(Stash) Size Doesn’t Matter

Sometimes, people share that they have size envy… particularly when it comes to stash sizes.  Sure, some of us do have a ridiculous stash size.  But you know what?  There’s always that idea that size matters.  Stash size matters, car size matters, house size matters… and since this is a family friendly blog, I’ll leave any other “size matters” thoughts alone.Stash Size Doesn't Matter - Cloth Diaper Addicts

Your stash size does not mean anything.  Maybe you have a small stash size because you’re cloth diapering for the financial savings.  (And, let’s be honest: for those of us with a monumentally huge cloth diaper stash, that ship sailed a long time ago.)  Maybe you have a small stash size because you’re a minimalist or you already have the perfect brand of cloth diapers for you and see no need to experiment.  Or maybe it’s because you de-stash a cloth diaper every time you get a new one.

There is zero reason for stash envy.  If what you’ve got works for you, then awesome.

By the same token… having an excessive stash size does not make one somehow superior.  Really, some people have an excessive stash size because they have a whole bunch of diapers that didn’t work for them.  Others have an excessive stash size because we like to try everything.  Or we’re addicts.  Or we have more dollars than sense (or cents).

You know what having a cloth diaper stash that includes forty Ella Bella Bum diapers means?

It means that someone has a stash that includes forty Ella Bella Bum diapers.  That’s really it.

It doesn’t matter if your stash is made up of just a few China Cheapies, one hundred Ragababes, or a mixture.  It doesn’t matter if you’ve got 200 Jules that’s being kept in their packages or if you only buy used.  What matters is if your stash works for you and your child.

How do you feel about your stash size?



About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. I agree with you. I have a big stash but it was bigger at one point. I think the important thing is to have a stash of diapers that work for you instead of a huge stash of so-so diapers.
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  2. When I started with cloth, I had a very small stash — just four diapers and some inserts. I washed every day. Having such a small, an inexpensive, stash is definitely do-able. I do have a larger stash now for convenience (and because I am an addict), but size really does not matter.
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  3. Rachel N says:

    Great points. I love my stash, it’s quite large but it’s a accumulation of 4 years of cloth diapering. I think it’s so much fun to try new diapers and get new colors.

  4. Colleen says:

    You are very right!! I know that I could easily get addicted to buying diapers because they are so fun. But I have a willpower of steel and I am one of the people determined to get financial savings out of this!! Seven months into cloth diapering I have managed to stay below my budget and the only diaper I got “just because” was paid for with Stash Cash. But I’m not perfect. I find myself mad about buying certain diapers that haven’t worked for us and wondering what I could buy that would work better!!

  5. I think my stash size is a little small. We had the bare minimum a couple months ago and that was not enough. I think we have approximately 40 diaper changes currently. But I just bought a few more today. It’s a combination of not wanting to be tied to the house (or washer) and cloth diapers are just so cute!

  6. Colleen C says:

    Good point!!!

  7. Mia Hicks says:

    I am brand new to cloth diapers and I won’t lie, its a bit overwhelming sometimes looking at what everyone has and uses- I keep thinking, how on earth will I ever get that many.. and use them!? Thanks for the encouragement!

  8. Jennifer Barnes says:

    100% agree! I had stash envy so badly when I started cloth diapering. I talked my husband into getting two gdiapers that we used Gerber newborn profiles in. Then I talked him into two Charlie Bananas. Washed diapers everyday for 5-6 months. The hubs finally came around and we used a good chunk of our refund to buy 20 pockets. He’s put up with it because he loves the savings, and even letting me buy diapers here and there.

    We just gifted a bunch of diapers to a friend who had a baby a dew months ago. Its nice to spread the cloth love.

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