overcasting on two edges in the same order, orange, yellow, red, brown, and green.

Cloth-eez Prefold Diaper

Before the child starts eating solid food, and if the child is breastfed cleaning the diapers is really easily as the child will not stool a-lot breastfed (babies fed cheap formulas tend to stool more, than babies that are nursed). During this period assuming there isn’t too much stool in the diaper, the diaper can easily be put into the wash machine with an extra rinse, and possibly a prewash cycle set also.

Once the child starts eating solid food, the soiled diaper will need to be emptied of the toilet and then washed.

Note: Once a month it may make sense to bleach the diapers using chlorine bleach, when you do this, it may make sense to rinse the diapers an extra time or two to make sure no chlorine residuals are on the diaper that can irritate your baby’s skin. Doing this more than once a month will cause the diapers to deteriorate as chlorine is corrosive.


To be honest, once our child makes it to the solid food stage I will re-evaluate if I want to continue using cloth diapers as the “gross” factor will really start to set in. But, I do think my frugal-ness will win out, and we will continue to use cloth diapers.

I did get the used cloth-eez prefold diapers from a friend as a gift, as his kids have grown out of the newborn, and small sizes. As of now I am estimating that I am saving about 30 to 45 dollars a week.

[important]Note: I was not compensated in any way to write this article, nor was I contacted by the Green Mountain Diaper Company, or the Thristies Diaper company, this is just simply a product I believe in, that I wanted to share with the followers of my blog.[/important]

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