How to Pay Less for Cloth Diapers [How-To Tuesday]

Cloth diapers run you $18 to $20 dollars new, and it’s pretty rare to find them on sale for more than 15% off at retail stores. That doesn’t mean you can’t cut the cost of cloth diapers by more than that, though. Far from it. Here are some ways to save big:

Watch for limited-time only deals.

Watch for vouchers to stores that sell cloth diapers (Ecomom or Abe’s market for example) at sites like Groupon and Living Social. You can save up to 50%.

Daily deal sites like BabySteals and Eco Baby Buys offer them sometimes, too.

Flash sale sites like Zulily.com and The Mini Social.com occasionally run cloth diaper sales for brands like Fuzzibunz and Kushies. Be sure to factor the cost of shipping into the equation to ensure that you’re getting the deal you think you are.

Consider gently used diapers.

Parent-to-parent swapping and selling sites like Spot’s Corner at Hyena Cart, Re-Diaper, Diaper Swappers, the Diaper Pin forums, Baby Center’s Cloth Diaper Swap group and even Craigslist and ebay (if you get lucky). Diaper Swappers and Spot’s Corner are reader faves. Expect to pay about $10 to $13 per diaper. That’s 35% to 45% off the cost of new diapers.

Look for sellers with plenty of good feedback and listings with photos. There should also be a description of any stains, pilling, damage or wear to the diaper. I’m sure it goes without saying, but wash and strip the diapers before using.

Scout clearance sections for gently used, closeout and seconds (irregular diapers).

Cloth diaper retailers often sell their “seconds” or slightly irregular diapers as well as gently used diapers that have been part of their trial program (and thus used very few times). Some diapers may only be a dollar or two off, but look for reductions of 25% or more. Note: sales are usually final, so order carefully.

The list below links to clearance sections at the various retailers. If you don’t see any offerings there right now, try following the site on Twitter or Facebook or sign up for emails to find out when the clearance sections are restocked.

And finally, if they’re in good shape when you’ve finished with them, you can resell your cloth diapers to recoup part of the cost.

What are your best tips for saving on cloth diapers?

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Comments

  1. hannah says:

    Make sure your check retailmenot.com for codes to use when ordering from Cotton babies. You can even use the codes on the 2nds/clearance diapers.

  2. Ann says:

    http://www.sewcraftybaby.com has a nice sale and clearance section as well… and she offers free shipping and discounts for FB fans. (I’m not in any way compensated for saying this – I just LOVE her customer service and speedy shipping!) The only time I think you wouldn’t fair quite as well with used is it you are looking for the diapers to last through 3 or more children. You might be better off buying some good quality new diapers the first time around and save yourself from having to replace worn out diapers. Of course, this all depends on how well-used the diapers are to start with. I’ve been lucky enough to buy some nearly-new used diapers on eBay… you just have to watch!

  3. Tracy S says:

    I hosted a Diaper Party through Everything Birth and earned tons of free items!

  4. christina says:

    Go on eBay, you can get brand new cloth diapers with the inserts for $3.50 per diaper and free shipping. The brand is Baby City, Baby Land, Baby Dreamz… Also there is one called Sun Baby and those are $5 per diaper and I heard they are really good ones. I have the Baby City ones and I like them pretty well, just wish they had the extra snap at the hip.

  5. Meegan says:

    I keep an eye on the Sales & Announcements page at http://www.diaperpin.com
    Retailers can post when they have deals and coupon codes. I was able to supply my entire brand new diaper supply for between $10-$13 a diaper just by pairing their posted sales with clearance items.
    You can also check out the reviews for diapering items before purchasing on DiaperPin.

  6. Alexandra says:

    You can also use a diaper service, all the benefits of cloth diapering at a fraction of the cost!

  7. Lesley says:

    I like Abby’s Lane. They offer free shipping on everything and you can earn points with your purchases that you can exchange for gift certificates in different amounts.

  8. Kristin W says:

    Cotton babies also often has seconds and used diapers on their website (and free shipping with no minimum). Also, often 2 piece systems – like Flip and Econobum or other prefolds and diaper covers are often a smaller monetary investment up front. Obviously, the All-in-ones with the higher convenience factor are higher priced.

    Also, Cotton babies has a 30 day money-back guarantee with their new (not clearance or seconds) Cotton Babies Brand diapers (bumGenius, Flip, Econobum) and a 1 year warranty – which may be worth a few extra dollars to buy new.

  9. Kim says:

    I get my diapers from justsimplybaby.com for $11-12.50 depending on the diaper. They are pretty similar to Bum Genius if you’re looking for something to compare it to. They also come with a 30-day return policy, including diapers that have been washed!

    I don’t get anything for mentioning them. It really is where I get my diapers. If you DO decide to order from there, though, shoot me an email. If you have a referral we can both get a small bonus.

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