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A Cloth Diaper Addict’s Dream: Starting a Stash from Scratch

I cloth diapered both my boys. When my eldest, Sullivan, was born, we discovered he was allergic to the chemicals in Pampers. After dealing with horrible chemical rashes, we decided to take the plunge into cloth diapering. My husband was deployed, but he was on board with the move, and happily indulged in my new-found obsession. I spent the bulk of Sully’s babyhood buying and selling cloth diapers by the dozens to find, what I believed to be, the perfect stash. What resulted was a hodgepodge of work-at-home mama diapers, hybrids, all-in-ones, pockets, fitteds, wools, flats, prefolds, covers. Basically, any type of diaper you can imagine, we had it in some form or another. I was a happy camper, but everyone else who helped us with my son including my newly-home-from-deployment husband and my extended family found my diaper drawer a confusing maze of cloth and PUL. When Arlo was born a mere twenty months later, I continued my cycle of buying and selling. Picking up some new diapers here, selling off ones that I had grown jaded with there, and once again, my stash resembled a patched together quilt of colors and fabrics. Apparently, I had trouble settling, and my family was once again annoyed at my eclectic array of choices. When Arlo potty trained, we decided we were probably done with babies and gave away the vast majority …

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One Mama’s Tip for Organizing Your Diapers

When it comes to organizing your diapers, there are endless options! Some choose to display their stash artfully in rainbow rows, others keep their fluff piled in a laundry basket until it lands on baby’s bum. And what about the accessories? Wetbags, SprayPal, drying rack, wipes…so many ways to keep things looking neat! I fall somewhere in the middle…usually obsessive about making diaper “groups” {aka: the order in which and with what they are worn} and wipe folding but at the same time, a busy mama who sometimes heaps everything on the changing table and looks the other way. Here’s what works for me…a method that is easy to keep up with…or catch up on if I’m having a “throw it in a heap” day! {please excuse the iPhoneography} My diaper stash is fairly modest, so I can fit them all in this cute little dresser. Grab-and-go day diapers are in the top drawer, including Flip covers ready with flats and stuffed pockets. The second drawer holds night diapers {2-3 all set for bedtime}, extra inserts and prefolds, and folded flats ready for changes. The bottom drawer has towels, washcloths, and bibs right now. It will probably be taken over if my stash grows since it’s pretty tight in that top drawer! I keep wipes folded pop-up style and dry in a wipe box on the changing table. I spritz …

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Organizing a Stash for the Cloth Diaper Hoarder

I consider myself a cloth diaper hoarder. Before my son was even born, I had a stash of about 40 diapers. After he arrived, I increased that to 72. I have officially been put on “cloth diaper suspension” by my husband. Once I laid out all of my diapers and had them all cleaned and ready to go, I was overwhelmed with where to put them all. I didn’t want to jam them in the changing table drawer, because they obviously wouldn’t fit. I didn’t want to put them in the dresser because they would take up the drawers needed for his clothes. So, I recycled an old friend to help me organize my diapers. I had an old hanging sweater organizer that I was about to throw out when I decided to give it a try to help with organizing my diapers. Once I hung it in my son’s closet I knew it was a perfect fit. I started to jam my diapers in the organizer when I became overwhelmed again. What if I can’t find the diaper I want when I am changing my son in a rush? So, I decided to organize them a bit more. I was undecided how to stack the diapers. Should I do it by hook and loop and then snaps, or should I do it be size and style? Instead I decided …

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Build a Cloth Diaper Stash for Free or Nearly Free

I remember when I first thought about cloth diapering and began my online search. I was kind of blown away by the prices. Then the thought of making a decision was really hard on me. How many diapers did I need or want? And how much was this all going to cost us? I know it can be daunting, but I’ve figured out a few things along the way and can’t wait to share them with you. Start small. I placed my very first cloth diaper order through Kelly’s Closet. I ordered 3 diapers, a BumGenius, Fuzzibunz, and Knickernappies. For about a month, that is what we used. I washed each day and was addicted. I considered washing twice a day, ha! Order just enough to get that FREE diaper coupon. Those 3 diapers I mentioned above, I got a FREE BumGenius with that order, so we rocked 4 diapers. About once a month, I would place an order with just enough to get that freebie. Enter giveaways. I got on a hot streak entering giveaways for awhile, and added quite a few to my stash. There are tons of blogs and stores that do giveaways regularly. My favorite place to check for cloth diaper giveaways is at Change-diapers round up. Check out garage sales, Craigslist, Buy/Sell/Trade groups or even online garage sale sites like Facebook. I see them in …

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My Cloth Diaper Stash to Be + A Way to Save With Cloth

Before I can show you my dream stash to be, I first must introduce myself properly. My name is Ashley, and I am a single 23 year old childless nursing student. I have been blessed with a huge passion for little ones and helping mamas {and daddies} learn more about how to take care of their precious cargo. After all they don’t come with instruction manuals. I learned about cloth diapering two years ago and read everything that I could get my hands on, and now I consider my self and semi-expert on the topic. When I tell other families about the cloth diaper option a lot of times I receive the same answer, “it is just too much pay out of pocket.” True-but how many times can you rewash and reuse those Pampers? Only once. It costs about $30 for a box of disposable diapers that you use once and about $20 for one cloth diaper that can last until your little one is potty trained and further on for your next one. I have strategized a way to help those who are conscientious about spending money on cloth to finally see the light with my future cloth diaper stash to be + a way to help them save! Warning – this plan works for me, but may not work for you. Use at your own discretion. These are …

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