One of the mistakes cloth-diapering parents sometimes make when starting out is not having enough cloth diapers on hand. I have more than 30 diapers in my collection, or “stash” as it is often called, plus two wet bags, four pail liners, 45 cloth wipes, and some extra inserts. Although it may seem like an unnecessary investment at first – especially if one of the purposes of cloth diapering is to save money – having a large cloth diaper stash can pay off over time.
Less wear and tear
The more diapers I have, the less wear and tear each sees from use and from going through the wash. Closures and elastic hold up better, and diapers remain looking newer longer. This means they retain their resale value better and are more likely to hold up for the next baby and perhaps even another after that.
Change more frequently
Because of my sizable cloth diaper stash, I’m not afraid to change my baby’s diaper every couple of hours, keeping her clean and dry. I know I have enough diapers to cover me until the next wash, so I am not tempted to leave her in a wet diaper longer than necessary. I also have plenty to stash in diaper bags and even send to the babysitter as backups in case of an emergency.
Longer in between washing
I have enough diapers to last me more than three days, which is the maximum amount of time recommended to go between cloth diaper washes. I’m on a schedule of washing every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday, and I even have enough diapers, wet bags, and pail liners that I don’t have to rush them out of the wash to fold and prepare for the next day.
Different diapers for different occasions
I appreciate having a variety of colors, patterns, styles, and absorbency levels so that I can pick and choose which diapers I’d like to use for particular occasions. When I’m leaving the house for a while, I’ll often put the baby in a more heavy-duty diaper. When I’m leaving her with someone else, I’ll make sure she has the hook-and-loop closure diapers available rather than asking someone to deal with snaps. And when I have the baby in a blue dress, I like to have a matching blue diaper!
At the end of the day, the money put into my large cloth diaper stash is worth the peace of mind and convenience it adds to the cloth diapering experience in the long run.
More from this mom:
Disposable Diapers Stink! (And Other Reasons I Prefer Cloth Diapers)
My Top 5 Cloth Diaper Rookie Mistakes
5 Lessons Learned on Maternity Leave
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