I saw this method shared a while ago and had to do a video demo – it’s genius and oh-so-easy! Additionally, this is truly attainable for most any family. T-shirts can be found for next to nothing, or even free possibly from some organizations.
To make this easiest you’ll want a Snappi (or diaper pins) and a waterproof cloth diaper cover. These items should run about $15-20 max, and you may be able to find them cheaper elsewhere.
Another option is to buy used – you can even make your own cover from fleece or wool (buy something from a thrift shop and repurpose it!)
If you’re really in a pinch, you could forgo the Snappi and use large safety pins or even use a ribbon or scrap fabric to tie around baby’s waist like a belt. Just be sure to keep it loose enough for comfort.
If where or how to wash is a problem (no machine or not allowed at facilities), there are multiple ways to simply hand-wash. Dirty Diaper Laundry has a wonderful bucket washer tutorial that should cost under $10 to make! Another option is the bathtub – just be sure to clean it when you’re done.
If any family reading this is in need of help, there is a great list of cloth diaper banks here, who may be able to help you.
Do you have other ideas? I’d love to hear them!