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January 5, 2011

Storage Solutions

When I first started cloth diapering I obviously had a limited amount of diapers. So finding a place to put them wasn't really an issue. Even though we had 2 in diapers only one was in cloth. We wanted to make sure it was the right choice for us before we invested a lot of money into it. Since our baby was only 1 month old we still had him in our room. We set up his diapers on our dresser and made it into a little changing station. We had mainly prefolds and covers for him and a couple of Thirsties Duos. These all fit perfectly into a small weaved basket. We also had wipes tubs with the following: 1-butt cream, and other baby care items, 2- wipes, 3- changing pads, 4-wash clothes. This worked great for us.

Then we decided to start cloth diapering our at the time, 1 1/2 year old son as well. We had this wooden shelf my parents had given us that they no longer used and we were using it for diapering items so this worked great for the cloth. We have it next to the changing table and it was easily accessible. We started out our older son in prefolds and covers mainly and some AIO's and pockets. There is also a lot of left over sposies!Traveling with cloth was quite different than disposables. They do take up more room so you can't just throw a huge pile in. You have to pack what you need with a little extra for the just in case moments. I have a JJ Cole Mode bag and I love it! It is skinny and deep. Now, I will say this...my diaper bag does not look this organized every time! This was probably for a half a day outing so I didn't need to many diapers. I lined them all up on the bottom of the bag which allowed me to keep extra clothes and burp rags on top of them. In the side pockets I kept wipes, creams and baggies. I was also nursing so I didn't need any bottles, formula containers, etc. so that save space as well. I know find myself going out of the house with at least 2 bags each time. One with diapering supplies, bottles and formula and baby food and a second with extra clothes.

Then my stash got attacked by other diapers and it grew and grew and grew and well you get the picture...I now have so many diapers its crazy, but awesome! Please keep in mind I am still cloth diapering two children. Also, did not contain all my diapers at the time and I now have probably at least 10-15 more than when this was taken. Above my washing machine I have a ribbon hanging up with clothes pins...wonderful for rainy days and winter months.
So now you are probably wondering what in the world I do with all my diapers! Well, my 1 month old (from the beginning of the post) I mentioned is now 8 months old and shares a room with his big brother. So that means I have to share the changing table space. Here is the changing table as we have it set up. We no longer use the tall skinny shelf for diapers, it is full of books. I have 3 baskets on the top shelf and two bigger baskets on the bottom. The basket on the top shelf on the right contains our night time diapers for both boys.

The middle basket on the top shelf contains diapers I use every day. We have quite the variety of diapers and I love them!
The basket on the top shelf left side contains all my BG 3.0's and 4.0's. These are the diapers that fit both of the boys with out any adjusting...so daddy friendly! Most of the diapers in the other basket on this shelf will fit both boys as well but this one is guaranteed to fit. This makes the hubs happy.

On the bottoms shelf I have a basket with a variety of items. This is mostly filled with my baby prefolds and medium, large and size 2 duo covers, fitteds and a couple of out grown diapers. Every now and again ( like today) I get in a mode where I just want to do the prefolds/fitted. They were my original diapering system and I can't give up on them!
The large basket on the bottom shelf holds all of my infant prefolds, small covers, size 1 duo covers, and all the small diapers that baby out grew. :( They are so little and when I look at them it makes me want another right now! lol I also keep all my extra inserts in this basket. This comes in handy for when I need to improvise and stuff extra inserts into a diaper for nap time or bed time.

This is how I store all my diapers. Its what works best for me and every now and again I change it up because of more diapers or I find a diaper I like better than another or some simply get out grown. I have seen some other great diaper storage solutions where people use the three tiered shelf with the plastic bins of bight colors for their diapers and they are all organized by size, style, inserts, prefolds etc. Pretty neat! People have also used wooden shelves with a bunch of cubes in them for storing diapers.

What do you use to store your diapers? Share below and feel free to post a picture on our FB page wall! I love to see all the different options out there.


Jenny K said...

It's very similar to my set up, except you have way more diapers. I have 2 large bins on the top shelf that hold diapers and then 3 smaller bins on the bottom shelf that hold covers, inserts, and liners. I have a bedside table (from ikea) next to the changing table that where I keep all my cloth wipes and accessories. It's working for me!

Love{&}Bugs said...

I use one of those hanging closet organizers (they are for like sweaters or something) We got one that can fold in half so it has two rows of three shelves. I put the baby's diapers on one side and the toddler's on the other. I keep my pocket/AIOs on the bottom, fitteds/covers/doublers/prefolds on the middle, and accessories(snappi), wipes, disposables for grandpa, underwear and training pants for the older one, etc on the top. It's hanging from a shelf right next to our changing table. It works well for us.

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