When I found out I was pregnant, I couldn’t wait to start building my cloth diaper stash! I started researching cloth diapers and soon became overwhelmed. All the different types and brands plus the cloth diaper lingo made my head spin! So mamas, here are some tips to help you as you start building your stash:

1. Find reliable cloth diapering resources.  If you’re like me, you need some questions answered before spending any cash on your stash. Congrats, simply by being on this blog, and other likes it, you are off to a good start! My big sister, Bert, and I love reviewing diapering and sharing our cloth wisdom with you. Often people ask cloth diapering questions on First Time Mom’s facebook page, so don’t be shy! Here are a few of our favorite cloth diaper blogs: Cloth Diaper Geek, Change-Diapers, Padded Tush Stats, The Inquisitive Mom, Zephyr Hill, and Kelly Wels. I also highly suggest Kelly Wels’ book, Changing Diapers: The Hip Mom’s Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering.

2. Research the various types of cloth diapers and choose one(s) that fit your baby and lifestyle. All in Ones, All in Twos (Hybrid), Pockets, Prefolds, Flats, Fitteds… Wowza! Each type of cloth diaper has its pros and cons. For example, using prefolds and covers is very affordable and effective for even the heaviest of wetters; however, it may be difficult for other care-takers to use. Change-Diapers has an excellent overview of different cloth diaper types here.

3. Get your hands on some cloth! Do you know someone who cloth diapers? If so, talk to her and ask to check out her stash. I found it so helpful to talk to other cloth diapering moms. Are you lucky enough to live by a cloth diaper retailer? Take a field trip. It’ll be well worth you effort, but be careful not to overdose on cute diapers!

4. Register for a variety of diapers. Receiving cloth diapers as gifts makes trying different brands and kinds lower risk because you’re not the one paying for them. Once I had an idea of what diapers I wanted, I added them to my baby registry. This is largely how I was able to try so many different diapers. You can create a diaper registry at Diaper Junction.

5. How many diapers should there be; just simply think in days of three! In my humble opinion, the minimum number of diapers you need is three days worth. Why? Well, most people suggest doing diaper laundry every other day. This means you’ll have two days worth of diapers in the washer so you need another set of diapers for laundry day. Keeping your diapers in a three-day or more rotation will prevent your diapers from wearing out too quickly. If you need a hard and fast number, I would say 21-27 daytime diapers plus 4 night time diapers is a solid stash.

6. Don’t stress, if you don’t like them resell them to someone who does. Reselling gently-used cloth diapers is quite easy. After a couple of months of cloth diapering BabyCakes, lots of research, and trying several different types and brands, I was ready to fine tune my stash. I resold some diapers and inserts on Cloth Diaper Trader and used that money to buy more of my stash favorites. If you plan on possibly selling your diapers I suggest using cloth liners to help prevent staining and also consider shipping costs when setting your asking price. Resale makes adjusting your stash to meet your baby’s changing needs easy and affordable.

I hope these tips give you an approach to building a stash you love. Remember there are lot of resources and the cloth diapering community is one full of helpful people who want you to succeed. Happy cloth diapering!

Do you have any stash building tips? Tell us in the comment section… sharing is caring!

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Wife, work at home mom, and bassoonist, Laura Ankrum lives in Iowa City, Iowa. Prior to the arrival of her two children Laura taught elementary music and band in the Boston area. Now her home is her classroom and music studio. Laura is passionate about education, encouraging other moms, and eco-friendly living. She is the social media coordinator at Thirsties Inc and regularly contributes to First Time Mom.

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