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How many cloth diapers are in an ideal stash per child? What is your reality?
Stashes come in all different sizes. Whether you are a part-time cloth diapering family, on a tight budget, or decked out for multiple children in diapers there are no two stashes exactly alike. I think, however, that an ideal stash per child is 18-24 diapers. Yes, you can get away with less and it’s great having more, but that should be a ballpark to work towards when building a cloth diaper stash.
Newborns go through 10-12 diapers a day and as infants get older you will go down to around 5-6 diapers a day. So this being said 18-24 diapers would be a day and a half worth for a newborn and get you through 2-3 days when your child is older while allowing you to have enough while the laundry is being done. Smaller stashes will mean daily washing and larger stashes will allow you to wash every 2-3 days and still have time to line dry your diapers and still have enough diapers to tie you over.
What is my reality? I have almost lost count, but have the following in my current rotation:
approximately 3 dozen one size, 10 large, 5 medium, a handful of prefolds and covers and about 10 out of rotation. She has almost grown out of most of the mediums so we will have more out of rotation soon. This brings up the point that 18-24 diapers IN ROTATION is the ideal stash, so this does not account for how many diapers you may have total. If you use predominantly sized diapers (small, medium, large) you will have a larger total number in your stash, but will still want 18-24 diapers in your child’s size at a time.
What is your opinion of an ideal stash? What is your dream stash and what is your reality? Comment below or link up your blog entry on this topic to the MckLinky below. The McLinky will remain the same for the whole month so if you wrote all of the November topics in one post you only need to link up once. If you are writing separate, short blog articles, link of each one each week so everyone can share!
How to Build a Cloth Diaper Stash
Week 1: How did you decide on what styles and brands of diapers to purchase?
Week 2: How many cloth diapers are in an ideal stash per child? What is your reality?
Week 3: What was your budget and how did you spread it out? If you didn’t set an initial budget how much do you think you spent per child on your stash?
Week 4: Where and how do you get what you want on a budget (i.e. buying used, making your own, swapping, etc.).