Econobum- A Great Intro to Cloth Diapering

My decision to Start Cloth Diapering Using Econobum

I wanted to cloth  diaper my first born son, but I didn’t have access to the internet, so I didn’t know how awesome cloth diapers had become.  I had internet access with my girl, so I jumped in feet first, researching and comparing.  I wanted to get something inexpensive, so I decided to go with Econobum.  Looking back, I think Econobum was the best brand for me to buy as a newbie to cloth diapering.  Here’s why I chose them and why I would recommend them to anyone who is on a tight budget.

Affordable and Good Quality

Yes, my husband probably would have let me buy more expensive diapers if I had asked, but I was trying to be frugal.  These were inexpensive, and by most reports, they were good quality.  For less than $100, I had enough cloth diapers to cloth diaper my girl full time.  I do think they are good quality.  They took the beating I gave them the first six months I cloth diapered and kept on ticking. I still have my covers, though I passed on the prefolds on to a friend. Except one that I just found hiding in my laundry room. lol

One Sized!

This was what I was most excited about.  The fact that my girl would be able to use them from 8 to 35 pounds was awesome!  Admittedly, the one sized prefolds are pretty bulky on a little baby, but in the interest of saving money and not using disposables, they work.  I started using them when Sister’s umbilical cord fell off, and since she gained weight pretty quickly, they did fit her.  Considering that she weighed 8 lbs 2 oz when she was born, I think they probably would have fit her.  Well, maybe after her legs had filled out a little more.

Ease of Use

Econobums are pretty easy to use.  Just fold the insert (short way for small babies, long way for bigger babies), lay it in the cover, and snap it on the baby.  You could wrap them around baby if you wanted and if they fit.  For a first timer at cloth diapering, there aren’t many diapers that are easier to use.  Six covers and about 18 to 24 inserts were plenty for us.  That time was such a blur, I don’t remember how often we were washing. lol It seems like I was constantly washing or stripping diapers though.  18 to 24 should be more than enough to wash every other day.

Have I convinced you to try Econobum?

Yes, they’re not the prettiest diapers, but if you can scrape together $100, you can cloth diaper full time until your baby weighs 35 pounds.  Even if you end up buying other diapers, these are still great to have on hand for longer trips and nighttime.  You can buy them at Diaper Junction (affiliate link).  You can purchase the covers only, a cover and three prefolds, or a kit with three covers and a dozen inserts.  If you purchase the cover alone or with the three prefolds, you can pick the trim color, while the kit only comes with white. They have a lot more colors than when I bought mine!  They only had three colors, plus white, when I bought mine.  Econobum is a good quality, affordable brand, perfect for those on a budget, or just starting out cloth diapering, whether they’re starting with a young baby or a toddler.


  1. Econobum was one of the first cloth diapers I bought. I liked it a lot, especially for the price. I then discovered pockets and sold the Econobum and other covers but now that I’m tired of pockets I wish I hadn’t have done that!

  2. Prefolds and covers are an absolutely wonderful, cost effective way of starting cloth diapers. It doesn’t have to break the bank.

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