If you're starting to do some research into cloth diapers and wondering how many you need, you've found the right article.
We'll tell you exactly how many you need to diaper your baby successfully without a ton of laundry and without ever running out of clean diapers in your stash. Now, keep in mind these numbers are for full time cloth diapering so adjust your numbers accordingly if you plan to cloth diaper only part time....now let's begin:
Newborns go through 10-12 diaper changes per day and older babies and toddlers (aprox. 6+ months) use 6-8 diapers per day.
Most parents are most comfortable with washing every second day, but you can get by with fewer diapers and wash every day if you like or add more to your diaper stash and wash every 3 days. You don’t want to go longer than 3 days between washes. Why? Because stains will set, diaper fabrics will break down faster and smell may become an issue. So keep it to a 2 or 3 day wash cycle and you won't have any problems.
So, in short, if you want to wash every second day, you’ll need 20-24 diapers from newborn – 6 months and then 12-16 diapers for babies 6+ months until potty training.
In addition to the suggestion above, it’s handy to have 2-3 fitted diapers with covers in your stash for naps or overnight. This is especially useful for older babies and toddlers aged 6+ months. Learn more about successful nighttime diapering here.
There you have it.
How many cloth diapers do you have in your stash? Tell us in the comments below ;)