My Beginning Cloth Diaper Stash

A few months ago I posted about my research on cloth diapers and my thoughts on what to do at the time.  Well, I’ve since changed my mind a bit, and after just ordering the last of my beginning diaper stash today, I thought I’d update you on my plans.

Basically, I’ve decided to go with prefolds and covers.  I was set on All-In-Ones (AIO’s) for convenience, but realized that #1 I would have no idea going into it which brand(s) would work well for us, #2 they might not be absorbent enough for nighttime if we have a heavy wetter, and #3 there are even more economical options.  AIO’s can be $20+ each, so even though you’re saving a lot of money over disposables in the long run, you’re still spending almost $500 for a beginning stash of two dozen diapers.  For these reasons, I decided to start with a full stash of prefolds and then try other types of cloth diapers at our convenience.

I bought my diapers from  They seemed to have the best selection of all the cloth diapers and accessories that I needed, and I always got free shipping with their deals.   I ordered most of my diapers and covers and a couple of wetbags a few weeks ago and then today ordered again since a couple of the covers I wanted weren’t in stock the first time.  Plus, I ordered an AIO and SIO (snap-in-one) to try out.  I also got a couple more wetbags, this time from Amazon since kellyscloset didn’t have the patterns in stock that I wanted (and I got tired of waiting)  🙂

So.  Here’s the complete breakdown of exactly what I bought and how much it all cost, complete with pictures for the visual learners out there (that’s me!):

From Kelly’s Closet-

Bummis Organic Cotton Unbleached Prefold Diapers (they come in packs of 6)

  • Size 1 (infant 7-20 lbs, 12″x16″)
  • 24 diapers= $72




Thirsties Duo Wrap Diaper Cover

  • Size 1 (6-18 lbs)
  • Closure: SNAPS
  • Color: Hoot
  • 1 cover= $13.75






Thirsties Duo Wrap Diaper Cover

  • Size 1 (6-18 lbs)
  • Closure: Aplix
  • Color: Meadow
  • 1 cover= $12.75









Rumparooz Diaper Cover

  • Size: Newborn
  • Closure: Aplix
  • Color / Print: Kangarooz
  • 1 cover= $12





Hiney Lineys Versa Cover

  • One Size
  • Closure: Hook and Loop
  • Color: Yellow
  • 1 cover= $16.95



Econobum Cloth Diaper Covers

  • One Size
  • Cover Trim Color: White
  • 2 covers= $17.90 (these were recommended to me by a friend and are some of the most economical covers you can purchase)




Planet Wise Wet Bags

  • Size: Medium
  • Design/Color: Orange Woods
  • 1 wetbag (to use in the diaper bag)= $16.50







Rumparooz/Kanga Care Pail Liners

  • Color/Print: Platinum
  • 1 pail liner (I’ll line a lidded trash can with this and it will be our diaper pail)= $18.97






GroVia® All In One Stay Dry Newborn Cloth Diaper

  • Size: Newborn
  • Print: Bicycles (this print was for my husband, who loves mountain biking 🙂  I hope he likes it)
  • 1 AIO= $14.95





itti bitti bitti d’lish SNAP-in-One (SIO) Cloth Diaper (I decided to try this diaper because you can use it as an AIO or, if you purchase extra snap-ins, you can potentially just replace the insert and reuse the outer part until it’s soiled)

  • Size: Small
  • Color: Turquoise
  • 1 SIO= $19.97






From Amazon-

Planet Wise Diaper Wet Bag

  • Size: Medium
  • Color/Pattern: Bumble Dot
  • 1 wet bag= $16.50







Kanga Care Pail Liner

  • Color/Pattern: Kangarooz
  • 1 pail liner= $18.95










Prefolds- 24
Diaper Covers- 6
Medium Wet Bags- 2
Large Wet Bags/Pail Liners- 2
AIO’s- 2

Total Spent on Beginning Stash= $251.19

I tried to get a variety of covers- different brands, different closures (snap or velcro), and different sizings (some one-size, some sized).  Hopefully by the time I need to get more covers (when baby has grown out of the size ones), I’ll have some idea of the brands I prefer.

I guess the amount of time this stash will last us really depends on the size of our baby.  Eventually we will need the next size of prefolds and covers.  I will also probably get some hemp doublers eventually, if we need them for extra absorption at night and stuff.  For now, though, we’re all set!  So I spent about $250, an average price for a cloth diaper start-up, and it could have been even less if I hadn’t bought the AIOs, two of each size of wet bag, had bought all Econobum covers, and had bought non-organic prefolds.  I still plan to make some cloth wipes by cutting pieces of flannel into squares and hemming the edges.  More on that later.  The only other cloth diaper related expenditure I’ve made so far is some Charlie’s Soap for washing- about $25 for detergent to last 80 loads and some pre-spray.

So that’s my stash!  We’ll see how it works.  I can’t wait for the last few dipes and bags I ordered today to arrive in the mail!  🙂


In case you missed my previous post, here’s  the overview of the different types of cloth diapers:

  • Flats– these are the oldest kind of cloth diapers and are probably what your mother or grandmother used. Disadvantages: They require folding and pinning with pins or Snappis, and you must use a waterproof diaper cover.  Advantages:  They dry very quickly and are the most inexpensive option ($20 for a dozen-  less than $2 each)
  • Prefolds– these diapers are similar to flats, but have several layers.  Disadvantages: They also require folding or pinning, and a waterproof cover.  Advantages: They are very economical ($1.75-$5 each) and extremely absorbent.
  • Fitteds– they look like disposables and fasten with snaps or velcro.  They come in a variety of cute colors and prints.  Disadvantages: Like prefolds and flats, a waterproof cover must be used, and they will cost more than a simple prefold ($8-$25 each).  Advantages: No pinning or folding is required and they are still very absorbent.  A variety of commercial and homemade fitted diapers are available.
  • All-In-One’s (AIO’s)– these diapers, like fitted, and pocket diapers, look like disposables and fasten with velcro or snaps.  Advantages: They combine the absorbent part of the diaper with the waterproofing of the cover.  Basically, they come as one piece and are extremely simple to use.  The only difference between these and disposable diapers is that you wash them after use instead of throwing them away. Disadvantages: Some people find them less absorbent than fitteds or prefolds, and you don’t always have the option to increase their absorbency when needed as you do with pocket diapers.  They are also more expensive then prefolds ($15 each for newborn sizes, $22-$30 each for other sizes or one-size).
  • Pocket Diapers– this type of diaper is basically a waterproof cover with a fleece liner into which you may stuff any absorbent material, from specially made stuffers to prefolds.  Advantages: The fleece liner keeps the baby dry, and the absorbent material can be chosen based on the absorbency you are looking for.  These diapers are also quite easy to use.  Disadvantages: They aren’t quite as straightforward as an AIO, and they cost more than prefolds ($15-$25 each).

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The Benda Family
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 21:30:40

    Great post! I’ll be referring to this again when I start to stock the diaper cabinet!


  2. laughingpromises
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 01:35:42

    I still find it all so confusing, but your couple of posts on the subject has shed a bit of light and clarity. Hopefully I’ll figure it out soon!


    • travelnole
      Nov 01, 2012 @ 10:51:19

      Yeah, there are a lot of options out there! I obviously don’t know everything and haven’t even begun using these diapers yet- I’ve just spent hours researching them 😛 Are you l planning to cloth diaper or thinking about it?


      • laughingpromises
        Nov 01, 2012 @ 17:55:17

        Yes, we’re planning on it after we use up the newborn disposables that my father in law bought us (or little man outgrows them–whichever comes first). I actually signed up for a cloth diaper grant for missionaries, so I’m waiting to hear back from them before I buy any myself. Hopefully we get it and don’t have to buy any! 🙂

      • travelnole
        Nov 01, 2012 @ 21:54:00

        Wow, I hope you do get it- that would be great!! We have a few disposables too from the gorgeous diaper cake my sis made, so we’ll probably use those at some point, maybe when traveling.

      • laughingpromises
        Nov 01, 2012 @ 23:10:45

        Yes, we’ll be doing heaps of traveling, too, so I’m wondering if we’ll be brave and still use cloth (with disposable inserts) or just go disposable. Maybe we’ll try both and just see what works. I imagine we’ll know within a few months what’s the best option for travel, though.

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  4. KindaCrunchy
    Nov 05, 2012 @ 00:29:13

    Love this post! I’m new to the cloth diapering thing too! I hope my stash works out and I’ll be checking in to see how yours goes, I’m sure I’ll need to make some adjustments =)


    • travelnole
      Nov 05, 2012 @ 11:22:23

      Hey, thanks for reading! I’m excited to find another cloth diaper-er. 🙂 I’m sure we’ll all learn as we go!


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