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Today I get to show you my flats challenge stash. Here’s what I got:
- 12 Bamboo Terry Flats from Orange Diaper Company ~ Last year I purchased 6 new and 6 used for approximately $10/flat ~ $120
- 6 Cotton Receiving Blankets ~ Found them on Freecycle for my homebirth ~ $0
- 18 Random Bamboo & Hemp Doublers/Washcloths ~ Some of these I pulled out of the fitted diapers we normally use, some are just doublers we use, as needed, and the washcloths are, well, washcloths ~ $88
- 4 Wooly Covers ~ I bought all but the purple one used for $35 ~ $140
- 3 Snappis ~ These are amazeballs for securing flats, prefolds, contoured, or snapless diapers on little ones ~ $9
- 2 Wetbags (not pictured) ~ XL for holding dirty diapers when at home & M for travel ~ $50
Other items I am using for the challenge:
- Diaper Sprayer ~ This isn’t a requirement for cloth diapering but it sure does make it easier ~ $50
- Spray Pal ~ This is a lifesaver, it keeps the poopy water from spraying all over my bathroom ~ $25
Grand Total: $482
This is by no means a penny pinching stash but I wanted to be resourceful and use what I had on hand by chosing not to purchase anything new for the challenge this year. When I did it last year I didn’t have any flats so I bought the twelve bamboo terry flats I have listed above and I almost got away with only having those. We were ECing and catching almost all of Poppy’s poops. I did end up needing to dig into the flour sack towels (FST) in my kitchen a couple of times though. At the moment, she is on a potty strike so I anticipate needing more than what we used last year, hence, the addition of the receiving blankets. In a pinch, I will not hesitate to use a FST again.
If you needed to you could certainly diaper a baby on even a quarter of what my stash cost by buying inexpensive FST, using PUL covers, and by being creative. I have seen people with entire stashes made out of old cut up t-shirts!