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Old 12-14-2014, 05:08 PM   #1
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Long time storage

I'm trying to figure out what to do with all of my newborn diapers. I have about 30-something fitteds. Right now my son is 15 months old and we aren't TTC. We are still undecided if we are one&done. And if not it will be at least another year before we start.
Would the diapers store well for that long (aprox 2 years from now)? And what would be the best way to store them so they stayed nice? Right now they're still in LO's room in a cardboard box.

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Old 12-14-2014, 05:43 PM   #2
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I would sell now. I understand elastic can go bad in storage.
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Old 12-14-2014, 06:55 PM   #3
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Re: Long time storage

What kind of elastic is it? When I'm not using my diapers I store them in a tote in the basement. I have some covers that are as much as 14 years old, although the majority are 3-10 years old.

I made some fitted diapers 12 years ago for my son using Elastin elastic and I'm still using them today for my 5th. Elastic is in great shape. Cheap braided elastic would have been long dead by now, but I'm really pleased with the Elastin.
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Old 12-14-2014, 09:09 PM   #4
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What kind of elastic is it? When I'm not using my diapers I store them in a tote in the basement. I have some covers that are as much as 14 years old, although the majority are 3-10 years old.
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The fitteds are all GMD workhorses. My covers are RaR, Thirsties, and a few random
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Old 12-15-2014, 09:56 AM   #5
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Re: Long time storage

I've had many newborn, small, and medium diaper covers make it through three kids and are now ready to go for number four. None of my covers have shot elastic. I think what has made them last through three kids and 8.5 years of storage are storing them inside the house where the temperature remains stable and avoiding the dryer for everyday washing. Most of my diapers go into a cedar chest when not in use, but some have been stored in Rubbermaid bins.

I think the general consensus on this board to sell your diapers after each kid has a lot to do with the board's focus on buying/selling/trading.
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Old 12-15-2014, 12:19 PM   #6
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Re: Long time storage

I don't understand how "they" say the elastic will go bad? I mean elastic in clothes for my babies never changed and the clothes were in storage for a few years.

Diapers from my daughter have been in our guest closet in a box for 2 years and they still look the same as they did when I put them in there. We have a mix of just about everything.
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Old 12-15-2014, 12:28 PM   #7
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I've had many newborn, small, and medium diaper covers make it through three kids and are now ready to go for number four. None of my covers have shot elastic. I think what has made them last through three kids and 8.5 years of storage are storing them inside the house where the temperature remains stable and avoiding the dryer for everyday washing. Most of my diapers go into a cedar chest when not in use, but some have been stored in Rubbermaid bins.

I think the general consensus on this board to sell your diapers after each kid has a lot to do with the board's focus on buying/selling/trading.
I have heard a lot of moms on here say they pulled diapers out of storage and found shot elastic. That I think is why so many recommend selling rather than saving. My recommendation has to do with this and nothing to do with b/s/t being my focus. On the b/s/t aspect though if you happen to have popular diapers they may not be so popular when you go to sell them a few years down the road. Now if you are certain you are having more kids it might make more sense to wait. After all, replacing elastic IS cheaper than buying generally speaking. If you are not sure you are going to have more though selling diapers with shot elastic long after those brands are no longer so popular cuts into your resale value. You might even lose and chance of recouping any money as you might just wind up ffs your diapers.
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Old 12-15-2014, 12:34 PM   #8
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Re: Long time storage

I do not have experience with storing diapers yet, but have had the elastic in some of my work out tops literally fall apart to shreds/pieces after storing for awhile.

I actually have a new question though based on qsefthuko's comment: Where/How do you go about replacing the elastic in cloth diapers? Is there a particular site/place you recommend having this done? I have best bottoms and the fabric along the elastic is wearing thin. I expect the elastic will get worn soon and would like to be prepared with how to replace it if we have to deal with it before my second is potty trained.
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Old 12-15-2014, 12:44 PM   #9
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Since you are not sure you are going to even have another if you do it won't be for a few more years, I would sell.

I would only keep if I knew 100% sure I was going to have another
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