Considering Using Cloth Diapers? It Doesn’t Have to Be Exclusive…

Using Cloth Diapers doesn't have to be all or noneWow.  Congratulations to The Stiletto Files on expecting TRIPLETS!  I’m not sure if my sanity could handle that many little people all at once.  Maybe a reality show?  Either way, congratulations on this special time!  I know that you’re considering using cloth diapers, and I totally get your concerns.  Three babies at once is a lot of work (and expense), anyway you slice it.

From your blog post, I gathered that the most appealing part of using cloth diapers is the savings.  After all, with three babies, you’re going to go through diapers by the pallet!  Even buying disposable diapers at stores like Costco or Sam’s Club, it’s still going to be a very expensive proposition.

The biggest draw of disposable diapers seems to be the convenience factor.  I totally get that.  I think you might find yourself surprised to find that using cloth diapers is, in some ways, more convenient than disposable diapers.  Obviously, from the title of my blog, I love using cloth diapers and I encourage anyone with regular access to a washing machine to use them, too.

Here’s what I’m going to suggest for you:

Keep a case of disposable diapers on hand at all times.  Use them for when you’re taking all of them out.   Use them for overnights.

Take a tour through this site and find out a bit about life while using cloth diapers.  Discover that using cloth diapers is perfectly doable with more than one.  In fact, I find it actually easier.  Sure, I do some extra laundry… but nowhere near as much extra laundry as you would think.

For one, you’ll find that you’ll do less laundry with cloth because you’ll spend less time dealing with blowouts and other forms of poop-splosions.  Pay a visit to Nicki’s Diapers so that you can order an array of cloth diapers to try out on your new bundles.  Due to the sheer volume of children you’ll be dealing with, I strongly encourage you to try something like Best Bottom diapers.  The snap in inserts are great for absorption and the shells are awesome for containing hideous poo.  (Hey, mine managed a prune explosion.  It doesn’t get much nastier than that.)  They’re cost effective.  They’re really cute.

For a convenient all-in-one diaper, then you might want to take a look at the BumGenius Freetime diaper.  You get the fun of using cloth diapers, but more free time because you don’t actually have to put anything together.

Consider getting a Planet Wise hanging wet/dry bag or a massive hanging wet bag from Cupcake Covers.  They’re cute, they hold in smells, and just plain work.  I’d actually suggest that you get three of whatever you get so that you’ve got one to wash, one to use, and one for back up.

I’d definitely suggest that you get things to make the clean up process easier, like a diaper sprayer and/or fleece liners.

Ultimately, you’ll do what’s best for you and your family, right?  Whatever you decide, good luck!  With three babies, you’ll need it.

What suggestions do you, gentle readers, have for a mom-to-be who is expecting multiples?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. Alisha Duncan says:

    I agree with keeping some sposies on hand. We do! I would say if you are wanting to cloth diaper multiples start slow… cloth takes a bit to get used to!

  2. Teri Hardy says:

    Love the common sense tips here. Allowing a bit of both worlds just encase problems occur. Planning ahead is a key point in success even in parenting.

  3. Wonderful tips.

  4. there is some amazing tips here for all the mommys out there!

  5. Great job laying out the basics out, Suzi! I know that people think that cloth is so overwhelming at first, especially seeing everything there is on the internet, so it’s nice to have a 1-on-1 approach with moms for them to really understand it’s not as difficult as they think. Thank you for sharing!

  6. I’m an all or nothing kind of mama, but I still have my favorite brands of disposables in mind. If I went on vaction with my little one I’d deffinetly leave the cloth at home. Too much work when trying to travel and have fun!

  7. I am definitely an all-in type of person. When I do something, I do something. When I switched to cloth, I switched to cloth exclusively. The only time that I have used disposables was on a train trip to visit my brother. Even then I still used cloth part of the time on the trip. But, yes, you do not have to use cloth exclusively to use cloth.

  8. Allyson Bossie says:

    I love AI2’s, but now that my son is four, he is just too big for cloth diapers. He only needs one at night, so sadly, I am back on sposies. But I believe that even cloth diapering part time, or in my case 2 years, really makes a difference

    • Oh, no! On the bright side, though, you CAN get diapers that will fit him. Nicki’s Diapers sells some large and XL FuzziBunz. Larges fit 40+ pounds.

      • Allyson Bossie says:

        I will have to check into that. His biggest issue is the volume of pee. IT just floods the diaper, bed, and anything that gets in it’s way. That’s when I decided that using a sposie a day was less bad than replacing carpet and beds, sigh

        • Ick. That’s when the ability to stuff more comes in as useful. Thirsties hemp prefolds are amazingly absorbent. Use them behind the microfiber for some help… and Rearz makes fitted diapers for larger children and adults.

  9. I don’t have any advice because I don’t currently cloth diaper (although I’m considering it with baby #3 due in October), but I love the idea that it doesn’t need to be exclusive. So many times I get wrapped up in the idea that it’s all or nothing and it’s comforting to know that it doesn’t have to be. Great tips!

  10. Thomas Chappell says:

    We just started the cloth diapering thing with out 2nd baby. We didn’t do it with our first. We use the disposable diapers at night still though.

  11. heather jedlicka says:

    I have a 16 month old, is it too late to start cloth diapers? I don’t know where to start. will I still save money at this point to invest in all that is needed.


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