Confessions of a Diaper Fanatic
Or How we diapered Brad for FREE
It was over nine years ago when I made my first
No one I knew on the central coast of California used cloth diapers.
Well, there was one mother of three, but she was from Canada, and
when she gave birth to her first child it was the "in thing
in Canada". She was surprised when she moved here and found
everyone used disposables. Anyway, by then her youngest was just
potty trained so like I said, no one I knew on the central coast
of California used cloth diapers.
So why did my daughter decide to use cloth diapers?
Well, she is her mother's daughter and we believe that if you can
save a dime, do it. And if you can save several hundred dollars,
well, go for it! Her husband was supportive as well. He's pretty
I love to shop garage sales and when I found out
my first daughter was pregnant, I couldn't wait to hit the garage
sales in search of treasures for my grandchild. I found literally
mounds of clothes, toys and equipment in great condition. I also,
on occasion found cloth diapers in brand new condition. (Because
nobody around here actually used cloth diapers.) Somebody would
give cloth as a gift. Then the diapers would sit around a while
before they ended up in the garage sales--to my delight. Same with
Diaper wraps and other covers.
One day in the Dollar Stretcher Newsletter I saw
an article on cloth diapering and an invitation to the diapering
board at Parent's Place. I lurked and learned so much about diapers
and I passed it all on to my daughter. One thing I learned is that
there were "crazy" women out there who were obsessed with
cloth diapers for their babies. I became one of them.
The defining moment when I crossed the line into
diaper fanaticism came when I found my first king size unbleached
flannel sheet set at a garage sale for $3.00 (including pillowcases!).
From information I learned on the diapering board, I made up a couple
dozen infant prefolds and then graduated to contours. I was hooked.
After a few email conversations with other diaper sewing enthusiast,
who so kindly gave me valuable tips, I designed a fitted diaper
I kept sewing diapers until the little guy had more
diapers than he could wear in two weeks. I decided that I had to
either give up my diaper addiction or find another outlet for its
expression. Creating a website about sewing diapers became the other
outlet. I wanted to share some of the tips that I have learned from
the Internet. This is a new updated site based on my orginal site
from nine years ago.
So the question you've been waiting to have answered?
How did we diaper Brad for FREE?
- Well I found
30 various diapers at garage sales for a total of $9
- We received
1 dozen Gerber DSQ prefolds as gifts
- I found 14
covers at garage and rummage sales for $3
- I found 13
covers at a second hand children's clothing store for $11
- I made 24
infant prefolds and 18 contours from the sheet set for $3
- I made 6
butt sweaters from thrift store sweaters for about $6
- I made 4
fleece covers for $8 (for fleece and velcro)
- I made another
30 fitted diapers from any flannel I could find around the house.
(Old pajamas, shirts, receiving blankets, sheets, printed flannel
fabric left from when my girls were babies, etc) I used old towels
for the center padding. Thread and elastic cost $4.
- We did buy
4 prowrap seconds for $3 each plus shipping. (Total $15) These
proved to be my daughter's favorite followed closely by the fleece
Velcro wraps I made.
- For liners
we used old cotton tee shirts cut in strips about 5X9 inches.
- Later I sold
some of the garage sale diapers, a fleece cover, a butt sweater
and 5 too small covers online for a total of $59.
WOW! I just added that all up and guess what? We
diapered Brad for FREE!
Am I telling you this to make your feel envious?
No, I'm telling you this because you can do the same thing. And
I'm going to tell you how!