An Adventure in Diapering: My Stash

I waffled back and forth a bit about whether or not I wanted to use cloth diapers. In the early days of my pregnancy, I was certain we would be purchasing a stash of cloth diapers and would be using nothing but. Turned out, the Husband wasn’t quite on board, skeptical about how easy they would be to use. Why should we be making something as unpleasant as diaper changes any harder on ourselves?

During the nine months of waiting, I researched pricing, types, cute prints, and washing techniques. The more I researched, the more I got caught in the research. Knowing that the Husband wasn’t fully on board, I hesitated about pulling the trigger.

Then, Isabel arrived. We started with disposables, going through two boxes of newborns and half of one ginormous box of size 1 diapers. I hated the disposable diapers piled up, hated the ginormous bags of garbage that filled our bin, hated the hunt for the best price in order to keep our supply affordably stocked. And yet, I bulked at the prices of cloth diapers, still dragging my heels on making any changes. In the meantime, I joined buy/sell groups on Facebook and occasionally saw lots of cloth diapers popping up, usually well after they had already been claimed.

And then, one day, I lucked out, jumped first in line for a whole stash of used cloth diapers at a fraction of the price I would have had to pay to buy them new. Isabel was big enough, threatening to grow out of her size 1 diapers. It was time to make the switch.

How did it go? I’ll admit, I had a little buyer’s remorse in the first few days we were using the diapers. Isabel seemed to hate them, screaming through diaper changes and the first two days she wore them. On top of that, while I knew they would be bulkier, they were even more bulky than I expected. My little girl looked like a little pear, and I hated it. Aren’t cloth diapers supposed to be cute?

Since those few first days, she and I have both started to get used to the cloth, and the downsides of cloth started to pale next to the incredible upsides. No more blowouts, no more poop stained onsies, no more diaper garbage, no more buying boxes of diapers, no more wondering if she’s grown out of one size and into another. I have discovered that washing them is hardly a pain and more a comforting exercise in routine in my more-or-less routine-less life.

My Diapers

Through the stash purchased used and a single order of diapers from a China-based online retailer, I’ve managed to not only buy enough diapers to keep Isabel clean, but I’ve also managed to get a little diversity in my diaper stash.

I have 31 MotherEase one size fitted diapers. They’re made of terry cloth – so, towel material – and are fairly absorbent, but they’re not waterproof, so that means I need covers to go with them. They’re one size with a fold down rise, meaning the length of the diaper is adjusted by folding down the front of the diaper. Many diapers have a rise that snaps up, so when I first bought these diapers I was really confused how they worked and had to turn to YouTube for a little tutorial.

I like these diapers to a point, but they’ve had to grow on me. They are extremely bulky, especially on Isabel, who is 10 weeks old this week, and 11.5 lbs. And, the covers that come with them are some of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen. Pairing them with a cuter cover hasn’t really worked so far. Only the MotherEase covers have been guaranteed to be leak-proof with the MotherEase diapers – go figure.

However, when I put Isabel in one of these with every single bit of terry cloth safely tucked inside a MotherEase cover, they work. I haven’t had a single leak, a single blowout. As she gets older, additional absorbent soakers can be snapped in so they’ll last her through the night. They’re easy to wash, coming out smelling fresh and clean, no matter the mess that they’ve been covered in, and they dry on the line within a few hours as long as it stays fairly sunny.

Ultimately, I wish I didn’t have quite so many of these, so I may be looking to sell a handful in the next couple months if I manage to add some reasonable replacements to my stash. I will, however, always keep a few in my stash for night time, especially as Isabel grows.

I also have 9 pocket diapers, 6 BumGenius and 3 AlvaBaby.

The BumGenius were freebies, thrown in with the MotherEase diapers by the seller as a thank you for taking the whole lot of her hands. They’re not in the best shape. The hook and loop is pilled and rough, and the pocket opening a little stretched out, but they still work great for the most part. The AlvaBabies are the only brand new diapers I added to my stash, purchased because I couldn’t resist the price during my research process. $16 for three? And with such cute patterns? I figured if I hated them, at least my PayPal account would hardly notice.

The BumGenius and the AlvaBabies come with inserts and are meant to be stuffed, but I was sold on pocket diapers after another mom showed me how she uses prefolds as an insert and just lays them on top of the diaper. That way, if its just been peed on, I can toss the insert in the laundry and reuse the diaper itself. Less laundry? Sounds good to me!  

I don’t feel like my stash is actually complete yet. I’d love a few more diapers with cute prints, and as Isabel grows I know I may find that some of these diapers work better than others. I’d like to try out other brands, other types maybe. But this has been a good place to start. With a decent stash of diapers in my cupboards, I can buy and sell as I see fit and will, one day, be perfectly happy with the diapers I have.

Fellow moms, do you cloth diaper? Why, why not? What do you use?

Friends and readers who aren’t moms, would you cloth diaper if you were? Or, like the Husband*, are you not fully on board?

* The Husband is now more or less fully on board. A topic for another day!

0 thoughts on “An Adventure in Diapering: My Stash

  1. man, diapers have come a long way since I used to baby sit – I remember the rectangular ones that were held together with a couple safety pins!

    (and Isabel's chubby legs are too cute – ovaries spasming now πŸ˜› )

  2. Happy you found some you like! I use the Kushies all in one, no need for inserts or covers and we love them. We still use disposable for when we go out but purely for the convenience of them.

  3. I just looked them up. Kushies has some REALLY cute prints! Might have to add one or two to my stash… How long do they take to wash? I've heard AIOs can take a really long time to dry.

    We definitely still use disposables in some situations when we go out. I don't want to have to explain the whole system to our church nursery every week, and I'm not going to bother with cloth when she goes to daycare. But for the days at home and short excursions, I like them!

  4. That is what we do. If I am home we use cloth and if we are out it is disposable…cloth are also bulky to pack in the diaper bag.

    Honestly, I cannot tell you how long they take to dry as I hang them on the line and get them off when I have time. I wash them every other day (or at least try to) so we are never without cloth diapers and therefore, don't have to worry about the drying time. This will change in the winter when we start the outdoor furnace but then I will just hang them up on the laundry rack overnight and they should be dry in the morning.

  5. Yay! So glad you found some and you like it. I also could NOT STAND the amount of garbage the disposables led to, and on top of that the stress of always having to have "stock" at home. Racing around town to find somewhere that had sale diapers in stock was so annoying and the absolute last thing I wanted to do with any sliver of time I had.
    We also never had a blow out, which by all means is worth the investment in cloth diapers as it is πŸ™‚

  6. Yay! I LOVE LOVE LOVE my cloth diapers. Yes MY diapers. The fact that they are used on baby is totally incidental.
    You should check out GroVia and Blueberry (both US companies). They are my favourite diapers by far. GroVias are super duper trim even on a tiny baby. And they may AIO and AI2 versions.

  7. Cloth was all that I ever used. Loved them and really the washing is not a problem and much better than that huge bag of garbage. If the diapers got a stain I only used white vinegar in the diaper pail and also in the washing machine. So pleased that you have given clath a chance and like them.

  8. White vinegar in the diaper pail? Can you tell me more? I've been hanging them outside to dry so they get plenty of sun. Seems to help with any fresh stains, but some of the fitted diapers and inserts have some set in stains from the previous owner. I'm likely never getting those out!

  9. Yes! These are DEFINITELY my diapers! I have heard of both of those brands, but the prices, especially of the Blueberries, have been a pretty big hinderance. I'll have to keep my eye out in the buy/sell/swap groups and snatch one up to try.

  10. I don't know why I found it so annoying to keep our diaper supply up… especially in those first few weeks, it felt like we went through a box of diapers REALLY fast, and none of the places really close to us sold large quantities for decent prices. Our grocery store didn't even carry newborn diapers! Good to know I'm not the only one that found that particular aspect of disposable diapers annoying.

  11. Hanging outside is great for stains. As for the vinegar I always used water in the pail and then ….maybe about a cup of vinegar… all depends on the size of the diaper pail….. it also works as a fabric softener if they need to be in the dryer. Actual fabric softener should not be used as it stops the cloth from absorbing liquids. Hope this helps you.

  12. I made my own rectangle flannel diapers ( changed the method of folding as the children grew) for my first 2 1/2 kids, then switched to disposable as life was getting more and more hectic. Just a couple safety pins and a plastic pants. They dried very quickly on the clothes line and now that my baby is 30 years old I use the ones I still have for cleaning and drying my car πŸ™‚ The flannel today comes in hundreds of prints and colours. So much more fun than the plain whites I made. I still love the look of a long row of diapers on the clothes line.

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