Hi, I’m Marie, and I’m addicted to collecting cloth diapers.
I knew early on in my quest for motherhood that I wanted to cloth diaper my child. I did months and months and months of research on what kinds to use. There were so many options. Flats, fitteds, pockets, AIOs (All in Ones), AI2 (All in Twos), covers, wool. I wasn’t doing cloth diapering to really save money, it was more of I wanted to be kinder to the planet (there’s some crunchy points!), and they were just soooo cute. I pored over website, after website taking notes and watching countless YouTube videos about what brands were superior to others.
My addiction didn’t start with my first cloth diaper purchase. I was hesitant to really commit my stash to one kind and one brand. There was a theme in a lot of my research that you kind of had to see what would work best for you and your baby. My go-to site for my cloth diapering in the beginning was Green Mountain Diapers. At the time I was living in VT and it just felt awesome to support a local (literally a 5 minute drive away) business and they had SO MUCH awesome information and real life photos of babies in a lot of their products. I started out with a dedicated newborn stash: a couple dozen clotheez flats of newborn & small, a dozen newborn workhorse fitteds, a handful of covers and 6 newborn size blueberry simplex. I had been gifted a few more items from my baby shower, so I was pretty well set up for arrival of my baby.
This stash held its own up until about 4 months. Then it was time to either continue what I was using and just move up a size, or try something new. First, I tried out the couple of bumgenius freetimes I had from my baby shower. I even went out and bought some used ones from a local mama and some off the B/S/T groups on Facebook. They were similar to my blueberry newborn simplex in that they were an AIO, but I didn’t love the idea of using microfiber. Through my research I had read a lot about microfiber getting stinky and staining easily. My inner OCD didn’t really want to deal with any of that. I had LOVED the Blueberry newborn simplex, so I decided to get a few of their one-size simplex.
And that’s when my addiction went into high-gear. I joined any and every B/S/T group I could on Facebook that was dedicated to Blueberry diapers. I went on a shopping spree getting all the cutest prints I could. Next thing I know, I have upwards of 40 or so diapers. I kept telling myself that it was okay since I would re-use them on another child or could easily sell them once I was done using them. Then I fell into the world of the famed ‘Pre-Orders’ that Blueberry did on their site Blueberry & Me. Oh. My. God. It seemed like every month or so there were new prints and limited edition prints being offered. And they were all so adorable and I had to have them.
Fast forward a few months later and I’m happy to say that I’m fairly happy with where my stash is at. I think I have about 50-60 diapers, mostly Blueberry simplex, with a handful of SmartBottoms and then some odds and ends with other brands. I’m also proud to say that I didn’t buy a single thing on the last pre-order & grab bag sales that just happened within the last couple of weeks. Believe me, that’s quite the accomplishment. While yes, I’ve probably spent a small fortune on my diaper stash, I don’t regret it. Now I won’t really need to buy anything diaper related for a second baby. I know I’ll never make all my money back if and when I decide to sell my diapers, that doesn’t matter to me. I’ll be more happy to give another mama a deal on some nice diapers for her child when she was thinking she couldn’t afford them.
Next time we’ll dive into my newest obsession….wet bags!