Cloth diapers

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Wed, 07-28-2010 - 3:01pm

I REALLY want to cd the twins, but am having such a hard time with the cost thing! Obviously I know it will be wayyy cheaper in the long run, but the upfront cost is pretty huge.

Any btdt moms of multiples gone the cloth diapering route? If so, how many would you recommend to start with for twins? We are deciding between either fuzzi bunz one size, or bumgenius4.0 one size. I know they are more expensive than prefolds, but I have used them before on other peoples kids and they are what I prefer!

Any other words of advice for me? Thanks in advance!


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Registered: 07-17-2008
Wed, 07-28-2010 - 3:50pm
I have not but I have a friend that has. I'll ask her opinion and get back to you. :-)
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Registered: 11-13-2008
Wed, 07-28-2010 - 4:49pm

I cloth diaper my older DD and plan to cloth diaper the twins as well. As far as how many you need depends on how often you'll be doing the wash. I sew my own and used to sell them (until it got too uncomfortable to sit and sew!) and I usually recommend 15 diapers to start with. This gives you 2 days worth of diapers and 1 or 2 to get by if you don't get to the wash right away.

I prefer the pocket diapers as well and that's what I make. I'm not familiar with the Fuzzi Bunz OS but I do like the BumGenius OS. I have some of the 3.0. There are a ton of fantastic WAHMs that sell cloth diapers on hyenacart and etsy if you think you might be interested in going that way as well.

Good luck and happy diapering!!





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Registered: 04-17-2008
Thu, 07-29-2010 - 10:40am

OMG!!!! You read my mind!!! I really want to CD our twins too and had no idea where to begin... I didn't with DD and knowing how much we spent on disposables over the last couple years I'm really wanting to cut at least SOME of that cost...

A friend of mine from high school CD'd each of her 6 kids so I sent her an email asking her opinion. Hopefully I'll be hearing from her soon. Otherwise, I've been doing some research in the mean time...

Here's some info that I've found so far!

http://breezymama.com/2010/07/28/road-test-cloth-diapers/#more-11621

http://allaboutclothdiapers.com/

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Registered: 02-26-2008
Thu, 07-29-2010 - 12:37pm

There's a diapering board here on IV that's pretty good...lots of good advice on "brands" and "methods"

http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-ppdiapers

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Thu, 07-29-2010 - 10:54pm
I have a magazine with a bunch of coupons in it for cloth diapers. I'm not sure if it's for the brands you're thinking of, but if they are I'm happy to pass them on, I won't be needing them ;)
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Registered: 02-07-2005
Fri, 07-30-2010 - 1:20pm

(coming out of extreme lurkerdom)This is a post I've posted on various forums about how I diaper my twins:

I've been cloth diapering my twins since they were 3 weeks old and about 5 pounds. We had to start out in preemie prefolds with preemie covers because there was no way any OS pocket or AIO was going to fit them. Even at that point, the x-small FB was a bit big on them.

Here's what my stash looks like:
*36 preemie prefolds
*10 proraps preemie covers
*24 newborn prefolds
*14 kissaluvs size 0 fitteds
*4 x-small Fuzzibunz
*12 x-small thirsties covers (the duo cover wasn't out at the time, or I might have gone with that instead)
*24 regular infant prefolds
*24 premium infant prefolds
*48 premium prefolds
*10 small thristies covers
*4 medium thirsties covers
*4 small wool covers
*2 wool longies for nighttime
*4 medium wool covers
*8 sustainablebabyish fitteds for nighttime
*6 sustainablebabyish nosnap fitteds for going out

Here's what we've done:
--used the preemie prefolds for like 2 weeks before I moved up to the newborn size, used the covers until they were about 7 pounds. if i had thought about it and realized the preemie prefolds were just less absorbant than the newborn ones, I would have just bought the newborn prefolds instead. but now they are nice to have around for burp rags and doublers.
-- used the newborn prefolds until they were about 7 pounds then moved up to the infant size, only because I found it easier to put the bigger prefolds on them.
--used the kissaluvs 0s until they were 12 pounds.
--I never used the x-small fuzzibunz. Never once. total waste of my money lol!
-- i should have gotten all 4x8x4 infant prefolds instead of half 4x6x4 but I didn't realize what I had ordered (yay sleep deprivation) so I used the 4x6x4s for day/ awake time and the 4x8x4s for naps and nighttime.

I had 18 Bumgenius pockets, 5 fuzzibunz and 4 blueberry pockets. The plan had been for me to move them into pockets once they outgrew their newborn stash, but that didn't happen. I LOVE my prefolds. I really do. I thought I would hate them but now i can't imagine using pockets. I've never once reached for them when diapering these babies so I've since sold the pockets and gotten the fitteds for going out, instead.

The main benefit for prefolds, for me, is they are not time consuming at all. You don't have worry about stripping or buildup. I can literally wash, dry, fold and put them away with one hand, which is awesome. Stuffing pockets took so much time when I was diapering 1 kid, I honestly couldn't find the time to stuff at least 20 pockets a day for 2 babies. The extra time I spend putting a prefold on them vs. using a pocket is far less combined than the time I would spend stuffing pockets. I chose not to use an AIO because they take so long to dry.

I would think you would need at least 40 pockets to diaper twins and wash every other day, especially during the newborn stage. This is one of the reasons why I went with prefolds-- I'm kinda cheap that way.

With 48 diapers (prefolds) I normally wash every day and a half. When they were younger, there were some days I 'd do a load everyday (I should have bought 36 newborn prefolds to have at least 4 dozen total diapers and not had to worry about washing everyday.)

When we go out I still use the prefolds and fitteds. I have 2 medium wetbags that I rotate for small trips out (less than 6 hours) and I have 1 large wetbag for the times we are out longer. I haven't used cloth on big trips, more than a day, because they would take up too much room when packing. We have enough stuff to take already. I've never had a problem with smell when we go out, I just put them in the bag as is and rinse when we get home if needed.

For our home time, I use a dry pail with a liner. I just use a regular garbage can, I can't remember the size, but it isn't huge, maybe 15 gallon (still would fit under the kitchen sink) and then I have an extra liner for when one is in the wash. Never had a problem with smell because I keep it open.

I do use cloth wipes at home, but use disposables when we are out, mainly out of laziness. I keep disposable wipes in the diaper bag anyway for cleaning dirty faces and surfaces so it is easy for me to just use them for their bums too.

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Registered: 07-17-2008
Fri, 07-30-2010 - 2:35pm
Thank you so so much for the helpful post. I hope you don't mind but I've book marked it so if anyone asks later on I can refer them back to your post. :-)
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Registered: 02-07-2005
Fri, 07-30-2010 - 4:32pm

no problem. I'm working on an epic blog series about diapering twins that I hope to have out in a couple of weeks to be able to just have all of the info in one spot.

I really did think it would be a pain in the butt (haha) to use cloth but it is so easy and much less pain that the sticker shock of disposables for us.

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Registered: 03-17-2008
Mon, 08-02-2010 - 8:34am

Wow the previous post is so extensive! I saved it.


With our twins, we are using the bum genius 4.0 and sadly huggies for day care. (day care will not accept the cloth). I also use the dry pail with a liner (we use normal trash bags). I got the biggest bulk pack of the bum genius they had and we are starting with those once the boys come home (NICU allows the cloth diapers now that babies are in cribs). If I need more, I will order more.


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Registered: 04-25-2005
Wed, 08-04-2010 - 3:13pm
I've been cd'ing my twins since about 6 weeks. It's been great! I highly, highly recommend it! We mostly use Gro Baby's (now GroVia), with about 8 Bum Genius 3.0's. I also have 2 fuzzibuns and 2 flips. I bought 2 of each to start, and quickly found that I liked the GroBaby the best, but the Bum Genius at night. So we started kind of slowly, then built up. I did buy a "Live" package of dipes from Gro Baby, which I think was 12 shells and 24 inserts? Then I've bought more gro Baby's on sale and with discounts, as they phased in the new line.
We've used disposables on trips and some overnights, and always have some on hand, in case the laundry isn't done, but I've never run out, and I do laundry every 2-3 days. I have a bathroom and laundry room on the main floor, so that does make it easier to rinse them and pop them in in the laundry.
If you can, become a fan of the CD's you are interested in on Facebook--they do tons of discounts and giveaways to build their brand. I especially recommend Kelly's closet and Diapershops.com, and their blog, the Cloth diaper whisperer for tons of great advice.
It does have a bigger start-up cost, but the money we are saving is huge! Well worth it! And if you haven't had the babies yet, you can register or ask for GC's to the websites. I got a BIG gc from a group of friends for a local cloth diaper store, and that's where I bought my big package.
Good luck!
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