Check out Poppy from The Parenting Patch! This little sprout is modeling a Planet Wise cover in Aqua Swirl. Heather of The Parenting Patch likes to stuff her Planet Wise diaper covers with Best Bottom inserts, but I’m a fan of using Flip inserts instead.
Wow. 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?
When I had first decided that I wanted to use cloth with Norton, I had a lot of questions. One of the things that I wasn’t sure about was storing dirty cloth diapers. My only real life experience with using cloth diapers was when my sister used flats on my niece. (My niece is an adult now, so flats were about as good as it gets back then.) I knew how my sister stored diapers, but that was about it.
It turns out that caring for modern cloth diapers is a bit different than how my sister cared for diapers back in the early 1990’s… or how my mother cared for her cloth diapers back in the 1960’s and 1970’s. [Read more…]