Building a cloth diaper stash is a necessity. It may be costly upfront, but you’ll immediately be grateful you have enough cloth diapers to last between washings and to regularly rotate through your stash. This means not having to do a load of cloth diapers every day, which means less wear and tear on your diapers, which extends the life of your cloth diapers. Your cloth diaper stash size can save your sanity during the diaper-wearing days, and it will save you money in the long run.
So how many do you need? If you’re using a one-size diapering system, you want to have 40-50 diapers. Your cloth diapers will last through at least one child’s diapered years at that size. With a large enough stash and the ability to rotate, you should even be able to use your cloth diapers for more than one kid! But if you have a smaller stash, you can expect wear to show sooner (especially in Organic Cotton styles), and excessive wear may necessitate repairing or replacing diapers.