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Cloth Diapering: When it's time to re-stash

Posted by Julie Clark on 1/5/2015 to Cloth Diaper How-To
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When it’s time to re-stash

Re-stashing is a really fun prospect for the seasoned cloth diaper user. Unlike their first stash which was grown when they had no experience or inherited from hand­-me­-downs based on someone else’s experience, a re-stasher really knows what they’re doing this time. They are a cloth diaper expert at this point. Their days of experimenting and reading hundreds of reviews are long over. They know their needs, their kids, and what will and won’t work within the routine of their family.

There are a couple of different reasons to re-stash: a new baby, old diapers, or simply the need for a change.

Unfortunately Fortunately, I have not had the opportunity to re-stash. I’ve added to my stash and (regrettably) had to throw a couple of diapers in the trash or into my daughter’s doll clothes bin, but I’ve never scrapped or sold all of my diapers to buy a complete stash of brand new ones. After my first child, I had no desire to do that for two reasons: 1) What’s the point of using cloth diapers if you can’t reuse them from one child to the next and 2) I worked hard for each and every diaper in that stash either saving money from our monthly budget, stacking coupons, or writing reviews that I couldn’t bear to let go of them. They all grew to be oddly special to me in a weird way that only cloth diaper users can understand. After she outgrew diapers and was using the potty full time, anytime I happened to go down to my boxed stash and consider what to do with them, I’d remember when she wore it and which outfit it complemented best. (Yes, I’m that sentimental)

The diapers no longer seem to carry such great importance now that I’m using them with my son. They’re just a necessity of life now. Maybe it’s because I’m too busy as a mom of two to have time to think about diapers. Maybe it’s because I now despise doing diaper laundry for the same reason. Maybe it’s because I don’t have an excuse to purchase them anymore. Most of my diapers are still going amazingly strong—my bumGenius 3.0s especially are little workhorses and they’d probably make it through a third child. Still, I’ve made the decision that if we have a third child, I’m re-stashing. I’ll sell, donate, or give, or throw away the diapers I have and fill my stash with diapers that fit our current lifestyle just a bit better.

If I get the chance to re-stash, I’ll fill my baskets with brands we trust and styles that work with our lifestyle. I’ll ditch old handmade fitteds and use my nesting instincts to handcraft more. I’ll trade more time consuming pockets with BG Freetimes or Grovia AIOs and I’ll never purchase another Velcro or Aplix diaper again. I’ll keep my prefolds and fitteds (because I’m sure they’ll be in great shape even when my grandchildren need them) but I’ll definitely be on the lookout for some new covers, just because a change might be nice.

Of course, all this is really a moot point for now. I’m content with my two little munchkins and if these are all the children God sends our way, I’ll be fine with that. All the same, every time I get to the bottom of my clean pocket diaper basket or use the last clean fitted, I can’t help but think about how I’ll do my cloth diaper stash better the next time around should I get the chance.

Do you dream of re-stashing, getting to start all over cloth diapering with a new stash?

Comments

Date 1/6/2015
Crystal Listerman
I'm on my 6th baby. After my third was potty trained, but before my 5th came along, I loaned out my entire stash. The "boy diapers" were loaned to a family who decided not to cloth diaper after all, so the loaned my loaned diapers to another family. But then that family became missionaries to Africa and I never saw those diapers again. My "girl diapers" went to a friend who used them on two children. Then gave them back to me when I was expecting #4. She told me that she was glad to be rid of them because they leaked so much... What had she done to them? Laundered them wrong? Maybe, but they probably just gave up the ghost after having been used on five tushies for a couple of years each tush. I was able to replace the elastic in a few, and they were as good as new. Others the PUL was ruined and those were either thrown out or set aside to use as swim diapers. So I restashed except for about a dozen of the original diapers. I got up to about 30 diapers and was content. Then I got preggers again. With two in diapers, I needed more than 30, so I upped my stash to 50. Now I'm expecting again, and will have three in diapers as #4 will only be 27 months when #6 arrives. Do I buy more? Do I make do? I don't know yet. However, if you decide that you want to be rid of your velcro diapers which you dislike so much, I have a friend who is expecting twins and she has arthritis in her hands so bad that she can't work snap diapers. I can give you her info if you want to share the wealth with her. LOL
Date 1/6/2015
Alicia C
I'd love to restash with more wool covers and fitteds, and skipping some very used seconds I bought to try different styles of diapering. Love the motherease and kissaluv lines!
Date 1/6/2015
Theresa Hover
I would love to have more wool covers in my stash, but I'm hopeful that my choice of prefolds and covers will last me a long time.
Date 1/8/2015
Kayla
This is my first baby, I never even thought restashing was a thing! Thanks for all the info!
Date 1/9/2015
Katie M
We are building our first stash for our first baby coming in February and so far its made of Thirsties snap covers but now that I'm almost done I'm finding all these other great brands too. There's just endless brands and reviews to go through it really can be overwhelming for the first time.
Date 1/10/2015
Candice Balser
I was in the dark about cloth diapering with my first 2 children. But while I was pregnant with my 3rd, I happened to come across a link to cloth diapers while online. So, I've just started building a stash, so no need to re-stash. :)
Date 1/13/2015
Maggie M.
I kind of want to re-stash. I'm pregnant with my third and have cloth diapered my other two. I'm finding more and more what I want and don't want. I would like a bigger stash. I tend to be a minimalist when it comes to diapering so my diapers see lots of wear and tear. I'd like to get away from that a bit and let myself splurge on having more than I need. I'm not sure what I want to put in my stash for this next baby though. I do know that I want natural fibers.
Date 1/24/2015
Anna Abbott
I have been cloth diapering my 15 month old son since he was about a month old. Since the beginning I have learned a lot about what I like and dislike so I have done a little bit of re-stashing by selling some pieces that I didn't really use anymore and buying ones that I like better.
Date 4/1/2015
Judith Martinez
I am diapering my last child and she's nearing potty training so I don't think I'm going to be restashing. In a way I did restash with her since everything I used with her older brother was homemade. but I still didn't really choose what I got since most of it was giveaway prizes. I am adding a few items to my stash to adjust for her heavy wetting, especially over night, and upgrading some of my inserts but otherwise I'm using what I have.
Date 4/8/2015
Karen
I'm on Baby #6. My stash has always been primarily prefolds and I absolutely love them! I even have some covers that are still going strong after nearly 15 years and 5 other kids. I never completely restashed my diapers, but I'd add a trendy diaper now and then to try out, but I usually just ended up selling it. Nothing beats my prefolds and covers, so I stopped looking for anything better because there isn't anything better. I did have to replace my infant sized prefolds after my 3rd baby because they were getting ragged, but I replaced them with more infant prefolds. I think after this many children, I've found what works and I'll never completely replace my stash with something different.
Date 4/8/2015
Katy
We are CDing baby #3, a little brother after two girls. This is my second season of having a newborn and a toddler in diapers (so we need enough diapers to get us through three days, with a wash every other day!). The backbone of our stash is our collection of Diaper Rite unbleached prefolds and flats and a dozen or so Flip covers. They're still going strong, although I did have the elastic replaced in some of the Flips. With baby #2 I started adding pocket diapers (love Diaper Rite and Bum Genius) into the mix for when we're a way from home or someone unfamiliar with CDing watches the babies. Now, with a little boy who is quite the supersoaker, I'm just branching out into fitteds and some of the new bamboo AI3 diapers like Funky Fluff.
Date 4/9/2015
Christina
I just started cloth diapering with my first-8 month little boy. I started researching and reading reviews months before he was born, and still haven't quite figured out what I love best. My stash is very varied-I've bought one or two of so many types of diapers. Frankly I'm still overwhelmed! There are so many brands and options out there. I just ordered fitted and wool covers for the first time and am excited to try that out! :) hopefully I'll fall in love with one brand-but if not, I guess I'll stick with my crazy mixed up stash!:)
Date 4/20/2015
Keara B.
I'm now cloth diapering my second baby, and my stash has slowly evolved over the years! If I had the money to re-stash, I'd probably have more covers and AIOs, but as it is, I'm still pretty happy with the variety I have. :)
Date 5/14/2015
Alicia Hagemann
I have heard about restashing, but it never really crossed my mind a whole lot since our second ( who will be arriving any day now hopefully after I turn 37 weeks next week ) will be our first cloth diapered baby whereas our first was never cloth diapered but wish I had. I have about three different types of diapers to try out, but I am already falling in love with the Best Bottoms Diaper covers as they seem like they would fit our lifestyle the best. So can't wait to find out for sure here soon. Also loved this blog, as it definitely gave me something to keep in mind if we should decide to have another in the future.
Date 7/14/2015
Mary Schuh
We actually have diapers that we love in our stash (mostly) and even if I don't really love the diapers, I figure I can still use them and use them as a workhorse diaper so my favorites don't wear out as quickly.
Date 8/12/2015
Jilliann M
This is my 1st CD baby. I'm still trying to decide what I should do with my diapers, store or sell because we aren't 100% on more kids. But if we do have another in cloth I may try all new things!

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