Cloth Diapers | 4 tips for buying bumGeniuses on a budget

This post is the third part of a three-part series on cutting costs with cloth diapers. If you missed them, check out the and second installments here and here — they talk about our approach to cloth diapering and how much you can reasonably expect to save by choosing cloth diapers over disposables.

Cloth diapering can save you thousands of dollars per child, and your start–up costs don’t have to break the bank — you can buy a full stash (24 diapers) of Alva Baby diapers for just $136 on Amazon.

On the other hand, if you want to buy a full stash of new bumGenius diapers, the start up costs can be pretty steep. BumGenius diapers generally cost $20 a pop, so buying 24 full-price diapers will cost almost $500. My husband and I decided to go with mostly bumGenius diapers, but we didn’t spend anywhere close to $500 for them.

Here are my tips for building stash of bumGenius cloth diapers on a budget:

Test drive a couple types of cloth diapers before purchasing multiples. This is so important! Different cloth diapers work for different babies (and parents), and in my opinion, it’s virtually impossible to know what will work best for your family before trying some out — and there’s nothing worse than dropping a few hundred dollars on a product only to discover later that you won’t use it because it’s not suited to your lifestyle/needs. In our early days of cloth diapering, I learned that:

  • My six-pound baby could not fill out an Alva diaper, although bumGenius fit him perfectly
  • He could soak through a prefold in no time, making them an extremely impractical choice for nighttime
  • My husband has a very strong preference for all-in-one diapers
  • All-in-one diapers take at least 12 hours to air dry in our summer climate (which very humid), so if we were to create stash that consisted entirely of all-in-ones, we would need at least 36 diapers, unless we were willing to commit to washing our diapers every day.
  • As a result, we decided that the best option for our family was a stash that consisted of mostly bumGenius all-in-ones rounded out with some bumGenius pocket diapers that take less time to dry. Conversely, even though we absolutely love the bumGenius all-in-ones, I have a friend who vastly prefers the bumGenius pockets (she likes how the pocket inserts are stuffed and out of the way). In any case, make sure you know which type you prefer before buying a full stash!
  • Use gift cards and store credit. One of the many wonderful things about bumGenius diapers is that they are available from A LOT of major retailers, including:

    • Amazon
    • Target
    • Buy buy baby
    • Babies R us
    • Bed bath and Beyond
  • Because cloth diapering was an important priority for us, almost every time I received a gift card to one of the retailers above, I would use it to buy one or two cloth diapers. Likewise, when we received duplicate items from one of the above retailers, I would exchange them for a bumGenius or two. As a result, we actually purchased very few diapers with our own money.
  • Keep an eye out for discontinued colors/styles. Occasionally, bumGenius will discontinue a color or even a type of diaper — 5 of my bumGenius pocket diapers are 4.0s, which I bought for 25% off right before they introduced the “new and improved” 5.0. Also, when they were phasing out the color “moonbeam” (a pretty periwinkle), I managed to snag a few marked down all-in-ones.
  • Consider supplementing with Alva Baby Diapers. As I mentioned in my last post, I think Alva Baby diapers are a terrific value — but maybe you really want some all-in-one cloth diapers (which Alva doesn’t make), or Alvas don’t fit your baby, or you frankly just think bumGenius diapers are cuter than Alvas. It doesn’t have to be an all or nothing proposition — if you need to cut costs to make your budget work, consider buying just half of your diapers from bumGenius and the other from Alva (or another less expensive brand).

    What are your tips for buying bumGenius on a budget?

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