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 and The Mini 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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Guest Post: 20 Potty Training Tips

It’s guest post week here at Baby Cheapskate! Today’s guest post is from Tiffany, who blogs at (Thanks, Tiffany!).

Once my oldest daughter, Kaye, turned 2, she showed signs of readiness of potty training, but took no interest in it. I wanted to get her out of diapers before the new baby came, so I went with it. It wasn’t too bad. She was fully potty trained in about 2 weeks.

Potty training has been the hardest thing I’ve done as a mother thus far. It has really tested my patience and my ability to stay calm during difficult situations. It has brought many embarrassing moments and many moments where I wondered, Why am I doing this? Diapers are easier to change than cleaning up after poop and pee in carpet.

Remember that each child is different. What worked with your friend’s child may not work with yours. What worked with your first child may not work with the second or third.

22 Potty Training Tips

  1. Read Up. Toilet Training in Less Than A Day answered all my questions. It told me exactly how my child was going to react to potty training and the different tactics they will use when faced with this situation.
  2. Wait it out. I have friends who waited until their child told them they were ready. And when they did, it was much easier to have the child be the one who initiated it.
  3. Clear your calendar. Potty training is one of those moments where you need to give your child uninterrupted attention. Be prepared to devote at least one whole day without distractions to it.  Forget about your emails. Ask someone to watch your older kids, if necessary. Once they get the hang of it and know what is going on, then get back into regular routine. And don’t travel. If you are traveling or moving shortly before or during potty training, you are sabotaging yourself and your child. Stay at home and potty train.
  4. Be consistent. At this age, they are testing you. They want to know if you are in on this. If you convince them you are, then they’ll get with the program. To do that, you have to be consistent. Show them that this is not just something temporary or something that you will give up if it doesn’t work the first few days or even weeks. If you give up, they will too.
  5. Involve them. Take them to the store to pick out their new underwear. Have them pick out a potty seat. Ask them what treats or reward they would like. Have them set a goal to work toward.
  6. The second day will be the hardest. The first day, they are excited to get with the program. The second day, they have accidents on purpose. The second day will make or break you. Though not all moms will experience this, lucky you if you don’t.
  7. Balance reminders with trust. In the beginning, you will remind them constantly to go potty, and sometimes take them to the potty even if they don’t need to go. As they start to get a hang out it, make the reminders less frequent.
  8. Throw a party. Get them excited about it. I threw a pink princess potty party it on the first day to introduce Kaye to potty training. I decorated the living room with little underwear and had lots of pink drinks around (juice, strawberry PediaSure or strawberry milk). Her grandma bought her a potty doll. We had a collection of children potty books. Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day is a book with themes, ideas and activities for potty parties.
  9. Don’t yell. This will be a hard one, especially when you are dealing the 5th or 6th accident of the day and you are at wits end. But if you yell, they will resist or feel being punished.
  10. Make them accountable. When they have an accident, have them clean up what they can. Have them undress themselves and put away the dirty clothes. Have them put on new clothes with some assistance if necessary. If they are accountable for their mess each time they make one, they won’t want to make messes anymore.
  11. Be prepared to sit there with them for a long time. They will sit on the toilet and tell you they don’t need to go, but as soon as you let them off, they hide in a corner and let it go. Next time you see them holding it, put them on the potty and sit there with them. I sat on the floor while Kaye was on the potty. We sang songs, I told her stories, we read books, she flipped through children magazines or catalogs.
  12. Find their motivator. What motivates your child? Positive attitude, support and encouragement? Or nagging, threats and punishments? Motivation can come from outside sources, too. Maybe they have always wanted to go to Built-A-Bear and make a doll.
  13. Make it come alive. When Kaye reverted after the new baby was born, we purchased a set of little Disney Princess figurines. If she went a few days without an accident, a princess would show up on her pillow before bedtime with a personal note praising her for her success. And once in a while brought up some pointers for things she needed to work on. It was better coming from a “princess” than mom.
  14. Rewards can come in many forms. There are instant rewards and long term rewards. Make the instant rewards small. Candy, stickers, a small toy and lots of praise. Make the long term reward a little more meaningful. A trip to the museum, a sleepover at grandma’s house, a bigger toy or something else they really would like.
  15. Celebrate with others. When they are successful, make them feel proud of their success. Call dad at work. Call grandma in another state. Have them tell of their achievements.
  16. Watch Potty Power. It’ a cheesy movie, but kids love it. I used this as a reward sometimes because Kaye enjoyed the movie so much.
  17. They are smarter than you think. Haven’t we heard this before? Unless you are potty training at one year old or your child has special circumstances or disabilities, they should be able to grasp the concept.
  18. Drop everything and go. That will be one of the hardest concepts for the child to comprehend. They are used to going while playing. Now they have to stop what they are doing to go? No way! Show them that the quicker they go, the sooner they can get back to playing.
  19. Public bathrooms may frighten them. Kaye didn’t like all the noise of public bathrooms, the size of everything, the loud flushing and the fans and hand dryers. I would bring her into a stall, allow her to get acquainted to this new environment and wait until she was ready. There were times she would try to convince me she didn’t need to go, so I had special rewards or treats in the diaper bag for such occasions.
  20. Put extra clothes in the car. Keep an extra set of clothing in the car in addition to the one in your purse or diaper bag. Sometimes they might go through both sets in one trip. Or you might forget that you used the set in the diaper bag last time and forgot to refill it.

Good luck potty training!

Tiffany, a mom of two, blogs at Simply Modern Mom. It’s a site dedicated to simplifying lives of modern moms with lots of tips, lists and simple photo tutorials.

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Review: Broody Chick Diapers

Thanks to BC reader Rebecca for this review of new Broody Chick diapers.

Broody Chick diapers are a new “100% natural” disposable diaper. The company is based in Canada, and they don’t yet have a distributor in the United States, although the company Better Baby Bums now has a US location and you can order the diaper from them. Each package is $15.99.
They come in four different sizes:

  • Newborn: 3 – 6 kg (6 – 15 lbs) / 36 ct
  • Infant: 4 – 9 kg (9-20 lbs)/ 32 ct
  • Toddler: 7 – 16 kg (15-35 lbs) / 28 ct
  • Junior: 12 – 25 kg (26-55 lbs) / 24 ct

Advertised features:

  • Chlorine Free
  • Breathable
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Fragrance-free
  • Ultra thin construction
  • Natural super absorbers
  • G.E.-free
  • Exceptional comfort and fit
  • Innovative 3-layer design helps your baby stay drier, longer.

A note on “compostable”: I e-mailed the company asking if these could be composted at home, and I was told, “You can compost in a home facility if you are able to maintain the right temperature, aeration and moisture levels. It can be difficult to do this that’s why we recommend a commercial municipal facility, and if you do compost then remove the side tabs from the diapers first as they take longer to break down.” So composting may not be realistic for most individuals, and not all commercial or municipal composting facilities will accept these diapers. Tiny Tots Diaper Service in Campbell, California has a composting diaper service that uses these diapers. I threw mine into the trash

L to R: Broody Chick (as they come folded in the box), Broody Chick, Huggies Snug n Dry

L to R: Broody Chick, Huggies Snug & Dry

L to R: Broody Chick, Huggies Snug & Dry

First Impressions
These diapers came in a card box box, instead of a plastic bag, and the inner lining in the box is compostable plastic. My first impression upon removing the diapers from the package was, “Wow, these look old-fashioned!” The solid white diaper with a thick, rectangular absorbent panel along the entire length reminded me of the diapers my younger brother wore. The diapers were soft and smooth to the touch but still papery feeling. They were softer than the Huggies Snug & Dry I had on hand to compare with, but were not soft like Pampers.

In Use
These diapers performed very well, better than I was expecting. We used them for an entire week, day and night, and tried to put them to the test with long wear times on errands and such, and did not once have a leak. I don’t know how well they would do with liquidy exclusively breastfed baby poops, though, as my baby is a toddler. They did get puffy and squishy when wet, which definitely isn’t my preference, but overall I was impressed with the performance, especially considering that these diapers don’t contain the petroleum-based super absorbent gels that are in most diapers, but use bio-based super absorbers.

My baby is about 22lbs and we had purchased the “Toddler Sized” diapers, and they had less room to grow in the waist than I was expecting based on the weight guidelines; I think this is because there isn’t much stretch in the waist. The rise was quite a bit longer than the size 3 Huggies I was comparing it to, but there wasn’t more room in the waist than the size 3s. My baby is short and round and these fit her fine, but I think they would be a great fit on tall and thin kids.

These diapers worked well and had pretty good eco-credentials, but they are pricey, even compared to other “green” diapers. I definitely couldn’t afford to use these full time on a regular basis. However, I think that they will appeal to very eco-conscious parents who usually use cloth diapers, but want a diaper they can use overnight or on an occasional basis that is eco-friendly and free of the petroleum based gels. Maybe if they are popular enough, the price will come down and more composting facilities will accept them.

Broody Chick also makes compostable wipes (which I didn’t try), and is working on compostable/disposable bibs. I assume the compost guidelines above would apply to those as well. They also have a line of natural bath and body care products.

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BC’s Big List of Cloth Diaper Resources

This list of cloth diapering resources is one of our “BC Essentials” posts.

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Recommended Reading for Beginners:


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Diaper Review: Premium

In this diaper review, BC reader Rebecca tries out the new brand diapers: Premium diapers are only available in large boxes directly from Each box costs $42.99 plus shipping, although there is an instant $.50 “e-coupon” available, and customers new to will be able to easily find referral codes to get $10 off an order of $49 or more. Plus, orders over $49 also get free shipping. This limit could be easily met by adding wipes or diaper cream to your order. There is a coupon code, premium5, for $5 off a case of these diapers. I’m not sure if this code can be used with a referral code, as I received it in a flier packed in the case of diapers itself.

Sizes and number of diapers per case:

  • 1-2 12-18 lbs 252 diapers
  • 3 16-28 lbs 200 diapers
  • 4 22-37 lbs 176 diapers
  • 5 27+ lbs 156 diapers

Advertised features: Contoured stretch side panels and a stretch waistband, hypoallergenic liner contains organic botanicals, vitamin E and aloe and is gentle to baby’s skin, excellent leakage protection.

First Impressions
This diaper is soft! I was expecting a diaper that would be the quality of the better store brands, but this diaper was softer than the store brands that I have tried in the past. It was softer than Huggies, even Huggies Supreme, and is probably as soft as Pamper Baby Dry. The stretch side panels remind me of the stretchy sides on Pampers, and I was very happy to see this feature on a diaper without fragrances, since I cannot use perfumed diapers. The tabs themselves are quite a bit wider than those on Pampers. The diaper did seem thin and I was worried about how absorbent it really was.

In Use
I loved the fit of these diapers! They were soft and comfortable and I could get a great fit without leaving any red marks on my daughter’s skin. The elastic in the legs seemed effective yet gentle. These ran bigger than the size 3 Huggies I had to compare them to, I believe they may even run slightly bigger than Pampers. During the day, the diapers performed fine. We had a few leaks while we were dealing with a bout of the stomach flu, but it was bad enough that even the name brands couldn’t handle it.

However, I was very disappointed by the overnight performance. The first night we tried it, the diaper leaked right through the outer covering onto my daughter’s pajamas. In the past, we’ve only had this happen with the very cheapest store brands, we haven’t had to use special overnight diapers. These diapers seemed less absorbent than average to me. I was enough upset about this that I called to complain and got a partial refund.

Left: Premium. Right, Huggies Little Movers

In Summary
This is a nice soft diaper that works well for daily use, but it is not “premium quality” as advertised and I don’t believe that it is worth the price. One can find store brands that are much less expensive and that perform just as well or better, and if you use coupons and shop sales you can even get truly premium brands for a better price. IF the absorbency were increased and the price were lowered I’d consider buying them again. I will say that the customer service was top-notch.

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Diaper Review: “Old” Cruisers vs. “New”

This comparison of the old Pampers Cruisers and the New Pampers Cruisers is from Steph, who blogs about her problem solvin’ approach to parenting and life at Problem Solvin Mom.

The diaper on the left is a Swaddler, the diaper on the right is the new Cruiser design that we upsized to this past month. Previously the inner designs of the diapers were quite similar. Click to see larger image.

Have you heard rumblings about the new Pampers cruisers design? I had no idea what was going on until I opened up a value box one day and was surprised by the new design. These diapers are being phased in across the country and will be fully available by March of this year. Between now and then there is no way to tell which design is in a particular package. In my opinion, this is definitely a “buyer beware” situation – if the new review below doesn’t sound like something you would like, definitely don’t stock up.

The new diaper design has a different inner absorptive material and no separate honeycomb layer. The inner layer used to cover ~90% of the old design, but is reduced to 60% in the new design. P&G claims the new material is 20% more absorbent than the old Baby Dry brand material (the mid grade diaper brand) – given the reduction in coverage it makes sense that the overall absorbency has been reduced. In addition, there is a difference between absorbency and dryness to the touch – the old style cruisers kept my baby’s skin dry (even overnight!) and that was the most important feature to me as a customer.

There has been a spike in customer complaints, a rise in 1 star ratings on the Pampers site, and a Facebook fan page created calling for P&G to bring back the old style design. In my experience, we went from no leaks to 2-3 leaks a day and a big red diaper rash. I’ve since switched brands and we been leak free for several weeks now. My baby’s bottom is much happier as well. I still miss the old cruisers design, and would likely go back if only I could. Have you tried the new cruisers design? If so, what did you think? Any suggestions for alternate brands, now that we are in the market?

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Guest Post: Comparing Econobum, Flip and GroBaby Diapers

Big thanks to Amy of The Budget Mommy for this guest post comparing Flip, Econobum, Grobaby diapers. This post, and the review of gDiapers and Flip diapers by reader Weslie that I posted recently were inspired by a discussion on Baby Cheapskate’s Facebook Fan Page. About 7000 of us have a lot of great discussions there. I hope you’ll join us.

Flip, Econubum, and GroBaby Diapers all fall in to the same category of cloth diapers. All three consist of an outer shell which you lay inserts in to, and when the insert is soiled, you simply toss it in to the wash and lay a new one inside the same shell. You can reuse the same shell multiple times, or until it gets dirty as well. This cuts down on time it takes to change the diaper and since there’s no stuffing involved, and it also cuts down on the mess you have to touch as well! Here’s a brief description of each:

Econobum Diaper
Advertised as a budget-friendly way to cloth diaper, they say you can buy all you’ll need to full time cloth diaper for under $100. These shells and inserts are white only, and cost $9.99. They close with snaps, not velcro, and they are one size, meaning they will grow with your baby. There is nothing to secure the insert inside the shell, so you’ll simply lay the insert on the shell and then snap it on to your baby. These diapers work well, and I have found them to be decently absorbent. This is a no frills option for inexpensive cloth diapering. The snaps do seem slightly cheap to me, so I don’t know how many children they would hold up through. However, at such a low price, it wouldn’t be tragic if they didn’t last!

Flip Diaper
Flip diapers are the pricier version of the Econobum. These come with three different color options and two insert options (organic cotton or stay-dry.)They cost $16.95 for a set. They close with snaps as well and are one size. The quality of the material is noticeably better than the Econobum, and the snaps are higher quality as well. There are also flaps on the ends to hold the inserts in, so the inserts stay put more effectively than in the Econobum. You also have the option to buy disposable inserts for those times when you can’t deal with diaper laundry! These diapers absorb very well. I have the organic cotton inserts and I have been very impressed with how much they hold. My daughter wore the same insert for almost 5 hours (I know..I am a terrible mom!) and it didn’t leak at all! I like how trim these diapers are in between the legs, and I like the color options. My only complaint is the snaps. They are hard to manage with a squirming 9 month old, and they are also difficult to adjust correctly. However, I do think these are still great diapers, and I would recommend them.

Grobaby Diapers
These are the very high end option for this style of diaper. They are made of organic cotton, and come in several colors and patterns. The inserts snap in to the inside of the shell instead of simply laying on them, so they are clearly not going anywhere. Most of them have Velcro tabs instead of snaps, though they do have a snap tab option available for $2 more. They are also one size. You can buy the shell and the inserts separately or together, and together they cost $24.95. These also have a disposable insert option. These diapers are really wonderful! They absorb well, are extremely trim between the legs, and are made of high quality material. And for those of you who care, these diapers are adorable! The velcro tabs are wide and grip extremely well. Of all three, these are my favorite in terms of ease of use.

If you’re building a long term stash out of this style of diaper, I would recommend getting a good mix of Flip and Grobaby diapers. If you’re looking for a low cost, no frills option, go with Econobum. Even if they don’t hold up quite as long, you’ll be saving tons over disposables and it’s a great way to get comfortable with using cloth. Don’t forget that registering for diapers would be a great way to get you started and cut your costs!

Readers: Have you tried any of these options? What did you think?

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