How Have You Re-Used Your Baby’s Cloth Diapers?

Have you sold your baby’s used cloth diapers?  Did you pass them onto a friend’s baby?  Did you use a site like Diaper Swappers to trade them in for a different size?  Does your local consignment shop accept secondhand cloth diapers?

We’ve happily passed some newborn covers and diapers onto other parents, but our small prefolds are currently stashed in a kitchen cupboard to mop up floor spills.  Those green-stitched cotton prefolds were purchased secondhand from a diaper service, then diapered both my children, and were also leant to a friend to diaper her two children before they became kitchen rags.  Some of them eventually get so ratty that I toss them into the compost bin, but about two thirds of my original diapers are still going strong!

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  1. I kept alot. I donated alot to a momma in need. I sold some on diaperswappers so that I could get different ones and I also sold some at a garage sale.

    I am going on baby number 3 and this will be my third in cloth diapers. I will pick up some more diapers bc I will have 2 in cloth again.

  2. I haven’t sold off any of my diapers yet. I bought a bunch of newborn diapers on Diaper Swappers and eBay (even though it was illegal by then on eBay). I have lent out those newborn diapers to many mommies and have lent out other diapers for folks to try. My Thirsties covers are showing serious wear after 2 kids, but my prefolds look like they’ve never been used (except a little staining, which I never try to get out). I’ll resell or give away when I’m done. I do have some fitted diapers I won’t use again that I’ll probably give away on CL/Freecycle.

  3. I haven’t sold off any of my diapers yet. I bought a bunch of newborn diapers on Diaper Swappers and eBay (even though it was illegal by then on eBay). I have lent out those newborn diapers to many mommies and have lent out other diapers for folks to try. My Thirsties covers are showing serious wear after 2 kids, but my prefolds look like they’ve never been used (except a little staining, which I never try to get out). I’ll resell or give away when I’m done. I do have some fitted diapers I won’t use again that I’ll probably give away on CL/Freecycle. P.S. Where on earth did you get that photo???

  4. I have been lending out my infant prefolds and newborn and small covers to several friends to start out with. I also lend out my Baby Beehinds wool covers to introduce people to wool.
    One friend paid me back my lending me her own too big yet diapers while another gave me an Amazon gift certificate (which I spent on something totally unbaby related)

  5. We used to sell all of our diapers until my sister had a baby who used cloth. I passed all of our small stash for my nephew. Now, I run a charity that collects cloth diapers and distributes them to low income families in our area, so all of our diapers go there. I know how expensive cloth diapers can be initially, and I really believe all families should be able to cloth diaper their babies without worrying about the start up costs. It’s great to get some of your investment out of your diapers buy selling, but if you can afford to pass them to famiy in need or to a charity then please consider it! It makes a huge difference to struggling families!

  6. I sold some of our diapers to mommas on Babycenter’s Cloth Diaper Swap, but I have kept most since Baby2 came shortly behind Baby1. I have a neighbor down the street who wants to cloth her second, so I am sure I will give or loan her some from our stash to get her started when the time comes.

  7. I’ve loaned my newborn diapers out and would be happy to do so again. I mostly use prefolds, though, so I haven’t had much of an opportunity to lend out the bigger size. They’ve been in near constant use.

    Some of my prefolds I got second hand are getting really ratty. I use them as changing pads, burp cloths, and to wipe up spill and accidents. They’ve been through 3-4 kids and were heavily used with me so I can’t even imagine how many washes they’ve been through. Some old fitteds I threw away. They were so awful, frayed, rough, and worn they couldn’t be used anymore. The snaps would have scratched anything we tried to clean them with so I sucked it up and threw them in the garbage. I reminded myself that those diapers had gone through hundreds of washes. It was time.

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