I Need Diapers and have No Money!

The continued need for diapers is one of the main concerns of the baby's future parents. But diapers do not have to cost so much money as you think. If you have no money for diapers, or if you simply want to reduce your ecological footprint, we have have some great resources for you.

It's silly that we have to spend so much money on diapers, make continual trips to the shop, and panic if we don't have something for our baby to dump his or her shit in - and to land in the bin minutes later. What a waste!

Cloth diapers

Cloth diapers can be found rather expensive. Often this stops us from further looking. But did you know you can also find those second hand? Or that you can even make them by yourself easy enough? Besides, in the long run cloth diapers can save us the constant investment in disposable ones.

We can find cloth diapers cheaper as second-hand, in exchange groups and sales for children and baby through the web, or in this same type of stores in our neighborhood. Also cloth diapers are great to ask for as a gift! You can ask friends to put in money together.

Make your own diapers

Make your own diapers is less hard than you think. Some friends we know simply use an old sock and small underwear! If you want to go a bit more pro than you can also find DIY sewing kits and diaper making howto's over the web. And if sewing is not your thing, ask someone you know who does like sewing, or find someone online who could do it for you in exchange of some money or something you can provide her with.

In fact, you would be surprised how easy it could be to make your own diapers. There are lots of people who have been using simple clothes. Once used, just store them in a bucket, separating diapers that have been pood from diapers just with pee. You don't even have to wash the diapers in a washing machine as you can simply clean them with water and soap.

You can hand wash them in a bucket with washboard (though we didn't) and line-dry them. We actually line dried ours about once a month to air them out and sun-bleach the cloth. About 30 $5-15 cloth diapers last you 3-4 days between washes. See for more information on washing your cloth diapers the website http://www.fluffloveuniversity.com/

If we want to save even more money or use no money at all, we can reuse clothes that we don't use anymore. It is important to take into account the material of the garment to be recycled to make the diaper, whether cotton T-shirts that can be easily washed and allow the baby's skin to breathe.

Parenting - it’s a ride that empties the wallet but fills the heart. The struggle to provide for a growing family is no doubt one of the most difficult experiences you can go through. This is especially tough if you and your partner or other members of the family feel you don't have enough resources at hand. But there is always willingness and creativity, and there are many other ways that you can get stuff than just with money.

Use no diapers!

Ever thought of not using diapers at all? We have heard great stories but also have seen friends struggling with this idea. It is very basic, but it also requires good attention. And obviously it is a lot easier when your baby has grown a bit.

The basic idea of not using diapers at all is not new to people. In fact, it is how we started! The problem has only become apparent once we started living in houses with expensive carpets and beds as well as other furniture. But we can easily place other type of carpets and not let the child be on the other furniture.

Then it also comes down to paying close attention to your child. Place it on a potty or above the toilet at given times and when you see your child giving signals. If you practice well you will see you can improve fast. Besides, your child will learn to pee and poo in a socially accepted manner much faster than with diapers.

For more information have a look at Diaperfreebaby.org

Alternative sources of funds.

Some people take out loans for diapers. We think this is not a good idea. If you have to borrow money to help you with filling up the ends, you end up being in-dept without being able to repay the loans and even more essential things such as food and rent. This will lead to more stress.

Freelancing is a proven way to augment income. Not only is there a steady demand but it has become easier to get paid and access funds thanks to technology. Because of the nature of remote work, you don’t have to be in the office all day, every day to do your job. Best of all you attend to your child and save money on babysitting.

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