Diapering a baby can get expensive. So why not try cloth? Cloth Diapers can get really expensive and all the choices out there can overwhelm you. So why not save money since that is one of the reasons you decided to cloth diaper anyway, and make your own with what you have around the house. Using old clothes or sheets and towels will not only save you money but it makes the cutest diapers.
Now your diaper is ready to use. When you wash your diapers do a rinse cycle and then wash and rinse again using the hottest water setting possible. Do not wash your diapers with your regular laundry and never ever use fabric softener. This makes them lose their absorbency. You can either hang them up to dry or through them in the drier. AIO will do better air drying.
I don't even have kids but if I did I would definitely try this. You are so clever AND thrifty. Thanks for sharing!
Making cloth diapers is a great idea. Unfortunately, I didn't have that option when my kids were born (1963, 1964, and 1969). I bought clothe diapers for the first child, thinking that would be enough. 11 months later the second one came. More purchasing of diapers. They were handed down to the 3rd. child. Finally they all were through with them and then it was MY time to really enjoy them. Oh my - what grand cleaning cloths I had. And they lasted for so many years, they certainly paid for themselves! (03/28/2006)
Great way to recycle! Thanks for sharing this...thank goodness my kids are teens!
I never made my kids cloth diapers but if I was doing the baby thing all over again today, I would definitely purchase bulk flannelette from the fabric store and make my own cloth diapers. I just used store bought flat fold cotton diapers, rubber pants, and diaper pins. (04/05/2006)
Wow! You are quite the entrepreneur! You should consider going into business for yourself and market your "homemade diapers"! I have nine grandkids, all under 6 yrs of age and the babies go through the Pampers like crazy! Great idea! (04/18/2006)
Great idea to use old t-shirts! I can't wait to surprise my husband with one made with his favorite sports team logo! love it. (02/18/2007)
You can find high quality waterproof material
Today's Cloth Diapers are amazingly easy to use now. If you haven't checked them out in the past couple of years, just do a search on google for cloth diapers, you'll pull up thousands of sites!
NO pins, no dunking, no leaks, no rash, no bulk, no toxic chemicals, and no waste for the landfills.
And best of all no $2500 price tag! And that's if you don't change the disposables very often and let baby sit in their own waste, ewww! Cost more if your baby goes past 2 till potty training, about another $1000 every year.
If you sew you can get enough cloth diapers to last for 2 years for $70. Even if you don't sew, the cost for 2-3 yrs worth of high quality easy to use cloth diapers goes to between $100-300. Just to get enough to start out using cloth is as low as $30-50.
Compared to $2500 or more for disposables, and your baby will be healthier, happier and your wallet fatter, there is just no comparison!
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This is the best idea ever. Thank you. (07/01/2007)
By Mama Bobi
Great idea! When I have kids, I will defiantly use this! way to cute! (12/24/2007)
I want to thank you sooooo much! We just found out our newborn son is allergic to disposables and we really can't afford to buy all the fancy pre-made cloth diapers. I have made 12 diapers so far and my little guy is so happy ( and so is his mommy)!
SWEET! I can not wait to try this out. I am in the market to buy more cloth diapers. I just have a small supply now. I know the price pays for itself, but the initial investment to hard at $18-$25/diaper. I love the AIOs the best, I tend to use the ones with pants less often. I rather just do a load of diaper laundry everyday. And my kids seem to like them better too.
Thank you! Thank you!
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To: April Rogers,
In your article Make Your Own Cloth Diapers (From Recycled Clothes) you use a plastic or vinyl shower liner. can you use a heavy duty polyester water repellent liner? Will that stay dry like the plastic or vinyl shower liner in the diaper?
Very cool. Thanks for the info. I'm 5.5 months pregnant and just started making my own. Made one with some flannel my Mom gave me. I went looking for the PUL and couldn't find it and discovered that I could use a dollar store table cloth as the plastic layer. The clear tablecloth seems to be exactly like the PUL listed on other sites for making diapers. I was careful to only pin it at the edges and I found that sewing the plastic to the outer layer in a couple spots around the edge before sewing the outer to inner layer helped keep the slippery plastic in place... This is fun. What inspired me was when I read that one baby from newborn to potty training sends one ton of diapers to the landfil... I"m going to do my part to not send that ton!
Very cool. Thanks for the info. I'm 5.5 months pregnant and just started making my own. Made one with some flannel my Mom gave me. I went looking for the PUL and couldn't find it and discovered that I could use a dollar store table cloth as the plastic layer. The clear tablecloth seems to be exactly like the PUL listed on other sites for making diapers. I was careful to only pin it at the edges and I found that sewing the plastic to the outer layer in a couple spots around the edge before sewing the outer to inner layer helped keep the slippery plastic in place.
This is fun. What inspired me was when I read that one baby from newborn to potty training sends one ton of diapers to the landfill. I"m going to do my part to not send that ton!
Has the shower curtain liner been tested at the high temperatures recommended for the AIO. Do diaper covers that are made with the said shower curtain need to be washed at such high temps because they aren't in direct contact with the mess?
I just wanted to comment really quick, your idea while incredibly frugal and fabulous needs to be revised a bit. Please please do not make diapers out of table cloths or shower cutains, that kind of *plastic* isn't approved for children's products and it cannot stand up to the heat of the washing and drying routines of cloth diapering. Cloth diapers are the equivalent to underwear you wear only for a baby....would you wear shower curtain underwear?
not to mention, shower curtain does NOT hold in urine and feces, only decent grade PUL does which can be purchased online at many fabric stores.
I think the best thing to use as far as water proof is the mattress covers that go on baby mattresses because they are soft and they are made for babies. I think they are 5 or 10 dollars for 2 and you can make like 6 or 7 diapers out of just one of them. This is what I used and it turned out great and it is made to be washed and dried & it holds baby waste really well. Hope this helps with the idea of water proofing the cloth diaper!
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