I began cloth diapering when babies #6 and #7 were born 15 months apart. Our budget was feeling the squeeze of having so many children, and I hoped to give us a little wiggle room by switching to cloth. We were spending $100 to $120 a month on disposable diapers and wipes!
I quickly found that I loved cute, fluffy, diaper bottoms and wondered why I hadn’t been cloth diapering all along! No need to buy wipes anymore because we just use cloth wipes and wash them with the diapers. It’s really only an extra load of laundry every other day. That’s a drop in the bucket around here.
Now I have babies #8 and #9 in diapers, and I was trying to think of the cheapest way to be able to stretch my stash and wash every third day. I had read that receiving blankets are a great option, so I decided to give it a try.
I have several small receiving blankets that I don’t use anymore, so I started by laying one out flat and then folding it in half. It makes a long rectangle.
Then, I started pad folding it in 3-4 inch sections, laid it inside a cover, and fastened the snaps. Make sure no fabric is peeking out of the diaper cover to prevent leaks.
The layers of cotton flannel are actually very soft and absorbent, which is perfect! Here’s Brooks, my youngest little fluffy bottom:
For absolutely zero cost, I now have 15 more diaper changes. I can easily wash diapers every third day. I’m pretty proud of my frugal self!
My God will fully supply whatever you need, in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19