Ditch the disposable liners & DIY your own reusable diaper liners for cloth diapering on a budget. Easy to make, VERY cheap & no sewing required!
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If you are on a cloth diapering budget, you’re probably scouring the web [and Pinterest] for simple ways to save money while using cloth diapers. After all, that’s one of the biggest reasons that parents choose to cloth diaper their children – the $$$ savings.
One of the easiest and cheapest things that I’ve DIY’ed during my cloth diapering days is reusable diaper liners. They’re not a necessity to cloth diapering, but they certainly have advantages:
- Keep baby’s bottom dry [fleece works magic, I tell you!]
- Keep stains at bay – making used diapers easier to sell if you go that route.
- Makes clean up a bit easier. Sometimes it’s easier to shake solids off a liner than a diaper.
- Protects your diapers from diaper creams, even when they’re cloth diaper safe creams.
And when you DIY them, they’re cheap and totally worth the pennies you’ve invested.
Polar Fleece Solid Black Fabric These liners can cost you cents, literally cents. I purchased the above purple fleece before Sophia was born on a clearance rack at a hobby store, but you can also find really cheep fleece fabric online – don’t miss THIS amazing deal before it sells out! I had found an odd yardage amount of fleece at a craft store that had been deeply discounted. So, when I got home, I got to cutting. There’s no perfect size, just see what will work best in the diapers you have.
This is the best part – once you have cut, you’re done. No sewing required.
Even after 3+ years of using my DIY resusable diaper liners, the ends haven’t frayed a bit.
The main times I use my liners are with overnight fitted diapers – I like knowing that Moreaya has a barrier between fabrics so I know she’s not got a wet diaper against her all night. Remember I said fleece is a miracle worker? It is. Liquids pass right through it and it acts as a barrier. So when a child pees onto the fleece, it passes through to the more absorbent diaper and doesn’t sit in the fleece, which makes it stay-dry. That’s why a lot of your pocket cloth diapers are topped with a stay-dry fleece material.
I also like to use them when I am using a diaper cream, whether it be CD safe or not. If it’s not, I usually wash my liners with towel laundry. Otherwise, the reusable diaper liners go straight into the diaper pail with the diapers!