There is a multitude of cloth diapering options available. If you’re interested in using cloth diapers to save money one of the best diapers available is the flat. This is the diaper our grandmas used and its still going strong today. For around a dollar per diaper, this cheap diapering method can make your diaper stash very cost effective!
Flats are basically a large square of cotton. It is the original one size fits all diaper as it can be folded in different ways to fit newborns up to toddlers. They can be pinned or snappied and then covered with any of the many cover options available.
Flats are appealing for several reasons. The first is their cost; you can get a dozen for a little over $12 and two dozen is plenty for one child. Flats are also great for families with multiple children in diapers; just fold to the best fit for each kid. Flats are also incredibly easy to care for; there is almost no prep needed and they wash and dry quickly. They are also easy to use-learn one or two different folds and you’re all set.
I have used flats exclusively for over three years on two children. I love the simpleness of my stash and after three years of heavy use my flats are still going strong. I originally bought 4 dozen Little Lion brand flats and then some used Thirsties covers from the fsot section here on Diaper Swappers. My entire stash for two children cost under $200, including accessories. I also love how well flats work! I’ve never had issues with leaking or messy accidents; flats and Thirsties covers are a leak proof combination!
Flats are also so easy to use! I have only learned how to fold the Kite fold and was able to modify it for when my babies were new to when we hit the toddler stage. Now that my son is older I just add a doubler to give his flats a bit more absorbancy and we’ll be set until he’s potty trained.
If you haven’t tried flats yet I highly recommend these diapers. Not only are they incredibly cheap but their ease of use and wide range of sizing makes them a great cloth diapering option!