Cloth diapers are addictive.
Many people, mostly people who don’t use cloth or don’t have kids, will stare at you blankly when those words come out of your mouth. For heaven’s sake, they are diapers! It’s easy to understand buying an entire clothing line of baby clothes you think are adorable, or several of the same cute blankie because you know a few will get lost as the years go by. But…diapers? They’re just diapers, right?
No. They are not just diapers. They are diapers made out of mind-controlling, obsessive magical fabric that spurn you to open your wallet the second your favorite cloth diaper company comes out with a new line of prints, sending you running to grab the mail a few days later, throwing the diapers in the wash and the packaging in the recycle bin before your spouse can come home so they don’t realize you’ve bought EVEN MORE DIAPERS. This crazy obsession with cloth diapers has led to people spending hundreds of dollars on a single hard-to-find, highly sought after print (these people make far more money than me, by the way).
If you’re on a budget, or are afraid of getting caught up in the obsessive side of the world of cloth diapers, then a “Plain Jane” stash might be for you. The definition of a plain cloth diaper stash is a little different depending on the person, but it is basically a simple stash without the hundred-dollar prints or dozens of different types of diapers. For many people, it is a stash of flats and prefolds with some white covers. For others, it might be a stash of 25 white all-in-ones. Still others might have 30 tie-dyed prefolds and a couple of wool covers. Plain stashes can cross over with minimalism, so if you don’t have a lot of space or you just hate having “extra” things lying around (no 100-diaper stashes for you!), this might be something to consider.
Part of the craziness surrounding cloth diapers has to do with the fact that they come in oh-so-many different colors and prints. Oh, you just want a solid blue diaper? Five different companies might each have 3 different shades of blue, so now you have 15 shades of blue to choose from! Oh, and Company A has a super-cute yellow diaper that would look great under your daughter’s sunflower dress, and Company B has a purple diaper that is exactly your sports team’s colors…you might end up buying a dozen diapers in different colors just to match with your kid’s clothing. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but it can get overwhelming very quickly. Plain stashes can eliminate that! White diaper covers might sound a little boring, but white is classic for a reason. It goes with almost anything. People expect diapers to be white, so a white diaper may not bring any comments—a good thing, if you just don’t like having random conversations about cloth diapers with strangers at the grocery store or the like.
While colorful, complicated stashes are fun in a modern way, plain stashes can look very sleek and organic. Is your nursery full of natural, earthy colors? A basket full of organic, unbleached prefolds will probably look right at home sitting on the dresser, while a basket full of neon green and pink diapers might not. While I’m of the crazier, colorful diaper type, even I admit that a well-organized drawer full of the off-white color of unbleached fabric is very aesthetically pleasing and almost makes me want to convert to a plain stash (but it’s just not in my or my kid’s personality to!).
Do you have a “plain Jane” stash of cloth diapers? What sorts of diapers does it consist of?