Sunday, September 8, 2013

Cloth Diapering for Two

Cloth Diapering for two = Double the laundry.  We had a great stash of cloth diapers for Phoebe (that were given as a shower gift), but only received one more diaper at a shower for Haddie Grace.  So we've been cloth diapering two with a cloth diaper stash for one.  But you know what, we are making it work.  We have 18 diapers, so in order to exclusively cloth diaper it means that I have to wash them every day.  Phoebe goes through about six in a day and Haddie Grace goes through maybe 8-10.

There are lots of different brands and types of diapers out there.  After doing some research, we choose to  use bumGenius One-Size Cloth Diapers.  The snaps allow you to change the size of the diaper to fit babies from 7-35lbs.  So I use the same diapers for both babies and just adjust the size by the snaps for each child.

Go back here to read more about our decision to cloth diaper and how we handled it with just one baby.
What does all this mean with two children in diapers?  It means I don't exclusively cloth diaper anymore.  I am normally pretty good about getting the diapers washed and stuffed every day or every other day, but if I miss a day and have to put them in disposables, I don't worry about.  Let's face it, having two kids under two is busy and you don't always have time to wash and stuff diapers.  We choose to cloth diaper mainly to save money on diapers, but also to reduce landfill waste. So I figure whenever we can use the cloth we are saving money, and when we use disposables, I don't feel bad about it.

With one baby I did exclusively cloth diaper.  I had no problems using the cloth diapers when we were out and about.  I would just toss the dirty diapers in a wet bag and we were good to go.  I had no problems with Phoebe's diapers leaking.  When she started sleeping through the night and drinking more, I used hemp inserts to absorb the extra urine.  In fact at two years old she still sleeps overnight in a cloth diaper.  Haddie Grace, however, is another story.  She started rolling over and sleeping on her belly when she was three months old and I started having problems with leaking overnight and during naps that the hemp liners did not solve.  I guess she just pees more?  I have no idea, but I do put her in disposables for naps and overnight now.

We recently were given this bumGenius poop sprayer as a gift and let me tell you- it is AWESOME. (Thanks Lesley!)  It has transformed the way we handle diaper doodie.  It is certainly not a necessity to cloth diaper, but it does make life a little easier when those messy doodies explode beyond the confines of the diaper liner...
So what does cloth diapering for two look like?  More laundry and more dirty diapers.  It certainly is more work, but it is do-able.  Don't be discouraged!

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  1. Oh my are amazing! Seriously, watching you clean the diaper in the toilet makes me think that you are Superwoman. While we chose disposable diaper, I think it is awesome that you are so committed to cloth diapering. Kudos to you and thanks for hosting this party!

    Becky @

  2. i am so impressed with moms that do cloth diapering!! changing disposable diapers alone is a lot of work :)

  3. Wow! We exclusively cloth diaper one and that's plenty! You're amazing for doing it with two - way to go!
    We love BumGenius too...and I'd love to try a sprayer but for now we just use the flushable liners, which works well most of the time!

  4. Look at all those diapers! I've definitely been considering using cloth diapers when we have kids.

  5. I agree with Katie, major kudos to you for doing cloth for two kiddos!

  6. We only cloth diaper on the weekends (I've tried, but cannot commit to doing diaper laundry during the week in my limited spare time), and even then I find it hard to find time to stuff them in order to get her in cloth for the overnight Friday diaper!

  7. Another super helpful post. Have pinned it on the New Baby board.

    Thanks so much for sharing. Alice @ Mums Make Lists x


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