Having a baby can be expensive these days but if you are intentional it doesn’t have to be. I just had my 5th child in June of this year and currently have 2 children in diapers. As you can guess, this is not cheap but I have found ways to make it more affordable & green. So I wanted to share today what I am did and am currently doing to cut cost on having 2 kids in diapers.
The first thing I did was purchase material and supplies to make some cloth diapers. After cost and time was calculated I spent about $5 per cloth diaper that I made. I also made cloth wipes out of flannel material. I purchased the patterns for my cloth diapers off amazon and the wipes I just measured a store bought one to make my own pattern. Below are pictures of my homemade cloth diapers. They turned out exactly like some of the top brands of cloth diapers.
I know some of you are thinking, “Cloth diapers are a pain. I don’t want to scrap off poop.” etc. The truth is, yes, cloth diapers do take a little bit more work but once you get into a routine with them it’s not so bad. If you don’t want to make the switch to cloth diapers then just make homemade wipes and only use them with wet diapers. This will at least get you started saving money.
Here is my cloth wipes solution that I make for my wipes:
- 3 cups water
- 1 tbsp young living lavender lotion
- 1 tbsp castile liquid soap unscented ( you can use lavender also)
- 1 tbsp fractionated oconut oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil young living
- 10 drops tea tree essential oil young living
** all my ingredients I got of amazon except the young living essential oils which my husband and I get directly from young living because we sell them.
Mix all ingredients together and pour over your wipes in the wipes container. Feel free to make adjustments or use different essential oils. Tea tree oil is a great oil for diaper rash which is why i have included it in my wipes solution.
I wash my wipes with my towels or my cloth diaper load. If you think about it wipes are used more for wet diapers than dirty diapers, so you will be cutting down on the amount of wipes you are throwing away.
I hope this helps and gives a different look on using cloth wipes. What do you do to save money with 2 kids in diapers?