When Isla was small and still using an infant bath and changing table, our Baby Diego Bathinette provided pretty much all the storage we needed. As Isla has gotten bigger, though, and outgrown the infant bath and changing table, we’ve needed a more permanent and more heavy-duty way to store our cloth diapers.
After a lot of searching and careful planning, we decided to go with the Ikea Stuva System, a relatively inexpensive, easy to put together, sturdy and customizable storage system perfect for children.
We chose two 4-foot tall frames as our starting place and used a combination of shelves, drawers, and wire baskets to create a perfect storage system for all of Isla’s cloth diapers, diaper supplies, bedding, books and clothes. The Stuva storage systems come with wall anchors, and we’ve anchored both units to the wall for Isla’s safety. (TVs and heavy furniture should be anchored to the wall in any home where children live or visit frequently.)
We store Isla’s cloth diapers primarily in the storage unit on the left.
1. On the top shelf, I keep all of Isla’s diaper rash creams and snappis in a 6-qt. plastic Sterilite container. The Sterilite containers are also perfect for her swimsuits, old K’tan baby carriers, winter hats and gloves, tights, and hair accessories. They’re also a great size for disposable diapers. We have at least a half-dozen of these all over our house.
3. In the other wire basket, I store all of the diapers. There are ~10 diapers shown here. You could easily fit 30 pocket diapers or AIOs in one of these wire baskets and could probably also fit an entire stash of prefolds and covers into the baskets. I’ve never tried, but the baskets are pretty big.
Our storage for cloth wipes is pretty simple. We have a Munchkin Wipes Warmer that, when Isla was tiny, we kept plugged in all the time and it was great for keeping her wipes nice and toasty. As she’s gotten older, however, I don’t worry so much about it, and it’s almost never plugged in these days. The wipes warmer is still great for storing cloth wipes in, though. I fold our simple squares of flannel and terry in half, run them under the faucet in the bathroom until they’re wet, ring them out, and put them in the warmer. The warmer keeps them nice and moist.
It’s a pretty simple, straight-forward system that works for us. While the Stuva system itself is very cute and customizable and can work with a variety of styles and colors in a room, I acknowledge that ours hasn’t exactly been souped up and made Pinterest-ready. If you’re looking for a great storage system for your child’s room, though, it’s a great way to go.