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I’m so pleased to finally unveil a project over 2 years in the making: Cloth Diapering Solutions for Families in Need and Have Snappi… Will Diaper are the results of a pressing need for booklets that cover low cost cloth diapering solutions that will work for any family on any budget.


Cloth Diapering Solutions for Families in Need is a broad overview of why families on a budget should cloth diaper and contains helpful diagrams for folding techniques that covers prefolds, flats, and more. There is a table showing a breakdown of the cost of cloth diapers at various budget levels beginning at $35. This chart will show you exactly how many weeks worth of disposables you would buy for each level to give you perspective on the money savings cloth diapers can offer at any budget. The book includes general washing instructions for both handwashing and machine, plus how to build a camp style washing machine. It’s 14 pages which includes 4 pages of diagrams for diaper folds.

Have Snappi… Will Diaper is a guide with specific instructions on how to make cloth diapers from materials around the home or purchased second hand. As long as you have a Snappi you can cloth diaper for virtually no money. This booklet also details the $15 cloth diaper stash that consists of t-shirt flats and no-sew fleece cloth diaper covers. This booklet is 10 pages including 1.5 pages of diagrams.

There are two versions of each booklet, one with a beautiful color title page, and one in complete black and white. The black and white version is available for download so that you can print it for your use with the option to donate.  

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I’ve made each book available for FREE.

My purpose in creating these booklets wasn’t to earn money from them, it was to help educators who need materials to distribute to their clients. After beginning the Flats and Handwashing Challenge three years ago I’ve learned a lot from participating and from the others involved. I also realized that there was a need for a book that anyone could download and print to distribute to their classes. There are many individuals working locally with families through food pantries, WIC, women’s centers, and hospitals that have expressed a need for helpful literature that could be printed and given out. Printing booklets can be expensive so to make sure each page could be printed in black and white to be cost effective I reached out to Erin of Human Illustrations to create line drawings for the booklet. She did a wonderful job bringing each fold and idea to life in a form that wouldn’t use a ton of ink like photographs would.  My son, upon seeing the drawings as I worked on the book, kept asking “who is that baby?” or “what’s that baby’s name?” so the baby is now named Angus.  It was the first name that came to mind…

The book is free but I am asking anyone who can to make “donate” an amount of their choice when downloading. I fronted the cost of the illustrations used in the booklet and might have a monthly fee associated with hosting the booklet if it becomes popular. The donations will go towards those fees to keep it online in this beautiful format through the online publisher.

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Even though the booklets are free the content within, including the wonderful illustrations, are not available for re-publishing. If you would like to direct people to download the booklets from your website I would be thrilled, but do not post the images from within the book.

It feels amazing to finally have each of these available to the public. Please go and do good things, help families learn to empower their lives through the use of inexpensive cloth diapers, teach them how to wash their diapers, and send them home with this resource for their reference. If you decide to use these please leave a comment with where and how; it would be very fulfilling to learn how many families have been helped by the booklets.

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Kim Rosas began Dirty Diaper Laundry in 2009 out of a desire to help more parents understand modern cloth diapers. She lives in Florida with her husband of 5 years and her two boys. Even though none of her boys wear diapers anymore she is still just as committed to promoting them. In her spare time Kim enjoys video editing, photography, and coffee.
  • Idigia

    I think this is a great project. I’d like to see these booklets in every WIC center. Next step: having them in several other languages, primarily Spanish and Chinese.

    • kimrosas

      Someone offered to translate it into Spanish. I will be looking into it. I have no contacts who speak Chinese that I’m aware of.

      • Susan Byrnes

        Hi Kim. Love these booklets! Just wondering if the Spanish translation is in the works and if so when is the estimated release date? Thanks!

      • http://panesypececillos.blogspot.com mexicomama

        I’m also wondering if the Spanish version is still in the works? I’m a missionary in Mexico and am hoping to be able to offer resources for breastfeeding and cloth diapering to moms in our neighborhood… these would be great to use!

      • Brooke

        I just got back from china, I can contact some of my colleagues about translating :)

  • Carrie

    Thanks for compiling and offering these great resources! I had already made the decision to cloth diaper when life was normal for me at the beginning of my pregnancy. Now I am entering my third trimester and have become single. I believe my husband and I will reconcile in the future as that is the desire of each of us. But in the meantime, I currently have very little income. I had been working as a receptionist in his office. God is certainly taking care of me in big ways and smaller ways like having info on how to cloth diaper cheaply. Thanks so much!

  • monica

    i freakin’ LOVE this!!! thank you so much for your contribution to the CD world!!!! can’t wait to share this info. =)

  • Katie Stephens

    I love these! I’m a physical therapist and work with families in a rural area and many of them could benefit from this. I will provide it to the service coordinators of my program (the early intervention program in Kentucky). When I get a chance (I have a newborn so things take a while) I’ll also bring it to the WIC office.

    I have two suggestions/requests: (1) I wish the first booklet was “for families on a budget” or something other than “needy.” Even though it is intended to empower families in need, it can be insulting to label someone as “needy” when you hand this to them. (2) I love that you included how to use a snappi, but as you pointed out not all families have access to the internet which is how they would have to buy it (nor would they have a credit/debit card in many cases to order online) – It would be great to note that diaper pins are still available (near me they have them at the dollar store) and those work even if htey’re not that convenient.

    This is great thanks!

    • Amy M

      I agree. I think this is a good idea but I kinda wonder if it sends the wrong message. Wouldn’t it be better to maybe call it emergency diapering ideas period. Why single out the “needy”. I read both booklet. I know you weren’t trying but you come off a bit patriarchal and condescending.

      In both books you go back and forth between talking to and at the reader. And I’m not sure if you are talking to a homeless person who is barely scrapping by or if you’re talking to some one who can get to a fabric store or Old Navy to buy fleece. To very different situations.

      I think everyone has a stereo typical idea of who could possibly be in need. But we forget that almost everyone is about two paychecks from being homeless or in a really bad situation.

      The question is if you are hard on your luck do you want need something else to pick at your dignity? There’s a reason there are charities that send handmade diapers and sanitary things to other countries so that people can take care of themselves in a dignified way. Should we do less for our fellow Americans?

      I’m really active in my community teach diapering classes every other week. Just put up a huge consider cloth display at my library. I have been a die hard flats user from day one. Flats are all I own. Why because I want to teach by example. If it isn’t good enough for my baby’s butt I won’t recommend it to some one else. That’s why I could never use or recommend either of your books as they are right now.

      We own our own business and drive nice cars. Have a nice washer dryer combo. But I hand wash my diapers in my bathtub every week. Sometimes I go to the laundry. Why, because I want to be real. How do I look telling people that anyone can do this but I use $15+ a dipe diapers?!? I believe in do what I say and what I do.

      I make tshirt diapers for families in need. They are adjustable one-size fits most. I had made 3 dozen to use on my daughter but she was super tiny – under 7 pounds and they were too big for her. That’s how I came to use flats. But I had every intention do using the exact same diapers I was planning to give away. They are nice enough to sell but I give them away because that’s what I would want if I had fallen on hard times.

      I think rewritten your booklets could be a good idea to present as an emergency idea for ANYONE but to put it out there as a solve all for those on hard times may do more harm than good.

      There are people in the government who are already trying to block passage of bills to provide cloth as an option. They are the type of people who would love these books as they are being presented. It’s another excuse not to help those struggling because “they could help themselves.” I’m sorry there is something called self respect and dignity and you don’t lose it just because you lose your job.

      Most of us ladies have had Aunt Flo creep up on us when we were out and about and have had to stuff tissue in our panties until we could get the propper supplies. But few of us would do that on a regular basis. And we certainly wouldn’t advocate doing that.

      If a lot of people started just throwing what ever on their kids butts and calling it diapers it could get nasty quick. I can hear the late night comedians now. There is an unwarranted stigma against cloth despite all that we do to change it. If hundreds or thousand of people started doing what you suggest mainstream families would not want to be associated with cloth because it would be associated with anything goes. “So you’re one of thooooose cloth diapering people.” Yeah.

      I believe in affordable cloth diapering but I truly think the solution is to make cloth more accessible not by bring it to the lowest common denominator. Maybe we all need to host snappi or cover drives in our communities. Maybe more of us should learn to actually fold flats and put them in our regular rotation. But as an advocate for cloth who grew up struggling, having been been in hard times as an adult, and as a brick and mortar business owner who serves a few “needy” people in our business everyday i think your heart is right but I’m not sure you thought through all the implications of what you wrote, how you wrote it or what you are really are advocating.

      • kimrosas

        To answer a few of the points you made- I’m not a writer so I’m not surprised I switch around. I do address both educators and families because both could be reading, and didn’t want to write one morebooklet just for one group or the other. The title isn’t intended to put anyone off and we often toss around how to address people who could use ideas for budget diapers. From what I’ve heard no one likes to be called “low-income” or “poor” but in need of help or ideas is the way I was going with the “need” term.

        I’m not going to try and defend the booklet or be defensive, I will simply say that these ideas can work for a variety of families. Even families who aren’t necessarily down to their last loaf of bread or can of food. Many people choose to diaper frugally as it sounds that you do. And for people who need to flats are a wonderful solution and one that I used very frequently. Many months back I wrote a blog post after someone called out my privilege. I am living well these days but I was raised living off of public assistance, food pantries, food stamps, and wore only hand-me-downs or clothing from thrift shops. I don’t choose to only hand wash my diapers just because I think it can be done, and I definitley don’t think everyone should live minimally just because others have to and they feel guilty. Obviously the billionaires are a different breed but I’m talking about the middle and upper-middle class who enjoy a comfortable life with plenty of perks. No need to apologize for working hard and having nice things. Everyone from a place of privilege should still find ways to give back. You give back with your time and education. I also give back through my volunteer hours (of which it amounts to many) helping Giving Diapers, Giving Hope.

        I will also say that this book really isn’t intended for the homeless. The cheapest diaper stash outlined is $15 which isn’t free at all but possible for many families if they know they have time to save or buy materials over time. There are many safety nets in place in certain areas that can provide disposable diapers for homeless families, I wouldn’t want to burden someone who has no home or temporary housing at best to try and handwash diapers. There are also plenty of organizations working to help families who can and are willing to use cloth diapers, some are local and can also offer in person education and guidance. Ideally this is what everyone should have.

        The second book is part of a project that is similar to what you mentioned and I can’t say yet because things aren’t final. I don’t know if it will happen but I’d like to think someone could be handed the booklet along with a Snappi and possibly even some handmade flats to try and use as an emergency diaper. Maybe the families received these from a food pantry or even a disposable diaper bank… who knows. I would hope that common sense says no one is going to try and use anything as a diaper without properly washing… and saying this gives the government more reasons not to aid families is giving me way too much credit. So far the US doesn’t give aid so this booklet is trying to bridge the gap for these families… not make a larger one.

        You certainly have experience and passion on the subject. There is a lot of information here to help people who might not otherwise have internet access. You seem to be reading into things more than most people would, and out of the many people who have thus far read or downloaded this you have been only one of two to object to the title and/or the content. There will be edits down the line and I’m keeping the comments and suggestions on hand for when that happens.

      • Megan

        So write your own.

  • Sharon Osborn

    These are fantastic! Thank you! I am starting to work towards offering workshops to low income families in my community. I will be including a discussion on cloth diapering and these would be perfect to use.

  • Laura Hammond

    It might be just me, but page 4 of the “Cloth Diapering Solutions” book is completely unreadable. The white text doesn’t show up against the pastel backgrounds. Is this something you can fix?

    • kimrosas

      I clicked through again and don’t see any visibility issues. Are you reading it full screen?

      • Laura Hammond

        Strange. When I print it out, the text is black and perfectly readable, but on adobe, it’s white and I can’t see it. It’s a great chart! Thanks for making it.

  • judi

    Wonderful! I am going to print out a copy of each for the food bank at our church. Yasmine works really hard to keep diapers in stock but she can’t always get them so this might be a helpful resource for the families we serve. Frankly, I would have diaper need if I weren’t using cloth diapers. I used some disposables from our church food bank while I built up my stash.

  • GreenMomsCollective

    Congratulations, Kim! This is such an important resource you are sharing with the world! And I love baby Angus, he makes a fantastic cloth diapering model ;)

  • Laurie S

    WOW! These are wonderful and I will be sharing these on my cloth diaper support group!

  • Kelly Sangree

    Our doctors office is the low-income office for our area, and shares a buliding with the WIC office. The next time we go, I’m taking copies of these to leave in the waiting areas. The other parents in the lobby are always asking about the cloth diapers on my baby – I want to show them it’s not that hard!

  • Kristen

    thank you for all your hard work you’ve put into this!

  • judi

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I hope to start putting together cloth diaper kits for families that utilize our church food bank and these would be perfect additions.


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