Cloth Diapering Twins

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.

Cloth Diapering Twins (Cloth Diaper Addicts)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?

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.

Comments

  1. We are specifically spacing our kids apart to avoid to babies in diapers at once. I could do it. I just don’t want to.

    • It’s really not much harder to have two in cloth than one. 🙂 But any reason one decides to wait is perfectly valid.

  2. I recently started at about 5 months. I think it would have been too hectic at first since these are my first kids. It just would have been too much too soon. But I actually like it now. We still use disposables for outings and when one baby sitter is over (mostly to use up the disposables we have). But I’d say that we’re at a happy balance and they’re CD’d 70% of the time or more.

  3. jbonner03 says:

    My husband and I have twins and we still use our cloth diapers at 2 years… though I have a lot less of them now that we are potty training… I’ll be sad to put them away completely! But I would have to wash them every day and also found it easier to do at night so they could line dry overnight and I could grab them in the morning.

  4. Krystal Rivera says:

    my nieghbor is having twins and wants to cloth diaper i must send her this link cause she will find this really really interesting great post thanks!!

  5. Great advice! I bet you are saving tons of $ by cloth diapering them together.

  6. Melissa Ryan says:

    I can only imagine the cost savings of having two in diapers at once. I have saved a lot of money just having one son in cloth. You aren’t kidding when you say you make friends that cloth diaper. I have a few people who I am friends with solely because of our mutual love of cloth diapers.

  7. It actually seems like cloth diapering twins wouldn’t be much more work than cloth diapering one child b/c you have to do the laundry anyway! I’d probably try to wash every other day though as long as that much would fit in my washer:)

  8. Bekah Kuczenski says:

    If I had twins I would still choose to cloth diaper! I can’t imagine paying for disposables for twins!! And how cute would twins be in matching fluff??

  9. Rachel N says:

    I don’t have twins but I am currently cloth diapering 2 children, a baby and a toddler. I don’t find it to be that much harder than just doing 1 child.

  10. Shalaina Simmons says:

    I’m rediculously excited to start my cloth diapring journey. Baby is due in September, but I’ve been researching everything for about 2 1/2 months now. Thisarticle really helped ease my fears about not being able to manage. If someone can do it with twins and still ENJOY cd, then I should be fine with a singleton.

  11. Amber Mueller says:

    I am no longer cloth diapering 2 as my son is now peeing in the potty but I had trainers for him that I loved and that he liked as well. I think it would’ve been “fun” having twins to diaper, especially these 2 as you’d have the cute boy prints as well as girl prints, but I’m not sure if my sanity would stay intact with 4 children under 1 roof 😛

  12. I’m starting to want twins! I think I could cloth diaper 2 🙂

    • Cloth diapering two? No problem. Twins? That’s the subject of my nightmares. A friend of mine wrote this post, and another friend is having twins in a few months. Better them than me!

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