Affordable Cloth Diaper Options for Every Budget!

Cloth Diaper Blog Hop 2013 When writing about affordable cloth diaper options, I quickly realize that we all have different definitions of “affordable.”  Some people consider a stash of Ragababe and Chelory to be an affordable cloth diaper stash, while others struggle with Babyland.  Some affordable cloth diaper options may require a sacrifice of quality.  Some offer quality at a mid-range price point.

Things to Keep In Mind

While the sticker price on the cost of a diaper change may seem like using cloth diapers is anything but affordable, you’re going to get to reuse that diaper over and over again.  Even that $40 Ragababe is still going to be less expensive over time than using disposable diapers.  (Figure using it once a week for 2 years… 110 uses comes out to 36¢ per use.  If you use it more often than once a week, then you’ll come out even cheaper.)

Affordable Cloth Diaper #1: Best Bottom

Affordable Cloth Diaper Options for Every Budget! (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Eudora modeling the Best Bottom strawberry shortcake

Best Bottom diapers are a premium but still affordable cloth diaper made by the same company that owns Nicki’s Diapers and Planet Wise wet bags.  On top of them being one of the more affordable premium cloth diapers, Best Bottom diapers are also made in the USA.  The shell costs roughly $17 ($19 in Canada).  Each stay dry insert is roughly $4.  You can reasonably expect to get 3 changes per shell, depending on how your child poops.  Sometimes I’ve gotten 4 changes before switching out the shell.  So, $17+$16= $33, which comes out to $8.25 per diaper change.

Where to buy: Cozy Bums, Nicki’s Diapers, Lagoon Baby, Kissed by the Moon

Affordable Cloth Diaper #2: Flip

Flip diapers are a hybrid diaper made by Cotton Babies, the makers of BumGenius.    You have the option of using the Flip cover with another type of insert (Flip stay dry, Flip organic, Blueberry Capris, Flip disposable, and gDiaper inserts will all fit) or with the super cost effective prefold diaper.  If you use Flip covers and Flip stay dry inserts, you can reasonably expect to get 3 changes per shell, though I can often stretch it out to 4.  A shell is roughly $14 and an insert is approximately $5.  Sometimes you can find them for less in bundles like the Flip Day Pack or buy multiple inserts for less.  $14 + $20 = $34, which works out to $8.50 per diaper change.

Where to buy: Cozy Bums, Nicki’s Diapers, Kissed by the Moon

Affordable Cloth Diaper #3: The Prefold

Prefold cloth diapers can be an exceptionally affordable cloth diapering method.  While some find it very intimidating, it’s actually one of the most cost effective ways of getting a made in North America product.  Bummis, in particular, are made in Canada.  As for price, six Bummis prefolds can be had for about $18.  For that number of prefolds, I’d go with one shell, which will run approximately $12.  (You may end up wanting to buy more covers later… or go with a one size cover like Flip, Best Bottom, or Thirsties.)  Still, though, assuming that you again get four changes per cover, and each prefold is roughly $3, 12 + $12 = $24, which breaks down to about $6 per diaper change.

Where to buy: Cozy Bums, Nicki’s Diapers, Lagoon Baby, Kissed by the Moon

Of course, there are other ways to get cheap cloth diapers for a lower cost.  However, those diapers are often made overseas and one can’t always be sure of the conditions where they are made, nor do they have a particularly long warranty.  I don’t think that an inconsistant diaper is necessarily an affordable cloth diaper option, but to each’s own.

What’s your favorite affordable cloth diaper?

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. I love my Best Bottoms! I have spent quite a bit to get all the shells, but, even after buying all 24, I have not spent nearly as much as some other brands cost!

  2. Elisebet Freeburg says:

    I use Flips at night over bamboo fitted diapers. They work great!

  3. I really love our BG Freetimes the best, but that $20 price tag can be steep if you don’t take advantage of their rare sales. I think Cotton Babies Seconds are pretty great. I also really like our Imagine AI2.

  4. my hubby and I priced out cloth four years ago when we bought ours. We figured one set (24 diapers) was the same price as 6 months of diaper service… and diaper service was cheaper than disposables. We used those diapers for 3 years and 2 kids. 🙂 So they were cheap in the long run.

  5. These is helpful for anyone who wants to start cloth diapering on a budget. Its good you have some Canadian prices too. I like using prefolds and a cover. I went secondhand too. Some WAHM’s have great options as well.
    Ashleigh Swerdfeger recently posted…My Bubz 17-18 MonthsMy Profile


  1. […] cloth diapering? You can get a flushable insert to catch some of the mess, right? And it’s cheaper than using disposable diapers all the time, […]

Speak Your Mind


CommentLuv badge