After over two years of cloth diapering I am finally at a place where I am completely happy with my stash (which has changed a lot even since February). Overall it’s perfect for my needs and is more or less the stash that I wish I would have had from the beginning. But there is something that I would still change.
The first thing that I wouldn’t do again is buy pocket diapers. I am in love with AI2s now and even prefolds with covers. I find stuffing and unstuffing pockets to be a chore that I simply don’t enjoy. I keep a few around now for my husband, but if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have any at all.
In a perfect world I would have an entire stash of AI2s and in particular, RagaBabe 2-Steps. Wait, stay with me here. I know, I know. They’re expensive and hard to get. I get it, but hear me out.
These days you can get used RagaBabes pretty easily. Yes, you will still pay retail or close to it but this is a good thing. I’ll tell you why that is in a minute, but back to getting used RagaBabes. There are places where people are selling their used Rags and even if you think “Eew. Used diapers? Gross!” this is one of the reasons why the 2-Step is the way to go. You can buy a used cover and then get brand new inserts at any time from RagaBabe Headquarters. So there you go, almost a brand new diaper!
If you insist on buying only new diapers, you can even find NIP RagaBabes on Ebay, Spots’ Corner, and Facebook. Also it is easier to score a diaper on stocking days now with the new cart system and advanced warning of when the stockings will be. I have only failed to score a diaper once since the new cart system.
Now why is (almost) retail price for a used diaper a good thing? Because when you’re done with your RagaBabes you can turn around and sell them for at least 90% of retail if you take good care of them so this means that you’re cloth diapering with cute, awesome diapers almost for free! If you end up with a more sought after diaper then you can sell it for above retail if you’re so inclined. It’s like you’re borrowing them. No other diaper has the resale value of a RagaBabe so in essence, that less expensive diaper is costing you more in the end. True story.
About half of my stash is RagaBabe now. The other half are some various AI2s, prefolds, and a few fitteds and pockets. These are for my husband to use since he is very sloppy with the velcro and I don’t want him to mess up my beautiful Rags. This is why, even though my stash isn’t 100% RagaBabe like I would ideally like, this is what works best for us.
The other thing that I would change if I were to cloth diaper all over again would be to start from birth. I didn’t start cloth diapering my son until he was six months old so I missed out on all of those cute, tiny little newborn diapers. While I would be tempted to snatch up all the RagaBabe newborn and size 0 diapers that I could, I probably would only get a few. Newborns are in the tiny diapers for such a short time that the bulk of a newborn stash would likely be covers and prefolds, and some Tots Bots Tiny Fits and newborn Blueberry Simplex diapers.
What would you change about your stash if you could do it all over again?