Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Cloth Diapering x2

When we made the decision over 3 years ago to cloth diaper or children, we imagined that we would have one out of diapers by the time we had our second child... Of course, try as we might, Hayden wasn't quite ready to be potty-trained by the time his sister arrived. He was potty-trained when she was about 2 to 3 months old so we actually only had 2 months of overlap. She wore disposable diapers the first month since she was too tiny to fit well in the cloth ones. 
Anyway, I wanted to share our experience, in case anyone else is considering cloth diapering their babes. It can seem a little overwhelming at first, when you're already thinking about ten million other baby things, but once you get used to the process, it doesn't take too much extra time or energy. 
With Hayden, we had 18 diapers total, and we washed them every few days. When Charlotte came along, we had a few more diapers gifted to us, plus we bought a couple more, giving us 24 diapers total. We found that this is the perfect number for two kids. Hayden was only using 4 - 5 per day (he slept in a heavier disposable) and Charlotte was going through 10 - 12 per day at first.  
Here are my tips for cloth diapering multiple babies:  
1. Split up the diapers by color. Maybe it doesn't matter to you if your kids are wearing each other's diapers, but I preferred to have one set just for him, and one for her. Plus, we could keep Charlotte's snapped in the smaller position, instead of having to redo the snaps all the time. We gave Charlotte more of the diapers since she went through them more quickly than Hayden.
2. Plan to wash diapers every other night. We would run the longest, cleanest wash cycle that our washing machine has so we would save these loads for bedtime so that it was running during the night. In the morning, I would just throw them all in the dryer before the kids got up.
3.  Have a wet bag in each room. We haven't found a wet bag big enough that can hold all the dirty diapers at once, so we would have a bag hanging in each room to collect the dirty diapers. This is our go-to brand and we have large ones in the rooms, a couple of medium sized ones that we can just keep in the diaper bag for changing on the go. We always throw the wet bags in the wash at the same time as the diapers so that everything gets sanitized. 
4. Our brand of choice: Bumgenius 4.0  . These diapers come in lots of cute colors and after over 350 washes, they are still looking good. We've had one diaper with a broken snap, but other than that, they are still in great condition. We have a few that are all-in-one diapers and those ones are the thicker ones. They are great for overnight diapers.
5. Be flexible! We primarily use cloth diapers with the kids, but know that there will be some times when this just isn't in the cards (in this process of moving, we've been relying more heavily on disposables, or when Hayden was wearing a diaper at night - we went with a disposable). Cloth diapering is really wonderful but it shouldn't be something that causes you undue stress.  

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