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?

Cloth Diapers – Best and Worst for Poo (Part II)

Yesterday, I put up a list for the best and worst cloth diapers for poo.  However, it got a little long, so I decided to split it into three parts before it became one huge tl;dr.  (Too long; didn’t read.)  Here’s the second parts!

Blueberry cloth diapersBlueberry cloth diapers

Blueberry cloth diapers are another wonderful, all around cloth diaper.  I love the beautiful prints, the angled snaps and the fact that I can stuff them to make them a fantastic overnight cloth diapering solution for Norton.  They won’t necessarily contain the scariest poops ever, but they are remarkably easy to clean, much like FuzziBunz and BumGenius.

Where to buy: Lagoon Baby (Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store (US), Kelly’s Closet (US), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada)

Bummis prefold cloth diapers

Bummis prefold cloth diapers

Bummis prefolds and covers

Cleaning from the prefold is no problem, depending on the fold.  You just pick it up and spray.  Cleaning the covers?  Meh.  It’s got that same “be careful or the water will seriously bounce back at you” issue that I find to be common with the majority of covers out there.

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store (US), Kelly’s Closet (US)

TotsBots Easy Fit

TotsBots Easy Fit

TotsBots Easy Fit

This is just an “okay” diaper for poop.  It catches okay, and it rinses okay.  The only worry is that I have to be careful which end I hold the diaper to spray so that the all-in-one tongue doesn’t fall out.  For Norton, this is not an issue, but since Eudora poops up the back, there are times that poo actually gets in the little space above the pocket.  Gross.  Still a great diaper that has its advantages!

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store (US), Kelly’s Closet (US)

BumGenius Freetime

BumGenius Freetime

BumGenius Freetime

Now we’re starting to get into the “please don’t poop in these cloth diapers!” collection.  I love my BumGenius Freetime diapers.  They’re effective.  They’re easy to use.  They hold poop as well as the BumGenius 4.0.  But I hate cleaning them.  They’re an all-in-one diaper and the flaps kind of… well, flap when I try to clean one.  I seem to end up with either the poop oozing under the flaps or the wrong flap on top for poop purposes.

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store (US)

Stay tuned for the rest of the list tomorrow!  Which cloth diapers do you find to be the most poop friendly?

Getting Brave with Using Cloth Diapers – An Overnight Sensation

I’ve finally done it.  I’ve taken a bold new step in using cloth diapers with Eudora.  When I’d attempted this method of using cloth diapers with Norton, it was, more often than not, a failure.  With Eudora, I’ve had much more success.

I’m using cloth diapers overnight.

I’m finding that it’s much more successful with Eudora.  You see, I very seldom had a wet bed with her in her disposable diapers, and that’s with her sleeping nine to thirteen hours at a stretch.  The rare occasions that I did find a wet bed in the morning was because she’s just so darned skinny and has such a high rise.  She sort of manages to wiggle out of the disposable.  I find my precious baby girl sporting a plumber’s crack under her sleeper.

Since disposables don’t seem to fit my skinny girl all that well, and she’s not the heavy wetter that her big brother is, I gave my BumGenius Freetime a shot.  When I got her up in the morning, the diaper was saturated… but the bed was not.  Nor were her pajamas or swaddle.  I’d had some overnight cloth diapering success.

I only have two BumGenius Freetime diapers in my stash, so I decided to give a chance to the other diaper that I thought might manage.  After all, this combination had an occasional success with Norton, and that kid pees like a faucet… especially at night.  I used a Tots Bots Easy Fit diaper with an added bamboo insert.  It also worked.

So, now I have three overnight cloth diapering solutions with Eudora.  I’m thrilled.  This is something that I’d been terrified of trying due to the repeated failures that I’ve had with my boy.  At this rate, I may be able to limit the use of any and all disposable diapers to when Grandma Kitty and Grumpy Red are baby-sitting.  That would be completely and totally awesome.  It’s my fervent hope that Eudora outgrows the massive box of size two Huggies diapers we bought from Costco long before we run out.

Are you using cloth diapers overnight?  What’s your magic solution?