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With this frustrating scenario, we are left searching for an affordable and safe alternative to disposable diapers. Welcome cloth diapers. Cloth diapering is something any family can do on any budget. If you can't afford to buy cloth diapers, you can cloth diaper your child with common household items (such as old towels, t-shirts, or receiving blankets from the hospital). You can also purchase a diaper cover that will create a waterproof barrier for as little as $5. If you can afford it, you could purchase prefold cloth diapers and diaper your child from birth to potty training for $100 using the EconoBum system. You can also find used cloth diapers on Craig's List, Ebay, at local "Fluff again" events, etc.
- If you don't have a washing machine, see my post on how to wash diapers without a washing machine.
- If your child attends daycare, see my posts for ideas on talking to your daycare about using cloth diapers and how to use cloth diapers at daycare.
It saddens me that people are resorting to unsafe practices when inexpensive alternatives to disposable diapers exist. We need to educate people about the benefits associated with cloth diapering, and this was the inspiration behind an annual event called the "Flats and Hand washing Challenge". If you are a family struggling to feed your family and diaper a child, please consider cloth diapers. Don't reuse disposable diapers. If you are in a desperate situation please find a local diaper bank where you can get free disposable diapers. Please help spread the word, and let's work together to keep our children safe and healthy.