There are numerous types of cloth diapers and I will explain the basic types here. Hopefully this will help in deciding what will work for you.
In this post I have several pictures of the cloth diapers I have. Most of these were given to me by my sister or Mom and as you can tell I have a variety of different kinds. I’ll tell you a little about these diapers and what works or doesn’t work for me.
If you live in a large town or city and you are interested in cloth diapering, check to see if you can find a laundering service. These services will pick up the cloth diapers from your door and deliver you clean ones. Many of these services have great sales on gently used diapers as well. Typically service runs about $20/wk. If you are new to cloth diapering or just want to try out some of the nice new varieties I would strongly recommend this service through Jillian’s Drawers (based out of Ithaca, NY). You can try a variety of diapers for $10. This way you can really find out what works for you and your kid(s).
Laundry detergent – cheap to free with coupons and sales. This week I paid $1.66 each for 6 things of A&H laundry detergent. I use the green cap which has no dyes or perfumes for the diapers and I wash daily. (you can buy it cheaper still, I had only 1 coupon for those 6 detergents, it was just a good sale so I went ahead and bought them)
Water, we are lucky enough to have our own well so we virtually don’t spend anything for water however when we did have city water our bill was from $30-$42/month and stayed the same. Since line drying is the recommendation for diapers, there should be no extra cost drying.