Part 2. I haven’t packed anything away yet. It just feels too soon… I know Everett is potty trained and has done an amazing job at getting to a diaper-free point so quickly. In fact, it was so quick that I feel like I’ve been transported to this spot. The transition was lightning fast. One day- diapers. Next day- none. When I potty trained my first son I had a new baby in diapers so the diapers kept being used, just not by the older one.
They won’t stay there forever. I promise. I just don’t have the heart to move them from their home. It feels so permanent. It isn’t that I’m attached to the diapers themselves, even though I do love cloth diapering and what it has done for me on a personal and professional level. It is what it signifies. My son is not a baby anymore. We still have our time together nursing and I’m in no rush to wean him yet because he enjoys that cuddle time, as do I. When that is over I might need a mini-break-down, sobbing in the bathroom, full on crying session.
As for what will happen for the rest of my diapers? I don’t know yet. I still have many diapers left to donate to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope once they re-open for national shipping. I will continue to have a steady stream of diapers to donate to their organization since every diaper sent for me to film for a review gets donated. I want to keep several of my diapers for sentimental reasons. I regret not keeping any of Everett’s newborn diapers- I shipped every single one to a friend who was pregnant. We agreed she would pass them on to another friend when done, and another, and another. I believe Everett’s newborn stash has diapered at least 5 other babies last I heard. Everett loves his Zelda diaper so I think that one is staying for sure. I don’t think another baby is in the cards, despite how many times Fletcher has asked for us to have “3 kids,” so saving them all isn’t in my plan.
I hope everyone has enjoyed this little look at my stash and how I store my cloth diapers. I get asked often about what diapers I choose to use considering how many diapers have come into my home. I have my favorites and my loyalties, now you can see exactly what I loved and used on a day to day basis.
The Pinterest effect spreads far and wide, including to the cloth diaper community. That elusive “perfect stash” and beautifully organized collection of diapers look gorgeous in the photos, don’t they? Who wouldn’t want their diapers to appear color coded in the baskets or drawers, or organized by diaper type and brand?
I’ll admit that I used to. When I only had one child and he was not mobile I had lots of time to slowly fold my diapers, lovingly organize them by shades of color, and put them away in a perfectly organized changing table. My color coding was flawless since I used to work retail and knew the correct color scheme for clothing. I often went into my son’s room, which was never used for sleeping mind you, just to look at how pretty and neat everything was.
Our Empty Drawers
Fast forward to almost 4 years later. My second son’s diapers are currently sitting in a laundry basket, hanging on the wall. There are 2 loads worth. Well, there used to be except I was pulling diapers from the basket so by now there might be a full load in there, maybe less. Each time I need to change him I run to his room only to forget I don’t have any clean diapers. Sometimes he is naked already so I have to run across the house, grab an insert and shell since I already took all of my “easy” All-in-One’s out, and stuff the diaper while sprinting back. Repeat multiple times a day until I finally decide to stuff my diapers and put them away. Usually by then the pail is full and I already have another load ready to wash. I can’t get my head above water in the laundry department.
Current view of my laundry room
I should just start changing my son’s diapers in the laundry room because I can’t seem to get his diapers past that room and back into his drawers. I hope I’m not the only one whose stash lives in a basket and not organized in drawers. (The time it took for me to write this post and edit photos was probably enough to catch up on folding clothes… ironic right?)