This is a guest post written by Janice of MommaWords. Janice is a mother of toddler twins, registered nurse, and accredited cloth diaper circle leader in Newbury Park, CA.
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.
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.
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!