Cloth Diaper Stash

We’ve been cloth diapering exclusively at home for a month now and we love it! My cloth diaper stash has grown over the past few weeks and I’ve changed my opinions on some diapers since I shared my cloth diapering plan in January (using cloth diapers every day is much different than simply testing them on my niece, although the testing was helpful and a confidence booster).

Here is my current stash:

11-Bum Genius One-Size Diapers

1-Bum Genius Small All-in-One

2-Flip Covers, 5 Flip Inserts, 1 Flip Organic Insert (6 changes)

1-Econobum Cover, 3 Indian Prefolds (3 changes)

2-Fuzzi Bunz One-Size

My initial cloth diapering plan is different from my actual diaper stash.

I was planning on having 4 Bum Genius One-Size diapers and I now have 11! These diapers are so easy to use, they are like disposables and my husband prefers them! They are also great for grandparents and babysitters to use because there is no stuffing (I would have the diapers stuffed already) or snapping, simply put the diaper on Paxton! I also have a Bum Genius Small All-in-One that I received free when I purchased $10 worth of Bum Genius, Flip or Econobum products! I like the All-in-One since it is the trimmest diaper however it takes forever to dry!

Initially, the Flip diaper was my favorite and I wanted it to comprise the majority of my diaper stash, however after using it, I’ve had some issues with the poo getting on the leg band on the cover and then I have to wash the cover and can’t reuse it so sometimes I just get one wear out of the cover! I do love the concept of the Flip system though…if I didn’t have that issue it would be my favorite diaper!

I actually really like the Econobum cover! At $8.95 (cover only) it is very economical and if I had purchased all of my diapers I probably would have more of them! I initally purchased the cover and one insert for $9.95 and purchased two additional Indian Prefolds at $.60 each!

I really like the Fuzzi Bunz One-Size diapers also. They are a lot like the Bum Genius diapers but with snaps and the adjustable legs and waist band is nice also.

My changing table! The middle shelf contains my cloth diapers and wipes (in the wipe box) and the bottom shelf holds my extra Bum Genius and Fuzzi Bunz inserts as well as my Gerber prefolds (I use those to change on as you can see under Paxton, I tried using them a few times in my Econobum cover but they didn’t work well at all!) On the right I have my disposable wipes and diapers (which currently are used for church and some trips).

I know cost is a factor and these diapers did cost quite a bit. If I had purchased every diaper I would have spent around $320 (which still is not bad for diapers that will go from birth to potty training and hopefully last for our next child!)

However, I spent around $75 out of pocket for these diapers! I was given 4 Bum Genius One-Size, 2 Fuzzi Bunz and 1 Flip at one of my showers, the BG All-in-One was Free with a $10 purchase (I purchased a Flip Insert & a Flip Organic Insert) and I won a $100 Cotton Babies gift certificate which I used to purchase 5 Bum Genius One-Size and 2 Indian Prefolds!

Cloth diapering has worked well for us and we’ve been blessed that we were able to build up our diaper stash with so little money out of pocket! It’s wonderful not having to pick up diapers every week at the store and spend $7-8 a package on our tight budget!

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18 Replies to “Cloth Diaper Stash”

    1. I just have a small diaper pail with a foot pedal. I don't have a pail liner in it…I just rinse the pail out after I put my diapers in the wash. It's working good so far and keeping the smell in.

      1. We’ve been storing diapers until wash day the same way recently. Before that, we were lining the pail with plastic grocery bags. After we bought reusable grocery sacks, I decided to finally buy a washable (PUL) pail liner. But then I read on a cloth diaper message board that the pail liner could make the stink worse. So now I’ll use it for travel, and just do the same as you – rinse out the pail every time I wash.

  1. Glad the cloth diapers are working out for you!! We love cloth diapering! My husband is always commenting that he loves never having to run to the store for diapers or formula! 🙂 We were just on vacation a week and had to go back to disposables – it was blowout city all week! I was never so happy to get back to my stash! What do you use for wipes? Disposable or reusable? We use ones my mom made with a solution I make up. But always curious what others are using. I don't think the wipes we have will last nearly as long as the diapers so want to be on a lookout for new ideas!

    1. Cloth diapering is great! I'm so happy it is working out so well and we're loving the money we're saving!! Currently I'm using baby washcloths for wipes (I was given an overabundance) and they are working great. I am looking for a wipe solution — what is your "recipe"?

      1. Chiming in – try to avoid using baby shampoo if you make a homemade version. Most of them (like Johnson & Johnson) have some really not-nice ingredients you d on’t want to leave behind on baby’s skin. And you don’t want that build-up in your dipaer laundry.

        I bought the Kissaluvs Diaper Lotion Potion over a year ago and still have some left. I only need about a teaspoon for each batch that I mix up (with 2 oz witch hazel & 2 oz distilled water), instead of the tablespoon they recommend. Put in spray bottle, shake up each time it’s needed, spray on wipe or baby’s bum, cleanup with wet wipe, follow with plain wet wipe. It’s a good deal considering how little you need each refill! A little really goes a long way.

  2. Rachel,
    Thanks so much for sharing all this! I am currently working on getting my cloth diaper stash ready, and it's so helpful to hear what works in real life! Appreciate all your tips.

  3. Are your 11 Bum Genious one size diapers the all in ones? Do they need stuffing-do you use inserts? I am just starting to cloth diaper and am looking into the all in ones and don't know if I should go with the ones that need inserts or if the ones that don't work ok. Thanks! Stephanie

    1. The 11 Bum Genius that I have are One-Size diapers, they have an insert that comes out. The Bum Genius All-in-One that I have has the "insert" sewn in. I really like the diapers with inserts the best however they are only one time use diapers. The Flip is a great system and the cover can be reused with the stay dry inserts. I love that the cover can be reused but I have had some issues with the poo getting on the covers so my cover re-use has been limited!! Hope that helps some! If you have any more questions, please ask!!

      1. I think you’ll see less problems with poop on the cover as Paxton gets older, especially after 6 months when he starts solid foods.

  4. I'm sure they will last through a next child. We cloth diapered all four of ours and never had to buy more. I think I paid about $250.00. However, we did start off with twins so we also started off with more diapers. It seemed to be alot of diapers when my singletons were in diapers, but there are some that are pretty worn. I used the Bum Genius exclusively as there weren't many to choose from almost 10 years ago (or a least that I liked or found). I am still using them, but only at night (just in case)as my last child is potty trained. We did use disposable during trips for my last two kids, but the twins ended up being sensitive to disposables and would end up with a rash within 1/2 hr of putting one on, so we would have to use the cloth.

    Lots of people questioned our use and thought it was too much work, but it was only a extra load or two a week. And really it is what you make of it and what you get used to. We were then a one income disposables.
    Good thing we were initially going to cloth diaper or it would have been a bit stressful to try and figure out what we needed/liked etc .

  5. It looks like you're doing great! I just tried Thirsties diapers a couple months ago and I think I'll be purchasing a few more of those. They have an openning in the front and back which is nice for ubber poopy diapers…

    And I put a pillowcase in my diaper pail as a diaper bag so that I don't have to touch any diapers. You're doing awesome! They're so budget friendly.

    1. I love the pillowcase idea, I just don't know if it would be effective with a front load washer! And yes, they are so budget friendly (my favorite part!)

  6. How often do you wash?

    Unless you have a large stash (like 36+ diapers), I’m not sure it’s realistic to hope they’ll last for more than one child. Maybe the diapers with snaps, but I think you’ll find the touch tape (velcro) will start to wear out. And so much of your stash consists of diapers where the PUL part is washed every time – it will start to break down over time and may wick or leak.

    But even if you have to start completely over with the next baby, you’ll still save so much money over disposables! Most families spend AT LEAST $200 on disposable diapers in the first 6 months alone – and that’s buying jumbo boxes of Luvs or a store brand, and assuming you don’t change baby very often. My son has continued to poop multiple times every day since he was born, and I’m not going to leave him sitting in it, so that’s at least 6 diapers a day, even at 16 months. We’d go through almost a whole jumbo box – at $36-40 – each month if we used disposables! Personally, I don’t think being frugal means never making a large purchase. Planning and saving for a large outlay – like a cloth diaper stash – can definitely save more money in the long run.

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