Posted on 02 October 2014.
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When photography, social media, and cloth diapering collide you get the “stash shot.” The stash shot has been around a long time.. I even have one from way back in 2008! But as social media and cloth diapering have gained in popularity and our outlets are more visual you see them everywhere. Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, blogs, maybe even Ello. I would check but it won’t work for me! There are 6 major types of stash shots- I found examples of each. Thanks to the photographers who let me share their photos here in the blog!
The “All my Diapers are Clean!” stash shot.
Image courtesy of Lara Jackson
These are meant to showcase the number of diapers in a stash and/or to celebrate the miracle of having all the laundry done. Like Halley’s Comet, having all the diapers clean is worthy of a photo.This shot is usually meant to showcase #allthediapers at one moment, a rarity in our world. An acheivment worth celebrating, this shot is posted to social media outlets declaring the mother’s victory over her mountain of laundry.
“I am victorious!” She shouts while naming off the number of diapers in her stash, freshly stuffed and folded in neat and glorious stacks. Most often this shot is accompanied by the obligatory “missing two diapers, one on the bum and one in the pail.” to make sure we all know there are just 2 more in the world. Either that, or every diaper is present but only due to unfortunate circumstances like a sick baby in a disposable.
The “Collect them all!” Shot
Some people collect My Little Pony, Beanie Babies, medical quack devices, or toenail clippings in a jar. Others, like Tracy whose stash is shown above, collect diapers. As a collector of course you take pride in what you have assembled the stash shot is taken. It may be a little bigger than most but for most isn’t about gloating, it is about taking pride in the collection as a whole- cloth diapers or toenails.
The “I used to work at the Container Store in college” stash shot.
Image courtesy of Esther Verhoef
Image courtesy of Brittany Osia
We might also call this the “Pinterest Worthy” stash shot because it combines on obsessive kind of person to painstakingly organize the diapers by color/brand/style/size/etc into little bins. And of course it looks amazing to boot, especially in the background of a nursery shot that might very well end up on Pinterest.
I’ve heard tales of moms who have custom furniture built to house their diapers.
The “Sacrifice My Baby to the Cloth Diaper Gods” shot
Image courtesy of Amarra Steinway
Image Courtesy of Monique Perez
A common theme in cloth diaper shots seems to be placing the diapers is a circle around the baby. Pagan ritual used to cast a spell for more diapers? Sacrificial offering? I’m thinking too much about this… or am I?!
The “My Mom is OCD” Shot
Image Courtesy of Faaryn Treanor
“3 of every color…. must have 3 of every color.” she repeats as she frantically tries to secure her third and final Jules. She even considers placing her baby in the sacred diaper circle in order to make her case to the Diaper Gods…
I can’t help but wonder why the first row is facing up and what it all means?
The “My mom is VERY creative” artistic shot
Then there are the cloth diapering parents who take their stash shots to a Pinteresting new level…. Diaper flower made from colorful cloth diapers as petals, inserts and fitteds as the center, prefolds as the stem, and wool soakers as the leaves.
Have you ever taken a stash shot? Share them or let us know what style fits you best!