My Favorite Cloth Diapers

Have a baby that is still in diapers, or maybe you’re planning for a newborn? These are my top 5 favorite cloth diapers. This list is always up for discussion because cloth diapers, just like reusable diapers don’t work the same for everyone. Some kids are heavy wetters at night so you’ll need a different nighttime solution than I would. However, after over a year of cloth diapering these are my favorites!

BumGenius (Cotton Babies) Cloth Diapers – Cotton Babies tops my list only because they have so many different types of diapers under the same brand. We used BumGenius Freetimes during the day and Flips with prefolds at night. This allowed us to customize our nighttime diapers without having to buy a special type of diaper for an overnight solution.

Softbums Omni and Echo Cloth Diapers – These diapers were another favorite, but didn’t top the list because of the velcro. They are essentially shells that you add the inserts into, which once again allows for customization. Another favorite from these? They are literally one size fits all because the legs can be sized up or down with adjustable elastic.

Wolbybug Cloth Diapers – I actually won my one and only Wolbybug cloth diaper when I first started diapering and it quickly became one of my favorites. It was a ladybug like print, and it was an AIO (all-in-one) that fit perfectly. It did it’s job and that’s why it tops my list.

Osocozy Prefolds – These aren’t technically diapers, but they go on the list because they could be used solely as diapers with a snappy and cover. We actually used these as inserts in our Flips for nighttime customization. We used the bamboo ones and they hold a lot of liquid!

Grovia Cloth Diapers – These would probably be at the top of my list, but I didn’t learn about the brand until towards the end of cloth diapering, so we only owned one. It was a great diaper and very customizable, but they recently came out with a O.N.E. diaper, meant to be the true “all-in-one” diaper!

 

All of these diapers were rated based on how well they held up and actually worked for us over the last year. Plus, take a look at how cute some of those prints are! I know that I missed out on some favorites, but sticking with my budget, once we had enough diapers I stopped purchasing them which helped me save even more money in the long run! I covered the average cost of raising a child per year previously, and buying cloth diapers can help cut down on those costs!

 

-Mama Budget

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Maxaloones: The Pants That Keep Growing

Have you ever heard of Maxaloones? They seem to be all the rage among the cloth diapering community, and after recently purchasing a pair, I can see why. Maxaloones are pants that can fit ages 6 months until 3 years. A typical child will change pant sizes 7 times during that time span, purchase a pair of maxaloones and they will fit the whole time. Not every child is the same, and some may fit into the pants much longer, just as others may fit into them a shorter time. Knowing how expensive baby clothes can be, especially when you are constantly buying new sizes, I thought I would give them a try. I purchased mine from A friend who makes them for $20, which seems to be the average price. You can find a huge assortment of styles and prints on Etsy, or if you are able to sew unlike myself, you could probably make them yourself.

 

Now down to the nitty gritty, how does ONE pair of pants fit for up to THREE years? Simple, the legs and the waist band roll up or down depending on the size you need!

  
See how one leg is super long and the other is short? This is what makes the pants “grow”. You can also do the same thing with the waistband. These are made of a soft cotton so they also have stretch in them. If you cloth diaper you know the issues of sizing up or down depending on your diaper, but with these it doesn’t matter! 

 (Sorry for the slightly blurry picture, baby on the move!)

Plus, with a wide range of prints to choose from you can have all the pants you need! It is warming up outside so if you prefer shorts you can also find shortiloones which work almost the same way with a growing waistband! 

Let us know where you purchase your maxaloones or what type of print would be your favorite!

-Mama Budget

Free eBooks from BookBub!

Free eBooks from BookBubOne of my favorite ways to relax is to curl up with a good book. When I’m feeding Baby Budget I often read a book on my phone or Kindle. We used to go to the library weekly, but once Baby Budget came (and discovered a love for chewing on books) we stopped going as much. I’ve always looked for ways to get books for free and for a long time I would type in a subject into Amazon and then sort low to high in the books category. I would find a few titles but it was usually time consuming and some weren’t worth it. Then I was introduced to BookBub! When you sign up they help customize your experience so that they are recommending books that should suit you. Even better, they will email you a book list every day with discounted and free books! Plus, BookBub itself is absolutely free! You can sign up here!

 

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Sweetie Pie Organics Snacks Review

Sweetie Pie Organics ReviewI was recently selected as a Brand Ambassador for Sweetie Pie Organics and I am over the moon excited to share with you their products. We strive to feed Baby Budget the healthiest, low in sugar, organic products we can find. Assuming you also have a little one you know sometimes it seems impossible! That is until we found Sweetie Pie snacks. I am honestly telling you that even after trying these myself, they are amazing! My Sweetie Pie Organic snacks go everywhere with us. They offer tiny wafers which are great for teething little ones and freeze dried snacks. (more…)

Can Formula Be Refrigerated?

We recently talked about ways to save money on formula. All of these were savings on actually purchasing the formula, but what about when you get it home and are ready to use it? Can you refrigerate formula? Can formula be reheated? These are great questions that new moms should be asking! Let’s start with the basics.Can I Put Formula in the Fridge?

Formula should be mixed with water according to the instructions located on your formula container. Too much or too little water can be a bad thing, so make sure you are following the instructions. If you are off by a small amount you’ll be ok! Make sure you test the water before filling the bottle as well, our water can go from lukewarm to burning in a second so keep checking as you fill the bottle. If you’re worried about mixing the formula you could always splurge on a Baby Brezza Formula Maker, it’s like the Keurig of the baby world. Otherwise, you can simply shake the bottle to mix the formula. Keep in mind these recommendations are ONLY for formula, and they are just that recommendations.

 

Do I have to sterilize my bottles and how do I sterilize them? (more…)

Pampers Rewards Program

The average cost of purchasing disposable diapers and wipes per year is $830. If you’re spending that money on Pampers diapers then make sure you’re checking the packages for codes to their rewards program.Pampers Rewards Grow On

There are two different ways to earn goodies from the Pampers Rewards program. The first is from the Grow On! Program. This rewards you for entering in a code from a package of diapers or wipes every month The second is the points themselves, which can easily add up if you’re purchasing diapers every week. (more…)

How to Save Money on Infant Formula

Baby formula is expensive and depending on what type your child needs or your pediatrician recommends it can sometimes be difficult to find savings. Breastfeeding is highly recommended although it is not for every mom, and therefore saving money on formula can help any budget! I recently discussed the average cost of raising a child per year and found that formula can cost around $1,000!

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Average Cost of Raising a Child Per Year

The average cost of raising a child per year according to the Huffington Post is about $12,000 a year. This might seem steep, and depending on how you are raising your child it could be even more. Let’s get into the specifics:

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Diapers and Wipes:

You average 8-10 diapers a day, at about $0.20 a diaper if you catch a good sale means you will pay $730 for diapers. Add in wipes and that’s an extra $100. If you choose the cloth diaper route you will pay for your stash to start with which can average $100 for covers and prefolds. Add in an extra tub of laundry detergent every month and some cloth wipes for about $90.

Disposable $830

Cloth: $190

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