This article is part of the “If I could cloth diaper all over again” series from Padded Tush Stats.com. This series includes posts from both Tara & Carolyn on what cloth diaper products they would recommend if they could do it all over again, including posts from other bloggers, as well as the results from the “If I could cloth diaper all over again” survey completed by readers here at Padded Tush Stats.
As I had mentioned in previous posts, cloth diapering can in fact, be the cheapest way to diaper a baby. Over the past four years (going on five!) I have tested many diapers, from pre-folds, pins, and pants to customs, all-in-ones, all-in-twos, hybrids, fitteds, and even cloth diapers that I could not believe someone would spend TEN TIMES the money on versus a budget one.
So what diapers would I buy if I could do it all over again?
Easy answer...organic Ragababe 2-Steps. The diapers that I swore to myself that I would NEVER buy.
Yes, at over $35.00 a pop, my husband would have sent me to counseling and Fluffaholics Anonymous if he found out I had compiled a whole stash of these diapers. However, I think I have come up with a no-fail plan to convince him to buy these for child number 3, if there will be one in the future.
|Leettle's shirt says it all...RagaBabes are SERIOUSLY AWESOME!|
The RagaBabe "Purchasing Plan"
RagaBabe has placed purchasing limits on all diapering purchases (it was 3 diapers on the last time I had purchased), this is to prevent "diaper scalpers" whose intent is to resell the diapers in order to make a profit, which doesn't hurt RagaBabe any, but it prevents parents who actually want to use them for their children, without having to find them elsewhere and pay a small fortune.
There are benefits to this restriction though, I like to see it as a way to convince my husband that it is like some sort of "purchasing plan", that will eventually pay for itself.
Step 1 : Buy the diapers in small increments in order to buy a full stash a little at a time without having to buy all $860+ worth at once.
Typically, diaper stockings are 3 times per month, so that means if you want a stash of 24 diapers, you will need to be purchase from 8 stockings...3 months of stalking the website and Facebook page. If interested in buying a newborn stash, you want to begin diaper shopping no later than 5 months of pregnancy.
Sounds complicated and time consuming? Yes, maybe, but your efforts will be worth it in the long run because...
WITH RAGABABES, YOU COULD CLOTH DIAPER FOR FREE...or maybe even make a PROFIT!
(Please note that I am NOT encouraging "diaper scalping" for a profit here)
Step 2 : Sell those those diapers to buy your next stash!
If you buy a stash of RagaBabe newborn size cloth diapers (size 0 snapped, which fits from 4-18lbs), you can turn around and sell them close to, if not more than what you paid for them...because that is what people will buy them for. On eBay and cloth diaper B/S/T pages, I have seen used RagaBabes sell for anywhere between $20-$60, and sometimes even more. With the money your receive from those diapers you can turn around and start purchasing your size 2 snapped diapers (fit from 15-40lbs).
Since the size 2's fit from 15-40lbs, you can start selling off your newborn diapers in phases of 3 or so as soon as he or she reaches 15 lbs. There are times when Ragababe will remove purchasing limits, so you can buy more diapers at once. When you get tired of a certain color or feel like you need to have a new print, sell one to fund the purchasing cost. When it is time for potty training, then sell the stash. Odds are, you will have a print of style that is not currently available and there will be at least a few fluff addicts that would pay top dollar for your piece of treasure.
If my husband is still opposed to that idea, here is my back-up plan...
Most of my family and friends live out of state, so instead of shower gifts, they typically send me gift cards because the cost of shipping gifts can almost cost as much as the gift itself. So, I will be sure to ask for RagaBabe gift certificates instead!
I will also be selling Leettle's current cloth diaper stash in the near future...so I will be sure to have a good pile of cash to re-invest soon!
Do you have a dream cloth diaper stash? What would you like to be included?