It frequently seems that cloth diapering twins or higher orders of multiples would be so, so much harder than cloth diapering one… or even having two in cloth of different ages. However, Brooke, a local Prince George mummy, is cloth diapering twins with style. She shows that it really IS doable! Here’s Brooke’s story:
When we first found out we were expecting twins so many things went through my head. The first was “thank goodness I don’t have to do this again” (extreme morning/day/night sickness). Then the thought of we are going to need TWO of everything and it’s going to cost TWICE as much. TWO!
I have a friend who had twins and cloth diapered. I thought what a great way to save money and be a bit more environmentally friendly. So I typed “cloth diapers prince george” into google. And the first to come up was Cozy Bums (a great local cloth diaper store). However I wanted a cloth diaper service. At that point I didn’t realise all the different cloth diaper choices and couldn’t have told you the difference between AIO, fitted, prefolds, hybrids, pockets…you get the point. The idea of washing all those dirty diapers was off putting. So I continued my search for a diaper service in Prince George. However there wasn’t and isn’t one. So back to the Cozy Bums website I went.
Here I learned the difference between the various diapers. The one that caught my eye and sparked interest was Flip by Bum Genius. I liked the idea of reusing the cover 3 or 4 times (unless a pooplosion occurs). It seemed easy enough to just stick a new insert in. There was no mussing about with various folds, tucks, pinches or pins. It seemed more economical as you only needed a few shells and then extra inserts. It also seemed like less laundry. So I placed my first cloth diaper order for 4 Flip covers and inserts.
It was exciting getting that coveted brown bag full of fluff. I remember looking at them and how big they seemed and wondering when my babies would ever fit into them. I had no intention of cloth diapering until about 2 months. I knew I was having a scheduled c-section so the thought of extra laundry didn’t appeal to me. After that a friend told me about the local Cloth Diaper swap group so I bought a few more diapers to start getting ready. I was told it was good to try out different styles and brands to work out what works best with your baby or in my case babies.
Well my babies arrived safely in February, all 14lbs 12oz (5lbs 14oz and 6lbs 14oz) of them. After a couple weeks home I decided to try out some of the cloth diapers on them (recovery went better than expected) but I was so disappointed that nothing I had bought fit them. Most cloth diapers say 8lbs+ and my two ickle pickles were barely 6lbs! So the hunt began for newborn diapers.
I’ll admit I struggled in the beginning and a few times was ready to give up. It seemed everything leaked and it was frustrating and back into disposable (at $60 a week!) we went. It took me ages to work out how to use prefolds but thanks to YouTube I finally figured it out and found something that worked for both babies. And I started to enjoy cloth diapering…maybe a bit too much!
So here we are 4 months later and I’m officially a fluff addict. Flip are still my favourite but I have a new found love for AMP (love that they are Canadian made and owned). My reason for loving Flip so much are all the original reasons and that I rarely have any leaks with them. My two are super soakers and seem to leak almost all diapers in less than 2 hours but they can go all night with a Flip cover and a bamboozle stretch or even with a flip insert and hemp doubler.
I now have roughly 40 diapers in my stash, no where near enough. I wash daily as my pail is full by the end of the day. I find it easiest to throw in wash shortly before I go to bed that way I can hang all my covers and shells and they are dry by morning. It’s not difficult and it’s actually kind of fun. I’ve met some great girls because of this. I encourage other moms to give it a try, you’ve got nothing to lose. Cloth diapering can be done on a budget or you can spend thousands of dollars getting the most expensive fluff. If you care for your diapers you will be able to recoup probably half of what you spent, regardless it will (or rather should) be cheaper than disposable and you are saving our landfills of all that waste. And your baby(s) will have the cutest bums!
Do you have any experience with cloth diapering twins? How did it work for you?