Your toddler has FINALLY reached the stage of wearing underwear all day – and maybe even at night! Now you are left with your beautiful rainbow of cloth diapers, your stash – the fluff you took such pride in collecting over the past two to three years. These diapers share a history with you and your toddler. Together you have avoided embarrassing blowouts and rashes, coordinated outfits, and raised awareness of the cloth diapering movement that is taking motherhood by storm. What now???… After all the time, energy and money you spent educating your partner, friends and family – telling them how much money you saved and how “green” these diapers are. Now you can dispose of these “non-disposables” and earn cash and good karma!
Six ways to extend the life of your used cloth diapers:
- Hand down to future siblings: Yes, my advice here is to get pregnant and delay having to part with your collection of cloth diapers!
- Give to a cloth diapering friend: Nothing says “true friends” as handing over your beloved stash to your BFF! A non-cloth diapering mom probably would not be able to appreciate the gesture, so choose the recipient carefully!
- Donate: There are several charities that collect gently used cloth diapers to either send overseas or to be used right here in your local community. Share the Love/ Cotton Babies is a nationwide diaper bank. They lend reusable cloth diapers to families in need and provide education on how to cloth diaper and maintain the products.
- Jakes Diapers collect new and used cloth diapers to be distributed to families who have to choose between putting food on the table or diapering their babies. The diapers are used here in the States as well as sent world-wide. So far they have donated to eight countries in need.
- Save: Ok, so you don’t want to be known as the crazy cat lady who saved all her Beanie Babies because they were sure to increase in value. However… you can certainly put one or two of your favorite diapers aside for that shadow box you will never ever put together, or the quilt you plan on making out of your baby’s old clothes.
- Sell!: Yes – sell – because remember how you justified all the holiday diapers and other must have prints to your husband?! My guess is you once or twice told him that these diapers were an INVESTMENT and that you would sell them one day! If you didn’t use that as an excuse, then I strongly suggest you start doing so immediately – for your next big purchase!
What do you do with your baby’s clothes and baby gear? Sell or donate? Stay tuned for the inside secrets on how to make the most on your cloth diaper investment when you sell! Interested in potty training?
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