Over the next two weeks I will be discussing ways to make cloth diapering even more affordable. The initial investment can be intimidating for many families and there are ways around it! One great way to save money is to buy used. In the past I have discussed buying baby items used to save money and diapers are no different from other baby items! There are a number outlets for those looking to buy used diapers.
Some of the places you can purchase used diapers from include message boards but there are also a number of online retailers that offer a gently used section. I bought all of the Kissaluvs Size 0 (KL0s) in our newborn stash used. These made up a large part of our newborn stash and arrived in wonderful condition. I was as happy with them as I was with the other diapers in our newborn stash. I also purchased a Thirsties Duo Diaper and a BumGenius extra small AIO used and was very pleased.
If you are looking for diaper brands that are more popular but don’t have the money (or don’t want to spend the money) to buy them all new or wait for sales, used is a great way to go. One thing to be aware of when buying used are your requirements for the diapers you choose. They range in condition from excellent to very good to good to fair and so on. Many sites that offer gently used diaper opportunities provide information on what the specific terms mean in regards to their website.
I purchased all of my used diapers at Jillian’s Drawers. At Jillian’s Drawers, excellent condition diapers and covers have been used for 4 weeks or less and have no visible staining. Fair condition diapers and covers have been used for 3 weeks or less and may have some visible staining. Since all diapers have been washed and used, they will have signs of wear. All gently used items from Jillian’s Drawers can be returned within 7 days of receipt!
I purchased 3 excellent condition KL0s from Jillian’s Drawers about 6 months before W was born as I was slowly working on building a stash without dropping a bunch of money in one purchase. About 2 weeks after he was born, I was visiting Jillian’s Drawers again to order more used KL0s because we liked them so much. I purchased 4 fair condition KL0s and 3 of them appeared to be as good as the excellent condition ones I had ordered previously. One had some slight staining but when we ran them through the wash, it came out looking great!
After W was born, I also purchased the Thirsties Duo Diaper in fair condition. It came and was in great condition as well. It was also a great diaper for us in the newborn stage. The gussets held up well against a very messy newborn poop and there wasn’t a leak in sight! At the time I was ordering, Jillian’s Drawers also had a BumGenius AIO available in XS and we were loving these so I picked up a fair condition one. A few weeks ago when I was packing our newborn stash away, I couldn’t even tell which was the one I had purchased new!
If you’re looking to buy gently used, I would highly recommend Jillian’s Drawers as they offer a wonderful selection and I have always had a good experience buying from them. However they are not the only online retailer that offers a gently used section. On my search I discovered a few more.
Fluff Envy offers a gently used section where all sales are final. They do offer some different items that I haven’t seen at Jillian’s Drawers so if you’re looking for something and can’t find it there, you might check Fluff Envy. I have not personally purchased anything from Fluff Envy but I wanted to let you know that they do offer a gently used section.
I have made purchases from Diaper Junction in the past and they have always gone smoothly. I have not purchased any diapers used from Diaper Junction so I cannot attest to their quality, but they do offer a nice selection of gently used items.
The Diaper Junction gently used diapers have been used for approximately 3 weeks in their Money Back Guarantee program. They guarantee you will be satisfied with your gently used diaper purchase. If you are not, you may return them within 7 days of receipt.
Re-Diaper.com is a website I have not had the opportunity to use yet as we have a decent stash built up right now. It could come in handy in the future if W does start to outgrow some of his diapers before he’s ready to be out of diapers. Re-Diaper buys, sells, trades, and donates gently used cloth diapers. They even have a Bargain Bin section if you’re looking to save even more! I am amazed by the variety of diaper brands available at Re-Diaper and they also offer cloth diapering accessories.
I’m most interested in their Trade Ya! program that allows you to trade in diapers for a credit you can use at Re-Diapers. This may be an option I can take advantage of if we end up needing some different diapers as W grows. Of course, I am so addicted to my stash that I’m not sure I would want to part with anything! At least I could always just buy used at Re-Diaper! Re-Diaper looks to be a great site if you’re looking to buy or sell! If you have any experience using Re-Diaper, I would love to hear about it!
If you’re a little more daring and willing to do a little more work to iron out a transaction, there are websites such as Diaper Swappers that use message boards to post items that are for sale or trade. I do read the Diaper Swappers message boards and have started negotiations for diapers a few times, but my transactions have never worked out so I have never made a purchase from anyone on Diaper Swappers. I have read many mixed reviews of experiences on Diaper Swappers. I am not endorsing the site and I suggest that you purchase from where you are comfortable. I think with a little common sense and a little research into various sellers on Diaper Swappers, you can have a very successful experience.
I have purchased used directly from an individual seller via Spot’s Corner on Hyena Cart. Spot’s Corner is a Hyena Cart that allows you to buy and sell used items just like you make purchases in any other Hyena Cart.
There is a section for cloth diapers on Spot’s Corner and I bought some extra inserts from a seller on Spot’s Corner before W was born. They arrived as described in the listing and were shipped promptly. I did have one item I purchased that the seller cancelled because I didn’t pay quick enough. She cancelled the order less than 6 hours after I made the purchase and I discovered that when I was trying to log in and make the payment. This is just a lesson in the fact that each seller on Spot’s Corner is an individual seller you’re dealing with so each experience could be different.
I’m sure there are many more places on the internet where cloth diapering families can purchase gently used diapers. These are just a few I have used or run across in my research on the web. If you have a favorite place where you like to buy gently used diapers online, please tell me about them!
For more information on the sites I discussed today, be sure to stop by and visit them!