The 6 Kinds of Cloth Diaper Stash Shots

Image courtesy of Brittany Osia
Image courtesy of Brittany Osia

the 6 kinds of cloth diaper stash shots

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.
Lara's diaper 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
Image courtesy of Tracey Dillard

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
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
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
Image courtesy Megan Elizabeth Westcott

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!

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  • The “flower” all I see is a placenta. *labor/birth nut*

  • BoiseFamily

    I’m guessing the face up row is indicating that that is the row one is to draw from when changing the baby. It helps with rotating the diapers equally.

    • Tosh

      I think the face up are Flips, the ones that are faced down are 4.0s. That 1 Irwin (doesn’t come in Flip) facing down is making my OCD go nuts! Lol

  • Shanna M

    hmm, we need a “all the diapers are in the laundry basket not folded” shot. Because in reality that’s how mine are.

  • Suzi

    I can’t fit all of my diapers in one shot anymore. I took a stash video a few months ago. I need to update it. :/ I’ve gotten a lot more diapers since then… and forgot a lot of others.

  • stefanie

    Why do people need more then one diaper of a certain print? Three jules? Three caroll? I am glad I got one of each 😀

  • nina nunn

    You asked for it so here is my stash since taken i sold 4 got one new and have 4 coming in today, 2 on preorder (hope the pic works)

  • CrazyCrunchyMomma

    I call this the “I have a problem” or “my neighbors think I am crazy” stash shot 😉 This is not all I have ever owned, this was however most of what I had at the time of the picture.

  • Meg M

    You missed #7, the all important laundry line stash shot, with a rainbow of diapers blowing in the wind like Tibetan prayer flags.

  • Mallory

    How about the “real life” stash shot… Some Diapers hanging on a drying rack, some diapers shoved in a bin, some in a plastic tub in laundry room waiting to be washed, 1 dirty sitting on the back on toilet, and no diapers neatly folded, organized by color! Haha! 🙂

  • Meredeth Bliss

    I might change the 1st one to “All the diapers are clean….except 2…” Because moms always have to tell you how many are OTB or just got pooped in!