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I'd say an average full time CDer stash in OS or bigger sizes is about 50 "changes" - i.e. 50 pockets + AIOs + AI2 inserts + flats + prefolds + fitteds. Covers and AI2 shells and extra inserts/doublers don't count.
You can get by with much less and many stashes are bigger too, but it seems like 4 dozen or so is where many people end up. It allows you to be lax with your washing schedule when you need to, have enough variety that you don't get bored, etc.
Okay, I am exaggerating. I agree that most folks have about 40-50 changes for one child in cloth.
I do have two children in cloth....so that justifies my having 100 changes, right?? Lol.
On a regular basis I use my 9 Elementals, my 30 TKCs, my 10 Bottombumpers, and my 3 random pockets (mostly mama made...not by me). So my average use is still around 50! I just have more options for nighttime (some fitteds, some flips, some best bottoms).
I have two in cloth. My three year old finally graduated out of his diapers
I've had two in cloth for two years. Right when my three year old stopped needing diapers, I had another baby, lol. I've done GREAT with about 50 OS diapers and a newborn stash (15 pockets, 5 covers, 12 prefolds). I do laundry every day during the newborn phase, and every 2-3 days when they grow out of that.
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