Cloth Diapering Tips for the Mom Who Wants to DIY

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Kristin's daughter in a homemade diaper
When looking to cloth diaper, there are a lot of things to consider. Often the idea of cleaning poo is a big turn-off to some, but quite often it's the initial start-up cost that can be painful, even if it does quickly end up saving you money.

Some moms choose to go a different route instead, and either buy diapers from moms who make them or they buy fabric and whip up their own diapers.

Kristin, who is a crafting machine and owns SmileyMoo's Variety Shop, as well as Enchanted Smiles, makes and sells her own cloth diapers. I asked her some questions about advice for moms who are looking to cloth diaper, but don't want to go the big-brand route.

What led you to cloth diaper in the first place?

I started cloth diapering for several reasons. First, [my daughter] Priya broke out with intense diaper rash from every diaper we tried. Second, we were having leaks from disposables, and last was the money factor. I had three older children to provide for and it felt silly to basically throw money away.

What would you say to someone who was considering cloth diapering?

Go for it! It isn't as hard as you would think. I would start with a diaper of each style to see which diapering method you like the best and go from there.

Why did you choose to start making your own diapers?

I love to craft and thought I would give it a shot. Plus, I can customize the diapers to have the features I like the most. Such as having gussets or snaps. When you make your own, you get exactly what you want.

If someone wanted to make their own, what advice would you give them?

Try out free patterns first. You can find many free patterns on the net. Watch YouTube videos for different methods. Join diaper sewing groups for advice. I advise knowing what you want in a cloth diaper before you start making them.

If looking to buy from moms who make them themselves, do you have any tips to make sure you're getting quality?

I sound like a diaper snob, but price is a big giveaway. If a diaper is being sold for $5, chances are the quality isn't there. Ask questions if you have them. If you see a diaper with hidden PUL and you're worried about wicking, just ask. If you're worried about the quality of the velcro, then ask. Check out action shots if available and feedback just as if you were buying from a company.

 

Thanks Kristin!

Have you or would you consider making your own diapers, or buying from a mom who does?

 

Image via Kristin of Enchanted Smiles

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Albond86 Albond86

I do buy a lot of wahm diapers (work at home mom). They make up roughly half of my 24 diapers. I love them! They are so cute! Some are great quality! Then I have my plain commercial cloth diapers, which can be great too! I just started cloth diapers about 3 months ago, best choice ever! Whenever we have the next I'll cloth diaper from the start instead of taking a year to!

Rochelle Alberti

I make some of my own diapers...and they cost less than 3.00 a piece to make..so I would sell them for 5.00 each...so I kind of wonder about the "if they cost 5.00..the quality isn there".....lol...I buy organic flannel and they are so absorbant they work for overnight without doublers. 

Melissa Genard

I would love to make my own but for now, I'm buying from other moms.  I recently ordered 12 diapers and some other things from a mom who seems to have great feedback and her prices are excellent.  I even sent her fabric that I found and she knocked off a few dollars from the diaper.  I only wish I had started cloth diapering 4 years ago when I had my first.

miche... micheledo

I think the biggest thing is that it really isn't that hard.  It takes a little bit of work to get used to it, but once you are in a routine - it is just as simple as disposable diapers.  My diaper changing station became the top of the washing machine.  :D  Less steps for me.

MissMeg MissMeg

I tried, and failed miserably. I don't think it was my lack of diaper making ability, I just can't sew that well, yet! lol! Anyway, prefolds and covers are as cost effective as buying the proper material for diapers! :)

Pamela Riemenschneider

I'm lousy with details so I don't sew important stuff like diapers.  I do, however, have several awesome WAHMs in my stash.


 


 

Sabri... SabrinaMBowen

I have started making my own cloth products to sell. Including Cloth Diapers, Wipes, and Cloth Cakes for new mommies! I can't wait to open my store & help introduce other moms to the joys of cloth - for them and their babies!

Christina Kusch

I have been cloth diapering for a couple years now and I think it is a huge pain! Not only is there the aspect of cleaning poop, but there is also the leaking, the smell, and the stripping! I could buy disposable diapers with the money I'm spending on my water bill washing these darn things! I cannot wait to be done! I would never buy diapers from a mom who makes them herself or make them myself, because I have had problems in the past with diapers from big comapnies and they spin it every which way to make it your fault in the end, I am quite sure them crappy quality they produced would still be better than a crafty mom with a little sewing machine at home.


 

Amand... Amanda_Jeanne

I enjoy purchasing diapers from WAHMs... I know I personally do not have the skills, talent, time, or patience to try to sew my own, so I will gladly buy a quality product from a mom whose diapers I have tried, have good reviews, and whom I trust. In fact, I think a lot of WAHM made diapers are better quality than you can get from some of the bigger brand commercial cloth diapers... and sometimes I wish I did have the ability to sew my own diapers, but again... I think it's the fear of messing them up so horribly that keeps me from even trying :o)

Apach... ApachePunk

I don't agree with the "if it's $5, the quality isn't there" bit....I am selling my diapers for $8.00, not because they're not quality, but because I've never sold diapers before and I don't think people who don't know me and are not famliar with my product are going to drop $15 on a diaper from a person they've never bought from before. I want to sell mine for less to get my name out there, then I can charge a little bit more. It just makes sense.

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