Cloth Diaper Addicts, Price Points, and Snobbery

Cloth diaper addicts are plentiful.  There are a lot of women who love their fluff.  Cloth diaper addicts exist in all levels of income, and there are brands that are out there to help people of all income levels be able to afford using cloth diapers.  In fact, the start up cost associated with using cloth diapers is one of the things that scares people away from starting in the first place.

While having a conversation with an online group, I made the comment that cheap diapers are often cheap for a reason.

Not I.  I'm an addict, not a snob.

Not I. I’m an addict, not a snob.

It’s not judging the ones who use those diapers; it has nothing to do with the individuals.  But someone took offense to my statement and suggested that it was high school snobbery and that we were raising children.

The implication that I’m somehow a terrible mother who is teaching my children to look down on people really, really ticked me off.  How dare someone who has no knowledge of me (and I mean even less than you, oh fearless reader, since I tend to share quite a bit on my blogs) determine that I’m teaching my children to be snobs and look down on people because I believe that you frequently get what you pay for?

The simple fact of the matter is that some diapers that are premium brands are premium because they can handle overnights and heavy wetters.  Some diapers are less expensive, and while they may very well be cute and adorable… it’s like buying a cute pair of fashion earrings at the mall for five bucks because they are trendy and cute right now but will fall apart or out of fashion in six months.  They’re absolutely great for their purpose, but they aren’t bought with the intention of having them to pass down through the ages… or more than likely through one child.

It’d be awfully hard for me to look down on someone for buying the “cheap” diapers because it’s what they can afford when I was so broke when I had my first kid that my parents bought a crib that I hated without asking my opinion… and it’s what I got to live with because I couldn’t do any better.  When I’ve been the person who did the best I could with what I had, I’m not inclined to point fingers at others for doing the same.  Heck, I’m still doing the best I can with what I can manage.  I think we all are, even though the expenses of what we can manage will vary between each and every one of us.

I have a few “cheapies” too, and that only helps solidify my opinion that I got what I paid for.  I don’t believe my premium brand diapers are better because they cost more.  I believe they cost more because they are better.  But that doesn’t make me better.  Just like the person who carries a Vera Bradley diaper bag isn’t necessarily a better mom than me because she has a more expensive bag.  It just means that she’s probably got a nicer bag to work with.

Have you ever had someone comment on the cost of your stash, either because it was “too expensive” (making you a “snob”) or because it was “too cheap” (making you somehow “not cool”)?  How did you handle it?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. You get what you pay for. For some kids, the cheap diapers work fine, but you really are getting what you paid for. I love my cheap Alva Baby and Sunbaby diapers, but my more expensive Best Bottoms are my favorite. Alva Baby and Sunbaby work fine for my daughter, but the Best Bottoms are definitely a better quality.

  2. I too tend to think you get what you pay for. I’ve got some Lovely pocket diapers and Kawaii diapers that were much less expensive, but I too absolutely prefer the somewhat pricier Best Bottoms. Though even they aren’t AS expensive as some other options out there, since the shells are reusable and the inserts are less expensive.

  3. Quality over cost any day for us. We use prefolds and covers during the day when I can change more frequently, but my expensive AI2/Fitteds go on the booty at night because THEY CAN HANDLE IT. Call me a snob, I can take it 🙂

  4. Judith Martinez says:

    I won most of my diapers and in a lot of cases the more expensive diapers are a better quality. I do think that a couple of my less expensive diapers are good quality in spite of their lower price.


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