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2012 Real Diaper Week - Increasing Awareness about Reusable Cloth Diapers

It sure is exciting to kick off the 2012 Real Diaper Week!  With the Great Cloth Diaper Change only a few days away, this week is a great chance to really focus on reaching out of the community to help more families find and use reusable cloth diapers.  Since so many folks are doing a great job with this, I'm going to point you to several that I've found most useful today.

Educating the advocates. As I mentioned on the Mothering.com blog for the Great Cloth Diaper Change, the primary way that we learn about diapering is from the companies trying to sell us more diapers.  To combat that constant barrage of advertising, you can choose to educate yourself, and you would do well to start with Dawn's writeup on the Dangers of Disposable Diapers at Small Footprint Family.

Advocacy strategy. Calley, The Eco Chic, tackles advocacy strategies in 10 Ways You Can Become a Cloth Diaper Advocate to which Kim at Dirty Diaper Laundry adds some simple steps to Be a Better Advocate.  Because YOU can help change diapering practices!

 

Using visuals. Using other ways to advocate and educate is important, and Tara at Country Drawers has created some great visuals about cloth diapers. I had to pin the annual number of disposables vs. reusables per year, shown here.

Cloth Diaper Basics. Speaking of other ways to educate, how about this video out of the Real Diaper Circle of Wayne County, North Carolina? Cloth Diaper 101 in English and ASL! If education is your focus, you also can't go wrong with a clear explanation about washing cloth diapers like they've done on Eco Baby Steps.  Mythbusting your thing? First Time Mom Elizabeth has you covered.

Ongoing Advocacy. Bryana and the gang at Diaper Junction also have some great ways to kick off Real Diaper Week advocacy.  They model their cloth diaper advocacy gear here and announce a photo contest that will benefit the Real Diaper Association's work longer term!

All the outreach that volunteers are doing leading up to the Great Cloth Diaper Change is resulting in increased attention to cloth diapers! Here are some of today's news highlights:

Katherine Loichinger of North Charleston, South Carolina, is pictured hanging her fitted diapers on the line. She and 114 other parent/baby pairs are registered to attend the Park Circle GCDC on Saturday. “Local moms use cloth diapers to save money,” The Post and Courier, April 16, 2012.

Karen Lord is featured in a piece about the significant financial and environmental value of cloth diapers. She expects 30-40 parent/baby pairs at the Canmore GCDC event that she is hosting. “Real value in cloth diapers,” Calgary Herald, April 12, 2012.

Check out Anita Palmer of Cloth Diaper Utah in Salt Lake City juggling child and sewing machine as she makes cloth diapers for the Utah Diaper Bank. For parents who qualify for WIC, she teaches a cloth diaper class then gives each family 6 handmade diapers to try out cloth diapering. "Cloth-diaper bank aims to make change possible," Salt Lake Tribune, April 11, 2012.

Heather McNamara Executive Director, Real Diaper Association


Real Diaper Week Wayne County Preview

Real Diaper Week is just days away!  We are so excited about our chance to make a week out of what we usually spread throughout the year.  Here is what the Real Diaper Circle of Wayne County in North Carolina has planned.

Monday

  • Contacting the local radio station to ask for an interview that focuses on the benefits of cloth diapering and the support offered by the Real Diaper Association.
  • Sharing the “Introduction to Cloth Diapers with ASL” video our Circle made on the Facebook page.

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Contacting the Health Department ask about scheduling a class for cloth diapering on a budget.
  • Collecting diapers to send to “Giving Diapers, Giving Hope.”  We will also be collecting diapers at our table during The Great Cloth Diaper Change.

Thursday

  • Contacting the Partnership for Children of Wayne County to inquire about starting a “Cloth Diapers in Daycare” class for daycare providers.  We will be sharing the structure and procedures followed by a local daycare already using cloth diapers.
  • Sharing the Daycare Tip Sheet on the Facebook page for our Circle.

Friday

Saturday

  • Representing the Real Diaper Circle of Wayne County at Great Cloth Diaper Change of the Piedment hosted by Sweetbottom’s Baby.
  • Collecting diapers for “Giving Diapers, Giving Hope.”

Sunday

  • Spreading the word about cloth diapers and our Circle at the local Earth Day Festival.
  • Handing out packets of flower seeds with a message to “Help Us Grow.”

I will also be wearing my “Ask me about cloth diapers” pin every day and putting my homemade “Real Simple. Real Diapers.” bumper sticker on my van. How will you be spending your Real Diaper Week?

- Heather Bradley Real Diaper Circle of Wayne County Leader Board Member, Real Diaper Association

(Update: Real Diaper Week is now celebrated via School of Cloth in the Fall. Our link updated to reflect this change.)


Getting cloth diapers to local families in need

Many cloth diaper advocates and educators eventually find themselves wanting to help low-income families find and use reusable cloth diapers. It makes sense. Low-income families can save thousands of dollars by using cloth diapers. That said, they are often put off by the cost of the investment. One method for overcoming that is to set up a cloth diaper lending program.

There are a lot of legalities to lending diapers to families in need, and while the Real Diaper Association is a resource for putting more babies in cloth, it is not a set up to provide direct aid. Fortunately, we have learned from our amazing volunteers how to bring cloth diapers to those in need while still maintaining our role as educators.

Here's the framework for a good working model:

Existing agencies serving target low-income community + experienced cloth diaperers = cloth diaper program

Benefits of using this model:

  • Agency has liability insurance to distribute goods and services to clients.
  • Agency already has charitable status to qualify for donations.
  • Agency already qualifies recipients of aid.
  • You focus on your knowledge of diapering and connections within community.

If you want to get started during Real Diaper Week or at the Great Cloth Diaper Change, here's what you can do:

  1. Find and visit a local family support-focused social service agency[1].
    • Bring your cloth diapers and laundering handout.
    • Tell them how much money people save using cloth diapers.
    • Offer to do a free class about using cloth diapers for their interested clients.
    • Explain that their clients could receive donated diapers upon participation.
  2. Run the class and take a list of attendee names (and baby ages) so the agency knows who was educated and how to match donations to families.
  3. Collect diaper donations (within your Circle or through solicitations).
  4. Drop off donations at the agency and help them to distribute to people on the list.
  5. Offer a longer term relationship with agency to put together a more formal cloth diaper program.

More information about a starting a longer-term cloth diaper program is included in the interview I conducted with Circle Leader Megan Fernsler.  The videos of the interview are posted at the Diaper Aid Hub.

If you do work on this during Real Diaper Week, please tell us about it! Use hashtag #realdiapers on Twitter, post to the Diaper Aid Hub Facebook page, or write about it on your blog and join the Real Diaper Week Blog Hop!

Heather McNamara Executive Director, Real Diaper Association

[1] To prepare yourself for the discussion, read more about why cloth diapers ARE an option for low-income families.

(update: We now celebrate Real Diaper Week through School of Cloth in the Fall.)


New year, new world record!

Remember how much fun the Great Cloth Diaper Change was last year? Want to be part of the next Guinness World Record? Find a location near you and plan to join in on the fun on Saturday, April 21st.  We're hoping to double our record this year with over 10,000 babies changed.  This may just be the most exciting diaper change you'll ever do!

Even if you can’t join us in person during the event next Saturday, you can still support cloth diaper awareness through a new partnership we have established with pledge4good.com.

Through pledge4good, I created a personal pledge to donate $5 for every 1,000 diapers changed during the Great Cloth Diaper Change (http://p4g.us/PKA). Using their platform, supporters can join this pledge and donate $1, $10, or $20 for every 1,000 diapers changed during the record setting event. Better yet, when a supporter joins the pledge she can easily share the message on Facebook and Twitter and help generate more donations and buzz for the event.

This year there will be more than 300 cloth diaper-changing locations across 16 countries in 4 continents and we’re confident we can set a new Guinness World Record!

We look forward to seeing many of you at one of the official host sites around the world. Let the fun begin!

Heather McNamara Executive Director, Real Diaper Association


Elimination Communication - - and fewer diapers to wash!

Before getting pregnant with Adelaide, I knew how I wanted to give birth and how I wanted to feed her.  My diapering journey didn’t start off with such conviction, and I passively diapered my sweet baby in disposables.  Elimination Communication introduced me to our new generation of cloth diapers.  Let me tell you how I got here…

Elimination Communication is a practice in which parents or caregivers notice and respond to their baby’s elimination signals, and upon which give their baby an opportunity to eliminate in an appropriate receptacle (e.g. a potty, toilet, sink, nature…the list is long, but in theory does not include soiling themselves in a diaper).

The purpose is to allow your baby to be tuned in to their elimination needs from an early age (ideally at birth, however EC can be started at any age before one year old) thereby reducing their use of diapers, and avoiding the struggles of traditional potty training.  Lest we forget, the other equally important word in Elimination Communication is “communication”.  EC will work if we focus on communication, but if we focus on elimination, EC can be a stressful and unsuccessful experience.

It is a gentle and nurturing practice.  EC jargon includes “misses” instead of “accidents”, and if we keep in mind that even one “catch” a day equals one less diaper used, we can relax our expectations and make this a fun and bonding experience for baby and parent.  Cueing your baby upon elimination (whether during a catch or a miss) and letting your baby have diaper-free time as much as you’re comfortable with are both important, but no parent should be turned off from attempting EC -- it can be done full-time, part-time, or occasionally.  EC can be practiced with or without diapers.

Speaking of diapers…I started what I refer to as “EC Light” when Adelaide was five months old.  I decided that introducing solid foods would be a great time to start “potty training”.  I didn’t know then that I was actually practicing Elimination Communication.

We had great initial success (my goal was to catch one pee a day), and we even made it through traveling to the grandparents’ for Thanksgiving and Christmas with our little potty in tow.  After two months of using the potty, and one full week without changing a single poopy diaper, I told my husband it was time to switch from disposables to cloth.  No way was I going to throw out a pee diaper when I could just throw it in the wash.

I don’t catch them all, but I try harder to tune in to my daughter when she’s in cloth diapers (I’d rather empty a potty than wash a diaper, especially a poopy one).  If you decide to use diapers when practicing Elimination Communication, consider cloth an important factor to your success.

My local cloth diaper store, Basic Baby in Syracuse NY, was the first to hear about my EC journey; this was where I bought my stash of FuzziBunz.  After talking to co-owner (and Central NY Real Diaper Circle Leader) Josh one day about unsuccessfully finding a local EC support group, he suggested I host one, and offered up their community room and social networking resources.  I’m no expert on EC -- and just like breastfeeding, Adelaide and I are learning together as we go.

When I first started EC with my daughter I knew success would be more likely if I found support.  There are many resources online.  Check out www.diaperfreebaby.org for more information, books on Elimination Communication, and to find a mentor/support group in your area.  I also highly recommend www.tribalbaby.org.

- Emily Ayres, Syracuse NY


The Tiny Diapers Didn’t Fit.

There it was, I couldn’t believe it. We knew that our baby was going to be small, but just how small, well, we had to wait until we were home to find out.

19 days old in a newborn size fitted

She wasn’t premature, but small for gestational age (SGA). I bought preemie & newborn sized prefolds and had knit the same sized soakers and longies before she was born thinking we were prepared. Babies are notorious for growing right out of these sizes right? Our first two did. Nope. Our tiny little 2160 grams baby (that’s 4.7 pounds) didn’t fit into those preemie sized diapers.  Everything was too big.

A baby that tiny doesn’t eliminate a large amount. But blowout poos became a problem because there were no chunky legs to fill out the diapers regardless of covers. A Snappi didn’t work very well because it was too big around her hips & didn’t fit comfortably with a preemie sized prefold. Pins didn’t work either. The pins themselves were too big to pin properly on either side and the diapers didn’t come around far enough to only use one pin in the front. The newborn prefolds hopelessly gaped wide at the legs too. Her legs were too skinny to fill out the legs of her fitted diapers as well.

So what’s a family to do?

Well, I’ve learned a lot since this happened, but here’s what we did.

I emailed a trusted small diaper store. She patiently answered all my many questions & we decided on a couple of brands that could work. I went with the smallest fitteds she had in her store.  With a small baby my concern was not just around her little legs, but the rise & the width of the crotch.  The crotch wasn’t as much an issue except it was making my husband crazy so I was working with that. You know, the dreaded wide leg. That huge gap looks especially crazy on a tiny baby laying on her side. These diapers worked well and after a while she started fitting into what we already had, but for this cloth diapering family on our 3rd child it was a rough transition.

Later, as I got further into my RDA circle leader training I was reading more blogs & realized I hadn't been as limited as I originally thought. I could have looked into more folding techniques. I was stuck on my trusty newspaper fold for prefolds. I didn’t try a jelly roll or the twist. I didn’t know anyone using flats & was afraid to try them even though I remember folding my sister’s flats as a child. I didn’t even think of using things we already had in our home. The ultimate in reusing! We could have used washcloths or old t-shirts for diapers & cut to fit. And I should have looked into a cover with gussets. Most importantly I didn't reach out for additional support.

Ultimately, all the preparation can’t always prepare you for the reality. For us, with each problem a new solution revealed itself but not always in a timely fashion. This is why as parents it’s important to reach out and seek support from those who have already lived it.  You’re not alone. If you don’t have a local RDA Circle or cloth diaper store there is usually a pocket of cloth diapering families somewhere in your community. And of course, there are many resources online. Reach out. Together we’ll change one baby at a time.

~Angela Torres, NOVA Real Cloth Diaper Circle Leader


Cloth Diapering My Special Needs Toddler

In 2008 when my 1st son was born, cloth diapering or green living was not even on my family’s radar.  All of  that changed in 2009 when my baby, Cole, was diagnosed with Progressive Infantile Scoliosis, a rare spinal deformity, and would have to undergo a year+ of treatment including regular x-rays meaning radiation which increased my baby’s chances of cancer in his lifetime. From the moment of his diagnosis we decided that we were going to start living a healthier, greener lifestyle to ensure we did everything in our power and control to keep him healthy.  When we got pregnant with our second son, at the end of 2009, we decided to try cloth diapering.  To be honest, at first it was mostly as a way to save money with our son’s medical bills, with the health benefits being a perk.  Once we made the decision to go cloth with the new baby, we switched Cole into cloth as well and never looked back.

Since he lived in body cast, we had to pave our own diapering path, since the traditional  diaper sizing didn’t work for him.  Thankfully we chose the Flip, from Cotton Babies, because we didn’t even think of the fact that diapering our son would be any different from any other child.  However, what we quickly realized was that the cloth diapers were too bulky to tuck up and under his cast, the way we would a disposable diaper.  The only choice we had was to leave it below the cast.  So initially, following the sizing recommendations for our son’s weight we set the Flip (a One Size Diaper with a snap down rise setting) to the largest setting and fastened it on him, with the top sitting right under the cast.  To our beginners eye, things looked good - no gaps in the legs and it wasn’t falling off!  Yey we had done it!  Then what we quickly noticed was that when we changed him, although they didn’t leak, was that the soaker pad was getting all bunched up and the cover was getting very soiled.

So I consulted the internet, and soon realized that the rise setting was too tall. So after some trial and error we found that for him, the shortest rise setting (meant for infants between 8 and 15lbs) was the best choice. It kept the soaker pad nice and straight between his legs and kept our covers clean. To compensate for the low rise setting, we had to fasten to a larger setting in the waist.

Something that we were not expecting was that the poo-splosions and pee up the belly which we were accustomed to and were a HUGE issue with a body cast, disappeared!  The cloth diaper elastic was magic compared to disposable elastic!  I think this alone could have sold me on cloth! I was completely in love.

That said, we ran into 2 issues.  First, using the diapers on the newborn setting did stretch out the elastics in a pretty serious way.  You may not be able to use them on a second baby.  Since covers are fairly affordable, and I could reuse the inserts, this still works out to be much more affordable then disposables. The second issue for us was that when he eventually switched into a brace we could not find a way to continue to use cloth, since it came down below his butt crack and was even tighter against his skin.  Since my son HATED going back into disposables, we used it as our push to potty train :)  A third issue I can imagine would be that this solution to diapering could be difficult when diapering newborns, since I don’t know how you would get a low enough rise setting, though you may be able to modify a perfect fit small or newborn diaper by adding a rise setting to make it work for tiny babies.

The Flip was a fantastic option for our family, but it is far from the only option.  The trend towards One Sized diapers leaves families with countless options. Though I doubt many parents are facing cloth diapering babies with infantile scoliosis, this would likely work for other special needs babies, such as babies with g-tubes. Through cloth diapering our son, I have learned that adaptions can be made which will make diapering possible for a large range of situations.  If you can’t figure out a solution on your own, search one out.  Support groups, both online and local, for your child’s condition or situation may help you find other parents who are successfully cloth diapering.  Also visit a local cloth diaper store or Real Diaper Circle and get some help from other diapering parents.  If you are still not having any luck, reach out to national groups such as the Real Diaper Association for suggestions.

Happy Diapering!

Jenn Leggett, Tri-State (NY/MA/VT) Cloth Diaper Circle Leader


Choosing the right cloth diapers for your baby

As a first time parent—or even as a seasoned one—the modern cloth diapering options available can be overwhelming. When we first started down the road to cloth diapers, I felt as if I needed a translator to even begin my research. I had so many questions about everything, and I had no idea where to start. It seemed that different diapering options were more or less what we were looking for, but I didn’t know what was exactly “it” for us. If you are in the same boat I was, here are a few questions that can help get you going in the right direction & hopefully help you find the right kind of cloth diapers for your family.

Q: Who will be watching baby?

This is an important question to answer before any other. If you or your partner will be your baby’s main care provider day in and day out, then you can pretty much pick whatever diaper suits you. However, if someone else will be in charge of your small one’s diapering needs for a chunk of time throughout the day or week, you should definitely take this into consideration. Some other caretakers may be open to whatever you choose. However, I find it’s generally better to stick with a diapering system that is user friendly, without too high of a learning curve. All-in-Ones, All-in-Twos, and pocket diapers can be some of the best options if you are trying to stick with something that is care provider friendly.

Q: What is your budget?

For some, this may not be a huge consideration. If you don’t have a limit on how much you want to spend, you can skip to the next question. For those of you who have a budget that you have to stick with, you have a few things to consider. In order to keep costs down you can choose less expensive options (ie: prefolds & covers), one size systems, or buy gently used diapers. Another thing you can do to maximize your budget is to watch for sales. Many online retailers will have sales around holidays where you can make your dollars stretch farther. 

Q: Do you have a history of allergies or sensitivities in your family?

This is a question I would never have thought to ask before our second baby joined our family. Around his sixth month, though, I realized that the diapers we were using were causing him a very uncomfortable rash. This is because he is sensitive to the waterproof material used in a lot of diaper shells and covers. We switched to fitted (non-waterproof) diapers and wool covers and his rash disappeared. If anyone in your family has latex allergies, this is something to consider when choosing cloth diapers.

Q: Still undecided?

These, of course, are only a few questions to start you down the road towards choosing the right cloth diapers. However, if you’ve done a bunch of research and you are still undecided or confused, have hope! There are a good number of online retailers who offer trial packages. In most cases, you can put a deposit down and then you receive a number of different diapering options to try for a set period of time. This can be a great way to narrow down your options—especially if you are a hands-on kind of person. You can also choose to invest slowly, and add diapers a few at a time to see what works.

By answering some of these questions, you will hopefully be just that much closer to finding the right cloth diapers for your family. Happy cloth diapering!

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Sarah is an RDA Volunteer, and she blogs about cloth diapering, family, natural parenting, baby wearing and life in general. She lives in Washington (the state) with her husband Joshua and their children Ainsley (4) & Liam (17 months). They are expecting a new baby to cloth diaper in August.


Cloth Diapers are Easy!

I love talking to people about cloth diapers. But I hesitate when people respond to my passion and enthusiasm with things like “Oh but you have to wash them. and the poop.” “Oh but there is so much laundry...” “Oh but they are too much work!” As RDA volunteers and cloth diapering advocates, how do we respond to reactions like this?

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Usually I say something like “They’re easy to wash - just throw them in the washing machine.” or “It’s really not that much work.” But these answers aren’t telling anything useful or informative. This answer assumes that the person already understands the full range of modern cloth diapering options. Below I have constructed 3 simple statements and corresponding scenarios that you can summarize in your own words and experience for a truly honest and straightforward, simple yet informative, answer to any variety of the reaction “Cloth diapers are so much work.”

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1. “There really is not much difference between how you change a disposable diaper, and how you change a cloth diaper.” Scenario A: Your baby is wearing a disposable diaper. He pees and you change him. You throw the diaper in the garbage and put a new one on. Scenario B: Your baby is wearing a cloth diaper. He pees and you change him. You throw the diaper into a wetbag/pail and put a new one on.

*The only word I changed was from “garbage” to “wetbag.”

Not so different!

2. “‘Dealing with poop’ is not that gross.”

Scenario A: Your baby is wearing a disposable diaper. He poops and you change him. You dump the poop into the toilet (as advised on package) and throw the diaper away. Or if not solid you throw the diaper away.

Scenario B: Your baby is wearing a cloth diaper. He poops and you change him. You dump the poop, or if not solid you take 30 seconds to spray the poop off, into the toilet, and throw the diaper into your diaper pail/wetbag.

*The only difference here is that in the case of cloth diapers, you want to remove the poop. In either case, you are ‘dealing with poop’ because you do have to get the poopy diaper off and wipe the baby clean! The extra step of poo disposal really only takes a minute or less, and after doing it a few times, becomes routine and like second nature. It doesn’t feel like work, just part of changing.

3. “It is not ‘a lot of work’ to launder cloth diapers.” Scenario A: Your baby is wearing disposable diapers. After 3 days your diaper pail is full and you throw away the full bag of dirty diapers. Then go out and buy more diapers.

Scenario B: Your baby is wearing cloth diapers. After 3 days your diaper pail is full and you throw them into your washing machine. Set your machine to rinse, wash, rinse. Scoop in a spoonful of detergent. After drying, you have a basketful of nice clean diapers for your baby to wear again!

*On the surface, washing dirty diapers seems a bit of a chore compared to tying up a bag of them, bringing the bag outside, then getting more. But realistically when you compare the two it does not actually take up that many more minutes of time!

Most people are not sitting on their hands and knees at the bathtub scrubbing. We are just turning a few buttons and then transferring to a dryer, then to a laundry basket. Then even if I wanted to carefully sort my diapers into their drawer I would only spend another 5 minutes (to lie inserts flat and stack them, snap up covers neatly in a pile). I would personally estimate the amount of time it takes me to do a load of diaper laundry at no more than 15 minutes total. Not very labor intensive and not taking up a whole lot extra of my time.

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So next time someone says to you, “Oh cloth diapers... but they are just so much work!” you can say “Really? I cloth diaper and I think it’s just so easy!” and then you can go on to tell them just exactly why.

- Stacy Mojica, Low Country Real Diaper Circle Leader


How to store your cloth diapers

Once you accumulate your cloth diaper stash you might wonder "How do I store theses diapers?" One option might be to keep them in the laundry basket you dumped them into when you took them out of the dryer or off the line (for those of you who line dry)! Don't think that I haven't done this myself, because there are those days when I just don't have time to sit and fold my diapers in to the beautiful masterpiece they can be. Somedays, we are running out the door and I grab a couple diapers straight from the dryer! This can be the quickest storage method but might not be the most effective. If you find yourself doing this frequently you might also find yourself realizing a little too late that it is, indeed, time to wash.

Cloth diaper storage caddy option

So, what are the other options? Well they have those diaper caddies that hang off the side of your changing table. This might be a great option for the infant stage when you may use your changing table more often than not. We used a diaper caddy for quite some time. After folding diaper laundry, I would split my stash up and take some upstairs and leave the rest downstairs. We used the diaper caddy upstairs and we used our pack 'n play (with the bassinet insert in it and changing table attachment on) to store the diapers downstairs. This might seem overkill to you, but we have twins and therefore have quite a stash so that we can wash every other day. We have mostly all in one diapers and all in two diapers and, while it's not a lot of work, they do require some assembly before using. I prefer to put them all together when I pull them out of the dryer so that they are ready to use. I would snap all my inserts in or together and fold them closed. Then I would line them up in the pack 'n play or diaper caddy.

When the twins got older they started pulling everything out of the pack 'n play so we had to find another way to store diapers and wipes. We started using a bed. One bed is quite close to a closet and I found a wonderful hanging sweater wrack on sale. (They have them all over the place. They snap on to the hanging bar in your closet.) I got a very inexpensive one that didn't have cardboard to hold the squares' shape but it worked out just fine. See below.

Cloth diaper storage basket option

The top drawer of your changing table works just great as an easy access diaper stash depository as well. This is for those of you who want to hide away diapers and accessories or keep them from being "refolded" by your little toddlers helping hands...

I also found it was quite nice to set a couple/few baskets on the bed (this way it was easy to move the entire stash off the bed). You can line the baskets with a receiving blanket if you like for added cuteness. This was very handy. I could separate nap/night time diapers from the rest (for easy use for daddy or grandma) and have a place for things like coconut oil, other diaper rash barrier products, cloth wipes and diaper area wash, all in one convenient spot! I have pre-stuffed diapers, extra inserts, and fleece liners together and ready to use. It winds up looking pretty colorful and neat when you take a new mom in to check out what cloth diapering is all about!

What is your favorite way to store your stash? I'd love to hear a comment below!

- Janice Roodsari, Real Diaper Circle Leader

Janice is a mother of toddler twins, registered nurse, and accredited cloth diaper circle leader in Newbury Park, CA. 


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