There are many benefits to cloth diapering, but I think the most indisputable is the money saving factor. Cloth diapers are a one time investment that can be used for many years (and even many children) to come.
Our main stash for Kendall was our bumGenius 3.0 pocket diapers. They made up a little more than half of the diapers we used on a regular basis (with a total of 13), and we also had some bumGenius Flip diapers and a bumGenius organic all in one thrown in there, too. While there were times we had some leaking/wicking issues from build-up caused by medicated diaper cream, they were definitely the most reliable diapers we owned. Now I’m prepping them for our second baby (with the help of some aplix refresher kits, my seam ripper and my sewing machine; I’m also going to be “rocking a soak” with some Rockin’ Green Soap later this week).
With the exception of a couple “girly” indulgences, we haven’t had to spend any more on diapers for this baby than we already spent on Kendall. (I will note that I’ve been sent several diapers for review since then that will add to my stash, but I would certainly be able to get by on just what I had before if needed.) For those interested in how I broke down the cost savings, check out more here.
That’s why I LOVE this new initiative by Cotton Babies (the company that makes bumGenius). “Trim a Tree, Trim a Budget, Give Cloth Diapers” encourages those of us who have the ability to give and help others in a time of need to help families with infants by giving cloth diapers.
Jenn, owner and founder of Cotton Babies says,
Last year, we developed Econobum, a brand designed to reach out to lower income families who couldn’t afford to buy our more expensive brands. We made sure the products were high quality and packaged them in an affordable manner. For $11.95, you can purchase three one-size prefolds and a one-size diaper cover. For $48.95, you can purchasetwelve one-size prefolds, 3 one-size diaper covers and a reusable wet bag. You’ll be doing laundry every day or every other day… but it’s enough. If you do your wash in a laundromat, four of the Econobum Full Kit boxes would provide your family with enough cloth diapers to make it through an entire week of diapering… for under $200.
And as part of this program, Cotton Babies encourages you to either reach out to a family in need that you already know of or go through their website to make a donation.
This year bumGenius announced their new 4.0 diaper, which is just truly amazing. It accommodates bigger kids (Kendall wore it all the way up to 38 lbs), and you now have the option of snap closures or new and VERY improved aplix (like Velcro). Even more exciting, you can now get them in funky, mod prints from their Artist Series.
I had the honor of receiving and reviewing the Artist Series Chelsea Perry Tiny Socialite Collection diapers earlier this year and just adore them. I think style-wise they fill a niche in the cloth diaper market that hasn’t been addressed. They aren’t too cutesy, but very, very fun. And they’re just as reliable as every other BG 4.0 I own. I can’t wait to put them on baby girl!
And… bumGenius wants one of you to try out a couple of them, too! One lucky entrant will receive 2 bumGenius 4.0 one size pocket diapers in prints from the Artist Series by Chelsea Perry.
How can you win?
1. Tell me what your favorite Artist Series by Chelsea Perry bumGenius 4.0 diaper is (do this first for any other entries to count).
2. Subscribe to my blog (leave a separate comment).
3. Donate an Econobum diaper to a family in need, or tell me about how you’ve donated cloth diapers to a family in need some other way. This one earns you FIVE entries (just leave 5 separate comments, please).
This is only open to those with US mailing address. The winner will work with Cotton Babies to pick two Artist Series diapers based on what’s in stock and available. I’ll use Random.org to draw the winner on Saturday, the 18th (unless I’m in labor). No guarantees these will arrive by Christmas.
Cotton Babies sent me the Artist Series diapers to review earlier this year. I have not been compensated monetarily for any part of this review or giveaway.
**Contest is Closed. Via Random.org, the winner is comment #201. Congrats Jenni!