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Now that DD has exploded out of the size-small stash I bought in Nov and is wearing mediums <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: , I need to pack all away all the smalls for the next baby. (Man, it feels weird to type the words "next baby.") Do I need to do anything special? Should I do a "just in case" strip? Are Rubbermaid containers ok? I'm assuming I should keep them in the climate-controlled house and not in the garage? Add anything special like acid-free paper, silica gel, or moth repellant? And what about my precious wool?<br><br>
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My guy won't be growing out of his anytime soon, but add me to the <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">:ing list anyway..
 

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While I also like the idea of packing things away and storing them for the next possible baby....I packed a bunch of diapers away and recently got them out and realized that it's not such a good idea for many of the diapers. The elastic on many just won't hold up after storing for a year or more.<br><br>
It might be a better idea to go ahead and sell them off (after the holidays when people are more likely to buy) and buy again later.<br><br>
I have still stored some wool covers and such but I'm very realistic about my expectations of stored items. I've stored them with small cedar rounds. And I do have things in rubbermaid containers but some say not to do this...that it's better to store in something that breathes.<br><br>
I found that prefolds and flats seem to store best.
 

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Well, I've gotten my newborn stuff out from DS who is now 4 and they seem to be just fine and I did nothing except pile them into a small UHaul cardboard box and stick them in the closet. The elastic seems to be fine, etc. I would be concerned about mold, etc in a garage or attic or other non-climate controlled storage, but bedroom closet seems to be fine.<br><br>
I have a fairly wide selection as well ranging from prefolds to Hemp Sugarpeas and Manyducks for diapers and ME Airflows and Dappi pullons and basic newborn diaper service velcro covers (the name of which escapes me now of course) many of which were secondhand when I got them 4+ years ago. They all seem to be in the exact same condition they were when I stored them.
 

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How I do stuff like that is do a final really good wash/strip, then line dry outside for good measure to kill anything extra and sun out stains. Loosely fold. Put into a cedar chest or some sort of container that can breathe, but won't let mice or moths in.<br><br>
I plan on only keeping wool and prefolds - anything with elastic goes because I'm afraid of it dying/drying out.<br><br>
My mom recently (like 2 months ago) found some wool soakers of my grandma's in a cedar chest in her old farmhouse (aka, mouse central). You can see them in the link in my sig. If you look, you can see they're in darn good condition, and all Grandma did was throw them in the cedar chest. And I use one of them at nighttime for my supersoaker.<br><br>
My disclaimer: I am by no means an expert on long-term clothing storage. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Well, I am hoping my fitteds will last a year or more in storage. We are planning for a winter 2005/2006 baby and I am already collecting, plus I am saving my favourites from DD. If the elastic is good quality it SHOULD last at least that long. I have elastic older than that in my sewing cupboard. I have however experience elastic rot in RTW and cheaper elastics.
 

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I am not selling and re-buying, to me that's still not recouping much cost (plus, a pain) I have a stash of fb's in all sizes and I'm keeping them in rubbermaid bins. I don't feel these bins are airtight. They are clean and in the bins in my laundry room, which is house temperature, not hot, cold or damp.
 

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I forgot to add that 75-80% of our diaper stash is prefolds, so selling the stuff with elastic isn't a huge deal for us. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Well, not an expert....but I just sorted through DS's (2 1/2) newborn diaper stash and everything seems to be in great shape. I just stored it in Rubbermaid containers.<br><br>
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When I went through ds's stash for dd, all the dipes with polybraid elastic had shot elastic. All the dipes with Lastin were ok. We lived in Las Vegas then, so I don't know if the dry air was bad for the elastic or what. I had a few different brands of diapers too, so it wasn't like it was a batch of bad elastic. Dd is our last (barring a miracle and a bad vasectomy rofl), so I won't be storing any dipes. Ours are all single sized, so she'll use them till she potty learns and I'm not sure if they will be in any shape to be sold lol. Donated maybe, but not sold.
 

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my dd is busting out too...tossing in the crib drawer for now....will sun tho before storing<br><br><br>
eta: *and* wearing meds too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shake.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shake">
 

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I just stored a bunch of our mediums in those "space bags". I got them at walmart. Just stuffed them full and sucked all of the air out with the vacuum hose. Now they take up much less space this way and hopefully the elastic will still be OK when it's time to break them out for baby #2!
 

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I'm storing my stuff for baby #4, and it seems to be ok. I admit, I pull out the NB stuff every once in a while to drool over it.<br><br>
I wouldn't do alot of stripping with chemicals (bleach, oxiclean, whatever) so the chemichals don't sit on the dipes for forever. A couple of super hot washes with nothing in them couldn't hurt, IMO. I didn't do anything special to my dipes before I stored them almost a year ago, and they look fine.
 

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I've never done anything special, just thrown diapers into a cardboard box & put it in the closet. I have a set of NB Bumkins AIOs that have been used by 5 babies now, and are still in good condition- no problem with the elastic or anything. And I've had no problems with any of my newborn PUL covers or the couple WAHM fitteds that I have....
 

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Hhhmmm, I wonder if it might be a good idea to pull them out once a month or so and and stretch the elastic and run them through the wash. I wouldn't add too much wear to them and if it helps preserve the elastic longer....
 
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