5 Budget Friendly Cloth Diapers

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Budget friendly cloth diapers

There is no denying that using cloth diapers saves money in the long run. Lots of it! But for some families, getting over the initial sticker shock of the start-up cost of buying cloth diapers can be a deterrent. $25 for one diaper?? I thought this was supposed to save money!

There are ways to cloth diaper for very little or even free, but some of those methods take a little time because you have to wait for the deals. The cheapest way overall to cloth diaper is to use prefolds and covers, but if you want to use modern cloth diapers, here are some diaper brands that don’t cost a lot of money and work really well.

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Best Bottoms

The great thing about Best Bottoms is that you can reuse the shell which always ends up saving money. They come with a snap-in insert that is very absorbent so unlike covers and prefolds, you don’t have to learn folds or deal with Snappis or pins. Snap in the liner, change your baby, hang wet cover up to dry for use in the next diaper change, repeat. That’s it! $16.95 / $3.95


thirsties duoThirsties Duo Diaper

The Thirsties Duo is a great, inexpensive system. The only downside is that it’s a two size system so your baby will outgrow the size 1 diapers and will have to move on to the size 2 diapers. The upside to this is that the diapers will start fitting at a younger age so you can avoid disposables or a newborn stash and they will fit larger babies to avoid having to buy larger sized diapers later. $17.50



This is a budget friendly cover and prefold system made by Cotton Babies, the makers of bumGenius and Flip. At $8.95 per cover or $11.95 for a trial set of one cover and three prefolds
, the price just can’t be beat!




Not everyone is a fan of diapers from China, but Sunbaby is a bit different. She only sells her diapers to America and ensures fair wages and working conditions. To the best of my knowledge, you also won’t find Sunbaby diapers rebranded as something else like you may with other diapers manufactured in China. With Sunbaby diapers you can build an entire diaper stash for around $120! That works out to $5 per diaper. Sunbaby diapers come in tons of cute prints and nice solids and honestly, our Sunbaby is still my husband’s favorite diaper in my stash.

nana's bottomsNana’s Bottoms

I must admit that I have yet to use Nana’s Bottoms diapers. I found out about them after my stash is pretty much complete and my son is over 2 and should be potty training sooner rather than later, but I have heard nothing but rave reviews about these diapers over and over again on a RagaBabe group. Yes, RagaBabe fans love Nana’s Bottoms! The fabulous thing about Nana’s Bottoms is that you can get a package of AIOs for about – per diaper (medium size) which is a great price, BUT you can get them for even less! She has a 20% coupon code that is always on her site and if you send in your own PUL she will take money off the cost of the diaper. These are sized diapers so you may have to purchase more than one size over the course of diapering your baby, but at these prices it’s not that big of a deal! $10.33 – $15.33

What are your favorite budget friendly diapers?


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  1. For me , the best budget friendly diapers have been prefolds , flat folds and the waterproof outers. I have only two bum genius diapers in my stash. While I like the pocket diapers , they just arent entirely budget friendly. Prefolds and flatfolds, now those are . You can get 10-12 of those for the same price roughly of one of the bum genious diapers.

    1. Yes, they are the most budget friendly and they are also one of my favorite diapering options. This list was written with those who don’t want to use prefolds in mind, though. Unfortunately it’s still not a very popular diapering option in comparison to modern cloth diapers.

    1. I completely agree. I don’t think Buttons was around yet when I originally wrote this but I do have to amend the post to remove the Thirsties Duo or at least note that it’s no longer available. I love Buttons diapers 🙂

  2. I have been looking at Sunbaby to maybe finish my stash. I’ve started my stash with Kawaii and they are great! I got them for 5 bucks each on black Friday, they usually range from 5-9 dollars per diaper and that’s a great deal for sure!

    Kawaii’s site is: http://www.theluvyourbaby.com/

    1. I’ve tried a LOT of different diapers but never a Kawaii. I’ve heard pretty good things about them for their price point though.

  3. I don’t have any of these, but we don’t have our full stash built yet. I was definitely planning on trying out some Thirsties because a lot of people are happy with how their products fit and work. Was also considering Best Bottoms because I’ve heard good things about them too.

  4. I have heard of 3 of these – but not Econobums or Nana Diapers. However, as Jennifer mentioned, I’ve heard a TON of good things about Sunbaby Diapers – that will probably be the way we go!

  5. All the reviews I’ve read about the Sunbaby diapers have been nothing but positive!

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