The Return of Fluffy Friday: Storing Cloth Diapers

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It’s baaaaack!  It’s hard to believe that I abandoned one of my favorite series on the blog just about a year ago.  After writing about cloth diapers on Fluffy Friday for over a year, with my great blogging friend Jenny from According to Jenny, I just felt like I had said everything I could say about cloth diapers.

Wrong!

So, we’re bringing back Fluffy Friday and all things cloth.  If there’s a topic that you’re dying to read about it or write about for Fluffy Friday – let me hear it!  You can leave a comment on this post or you can always email me at sebg.blog@gmail.com!

Let’s get back in the swing of Cloth Diaper Dish with a post all about Storing Cloth Diapers, shall we?

So, you have all these beautiful and lovely cloth diapers, but what do you do with them when they’re not on your child’s bum!?  This post is all about storing cloth diapers – whether they’re dirty, waiting for the next baby in the family, or ready to go right out of the washer.

Storing Cloth Diapers

Storing Cloth Diapers that are Dirty

Obviously if they are dirty, you’ll want to store them in a wet bag or pail.  There are even versions of wet pails still floating around the internet, but leaving your diapers {especially covers with PUL} soaking in water can cause serious issues.  This is why a wet bag or dry pail is the best storage solution for dirty cloth diapers waiting to be washed.

Planet Wise Hanging Wet/Dry Bag

The Planet Wise Hanging Wet/Dry Bag is actually the perfect solution if you don’t have a plastic pail or trash can.  It can hang on a door knob or a hook and has a reinforced center so nothing escapes.

If you’re using it for this purpose, you probably won’t put anything in the “dry” side, but it is there when you need it.  Our Wet/Dry bags go with us to water parks, day trips, anything and everywhere we go almost.  They hold even the most soaked bathing suits and keep the water in!

Storing Cloth Diapers that are Clean and Waiting to be Worn

You just washed your cloth diapers, folded and stuffed – now where do you put them until they’re ready to go on your baby?

Here’s my set-up:

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Moreaya’s diapers are stored in the 3 drawer cart on the changing table.  This was a homemade job – Rob stained a couple of cabinets from Lowe’s, cut a countertop to fit on top and we put it in our bathroom!  It’s worked very well for 3 and a half years now!

The drawers are labeled, you know for the rare occasion that hubby changes a diaper *cough cough*…

  • Top Drawer contains “Nighttime Diapers” – Fitteds and a couple of Wool Covers
  • Middle Drawer is full of Snap Diapers
  • Bottom Drawer is full of Aplix Diapers

Storing Cloth Diapers

I find that by storing cloth diapers by closure type, I can grab a diaper easily and faster.  I know that I like to have aplix closures in the diaper bag for when we’re away from home, so I can grab a handful without much thought.

Storing cloth diapers that are already stuffed and ready to be put on your baby makes for faster diaper changes as well!

Storing Cloth Diapers Between Children

If you don’t have a child in cloth diapers {gasp!  What will that feel like?!} or your child is getting close to potty training but you’re not ready to sell of your stash just yet, you’ll need to figure out a system for storing cloth diapers between children.

Long Term Cloth Diaper Storing

Some important things to remember when storing cloth diapers for an extended period of time:

  • Make sure the diapers are clean when you store them.
  • I would suggest storing cloth diapers in a clear tote so you can easily see the contents.  I have read that it’s important to store them without the inserts inside the pockets and not snapped or fastened.  So, lay them out flat in the tote.
  • Store cloth diapers in a climate-controlled environment – meaning, in the normal parts of your house.  Don’t try to make room in your closets by storing the diapers in the basement or attic!
  • It’s important for the diapers to be able to breathe, so even stored on a high shelf in a bathroom closet that you don’t use often is a great storage solution too!

Now, I’d love to hear how you store your cloth diapers!?

Comments

  1. Veronica B says:

    I can’t see storing diapers in the bathroom due to moisture. That could cause mildew and mold and render your entire stash rubbish!! Diapers need stored in a dry area with little temp fluctuations like in a linen closet or clothes closet. Different brands say different things about storage. Some say airtight containers, some say to let them breathe. Depends on diaper composition. Good luck with storage! It’s always potentially scary to ruin something that you’ve worked hard on to build up!

  2. Those are good storage ideas. Too bad they’re 40 years too late for me. We had diapers and plastic pants.

  3. Our changing table is on top of the dresser so we use the bottom drawer for cloth diapers. The pockets are in the front row and the AIOs and fitteds are in the back row. Daycare diapers are usually at daycare or in the laundry, but on weekends I throw them in a bin.

  4. I’m just about finished setting up our “cloth diaper station” in the nursery. We are using an old desk and I’m so excited with how it is coming along! I think your husband did a really nice job with your set up and its great that its right in the bathroom. I love looking at all of your girl’s colorful diapers, it makes me excited! Thanks from a newbie for these tips!
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  5. I have a stash of newborn/small diapers not being used. They are in a pillowcase (reminds me of Santa’s toy sack) at the top of my daughters closet. Once in a while I take it down to add a diaper. Of course I then have to go through and look at each diaper in there (like a queen gazing over my kingdom). I don’t know why I started putting them in a pillowcase but it is breathable so I guess it works. Btw, they are there waiting for the debatable 3rd child that may or may not ever come along.
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