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Published on January 12th, 2014 | by Brittney French


Cloth Diaper Basics: Building a Cloth Diaper Stash



What do you need to cloth diaper an infant full time? Is it..

A. One cloth diaper

B. 100 cloth diapers

C. An old T-shirt

D. None of the above

If you answered D, you're correct, although choice A could count for something. So, what exactly DO you need to cloth diaper full time? I'll give you the answer.

  • Twenty-four cloth diapers. You choose the style. Why 24? Newborns often go through eight to 10 cloth diapers a day. And we recommend washing your cloth diapers every other day to avoid stink, mold, mildew and other issues. With 24 diapers, you also have a few extra clean cloth diapers to get you through a day or two while the rest are in the wash machine. If you use two-piece cloth diaper systems like Flip or Econobum, you may want to have at least 10 covers and 14 prefolds or inserts. For multiple children in cloth,  36-40 cloth diapers is a decent-sized stash, especially if you are using a one-size style that can fit both children.
  • Diaper pail or wet bags will allow you to store dirty diapers until laundry day. Vented diaper pails allow air flow, which also helps to prevent mold. Wet bags come in a variety of sizes, fabrics and styles to suit the needs of any family. If you are not using a diaper pail, you will want a wet bag large enough to hold two days worth of dirty laundry. You may also consider a wet bag that is a smaller size to hold a few dirty diapers for your daycare provider or those times you are out and about with your little one.
  • Cloth diaper safe laundry detergents are a necessity. These will help prolong the life of your  stash and will help prevent any cloth diaper issues like leaks or odor, because they do not contain enzymes, brighteners, dyes, scents or fabric softeners. Make things easy on yourself by checking out the natural laundry section on, where we sell only cloth diaper safe detergents.

Once you're familiar with cloth diapers and feel confident, reach out and try other systems and accessoriesCloth diaper wipes and diaper sprayers are meant to enhance your cloth diaper experience, so don't rule out these type of products because you may feel intimidated! 

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About the Author

Brittney is a social media coordinator for Cotton Babies. She has three sisters, loves pizza and enjoys listening to obscure bands no one has heard of. Outside of posting on the Cotton Babies Facebook page, she babysits a few cloth diaper-wearing kids and cheers for her favorite sports team.

2 Responses to Cloth Diaper Basics: Building a Cloth Diaper Stash

  1. stephanie says:

    Is the Trader Joe’s detergent safe on cloth diapers?

  2. Maegan spaw says:

    I have a 31 month old and due in February and just started my stash (very over whelming) and I so far have 11 cloth diapers 6 ai2 pocket snaps and then 5 nb aio and I might go a little insane I don’t understand a lot of things but I’m trying to learn :) I must say I absolutely love all the colors and designs!

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