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September 19, 2009

Insider Information…How Many Nappies and What Styles are in Your Current Modern Cloth Nappy Stash?

What modern nappies have you collected for your baby to wear?

The majority of mums gather a mixed collection of modern nappies as they experiment, switch and swap to find the stash recipe or arrangement that suits their lifestyle, budget and baby.

What does a Mum who makes or sells cloth nappies use herself? Have you ever wondered what the experts use? Do they only use their own nappies or do they mix and match like you? How many do they have?

For today’s topic we’ve asked our Nappy WAHM’s about their personal collection of modern cloth nappies, how many, styles, brands, whatever they wanted to share.

I’m pleased to have contributions from many friends of My Green Nappy included in your advice for today. We have Emma from Brindabella Baby, Mel from Little Para PantsLouise from Scamps BoutiqueEva from Oz Baby Trends, Inge from Earth KidzKyra of Bubbalooba, Cassandra from New Age Nappies, Annette from Iish Fly, Michelle from Issy Bear Nappies, Cindy from Ticklefish TotsAshley from Cheeky Creations, Carli from MiniLaLaTracey from Flattery, Bec from Baby ChilliChris froBaby Bullfrogs, Kate from Nappy DaysAlisha from Baby SafariMichelle from Sustainable Hemp Products and Karen from Baby Blossom.

Let’s see what they have to say:

“How many nappies and what styles are in your current (or last) modern cloth nappy stash?”

Emma of Brindabella Baby:

My stash is not typical – I have the urge to try out every new brand I see on the Australian market (I call it “product testing” for my shop). So I’ve had over 35 different brands in my stash. At least count (over a year ago), I had over 70 modern cloth nappies, a dozen covers, and 60 terry squares. But keep in mind that I’ve had two in cloth at the same time twice over (three babies very close together in age), and most of my stash was bought for the first baby when nappies came in sizes so only half my stash fits the baby at any given time.

Mel of Little Para Pants:

I’ve bought some secondhand Baby Beehinds, several pockets & fitteds I made myself, and a few secondhand pockets that I made useable again (elastic was shot and they had no boosters – easy fix!)

Louise of Scamps Boutique, NZ:

I have at least 30 nappies between my two girls, though my eldest is in cloth just at nights. I have Nudey!Rudey!, Boon, Fancy Pantz, Karma kidz, Bummis covers just to name a few
Eva of Oz Baby Trends:
Lots of Pop-Ins and Haute Pockets, a few Cushie Tushie Coutures and some Starbunz.
Inge of Earth Kidz:

A mix of bamboo and organic all in ones, and fitted ones for the night.

Kyra of Bubbalooba:

We have a small-ish stash of Modern Cloth Nappies at the moment, we only have about 10, and many of these are my trial nappies! Amir has some giraffe prints, cheetah minkees, and other various prints…I got my partner to choose some prints to try and get him more excited about using cloth. I end up using terry towelling squares every second day.

Cassandra of New Age Nappies:

I’d say I have about 80 nappies, I use terry squares for the first 2 months with Imse Vimse organic covers then I use a mixture of contours and all in ones with a few one size pockets thrown in as trials. Brands include bumkins, Bum Genius’, itti bitti, imse vimse, kushies, drybees, baby beehinds, cushies tushies, blueberry, swaddlebees, natures child, rocky mountain, haute – the list goes on…

Annette of Iish Fly:

My last stash (I still have many) Many many Iish Fly medium cord collections in every colour and design. 2 itti bitti’s 2 Honey Boys several Wigglebumz, several Wild Childs and probably a few more that I have forgotton after 12 months.

Michelle of Issy Bear Nappies:

I have about 40! Lots of Minky nappies and quite a few Polyester PUL (night nappy material) – too cute!

Cindy from Ticklefish Tots:

Surprisingly, my stash is quite small, considering I make MCN’c and have 2 in nappies! I’d say, off the top of my head, about 2 dozen …… alot of my own label (Ticklefish Tots) pockets, AI2’s and nights; itti bitti’s (AIO and SIO), Happy Heiny (pocket), Haute (pocket), BumGenius (pocket), Swaddlebees (pocket), Panda Baby nights, Nappylicious (AI2) plus alot of terry flats (they come in handy for stuffing pockets!!), and a couple of woolly pants that I knitted.

Carli from MiniLaLa:

I just sold off about 40-50, so my stash is now halved! I did have 2 babies in nappies for a while, so that’s my excuse, but I would easily have 40 or 50 left – and I’m still taking my own stock.

Tracey from Flattery:

I have around 50 nappies made up completely of WAHM made cloth nappies – i have mainly AI2, but also some fitteds.

Bec from Baby Chilli:

I would say around 40 nappies.
Chris from Baby Bullfrogs:
We did have around 35 for 2 kiddies – now that my daughter is toilet-trained it’s more like 25.
As I am a nappy-maker my poor son’s stash is extremely dismal – mainly made up of a few very ill-fitting nappies (my first ever cloth nappy purchases before I became aware of the WAHM nappy industry) and the rest are old prototypes of my own Modern Cloth Nappy brand.  I have recently had a bit of down time so have finally set about prettying up his stash!
Kate from Nappy Days:
12 all together – 2 Mother Ease, 7 Flexitots, 1 Bamboozle, 2 Easyfit Bamboo.
Alisha of Baby Safari:
I am not sure how many I have at the moment. Maybe about 60 all up between the two children. I don’t use all of them regularly though, the pretty ones are kept for when they will be seen!
None as my baby is now 9 years old!
Karen from Baby Blossom:
Nappies nappies nappies, I love to use side snap nappies on my 18 month old. So our stash is made up of Blueberry Side Snap Pockets, Swaddlebees all in ones , Genesa Forge , and of course Itti Bitti AIO’s . We do have a few others floating around in there but these are the first ones I grab.

3 Recommended Resources for Expanding, Reducing or Revelling in Your Stash:

  1. Expand your stash as you discover the range of modern cloth nappy shops down under by taking the My Green Nappy Guide Tour of modern nappies and how to ‘green’ them…
  2. Reduce Your Stash by Selling, Donating or Trading Modern Cloth Nappies
  3. Discuss ‘Stash Nirvana’ on Cloth Nappy Forums
– Your Nappy Doulas –

This is part of a regular series of articles that offer you an insight into the beliefs, concerns, knowledge and wisdom of mums making and selling modern cloth nappies in Australia and New Zealand.
Discover More from Your Nappy Doulas…

A question to you about your own stash of modern nappies:

Time to fess up! Tell us what’s in YOUR stash, whether it is brand new, or going strong over three children!

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