Cloth Diapers With Twins

Jade - posted on 08/17/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I am having twin boys soon and didnt use cloth diapers for my first daughter, so i dont know much about them. I was wondering where to start and which kinds would be best for them? Also how to clean them and if different types are specificallly better for boys or overnights?

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Jen - posted on 08/18/2009

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I cloth diaper two children as well. I won't even pretend it's like taking care of twins, but the diaper laundry is about what you'll experience. I personally love diapers made of cotton or cotton/hemp because they are so much easier to clean. My microfiber inserts would take 4 or 5 cycles of wash and rinsing to get *clean*. Because you'll be so busy taking care of TWO, I would consider the diaper that has the easiest wash routine, for sure. I would use Charlie's Soap, or some other laundry soap that is clean rinsing, meaning no detergent build-up. The last thing you'll want to be doing, as a mom of twins no less, is stripping your diapers once a month. Charlie's soap is like, $14 for 80 loads. You do have to use it on all your laundry because it strips the detergent off of your machine and could redeposit these on your diapers.

Some other websites to check out:

www.diaperpin.com

www.greenmountaindiapers.com

www.preciousdignity.com

www.nickisdiapers.com



Some all cotton diapers to check out, in addition to Vilate's:

Cover Your Clovers - Organic Cotton Velour Milled in the USA and sewn in Columbus, Ohio backed up by a lifetime warrenty (really the only cloth diaper I've heard with a lifetime warrenty). The price is cheaper than other organic cottons you'd find, like Swaddlebees.

GMD prefolds, or any sized prefolds for that matter. Just lay inside a cover and you're done. So cheap, like $2.00 a prefold. You might consider at least a dozen or two. The only thing I don't like about most prefolds is they aren't milled and sewn in the USA, but most are at least fair trade and/or organic as an option for you. I love the Thirsties Duo Wrap, you only have to buy two sizes of covers for your little ones' diapering years. They offer very cool colors. PUL isn't as breathable as wool, but I like it and it doesn't bother my girls at all. PUL coupled with cotton is a good combination, and most covers, especially at the top by baby's belly, don't form a perfect fit around baby's skin, so some air flows through that way. I do use wool at night, though, just for kicks and grins. I might use wool more this winter, NOT because wool is hot because it's not, it keep s baby's skin very cool and it's very breathable, but just because it's more bulky. I might get some wool pants to put on over fitteds or pinned prefolds.

I would also check out the Swaddlebees EcoNappi, it's an all cotton pocket diaper. And like I said, Swaddlebees offers all sorts of organic cotton diapering products, but they also offer microfiber inserts and like I said, those are a pain.

GroBaby is another cotton diaper, but it fits really small. It fits my toddler, but leaves a harsh red mark on the back. It also says that you can reuse the shells, but after your baby has soaked the attached soaker, and esp if it's been through nap time or a full night's sleep, the mesh on the cover has a strong urine/ammonia smell and I don't reuse them like it says you could. Sometimes I can get two changes out of one cover, but more often, not. So, it's a very glorified all in two. But you might like it, it is one-size and might work really great for those first couple months. So that's another thought.

That's just my experience. Some moms have no problem with microfiber. I can't fathom it, but ...

I've been cloth diapering for 2 years, but have used the modern cloth for only 7 months. But long enough to have a bad experience with the microfiber and good experiences with cotton.

Good luck with your twins and welcome to cloth diapering! You'll love it and whatever works for you and your family, you're making a great decision for your wallet, your baby's bottom and the environment!

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Jade - posted on 08/19/2009

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Ive got mosly prefolds with cute covers, but i did get a few from my grandma that are thirsties or something like that. i was practicing on one of my daughters stuffed animals thats about baby size and i think i got it down, except for if they wiggle and theres going to be two of them lol

Jade - posted on 08/19/2009

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This really has been helpful and i have found alot of information online as well. I just cant wait for them to arrive now :)

User - posted on 08/19/2009

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I cloth diaper twin girls. I got started buying a variety second hand off craigslist. Then once we knew what we liked I negotiated for a "twins rate" with the local baby boutique that sells cloth diapers. A lot of online cloth diaper sources have twins packages available, too. I use a combo of prefolds and fitted Kissaluvs. Recently I got my hands on some Kushies all-in-ones and I like to use those for when were out and about or for grandparents/babysitters. Seems the grandparents feel more comfortable with using an all in one. Regarding cleaning I use Charlie's Soap. I do a cold prewash with no soap and a hot wash with Charlies. The prefolds and fitted diapers that I get second hand I do a one-time boil for 10 minutes to strip the diapers of detergent residue. Although boiling would ruin an all in one or anything that has snaps, etc. it works great for prefolds.

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I am using cloth on three right now. My 2 1/2 year old and twin boys who are 7 months old. Cloth is easy and not a big deal.

I do a load of diapers every day just to keep on top of them. But hey - the machine does all the work - lol

I use a regular kitchen trash can with a foot pedal top to store them in. I also use a "wet bag" in the trash can that I wash with the diapers. I don't dry them in the dryer - I put them outside in the sun. The sun really bleaches out any stains that may happen.

I had two dozen pocket diapers for the twins to start and it was more than enough.

Vilate - posted on 08/17/2009

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ahh the joys of beginning! :)

I have a webpage that I started specifically for newbies! here http://www.niftynappybyvilate.weebly.com

It has all sorts of info on types of diapers, and care of..., and covers

I would suggest fitteds or pockets depending on ease and who will be using them. :)

I would suggest 20 for 2 kiddos. This will leave you washing ever 2 or 3 days.



I also if you are asking would suggest my diapers! :)



I do want to encourage you though. I have diapered 2 off and on through my kids and it is totally do able! Good luck, and just let me know if there is anything I can do to help or any questions I can answer! Good luck mama!

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