How many cloth dipers do u have?

Sonya - posted on 02/07/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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I have about 10 and i am thinking i need more to last over a 1-2 day period. Sometimes i run out because they are still drying. How many do you think you should have?
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I started with 15 small momma-made pocket covers called KCK and washed everyday and used disposables at night and on the go. I bought 1 pack of 12 flat folds, and had a handful of prefolds & flat folds that my sister had used at burp clothes. As she grew I switched to microfiber towels for inserts (pack of 24 in the auto section for $10) and a one size version of the pocket covers that I already had, called the KCK One (I got a dozen of them). Later I bought some other pocket diapers- all of them one size versions- I have 1 Haute Pocket, 1 Mommy's Touch, 2 Happy Heiny's & 4 bumGenius. A friend gave me a Bumkins All in one small that we used for awhile, but it took forever to dry. I wash usually every other day, sometimes every 2 days. I can't stretch it past that. I do a wet pail and use an old plastic spatula to scrape what won't shake off.

Julie - posted on 02/10/2010

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I thing the magic number is 24-36 diapers for a NB, this will do you 2-3 days between washing. I have WAY to many..I maybe should be a little embarrassed..lol
I have:

12 preemie prefolds
28 NB fitteds
30 small prefolds
7 small fitteds
18 small-medium fitteds
12 medium fleece fitteds
24 medium prefolds
28 small Fuzzi bunz pockets
28 medium Fuzzi bunz pockets
12 Baby Kangas pockets
25 Motherease one size diapers
11 large fitted diapers
alot of covers.... That's all I can remember.. I am diapering 2 full time and 1 part time.

Jan - posted on 02/08/2010

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too many! I have two complete sets, my nb/small stash is fairly simple 20 - 30 fitteds, 8 gdiapers and a bunch of homemade prefolds and gdiaper inserts plus 5 small BSWW, 2 Nicky wraps, 6 nb fleece wraps, 2 fleece soakers and some wool soakers, longies and skirties.

My medium/large stash is a little bigger
25+ newer fitteds, around 30 or 40 old (over 30 yrs old saved by my mom from when we were little) fitteds with no elastic, 16 gdiapers, 3 AIO's. an assortment of gdiaper inserts, doublers and liners and 6 flats plus 2 medium and 1 large bsww, 4 wahm pul wraps, 10+ fleece soakers, 1 fleece wrap, and a bunch of wool

And the Potty training stash of 5 AIO trainers, a ton of waffle weave trainers and a bunch of pull on covers.

I have a diaper problem, I know and I can't stop sewing.

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Laura - posted on 02/16/2010

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I have 4 dozen prefolds, 10 bamboo fitteds, 1 Swaddlebees fitted, 1 Blueberry fitted, 1 Suzies one size fitted, 3 Snug to fit Supremes, and one velour Contour . So thats 62 dipes. I mostly use the fitteds but its nice to know the prefolds are there in a pinch. We use fleece covers for better air flow. but I think for full time CD 24 of your favorites is the perfect number. that alows washing every other day with some to spare.

Aicha - posted on 02/15/2010

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I have 3 dozen small prefolds
2 dozen medium prefolds
2 dozen large prefolds
2 nb diaper covers prolap
4 small diaper covers prolap
4 medium diaper cover prolap
4 medium gdiaper covers
1 large wool cover I just made
the small and nb covers don't fit and my daughter has started soaking through the medium covers
I am trying to covert my prefolds into fitted

Noreen - posted on 02/15/2010

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I have 17 bumgenius, 1 fuzzi bunz, 1 rumparooz, 12 tootie tushies, 4 grobaby covers, and 6 grobaby inserts! I do laundry every 2-3 days.

Kathy - posted on 02/14/2010

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We used a diaper service (Chinese prefolds) for the first 10 weeks after my son was born, and have been using Bum Genius 3.0 diapers ever since. We have 17 of them and he's 14m old now. We wash diapers every other night after he goes to bed (& still have 2-3 for the AM) and they've held up fabulously. I think if we use them for a second baby I will need to replace the velcro hook tabs, but I'm sure they'll hold out until this one is potty-trained.

Jan - posted on 02/14/2010

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Add 4 more small gdiapers to my list, I couldn't help myself I get all 4 and 2 full packs of flushies for $20. There needs to be a diaper buyers/makers anonymous.
I agree 30 is a good number if youcan wash regularily, We both work full time and only wash on the weekend so I have to have a bit bigger stash to make it through the week, it helps though that my MIL watches the kids 4 days a week and has part of our stash that just lives at her house and she washes them herself. If I had to provide diapers for daycare I would need to wash more often or have a bigger pail.

Veann - posted on 02/14/2010

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I think thirty is the perfect number of diapers too. When I had thirty something diapers, I only had to do diaper laundry every third day.

I now have too many diapers at forty-one (but I really don't like one and will be selling it). I think forty is still too many for me to really use all of them between wash cycles, but I am not buying any more and a few are on the ends of their lives... My stash is a variety of types and brands and it works just great for us. I like all sorts of diapers and different diapers are better for different situations. I love all-in-ones and pockets for ease of use, but they aren't the greatest for overnights. For that, I prefer to use fitted and a cover with extra liners inside for added absorbency. We have Goodmamas, Mutts, Kushies, Happy Heinys, Haute Pockets, BumGenius, Pocket Change, Babyland, Rumparooz, Imse Vimse, Kissaluvs, Booga Booga Boutique, Fuzzy Bunz, Thirsties and Mother Ease.

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I used cloth diapers for all five of my daughters. The general thought on the matter of how many are needed 30 years ago was about 4 dozen. When Pampers first came out, they were like a paper towel covered with plastic that taped on. One of my girls was allergic to the tape, although it didn't touch her skin, she got a rash on her sides.
Desposibles are much easier to use when you go our with baby because you can throw away the dirty diaper rather than have to put it in a plastic bag to take home and wash. My problem with disposibles is that some people tend to leave them on too long. When any type of diaper is soiled, it should be changed.

Angela - posted on 02/13/2010

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we have 24 pockets and 24 snaps with built in layers for a 14 m/o, and soon a newborn

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I'm on baby number two, and my 3 year old just wears pockets at night, 14mo is still in full-time nappies. I honestly couldn't be bothered going to count what I have but I would say that its more than 30...but then I suck at washing and it is not unusual for us to go 4-5 days without washing. It really does depend on your washing and drying conditions, and how often you wash, and how often you change your bub. Start with a small number and work up, as you've done. I have inherited a lot more than I've bought which is why I have so many, and there is the fact that my best friend owns a cloth nappy shop...LOL!!! You haven't mentioned how old your bub is or what type of nappy you're using either, and all of that makes a difference to how long they can be worn and how long they take to dry. Basically if you are washing every day then you need two days worth, if you are washing every other day then you need three days worth. Personally I always added an extrs day just in case I get sick or bub does or there is some reason we can't wash or dry. So that would mean have three days worth for washing every day or four if you wash every other day etc. So then what you need to do is to work out how many of each thing you go through in a 24 hour period and then work out how often you want to wash and voila you have the right number for you. I have worked this out on a one-day drying time, but that may be more or less for you...if you do buy some more then try a few different types and see if they will last longer on baby or dry out quicker and how this affects what you need. Speaking g enerally the more absorbent they are the longer they take to dry. Hope that helps.

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I have 18 BG 3.0s, 4 GroBaby (with 8 cloth inserts), 2 Thirstie covers and 2 Bummis Super Brite Covers for disposable option.

Julie - posted on 02/13/2010

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oh i also keep about 15 pre-folds and 3 covers on hand for the father in law that cant figure out my pocket diapers or for when i am stripping all my pockests and others.

Julie - posted on 02/13/2010

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Its a total personal thing. I have alot but thats because i got addicted to trying al the new ones that would come out. I have 16 rocky mountain pocket diapers that are just way to cute. then i have 2 gro baby's with 6 soaker pads- these are my fave to run errands with. take up least amount of room in diaper bag. Then i have 6 bedtime diapers - i have a totally heavy wetter. I would say i have to many to. I end up washing about every 2 days and my son is 17 1/2 months old.I wish i had started this with my other two. its been so nice not to worry about not having money to go buy somedisposables.

Amy - posted on 02/12/2010

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I think 2 1/2 dozen is just about right. I wash every 2 or 3 days. I use homemade pocket diapers (Rita's rump pockets) w/ prefolds as inserts. I like to have about 6 covers in each size.

Nettie - posted on 02/11/2010

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Y'all are crazy!! I have 24 prefolds & 9 covers & that does it for me. Sometimes I have to wash them every night, sometimes every other night. I've been doing this for about 2 months so far and I haven't had any "running out". I don't know how you make it economical by buying a ton. I can't bring myself to buy anymore!!

I use thirsties duos covers & wonder wraps, which I love. I'm thinking of trying a pocket diaper just using the prefolds as inserts. I'm so cheap, sometimes I can't stand it.

When I have my next little baby, I'll have to buy more because of the sizes, but it works with how much I'd be spending on disposables for her.

Daye - posted on 02/11/2010

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I believe 30 is the magic number, Any less and you are sure to run out unless you are psycho about laundry. but be sure to get different types b/c that way you know what works best and it's more fun to have variety.

How many diapers do I have? Well I have a chubby toddler so I only have 35 dipes that fit her now. So 35 in my diaper stash. I have many more dipes that she has grown out o that are packed away for the next baby.

The brands I have in my stash are bum genius, fuzzi bunz, happy heinys, swaddlebees, bluberry, knickernappies, haute pocket, Green Acre Designs, bamboozles,imse vimse,whamies,smartipants,Rumparooz, Jamtots, bumwear, poppy pants, diaper changers, polar babies, drybees, baby kangas. . .
And that's just what I can think of off the top of my head while sipping my morning coffee nowhere near my diaper stash.
My top favorite is Knickernappies but I have others in my top 5 favorites. I also have some homemade diapers that work great.

Happy diapering

Meagan - posted on 02/11/2010

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I have an 18 month old and my stash is as follows:
24 premium prefolds
24 infant prefolds
6 medium covers
2 small covers (I haven't cloth diapered an infant yet)
2 pocket diapers
2 wetbags
1 diaper sprayer

Leah - posted on 02/11/2010

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Hi there I use cloth diapers and I had 3 dozen, that is quite a good number because I never ever run out unless I'm really lazy and don't wash them for a few days.

Lisa - posted on 02/10/2010

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I have 36 Fuzzi Bunz, 3 one size FB, 3 SOS. My husband would say I have a bit of an addiction! But, I had two in diapers and I did just fine with this amount washing every 2-3 days.

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I thought that I had a lot until I was reading some of the posts... I only have 24 of the 3.0 Bum Genius diapers.

Kristina - posted on 02/09/2010

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I have 6 little Gpants (shells) and 24 inserts for day time use and 6 Bumgenius 3.0 All in ones for night times, usually do the wash every 3 days.

Renee - posted on 02/09/2010

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I have 18 pocket diapers, and that seems to work well for me, wash every 3rd day. But have trouble with leaks at night and now that my baby is more active, during the day. Does anyone else have suggestions?

Lynn - posted on 02/08/2010

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after nearly a year CDing my children, i have more than 50 CDs of various kind and also my DIY CDs. about 25 pieces for each my babies. that helps with the everyday washing rotations. well, i didn't have the dryer machine..

Karla - posted on 02/08/2010

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I have 20 pocket diapers that I bought brand new and a ton of previously used prefolds with covers. I wash my pocket diapers about every 2 1/2 - 3 days and rarely have to use the prefolds but it is nice to have them there just in case.

Lisa - posted on 02/08/2010

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Oh gosh, I have thousands, but I really don't count!

We send out 12 to our recipients, however, our goal is to give people a jump start. 12ish is a good start, and will work if you are unable to get more, but I agree that ideally, you want at least 24 to not work yourself to death.

A great way to get you through, is to have about a dozen prefolds and a cover or two along with your other diapers.. That way, you will still have diapers while you're washing, and you won't feel so rushed. Plus, it's VERY economical to supplement this way! :)

Catherine - posted on 02/08/2010

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I have 24 pocket diapers, been using them for 2 yrs, worked great. Need to do a wash every 3 days.

Cory - posted on 02/07/2010

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I have way to many- but I think the ideal amount is between 20-30. If you are using the same ones everyday- they will wear out quicker and need replacing- having a larger rotation will help prolong the diapers life and make laundry a little easier and you can hang dry instead of putting in dryer which helps prolong there life.

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