第三部分 省钱有方及布尿布的使用(cloth diapering)
COUPON和DEAL，所以要想明天生活更美好，不仅要千方百计make money，还要想方设法save money，呵呵。这部分就来说说与尿布saving有关的话题啊。
Pampers: coupons for diapers and other Pampers products, samples,
Huggies: coupons for diapers and other Pampers products, samples,
Luvs: \"offers, updates, and savings\"
Seventh Generation: Register to access coupons.
Get valuable coupons and free baby things by calling these toll-free numbers！
＊ Similac Welcome Addition Club: 1-800-227-5767
＊ Enfamil Family Beginnings Club: 1-800-472-1000
＊ Carnation Formula: 1-800-782-7766
＊ Gerber Baby Food: 1-800-443-7237
＊ Beechnut Baby Food: 1-800-523-6633
＊ Earth’s Best Baby Food: 1-800-442-4221
＊ Pampers/LUVS Diapers: 1-800-337-0766
＊ Huggies Diapers: 1-800-544-1847
＊ Johnson & Johnson: 1-800-543-2584
＊ Mennen (Baby Magic): 1-800-228-7408
● 此外，我发现coupons.com时常会有可打印的baby coupon(及grocery coupon)，常可见到Huggies coupon等，打印出来可以当manufacturer coupon使用
● 申请使用他们的CREDIT CARD，好象第一次使用会给discount，平常会给寄COUPON
BOOK，此外说是每1元有4 points，达到1000 points，会给寄10元的COUPON，我觉得
● 在网上或店里买东西之后他们经常会送COUPON (如果checkout时你看到他们有
时会有carseat一类的COUPON，还有15% off、20% off、5 off 25这样的COUPON，这些
● 至于BRU与TRU的COUPON，我觉得好象二店之间可以通用；我几乎没去过TRU，收到的TRU coupon都是在BRU使用的，还没有碰到过问题；
COUPON(虽然他们的COUPON上几乎都有Only Original coupons accepted，即便是他们
● 此外还有一个printable coupon的问题，就是通过他们的EMAIL给的链接或他们网
这个其实类似cash back，只是返回的不是cash，而是gift certificate一类，这个钱是
那样还可以有一个up to $15的shipping coupon。详情如下：
● Earn Reward Dollars: $5 for $150 ★★ 二月份开始又有这个活动了 ★★
Rewards"R"Us enrollees will automatically become eligible to receive $5 for
every $150 purchased online or in-store between October 15 and December 24,
2008. Qualifying purchases do not include gift cards and reward eligible
diapers. Certificate(s) will be mailed via USPS once the $150 threshold is
met and will remain valid through January 31, 2009. Certificates may not be
purchased, have no cash value, and are valid for one-time use in-store or
online at Toys"R"Us or Babies"R"Us. If used in-store, certificates must be
surrendered at time of purchase. Certificates may not be used on purchases
totaling less than $5 exclusive of tax, and are not redeemable for cash in
★★ 4/30结束之后, 这个活动又开始了: 5/1-7/31
● Free Pampers Diapers 买九送一 ★★
Rewards"R"Us members who participate in Diaper Rewards will be eligible to
receive 1 Free Pampers™ Value Box (72 ct. - 252 ct.) when 9 Pampers
Value Boxes are purchased. Qualifying diaper purchases are limited to Value
Boxes only. Once a member has purchased 9 Pampers Value Boxes, a reward
certificate valid for a free Pampers Value Box (72 ct. - 252 ct.) will be
mailed to the member's address of record. Reward certificates are valid for
90 days, may not be purchased, have no cash value, and cannot be redeemed
for cash in any circumstances.
● Member-only Discounts
Rewards"R"Us members will receive discounts and special offers via periodic
mailings and by email (if you opt in and provide a valid email address.)
Email offers will be sent to members in the form of a promotion code
redeemable online at Toysrus.com or Babiesrus.com. Email discounts with
promotion codes are valid for single-use purchases.
● Member Shopping Nights
Rewards"R"Us members will receive advance notice of participating in-store
sales and special events. From time to time, these notices will include
special store hours reserved for Rewards"R"Us members and other best guests.
● Recall Notifications
Rewards"R"Us members with an active email address included in their profile
automatically become eligible to receive product recall notifications when a
product purchased at Toys"R"Us or Babies"R"Us is recalled by the
manufacturer, subject to applicable law or regulatory requirements. Rewards"
R"Us members without a valid email address on file will not be eligible to
receive this email notification service.
● Free shipping: up to $15.00 网上注册之后立即给一个$15.00的shipping
FREE TO JOIN REWARDS. You Get A instant one-time free-shipping certificate,
good up to a maximum of $15, is with a thanks for registering. Present the
promotional code that is instantly sent or print it out to use when making
your next Toys"R"Us or BabiesRus
●Buy 9 Huggies® Diapers Value Boxes, Get the 10th FREE
Rewards"R"Us members who participate in Diaper Rewards will be eligible to receive 1 Free Huggies Value Box (68 ct.-264 ct.) when
9 Huggiess Value Boxes are purchased. Please allow 6-8 weeks for certificate delivery. Promotion began 3/16/2009.
●Buy 9 Cases of Nestlé® Good Start® 32 oz. Ready-to-Feed Infant Formula, Get the 10th FREE
You'll receive 1 free Nestlé® Good Start case of 32 oz. ready-to-feed infant formula for every 9 Nestlé® Good Start 32 oz. ready-to-feed cases that are purchased with membership within a 12-month period. Please allow 6-8 weeks for certificate delivery. Promotion began 3/16/2009.
●Buy 9 Cans of Nestlé® Good Start® Infant Formula
Powder 24oz or Larger, Get the 10th FREE
You'll receive 1 free Nestlé® Good Start can 24oz. or larger when 9 cans of Nestlé® Good Start infant formula powder 24oz. or larger are purchased with membership within a 12 month period. Please allow 6-8 weeks for certificate delivery. Promotion began 3/16/2009.
●Earn a Certificate For 1 FREE Card When You Buy 5 American Greetings® Cards
Members receive a certificate for 1 Free greeting card after the 5th one is purchased. Please allow 6-8 weeks for certificate delivery. Promotion began 4/7/2009.
Earn “R”Us Dollars at Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us, in-store or online, from November 1 – December 24, 2009
Spend $150 in qualifying purchases, get a $5 reward certificate. Receive up to $20 “R”Us Dollars per month, $60 per earning period.
Qualifying purchases do not include gift cards, shipping and handling, reward-eligible diapers, formula and greeting cards. Purchases of infant furniture, battery powered ride-on vehicles, video game hardware, select outdoor play equipment: swing sets, trampolines, playhouses, climbers, filtered pools and inflatable bouncers and waterslides, and all discounted items (in-store and advertised discounts, coupons and clearance) qualify for $0.50 for each $1.00 spent. All other items qualify for $1.00 for each $1.00 spent. Layaway purchases and furniture orders do not qualify until items are paid for in full and shipped. All earned "R"Us Dollars are mailed via USPS, arrive 8-12 weeks after they are earned and are valid until the date printed on each certificate.
4．Pampers的Gifts to Grow program
● About Gifts to Grow
The Pampers Gifts to Grow Rewards Program rewards you every time you choose
Pampers diapers, training pants and wipes for your growing baby.
Once you\'ve become a member of Pampers.com, you can start collecting points.
Just find the Gifts to Grow code inside each package and enter the code
online at Pampers.com to accumulate points. Then redeem your points to
choose items from the Gifts to Grow rewards catalog.
● How to Find Codes
Inside each package of Pampers diapers or training pants you\'ll find a small
white label with your Gifts to Grow code. The 15-digit Gifts to Grow code
is printed on a small, white label, approximately two inches by one inch in
Wipes have codes printed directly onto the packaging. The location of the
label or code depends on the type of product or package.
● Enter the 15-digit code at Pampers.com.
●The Gifts to Grow Rewards Program has been extended until December 31, 2011!用points换reward时，运费基本上都含在里面了，也就是说基本上是没有shipping之忧了。
FBJUL44RHXU7412 – 10 Pts [Exp. 07/10]
FB4CHILD23DAY12 – 10 Pts
FB4DAGSCR6WDP12 – 10 Pts
NUM1HOSPLCHOICE – 10 Pts
CABRANDSVRAPR12 – 10 Pts
FB2012NYAFJRYCN – 10 Pts
FAC1211PPXHKHND – 10 Pts
TWIT12AXPWL2011 – 5 Pts
FAC1124PPXD36XF – 10 Pts
HOLIDAYGIFT2011 – 5 Pts
CABRANDSVRNOV11 – 10 Pts
FAC911PTXD36Y6J– 10 Pts
2beginearning10 – 10 Pts
FAC711PHWGNXRD7 – 10 Pts
WELLCABABYEMAIL – 10 Pts
FXHMWY4WKHU47JD – 10 Pts
4XGHB4HPE7PB7NK – 10 Pts
20000PampLatino– 5 Pts (expires May 27 at 11:59 CST)
PFBY9Y6DPDPW7CR – 10 Pts
YIYY9Y6DPDPD6DT – 5 Pts (This may expires 5/9)
LoveFromPattie5 – 5 Pts
happybdaypamprs – 50 Pts
WELCOMEGTGPTS10 – 10 Pts
GTGREWARDS4MOMS – 10 Pts
CesarChavez2011 – 10 Pts
10000LatinasFbk – 10 Pts
FollowPampers10 – 10 Pts
T9PDXPKKGA3M4GK – 10 Pts
500000Pampers10 – 10 Pts
SEP3PGW7NRKYWXK – 10 Pts
NC3XPM9YRD49EMT – 10 Pts
4W34A9BD99YDFWY – 10 Pts
XK6JT33PRDRAK6W – 10 Pts
pampers4momjfm1 – 10 Pts
VMF776C7HMXXT4A – 42 Pts
4WJDHKU4RPP6PT2 – 10 Pts (expires January 21, 2011)
F9779FYAHFJRYCN – 10 Pts (expires January 5, 2011)
CONGRATS2NEWMOM – 10 Pts
HAPPYHOLIDAYSFB – 10 Pts
newwipespackage – 10 Pts
GTGWELCOME10PTS – 10 Pts
MYBABYREGISTRYT – 100 Pts（可能仅12/14/10有效）
WelcomeMembers5 – 5 Pts
DEC2010FACEBOOK – 10 Pts
bUMP2CYBRMONDAY – 50 Pts（已过期）
GIVETHANKS10PTS – 10 Pts
Novemberthanks5 – 5 Pts
PAMPERS4MOMSOND – 10 Pts 多谢VivianZZ (VivianZZ)MM提供的这个CODE!
Thanks2Veterans – 10 Pts
NOVFACEBOOK2010 – 10 Pts
FBHALLOWEEN2010 – 10 Pts
4HAPPYHALLOWEEN – 5 Pts
Pampersgtg10pts – 10 Pts
2BEGINEARNING50 – 50 Pts
GIFTSTOGROW4MOM – 50 Pts
10ptsfreecode4u – 10 Pts
JOINNOW4REWARDS – 50 Pts 多谢winnie888 (winnie)MM提供的这个CODE!
FACEBOOKOCT2010 – 10 Pts 多谢yinxl805 (aaa)MM提供的这个CODE!
PUNTOSPARAMI123 – 10 Pts 多谢aidai (爱戴)MM提供的这个CODE!
GIFTS2GROWBONUS – 20 Pts
SepFacebook2010 – 10 Pts
HangOn2Summer20 – 20 Pts
CAREFORNEWBORNS – 10 Pts
GTGCOUPONPOINTS – 10 Pts
GTG5FREEPTS0810 – 5 Pts
AUG2010FACEBOOK – 10 Pts
WELCOME2PAMPERS – 50 Pts
GTGTENMONTHCODE – 10 Pts
GTGFIVEMONTHS10 – 10 Pts
GTGGETREADYSOON – 10 Pts
GTGSUMMERFUN5PT – 5 Pts
ENJOYYOURSUMMER – 10 Pts
15GTGSUMMERFUN – 15 Pts 多谢gxmagpie (little c)MM和KOH (gougou)MM提供的这个CODE！
25GTGSUMMER2010 – 25 Pts
WELOVECHEERIOS2 – 10 Pts 多谢KOH (gougou)MM提供的这个CODE!
FacebookMay2010 – 10 Pts 多谢KOH (gougou)MM提供的这个CODE!
GTGLEARNMORE089 – 10 Pts 多谢aidai (爱戴)MM提供的这个CODE!
GTGSPRINGFREE10 － 10 Pts 多谢KOH (gougou)MM提供的这个CODE！
GETSTARTEDNOW10 － 10 Pts 多谢aidai (爱戴)MM提供的这个CODE！
Apr2010Facebook － 10 Pts 多谢KOH (gougou)MM提供的这个CODE！
GTGPLAY3USA2010 － 30 Pts 多谢KOH (gougou)MM提供的这个CODE！
GTGPLAY1USA2010 － 30 Pts 多谢KOH (gougou)MM提供的这个CODE！
GTGTEAMUSA2010 - 30 Pts 多谢doraxiaozhu (dora)MM提供的这个CODE!
WELCOME2GTG2010 - 10 Pts 多谢doraxiaozhu (dora)MM提供的这个CODE!
GTGPLAY2USA2010 - 30 Pts 多谢KOH (gougou)MM提供的这个CODE!
JUSTFOROURFANS1 - 10 Pts 多谢KOH (gougou)MM提供的这个CODE!
HAPPYHOLIDAYS10 - 10 Pts 多谢surfboarder (木木)MM提供的这个CODE！
WELCOME2VILLAGE - 10 Pts 注意：他们的points规则有变化(相当于原来的1 Pt)
XKCMYXFVD96VXVK - 3 Pts
GROWWITHVILLAGE - 1 Pt
pampersgtgfcbk2 (valid for new members) – 1 Pt 我试了一下，可以用
GRATUIT89102009– 1 Pt
JUSTBECAUSE2009– 1 Pt
OHAMANDAAWGTG08 - 1 Pt
DONTFORGETGTG08 - 1 Pt
WELCOME2GTG0809 - 1 Pt
WEAPPRECIATEU08- 10 Pt
WELCOMEBONUS089 - 1 Pt
THRIFTYMOMMYGTG - 1 Pt
HAPPYMOTHERSDAY - 1 Pt 多谢baogua (宝瓜妈妈)MM提供的这个CODE！
WEAPPRECIATEU09 - 3 Pt 多谢 woodwood (家有米其林)MM提供的这个CODE！
HAPPYFATHERSDAY - 1 Pt
HAPPYHOLIDAY089 - 3 Pt
GIVE09UNICEFGTG - 3 Pt ★★ 多谢uvvchaiming MM提供的这个CODE, 我试了一下, 给加了3 Points. ★★
STARTEARNINGNOW - 1 Pt
FREECODE0712EXP - 1 Pt
FREECODEEXP0726 - 1 Pt
JOINTHEFUNGTG09 - 1 Pt
FREECODE0809EXP - 1 Pt
★★ 好多JM反映10 Pt的那个已不好用，我怀疑是不是过期了? 这些POINTS我都用过。请JM尽早使用这些CODE，感觉有些可能会过期。
换东西。SHIPPING FREE。请看这里, 有意换东西的JM不妨试试看：
★ 刚刚发现Pampers Gifts to Grow将所有points乘了10，还有一些别的变化，详细可以看这里：
■ More rewards and partnerships: a bigger catalog of rewards along with some exclusive partnerships just for our members (like Fox Kids, Chuck E. Cheese, Gymboree, Leap Frog, Shutterfly, and many other great rewards for you and your baby). Browse all of the new rewards now!
■ More ways to earn points: along with the new points structure, we're proud to offer you new bonus opportunities and ways to help you get to your rewards even faster—including customized offers just for you. Find out about the latest special offer now.
■ More points on eligible products: we're working to ensure you get the most points for your Pampers purchases—higher point values on eligible products will help you earn even faster. See what you can now earn from Pampers® and Gifts to Grow.
■ Simpler points: you'll notice your points have changed. It is 10 times its 'old' value. For example, if you had 12 points, it was converted to 120 points. This makes redeeming your points easier—no more fractions, so all your points have a redeemable value—see just how your new points work.
■ WIN Free Diapers AND Wipes for a year: a wonderful way to welcome the new program (who wouldn't want free diapers for a year?). Redeem points to enter, and there's a new winner every month. For full terms & conditions, click here.
5．Buy $50 in Pampers, Get a Free Coupon Book from P&G
Keep your Pampers receipts！Buy $50 worth of P&G products between 12/14/2008
and 1/31/2009, which include Pampers；Circle the P&G products and their
corresponding prices on your original cash register receipt. Print and
complete the form；In a stamped envelope, enclose the form and original
dated sales receipt with item descriptions and product purchase prices
circled；and you\'ll get $120 worth of P&G coupons in the mail.
P&G Year of Savings Rebate
PO Box 750289
El Paso, TX 88575-0289,
＊ 也顺便将Huggies的points附上 (与PAMPERS不同的是，CODE不是在DIAPERS/WIPES的包装上，而是另外发布的)
A huge list of Huggies Enjoy the Ride Rewards codes：
BKLCDQSHXRLTPGB (5 points)
BKJBPWGSZRPNPGB (5 points)
BKTWJZQHZDCRPGB (1 point)
BKWHD MMLPC XCPGB (25 points)
BKKDN LKMKH RHPGB (5 points)
BKKCS BBMSP NSPGB (5 points)
BKKJS JHSWM ZWPGB (5 points)
BKJXZ HTTFN BSPGB (5 points)
bkjzh trkcn dppgb (5 points)
BJKGW QMBTS RCPGB (5 points)
BJRJL BZZLF BDPGB (5 points)
QKKZJ MTZRZ HPPGB (5)
RSZNG TJNPH DHPGB (5)
下面这个和上面可能会有重复，先贴出来, 有空研究再修改啊! 有新的CODES
PQKXB-RXMDT-BWPGB (5 pts, expires 7/31/10)
mjswdgcsqgwrhdw (27 pts)
BGGPHNPFZNHMPGB – 1 pt.
BGTZHNRBBGMCPGB - 1 pt.
BGWJMFJLJNRCPGB - 1 pt.
BGXGPFJLWBQHPGB - 1 pt.
BHCFDQMZWBMHPGB - 1 pt.
BGGHS PLHNB LFPGB – 1 pt.
WHTZHNBDQFXKPGB (5 pts, expires 8/31/10)
BDGTWXSQBJTXPGB (5 pts, expires 8/31/10)
BBRGXFHMMDHGPGB (1 pt.)
BCSQDDNXQFBBPGB (5 pts. expires 2/28/10)
BCFRHSDWLPXFPGB (1 pt)
BCJHPHBTLLKDPGB (1 pt)
BCMJGGKLMJKJPGB (1 pt)
BCNTPWXTNLXKPGB (1 pt)
PBWSM QGKCL BKPGB (5 pts)
QWBZL JFJLP MDPGB (5 pts)
BDHDN FBJGH CMPGB (5 pts)
BCWPP SDLLF SFPGB – 5 pts.
BCPBB XQHPH RJPGB – 1 pt.
BBQHL LQQPC MLPGB – 1 pt.
BCRXS LGWCN NKPGB – 5 pts.
TPJNG DZCQB HGPGB – 5 pts.
BCRXS LGWCN NKPGB – 5 pts.
BCCBD JBCTB HFPGB – 1 pt.
BCCHZ WFLLX GGPGB – 1 pt.
BCDXM ZPMFW SQPGB – 1 pt.
BCRXS LGWCN NKPGB
BBQCX-GGQBX-SSPGB – 1 pt
PWZLK XCQNS QSPGB – 5 pts. (Exp 11/30/09)
BBMCJ MBDWF CCPGB
DDCHK – GCBLZ – DSPGB – 5 pts.
HKNZJ ZGMDN KBPGB – 5 pts.
XZRSS FHSQG FLTMN -5 pts.
KCPBH XMNRB TDPGB – 5 pts.
BBLWG BKMQL SNPGB – 1 pt.
BBGMP BFWFB FZPGB
BCPLN XKNKB XBPGB
BBCZD ZXLMN QDPGB
BGNPP KQFXZ BLPGB
BCPJC JBXGD PCPGB
QKKZJ-MTZRZ-HPPGB - 5 pts.
KDBDC-NJGCF-SLPGB - 5 pts.
BGRKP RDLZJ SQPGB – 2 pts.
BGSTD HNGXC WZPGB – 2 pts.
BBKFF JNGDJ GFPGB
BBNQM WWKTG MBPGB
BDKRH BZDCL DSPGB
BFMXQ HPBXB BGPGB
BBLPG NZFFN QLPGB
BFMRK PDQZK KPPGB
JFBLF MCMCZ GCPGB
KDBDC NJGCF SLPGB
PXGDB WGHLZ FGPGB
QKKZJ MTZRZ HPPGB
RNRHF HTTQC HFPGB
RPLSZ BRLDD RTPGB
KDBDC NJGCF SLPGB
QKKZJ MTZRZ HPPGB
BCXMX GGJWZ WFPGB
GRKLD NQFLH MKPGB
KCWGQ FPPWB LBPGB
MSSNC RKZWL LXPGB
NJCZB NPQCX RXPGB
QSMFD THTNG JDPGB
RSLGW DTSTP BXPGB
LRXWH-MQPDP-RWPGB - 1 pt
DRRLN-QJSRH-KWPGB - 1 pt
XGQTZ-JNLGX-SLPGB – 1 pt
Note: Some of the codes may have expired.
1．Five Rules that can Save You Hundreds on Premium Diapers
It\'s been a year of living diaperously. Every week for the past year I've
noted which stores have the best sales on Pampers and Huggies jumbos. I've
learned a few things along the way that can save you big:
● Rule 1: Jumbos are often the better deal.
Why buy jumbos and not larger sizes? They\'re a better deal: the per-diaper
price is almost always better on the jumbos when they\'re on sale, and you
can use two coupons buying 60 size 3s if you buy two jumbos, but only one
coupon buying 60 size 3s if you buy a supermega.
＊ per Mega Prices for Super Mega Packs!
You won\'t believe this...
As far as Pampers Cruisers and Huggies Supreme diapers are concerned, the
bigger the pack you buy, the higher the per diaper price!!! Buying in bulk
is NO DEAL AT ALL! Here\'s why:
It\'s almost impossible to do the per diaper math in your head, given the odd
numbers of diapers per pack. Here are the current quantities of each type
of pack for size 3 Pampers Cruisers (P) and Huggies Supreme (H). You might
want to jot this down and put it with your calculator and coupons:
jumbo - 36 diapers (both P & H)
mega - 58 P, 54 H
super mega - 72 (P & H)
economy - 148 (could only find this size offered by Pampers)
Some quick division, and watch what happens to the per diaper price (PDP) in
cents as the Pampers Cruisers package gets larger using the \"deal to beat\"
info at the right:
jumbo ($8) = PDP of 22.2
mega ($13.49) = PDP of 23.2
super mega (the same as 2 jumbos) ($17) = PDP of 23.6
The same is true for Huggies Supreme.
So it\'s cheaper to buy two jumbo packs than one super mega pack. What\'s more,
you can use two coupons when you buy two jumbos, but only one coupon when
you buy one super mega. This increases the rip-off factor of the super megas.
● Rule 2: Diapers are ALWAYS on sale
You wanna know how many weeks there were last year when you couldn\'t pick up
a jumbo of Pampers or Huggies for $8.99 or less? Around ten. You wanna know
how many weeks there were last year when I didn\'t tell you about Pampers or
Huggies jumbos, megas, or supermegas on sale at one of the five stores? ONE.
I was on vacation (I\'m going to go ahead and assume they were on sale
somewhere that week). So how many weeks would you have had to pay full price
for diapers? NONE. Diapers were on sale at Kroger, CVS, Target, Walgreens,
or Eckerd every single week last year.
How cheap did diapers get? The cheapest the jumbos (Pampers or Huggies) ever
got this year pre-coupon was $7.50. That was for two weeks in the fall at
Target. The best sale price you should count on is $7.99 per jumbo, which we
saw mostly in the fall. In fact, 10 out of 13 of the best diaper sales ($8
or less per jumbo) have occurred since the middle of September. The most
common sale price by far on Huggies & Pampers, is $8.99 per jumbo.
● Rule 3: You don\'t have to stockpile.
Because they\'re always on sale, you NEVER have to shell out a ton of money
stocking up on diapers. If you\'re flexible and can switch back and forth
between Huggies and Pampers, you only need maybe two weeks\' worth of jumbos
on hand to avoid having to run out and pay full price.
● Rule 4 : Don\'t drive all over town
And we\'re not talking about driving all over town, either. At least not
around Atlanta. I can be CVS, Walgreens, Eckerd, Kroger, or Target within
seven minutes. And none of them is more than five minutes away from each
other. This is true for just about everybody around here. Driving is an
important consideration, since it\'s estimated that the real cost of driving
a car is close to 50 cents per mile. Travelling across town in search of a
bargain will cut into your diaper savings quickly! If you don\'t happen to
live close to these stores, you can still count on getting a great deal at
least once per month at Kroger, CVS, or Target.
● Rule 5: Use a coupon every time you buy diapers
I\'ve also never had to go without using a coupon for a dollar to $1.50 off.
You shouldn\'t either. Sign up with Pampers and Huggies and you\'ll get some
in the mail. Check the Sunday paper for coupons, too. You\'ll get extra
savings with Target\'s baby club (create a registry). They\'re still sending
coupons and my son\'s almost a year and a half old. If you have trouble
finding coupons, try a coupon forum like the one at Gotta Deal. There are
baby coupon trains out there and people just plain willing to mail some to
you for the price of a stamp.
So which store had the best sales in the last twelve months? This was a
surprise to me. It was Kroger. Kroger had the best sale for about 17 weeks
last year. Target and CVS tied for second with around 12 weeks each, and
Walgreens and Eckerd came in last, with around 6 weeks each.
Some of you may be wondering where store brands come into play. I\'ve tried a
bunch of them, believe me (read the reviews), but I\'m more comfortable
using store brands during the day and premiums at night (read more). My
favorite store brand? Target\'s at $5.74 per jumbo.
2．Five Ways To Deal With the Diaper Price Hike
We knew it was coming. Now it\'s here. Last October diaper manufacturers
Procter & Gamble (Pampers) and Kimberly-Clark (Huggies) announced that they\'
d be raising prices 3 to 12% in early 2008, citing higher materials and
energy costs. Commodity prices may be up, but so are profits at both
companies. Both P&G and K-C recently announced increased quarterly profits,
with K-C reporting record sales and \"double digit volume gains\" on sales of
Huggies diapers and wipes. Both companies have upped forecasted profits for
Last week we started seeing higher shelf prices on both Huggies and Pampers,
and today we\'re seeing a \"sale\"price of $9.99 per jumbo that used to be $8.
99. For size 3, that dollar increase amounts to an increase of just less
than three cents per diaper--about 13%! Most families will need to add
between $5 and $10 per month to their diaper budgets, or $60 to $100 for the
year. Don\'t let that make you bitter, though! Here are five ways to beat
higher diaper prices:
● Try Harder. Don\'t ever pay more than you have to. Become shockingly
efficient at calcluating per-diaper prices, and use manny and store coupons
to get the per-diaper price down. When you find a geat deal, stock up more
than you used to. Join a coupon trading group to make sure you always have
the q\'s you need. Check the weekly Top Diaper Deals posts here at BC to make
sure you know where to shop. When you buy Huggies save your receipts and
send them in to Caregivers\' Marketplace for a dollar back on each jumbo (it\'
s open to everyone).
● Save somewhere else. Cut out a latte a week. Eat out less. Share
magazine subscriptions with a friend. Use you local library more. Pick up
clothes and gear for free at Freepeats or for super cheap at your local
thrift store. Hit the consignment sales instead of the mall. With some
creative thinking, you should be able to come up with an extra $10 per month
to cover the increased diaper costs.
● Ask for diapers as baby shower and baby gifts. No, diapers aren\'t cute
or fun, but there\'s something mighty satisfying about having a closet full
of them. They make great birthday gifts for one-year-olds, too!
● Go store brand. There\'s one out there that will work for you. Even if
you\'ve tried store brands and been disappointed, try them again. Babies who
couldn\'t use them at one age can at another, as body shapes and elimination
patterns change month to month. Target and WalMart, who carry some of the
cheapest store brands, charge less than fifteen cents per diaper. Using them
during the day, even if you switch to premiums at night, will neutralize
the extra cost of premiums. Check out our store brand reviews here (and
please contact me if you\'re interested in being a reviewer).
● Use cloth. They\'re just plain cheaper. Cloth diapering start up costs
are around $300, equivalent to around six months of disposables. The younger
your baby is, the more you\'ll save, but it\'s never too late. It\'s not all
or nothing, either. You can use cloth when you\'re at home and disposables
when you go out. Or try cloth during the day and disposables at night. To
find out more about getting started with clother diapering, try The Diaper
Pin\'s How To page and forums.
If you buy Huggies regularly, remember that you can get a rebate of $1.00
per Jumbo pack (of Huggies or Pull-ups) at Caregivers Marketplace. You just
send in your receipt (no UPC needed) and they\'ll send you a check. I save
mine up and send it in every other month. Every little bit helps!
3．7 Money-Saving Steps to Saving Big on Baby Stuff
Having a baby? This may just be the post you\'ve been waiting for. Follow
these steps to save a bundle on your bundle:
● Step 1: Separate your wants from your needs.
Start with the essentials. Remember that you can always shop AFTER the baby
is born. What are the essentials? Think \"basic needs:\" food, sleep, and
safety. Everything else is a want... at least for the first few months. And
clothing? People will buy you lots. Trust me.
Examples of essentials (short list, isn\'t it?):
＊ crib / co-sleeper (and bedding)
＊ diapers (cloth or disposable) / wipes
＊ formula (possibly)
＊ breast pump/ bottles, etc.
＊ car seat (infant or convertible)
● Step 2: Do your research.
＊ Create a price book. You won\'t know if you\'re getting a good deal unless
you know what the item usually costs. What is the cheapest non-sale price
you can find on the item? Subtract 20%. Try to find the item for that price
＊ Consumer reviews: Buzzillions.com (more resources here)
＊ Test drive whatever you can at the store.
＊ Talk to other parents. Short on opinionated friends? Join mommy message
boards (iVillage, theNest, CafeMom, etc.) where folks are happy to tell you
what they like.
● Step 3: Create a registry.
Readers recommend registering at these stores for their selection and prices
: Babies R Us, Target.com, Amazon , BabyCenter Store .
If you have lots of out-of-town family and friends, choosing a store with a
free shipping deal or flat rate shipping (good for larger items) is a good
idea. Amazon has free shipping on many items when you spend $25 or more.
Items sold through Amazon by other merchants aren\'t included, nor are many
large items. BabyCenter Store has free shipping over $49 and BabyAge.com
has $7.95 flat-rate shipping. You should also consider the store\'s return
policy--will you need a receipt to return an item from your registry?
This is the fun part, but try to register for practical items. By
registering for things you know you\'ll need and use, you\'ll end up spending
less out of pocket.
● Step 4: Get it for free.
Baby Shower: spread the word that you\'d be happy to receive practical items.
A case of diapers (or five) may not be as cute as a tiny pink dress, buy
you\'ll be glad later to have the diapers.
Other sources of free stuff: hand-me-downs, Freepeats, Craigslist, Freecycle
● Step 5: Fill in the gaps: If you can\'t get it free get it cheap.
You\'ll save sooo much money if you\'re open to using second-hand baby items.
Here are a few sources:
＊ thrift stores (National Thrift Store Directory)
＊ consignment shops (see if your town has a Kid to Kid or Once Upon a
Child franchise or Google the name of your town plus \"childrens consignment.\"
＊ consignment sales (spring and fall)
Wait as late as you possibly can (without panicking) and buy what you need.
Again, you can wait until AFTER the baby is born to buy many unfulfilled
registry items. When you decide to buy, try to get the item for 20% off or
more (see step 2). Check for open box items for extra savings of around 30%.
And if you\'re buying online, ALWAYS check for a coupon code (there\'s no
need to be loyal to one site. Just Google the name of the store and \"code\"),
and remember to consider the cost of shipping.
Reader best bets for bargains: Amazon , BabyCenter Store , Walmart , Target,
Babies R Us
● Step 6: Sign up for coupons.
Don\'t spend any more than you have to on diapers, wipes, formula, etc. Visit
the sites on this list and sign up to receive coupons. You can also find
baby-related coupons at coupon trading sites like the Baby Cheapskate Coupon
● Step 7: Stock up on the essentials.
I find that the best approach to saving money on consumables is to wait for
sales and use coupons. Baby Cheapskate\'s weekly Top Diaper & Formula Deals
of the Week shows you where the sales are.
＊ Diaper rash creme
＊ Formula, possibly.
1．Top Ten Reasons Parents are Choosing Cloth Diapers
Let’s face it, we all know cloth is better for the environment. But did you
know there are MANY other reasons that more and more parents are choosing
cloth diapers today (yes, in the year 2008!?!). These are only the top ten
reason why moms and dads are considering cloth diapering their baby. Once
you actually give them a try, you will discover many more!!
● 1. Cloth diapers have come a long way, baby!!
Chances are you wouldn’t even recognize cloth diapers today. Cloth diapers
have evolved to such an extent over the last ten years that many rival
disposables - they are just as easy to use, change and wash! In fact, if you
were to put an All-In-One cloth diaper next to a disposable, you would find
very little difference in bulk, size and function.
● 2. Cloth diapers are more economical!
Disposable diapers become very expensive when you consider a 2-3 year
diapering period. They can only be used once and are then they are tossed
away. They can not be used for a second (or more) child. You can use cloth
diapers on one baby for 3 years for as little as $400!! That’s a savings of
$2500 (considering the average family spends $2800-3000 in disposable
diapers over 3 years) for one child. Now, how much would you save if you had
2 or 3 more babies? Yes folks, that could mean a savings of almost $8000!!
By the way, remember that initial $400 you spent on cloth diapers? Due to
their excellent resale value, you may be able to get as much as half of the
money spent on cloth diapers back on an auction site. Try doing that with
your used disposables!
● 3. Babies are healthier in cloth diapers!
Disposable diapers contain many chemicals, poisons (TBT tributyl tin),
dioxins (which are highly carcinogenic) and even perfumes and dyes that are
all harmful to your baby and lead to diaper rash. The majority of babies in
cloth tend to have less diaper rash as cloth diapers are more breathable and
have none of the harmful chemicals or bleaches found in disposables. The
gel that is used in disposables to absorb and hold in moisture is known as
Sodium Polyacrylate. A quick look at the Material Safety Data Sheet for this
substance is not reassuring (scroll down to #3 - Hazard Identification, and
further down for Safe Handling Procedures). There are also many studies
that have been done to show a direct link between using disposable diapers
and childhood asthma as well as an increase in infertility in boys (
Mothering Article - Link to Asthma). Considering we have alternatives that
are so easy to use today, why take the risk?
● 4. Cloth diapers are more reliable and less messy than disposables!
Yes, we are talking about leaks! With a correctly fitted cloth diaper the
majority of moms experience less leaking than you get with using disposables
. New, modern cloth diapers and covers are so customizable that you have the
ability to get a perfect fit on your baby each and every time. Think you
will have too much washing to do using cloth? We\'re certain you\'ll find it’
s no more (maybe even less!) than with disposable diapers. It\'s a little
known secret that the “blow-outs” that occur from leaky solids are
actually contained better in cloth. Disposable diapers have a slippery
surface to them which causes a \"slip and slide\" effect with messy, leaky
solids. It\'s not pretty! The textured fabric that cloth diapers are
constructed of provides the perfect surface for leaky messes to cling to.
● 5. Cloth is more comfortable!
Would you like to wear paper underwear all day? Why would you think your
baby thinks any differently? Soft cotton next to a babies tender skin is
much more comfortable and breathable than paper and plastic. Babies also
tend to be changed more frequently in cloth diapers, as opposed to single
use disposable diapers, because moms are aware of when baby is actually wet.
Just because a disposable “feels” dry, does not mean a baby is not
sitting in urine. It just happens to be dry, crystallized urine! And, with
the new microfleece fabric used as liners in cloth diapers today, your baby
will not have wetness against their skin. The liquid is wicked away to the
cotton diaper underneath, keeping baby feeling dry.
● 6. Cloth diapering is quick and EASY!
Yes, we said easy! The concept of convenience is a marketing ploy that
disposable manufacturers use. They don\'t what you to know how easy cloth
diapering really can be! With new, modern cloth diapers and the many
innovative accessories available today, cloth diapering CAN be easy. And it
takes no more time to change your baby and run a load of laundry than it
does to change your baby, get baby dressed to go out, put baby in a jacket
or snowsuit, fasten baby in car seat, get stroller out of car, take baby out
of car seat, fasten baby into stroller, go into the mall, weave through the
aisle to get to the disposable aisle...wait a minute? This seems like way
more work to us!
● 7. Cloth Diapering is Fun!
With all the choices in diapers, fabrics, fun prints and colors to choose
from, and that fact that we can do away with pins and wet, messy diaper
pails, using cloth diapers can actually be fun! Setting up your cloth
diapering layette is just as much fun (maybe more so!) as picking out
bedding and blankets. The majority of moms that are cloth diapering love to
talk about cloth diapers and how much they enjoy using them. They love to
show them off! I don’t know anyone who feels this way about disposables...
● 8. Babies look adorable in cloth diapers!
Cloth diapers are a modern baby\'s fashion statement! And modern moms love to
shop for cloth diapers. Have you ever noticed how professional
photographers use cloth diapers on their baby models? Cloth just looks
better on babies. There are so many choices in cloth diapers today. With all
the styles and colors, babies look adorable in cloth! Show your little one
off in a soft, comfy, adorable cloth diaper.
● 9. Potty learning is easier!
Here\'s something you may not have already known. You will likely change less
diapers in the long run, if your baby is wearing cloth diapers. It is a
little known fact that cloth diapered children potty learn earlier and with
less effort on the part of the parent. Again, cloth diapers are saving our
families time! As children are actually aware of the sensation of urinating,
the average child that is cloth diapered typically potty learns faster than
their disposable diapered friends.
● 10. Cloth diapers are better for the environment!
Okay, we just had to throw this in! But you know it’s true!! Over four
million disposable diapers are discarded in Canada each and every day. That\'
s close to 1.5 BILLION diapers that end up in our landfills yearly. In the
first two years, the average baby will require between 5000 to 7000 diaper
changes. In the United States an estimated 27.4 BILLION diapers are tossed
away each year. That makes the total diaper waste in North America close to
29 BILLION DIAPERS per YEAR (source Environment Canada and Wikipedia). Now
that\'s a lot of diapers ending up in our landfills each year! Cloth diapers
are less taxing on the environment even when taking the amount of water and
energy used to make and wash them.
2．Ten Tiny Cloth Diaper Tips
\"Cloth diapers? Are you kidding me?\" I vividly remember the days when I
would turn my nose up to the idea of cloth diapering, thinking anyone who
used cloth diapers was stuck in the stone ages. Pins, prefolds, and swishing
poop in the potty... umm, no thank you. Guess what girls? Cloth diapering
isn\'t like that anymore. Not even close. Sure you can still buy the \"old
school\" diapers with pins but you can also buy diapers that put disposables
to shame! No folding, pinning, or stuffing required. Just Velcro and go!
On my cloth diapering journey I\'ve learned a few secrets and tricks of the
trade. I hope these tips will help ease the transition into cloth diapering
for anyone just starting out!
● Use Cloth Wipes
And don\'t buy them! Some of the best cloth wipes are old flannel receiving
blankets. Cut them into squares and voila, you have cloth wipes for a
fraction of the price of buying them. Not only do cloth wipes save money but
they are more convenient to use than disposable wipes. Just toss them
straight into the pail to be washed along with your diapers. Save even more
by making your own wipe solution and storing it in a spray bottle. Then just
spray each wipe as you need it.
● 48 hours, don\'t let them sour!
To help reduce any chance of \"stink\" residue in your diapers, wash the
diapers within 48 hours of soiling. If you forget or don\'t have time, don\'t
worry! Just run your diapers through an extra rinse cycle before the wash
cycle. This will help rid any ammonia smell in your diapers. Still have a
hard to beat odor? Be sure you are following the manufacturer\'s directions
precisely. Soap build-up is usually the culprit of a stinky situation. Do
not try \"online suggestions\" such as, vinegar, baking soda, etc. without
calling the manufacturer first. Some of these suggestions will void your
diaper warranty and ruin your investment.
● Shower Power
Invest in a diaper sprayer! It\'s 2008 ladies, don\'t be caught \"swishing\"
diapers in the toilet bowl. A diaper sprayer attaches directly to your
toilet and can be used for spraying stubborn solid waste into the potty.
Most sprayers install in less than 5 minutes and many have a money-back
guarantee if they leak!
● I heart Bumkins!
If you haven\'t already fallen in love, here\'s a new reason to love Bumkins
products! Fabulous waterproof totes for outings with your cloth wearing
cutie. Bumkins bags are the perfect size to toss in your diaper bag. They
easily hold 3-4 toddler size dirty diapers and the bags are waterproof! You
can even use them for wet swimsuits, soiled clothing, pool toys, the list is
endless! Did I mention how adorable these bags are?
● If at first you don\'t succeed...
TRY, TRY AGAIN! This rule applies to everything in life, even cloth
diapering. There are so many brands to choose from that the chances are you\'
ll find one that works perfectly for your family. If one brand leaks, try
another. If the diaper is too bulky, try a slimmer fitting style of diaper.
Don\'t invest in multiple diapers of just one brand until you\'ve tested it on
your child. Each brand is unique in fit, style, comfort, and absorbency.
Test the waters before you dive in.
● Twice as nice.
Eager to go green with your baby? Check out some of the cloth diaper
consigning and swapping websites. You can buy gently used cloth diapers and
sale any that your baby has outgrown. Not only are you being \"green\" by
using cloth diapers but now you are following the three R\'s: reuse, reduce,
and recycle! Here\'s a few site suggestions, Diaper Swappers , Diaper Jungle
, Baby Cotton Bottoms .
● Butt Paste
If you currently use disposables, I\'m sure you\'ve invested in a few tubes of
handy dandy diaper ointment. Check your labels. Diaper ointments containing
petroleum cannot be used directly on a cloth diaper. These ointments create
a barrier to repel moisture. If you repel moisture in your cloth diaper,
you\'re sure to get leaks and lots of them. The good news, most babies have
fewer diaper rashes when using cloth diapers! But, if your angel\'s bottom is
not so soft, try a petroleum-free cream; Burt\'s Bees makes a fantastic one.
For extra precaution use a diaper liner such as, Stay Dry Liners .
● Go Speed Go!
Do you travel frequently? Try gDiapers , a flushable diaper. gDiapers are
great alternative to buying disposables when you are on the go, without your
washer! These eco-friendly diapers are adorable and easy to use. gDiapers
are available online and at many natural food stores such as Whole Foods,
Earth Fare, etc. You can also use these diapers with cloth prefolds when you
\'re not cruising the countryside!
● Cleanliness is next to Godliness.
The detergent you use is vital in cloth diapering success. To avoid problems
with your diapers it is recommended to use detergents free of fillers,
perfumes and dyes. A few detergents that are free of those ingredients are
Allens Naturally, Charlie\'s Soap (my personal favorite), Ecover, and 7th
Generation . A quick personal experience, I have mischievous twin boys, a 7
month old baby and a husband who is restoring a 31 year old car. Charlie\'s
Soap is gentle enough for my sensitive skinned 7 month old, tough enough for
the twins\' grass stains, and a miracle worker on my husband\'s grease
covered clothing! I have been amazed time and again with this soap.
● Knowledge is Power
Getting started can be overwhelming. There are oodles of websites containing
enough information to receive a PhD in cloth diapering. This website is a
great one to break down the basics and give the low down on what all that
diaper lingo means, it explains CDing, AIOs, PFs and so much more! Short,
sweet and to the point! Welcome to Cloth Diapering 101 . Once you learn the
basics, let Google be your guide.
3．Cloth Diapering 101
by Amy Clark
If you think of diaper pins and plastic pants when you think of cloth
diapering, you have not seen the cloth diapers for today’s mom. Cloth
diapers are a far cry from this image, and cloth diapering is definitely
something to explore when you are a frugal mother. The days of origami,
accidentally sticking your child with pins, and sloshing diapers in the
toilet to rinse them are the diapering days of our mothers. I am here to
tell you that cloth diapering is easy, affordable, and is worth every moment
of your time and dollar investment. You will not believe how easy it is or
how rewarding the process of cloth diapering is- both financially and
First, let me begin my stating, I am not as earth-conscious as I should or
could be. If you saw me, you would probably see me as just an average mom. I
am not a tree-hugger and I am not a naturalist. I am not the stereotypical
mother that many of you may think of when thinking of cloth diapering. I am
just a mom who enjoys saving a buck. That is how I began the process of
exploring cloth diapering. There was no noble cause or hidden agenda. I am
just like you and I like to save my family money. Period.
Let’s begin my answering those questions you might have about cloth
＊ How much money do you really save?
Everyone talks about how much money you can save with cloth diapering, but
how much money are we really talking about? Let me start out by saying that
you can make cloth diapering as expensive or as inexpensive as you want to.
As with all things, there are the Cadillacs of the cloth diaper industry and
the Pintos of the industry. Your savings will be different depending on
what you have decided to purchase.
For disposable diapers, the average cost per diaper nationwide is $0.28 per
diaper. If your child is not potty-trained until 3 ½ and you change
your child every two hours, for fifteen hours (not changing during the time
they are sleeping), you will average approximately eight diapers per day.
Eight diapers per day would not be accurate when they are a newborn, but
this is probably the average amount of diapers you would use on any given
day. The total cost for this figure (3 ½ years, 8 diaper changes per
day) would be $2,862.72.
For cloth diapering, the costs range widely and it is hard to give exact
figures on how much these cost. Cloth diapering (including the cost of cloth
wipes & laundering) can range between $400-1300 dollars. This figure
ultimately depends on whether or not you choose the Cadillac diapers or the
Pintos. Regardless of the style that you chose, you still come out
financially ahead by using the cloth versus the disposable.
＊ What are the different types of diapers out there?
When I first began researching cloth diapering, I was really overwhelmed
trying to figure out what types of diapers went with what, which was the
best kind, and what the heck all of these abbreviations were. For me, it was
literally like learning another language entirely. I had no idea what went
with what or what people were referring to when discussing cloth diapering
systems. To help alleviate this problem, let me share with you what I have
Prefolds are the types of diapers you probably think of when you are
considering cloth diapering. They are a traditional cloth diaper with a
thick strip down the middle. These are typically worn with a diaper cover
and are one of the least expensive options for cloth diapering. They come
in three sizes- Preemie (4-10 pounds), Infant (newborn to 15 pounds) &
Premium (15-30 pounds).
There are different types of prefolds out there and many abbreviations for
them. A DSQ Prefold, simply means that it is Diaper Service Quality versus
the type of diaper you would find in your discount store. They are more
absorbent than the Gerber brand and are the type that you would pay money
for from a diaper service company. CPF stands for Chinese Prefold and it is
the most popular type of prefold on the market. It has heavy-duty stitching
, is usually made of twill, and washes up extremely well. Another option for
prefolds are Indian Prefolds which are softer than the CPF and are made of
gauze rather than twill. They are more absorbent, but do wear out a little
faster than the Chinese Prefolds.
When your child outgrows the Infant or Preemie size diapers, you can reuse
these for dust rags or they can be used as a diaper stuffer or to double up
your stuffing at nighttime. We used a hemp insert & a prefold in our
daughter’s pocket diaper before she went to bed. It makes for a bulky
diaper, but we have never ever woke up to her being soaked in the morning.
● Diaper Covers:
If you are interested in using the prefolds, you will probably want to
purchase waterproof diaper covers too. A prefold can be folded inside of
the diaper cover and the diaper cover simply covers the prefold and acts as
a waterproof barrier.
● Fitted Diapers:
Fitted diapers can also be used with Diaper Covers. Instead of using a
prefold, you can use a fitted diaper, which has elastic gathering around the
legs and usually has snaps or a Velcro closure to keep the diaper together.
Place the diaper cover over the fitted diaper, and you are ready to go.
These types of diapers are less expensive than other options, however, they
are more expensive then using prefolds. Despite the cost, these got the
thumbs up from my husband who found them to be much easier to use than the
prefolds (particularly in the middle of the night).
● Contoured Diapers:
These diapers are very similar to the fitted, but are missing the elastic
gatherings around the legs and waist. The diaper has wings that need to be
fastened. These also require a diaper cover.
● Pocket Diapers:
Pocket diapers are usually made with two layers of fabric sewn together to
form a pocket for an absorbent insert. This type of diaper just fastens on
and does not need a diaper cover over it.
Inserts are used for pocket diapers. They can be made of a variety of
materials- micro-terrycloth, regular terry cloth, hemp, or you can just use
prefolds as inserts. “Doubling up” just means using more than one insert,
which you could do if you were away for an extended amount of time or at
nighttime before bed, to discourage leaking.
● All In One:
You will often see this term abbreviated to AIO. An All In One is a cloth
diaper that has a waterproof cover and an absorbent inner liner that is all
in one piece, thus the name. These diapers fasten usually with a hook/loop
or snap fasteners. The choice fabric for these is usually wool, for the
outer layer. These types of diapers are heavily relied on by a lot of
parents who need a convenient diaper for daycare or for babysitters.
● One Size Diaper:
You will often see this term abbreviated to OS. A one size diaper usually
fits the child from the day they are born until they are thirty to thirty-
five pounds. These diapers usually have snaps that go across the diaper (
making it smaller or bigger) and they can be folded over to create smaller
sizes. As the child grows, the snaps on the legs can become larger.
● Wool Soaker:
A wool soaker is a diaper cover that is made exclusively of wool. This type
of fabric has a high lanolin content, so it works well as a diaper cover. It
can hold up to forty percent of its weight in moisture and can be used with
fitted, contour, or prefold cloth diapers.
＊ What do I need to get started?
The answer to this question depends on how much you want to invest to begin
and how often you want to do laundry. If you are doing a load a day of
laundry, you would need enough to do six to eight changes. If you plan to
only do laundry every other day, then you would probably need enough to
change your little one twelve to sixteen times.
When I began cloth diapering, I bought two dozen infant prefolds, four
diaper covers, and had twenty pocket diapers. I could wash diapers every
three or four days, which worked well for our family. It was a big initial
investment, but I also remembered how many times we had to change our first
child during those first few weeks. There was also that horrible thing that
happens to kid when you start changing them, where you think they are done…
but they are just fooling you. Some diaper changes would take two or three
diapers before the diaper changing was all said and done. I live by the
philosophy of being over prepared rather than underprepared. The amount
that I bought worked best for us, but may be too much or too little for your
I also knew that between nursing my daughter and chasing after my toddler, I
would not really want to be running down to throw another load in every
half day, so I just bought more to help reduce the stress of doing the
As my daughter has gotten older, we have needed less and less diapers so I
have bought less as she has moved up a size.
Other items worth purchasing before you begin cloth diapering- cloth wipes (
a couple dozen), a diaper pail (I used a trash can with a flip top lid), two
wet bags (so you have one to line the pail while a load is in the wash), a
diaper sprayer (if you plan to rinse your diapers), and a small wet bag that
you can use to keep your dirty diapers in your diaper bag.
＊ How do I launder and care for the diapers?
The answer to this question depends on a couple of different factors. One
factor is if you plan to resell them and the other factor is the type of
diapers that you buy. Each person develops their own system.
My daughter was exclusively breastfed for the first six months so taking
care of her diapers was very easy. The diapers were thrown into a trash can
(lined with a waterproof wet bag) and I did not rinse them or dispose of
anything inside of them.
As your child ages and they begin eating solids, their poop becomes more
solid. With my pocket diapers, I can just shake the solids into the toilet
and throw them in my wet bag, just like before. You can also purchase a
diaper sprayer, which attaches to your toilet, and give your diapers a spray
to insure all of the solids have been removed from the diaper. Another
option would be to purchase a diaper liner which would act as a barrier
between the diaper and the solids. You would just pull the liner out (solids
and all) and either throw it away or flush it down the toilet (if the
liners are flushable). Please note that a diaper liner is not absorbent-
you cannot use this in place of an insert. These just act as a barrier, not
as an absorber.
All of these diapers were then thrown into the washing machine. I put in two
tablespoons of detergent (any kind works great, although I have heard that
the cheaper brands work better than the more expensive types). I then
selected hot/cold, heavy duty cycle, with a second rinse. In the beginning,
I did a cold pre-rinse, but I found that the diapers washed up just as well
without it so I omitted this from my routine.
After the diapers were done washing, I then threw all of the prefolds and
diaper inserts into the dryer and dried them on medium-high heat. The diaper
covers and pocket diapers were all line dried. These dry quickly and were
usually dry by the time the inserts & prefolds were dry.
If there was any staining on them, I would hang them on our line outside.
The sun acted as a bleaching agent and took any staining out of them,
literally within a couple of hours.
Never ever use any fabric softener or fabric softener sheets when washing
your diapers. The fabric softener leaves a residue that can cause your
diapers to no longer absorb.
You will want to check the manufacturer’s guidelines for each particular
type of diaper that you buy on how to launder it and if it needs several
washes before being used (prefolds & inserts usually need a few washes
before use). Read those guidelines and use your own best judgment on how you
choose to launder your items.
I planned to resell our diapers, when we were done using them, so it was
important that all of my diapers were line dried and well-cared for. The
diapers were in excellent condition when I sold them and I was able to get a
higher dollar for them then if they had went through several dozen times in
＊ What if my diapers start leaking?
This may require a stripping of your diapers. If your diapers have been
absorbing fine and all of a sudden the diapers stop absorbing, they may need
to be stripped.
First, make sure that the diaper is still fitting your child well. Make sure
that the snaps are snug on the legs and that the diaper has enough rise in
it for it to completely cover their backside.
If the diaper is fitting well, you can strip your diapers and see if that
increases the absorbency. You strip the diapers by running them through the
wash until you see that there are no suds in the water. Sometimes the
detergent can build up on them and this causes the decrease in absorbency.
Two or three washes (without detergent) should do the job.
I have cloth diapered for almost a year now and never once have I had any
issues with leaking diapers. I have never stripped them- ever. I think it is
important to just not use a ton of soap- two tablespoons does the trick in
our house and our diapers always smell fresh and clean.
＊ I have black & brown spotting on my diapers- what could that be from?
Diaper rash creams can leave spotting on your diapers. Make sure to only use
diaper creams that say that they are safe to be used with cloth diapers.
Most companies that sell cloth diapers will have some types of creams that
they can recommend to you.
When I needed to use diaper cream on my daughter, I just put a disposable
liner in her diaper and put her regular cream on. This kept the cream from
touching the diaper, and then I didn’t have to invest any money into
＊ What about the smell factor?
To be honest, this was one of my main concerns about cloth diapering. In the
beginning, there was no smell factor at all because breastfed baby poop
does not smell. Now that she is older, the diapers can really smell.
There were precautionary things I did to reduce the diaper pail smell. I put
a plug-in next to the diaper pail to help reduce the smell. I also wetted a
wash cloth and sprinkled two drops of tea tree oil on the washcloth and
threw it into the pail, which kept the smells to a minimum. On occasion, I
would sprinkle baking soda into my wet bag to cut down on the odor. They
also sell diaper pail discs that you can stick into your wet bag or pail to
reduce the smell. I thought the tea tree oil was a little less expensive and
used this so it would be a little easier on my wallet.
I think the smell factor is no worse than a disposable diaper and the Diaper
Genie that we used with our son. Diapers smell whether they are disposable
＊ What do you do when you are going to be away for a long time? Did you
purchase disposable diapers?
During the day, I have no problems keeping my daughter dry, just doing our
regular routine of one insert. If I know that we will be away for more than
a few hours, I just keep a stash of cloth diapers in my wet bag with me so
that I could do the diaper change. Another option would be to just double up
your insert or add an extra layer to your diaper.
Yes, there were times where we were out and about and leaking had occurred.
This was usually my own fault because I had not changed her as soon as I
should have. Having done disposable diapers with our son though, I feel
that we had no less and no more leaking than we would have normally.
The best part that I have found with cloth diapering is that these diapers
stand up to the frequent blow outs that occur during the wee hours of the
morning. When we had our son in disposable, we would traipse into his room
in the middle of the night, change his pajamas, change the sheets, and
stumble back into bed. When you are up to doing that kind of stuff, it can
feel like an eternity. With cloth diapering, however, we have had no blow
outs. If you were considering doing cloth diapering part-time, doing it in
the evenings is highly recommended!
＊ Would you recommend cloth diapering with a newborn?
I didn’t find this to be as difficult as everyone claimed it would be. I
did buy a box of newborn disposable diapers, just in case the cloth
diapering wasn’t going well. My daughter was very tiny and we ended up
having to buy preemie diapers for her because of her petite size. That was
the only reason why I didn’t cloth diaper the first two weeks. Once she
was big enough to fit in them, we never looked back.
The laundry was not as much of an issue as I thought it would be either.
When you have a new baby, you are already running around like a crazy woman
throwing in load after load. One more load just didn’t seem as bad because
of the frequency that I was doing laundry.
There is also a lot to be said about how washing diapers is just not
optional. You have to wash them because your baby needs them. In my case, I
felt a lot of pride when I would wash them and put them together for her.
There is just nothing like the smell of a freshly washed diaper.
＊ If I want to buy used diapers- where can I find them?
I bought our entire pocket diaper stash used on the internet. Search on eBay
, Yahoo Groups, or on Baby Center Bulletin Boards to find people who want to
buy, sell, or trade their diapers. Be sure to know what the regular price
is on the diaper so you know what a fair price would be for used diapers. I
got all of our pocket diapers for around ten dollars each (with the inserts
included) and if I purchased them through a retail store, I would have paid
around twenty dollars.
＊ What do I do with the diapers when I am done with them?
If you are planning on having more children, I would suggest keeping them
for the next child. When the next child comes, you will have no diapers to
buy! If this is your last child though, selling the diapers can be a great
way to make back some of the money you spent on them.
After my daughter was done with each size, I would resell them on eBay.
Because I purchased the diapers used and took good care of them when
laundering them, I was able to break even with very little investment. My
daughter is eight months now and after selling back my first stash of
diapers, I was out only thirteen dollars, and I am expecting a similar
response to this next size. I was careful to consider which ones had the
highest resale value and those were the types of diapers that we chose.
Really researching before making your initial purchase will help you when
the time comes to resell your diapers.
＊ What brands of diapers & supplies did you use?
My favorite diapers were Fuzzi Bunz with a Hemparoo insert. When my
daughter was first born, however, we were able to get by with a Fuzzi Bunz
diaper stuffed with a tri-folded microfiber cloth that I purchased from
Target (in the automotive section).
Our diaper cover selection of choice was Bumkins with a DSQ Chinese Prefold.
I used baby washcloths, purchased from Wal-Mart, and just soaked these in
warm water in our wipe warmer. If you prefer a sudsier wipe, you can use
this diaper wipe solution recipe (on cloth wipes or using paper towels).
Homemade Baby wipes
● Strong paper towels work the best (for example, Brawny).
● 2 cups water
● 1/2 cup of baby oil
● 1/2 cup baby magic baby bath
1. Cut one roll of paper towels in half.
2. Take out the core so wipes pull out of the center.
3. Place 1/2 roll of paper towels in container.
4. Pour solution over towels.
5. Store in container. Makes 2 1/2 rolls.
I hope that this answers all of your questions about cloth diapering. If you
have more questions, please feel free to post these on our forum.