First, I had a few "flat diapers" - Gerber brand. This worked pretty good on our little girl until she was about 6 months old. Then, they were just too small. I did fold them up and use them as "doublers" for our newer pocket style diapers. Some even made it to the kitchen for use as bibs (our little bean can take any bib off except these when they are tied) or paperless towels.
So, I needed to get some flats. I started following "Flat Cloth Diapers" on Facebook. Seriously, what don't they have a page for?!? I asked if someone could suggest a flat diaper that had good "bang for the buck". Many suggestions later, I ended up with these from Diaper Junction. I had never worked with Diaper Junction before and was pleasantly surprised with how professional and helpful they were. I also received an excellent instruction sheet on washing diapers. I've never had one so thorough before. I saved it a put it in the washing machine. Plus, they offer free shipping on orders $49 or more (same as Kelly's Closet).
I purchased 2 packages of a dozen natural Diaper Rite birds eye cotton prefold diapers for $17.95 each. Additionally, I will be utilizing some flour sack towels that are also 100% cotton that I had here at the house. I checked the store where they were purchased and they retail $3.99 for 3. Additionally, I took 3 flannel receiving blankets from storage and we will be using those, too. I wanted a variety to choose from to see how someone could take things from around the house to diaper their baby. Particularly if funds were that tight.
The new diapers did have to be prepped by washing alone 3-4 times. This will allow them to achieve maximum absorbency.
|Modeling her new Tweedlebugs diaper cover. She is standing on the two types of birdseye flats.|
The Diaper Rite natural flat - spoon gives you an idea of how big these are. These are size large and they are quite large. They did shrink about 10%, though. You can see the flour sack towel just under it. So can see they are smaller but still fairly large.
This is the flour sack - smaller than the Diaper Rite one but still big enough to fold and fit nicely in the covers.
|TweedleBug One-size cover - front view.|
|TweedleBug One-size rear view.|
|Bummis Super Lite - size medium - front view (so far my favorite diaper cover yet).|
|Bummis Super Lite, size medium, rear view.|
|Here is the diaper folded into 12 layers laid with a fleece liner into the Bummis Super Bright cover.|
|The "Flats Stash" prepped and ready minus the cover being worn at the time of the photo.|
Lastly, I will add the price of soap. We use Rockin Green retailing about $13.95 for 90 loads. This tends to last us about 2-3 months.