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Published: Thursday, Nov. 7 2013 1:55 p.m. MST

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Rexburg, ID

There are plenty of ways to get set up with cloth for super inexpensive. I paid maybe $75 total at max and have 3 (possibly 4) days worth of cloth diapers for one baby.

salt lake city, ut

Cloth diapers are much cheaper - perhaps using "Huggies" part time when not possible to use cloth diapers is the best choice. Cloth diapers don't have to be the already cut out ones - buy material and fold to fit. Cloth diapers are not so difficult to use. Even in the winter, a wooden rack can be used inside to hang the diapers to dry. Washing a dozen diapers inside daily or every couple of days is much easier & less stinky than letting them pile up. If there is a way to have a line outside, it's best to hang diapers out even in the winter as when you bring them in frozen and hang them around the house, they dry faster.
Avoid eating out would be another great way to save money for diapers. A pot of healthy stew or even chili can be made for $10 or less and will feed a family of four for two or three days.

Brigham City, UT

Those who criticize people for having children when they are poor need to step back and see what your saying. Our son has 5 children and during the time they were having these children he had a very high paying job. He could certainly afford to have all the children he and his wife wanted! Now he is without a job and is having no success finding another that pays well. It has been like that for 5 years. In the mean time his wife divorced him and is on welfare.

What would you have them do? Turn the children over to the state? Shoot them so there are not so many? Please think before casting stones.

Having said that, as many people point out, there are other options for saving money like using cloth diapers. Keep in mind that food stamps do not allow for things like laundry soap, toilet paper, etc.

Nan BW
ELder, CO

When our two daughters were toddlers, I worked on a Proctor and Gamble job wherein I surveyed people using disposable diapers about their preferences on one type of fastener versus another. Not many people I knew at that time used disposable diapers, and I decided we would buy a supply just for traveling and emergencies (but I wasn't concerned about the types of fasteners!). That worked well and even when our youngest child was wearing diapers in the late 70s, I used cloth diapers from his older siblings supplies. We used the same washer for about 30 years, learned what washing products were most economical and line dried when feasible. There are many ways to make small incomes stretch. I have one daughter and one daughter-in-law who make their own laundry cleaning potion. They say it saves significantly and works better; yet another way of saving by having cloth diapers.

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