10 Tips for Cloth Diapering TWO Toddlers!Danielle
For the longest time I only had one child in cloth diapers — my middle son Benjamin who is currently working on potty training for the 300th time. When my peanut of a baby finally got a little bit bigger and fit into her cloth without leaks we were up to two.
Now, there are two toddlers in cloth diapers. There are ups and downs to it, but I am for sure there are more positives than negatives. Well, except for the laundry, but we know how I feel about laundry in general!
A couple weeks ago someone asked me, “How do you do it?” and I didn’t really understand the question. How do I do what?
“How do you keep up with two kids in cloth diapers?”
I had never really put much thought into it. It always was just… get it done!
No laundry and folding, no diapers. And I certainly cannot run out of diapers! That right there would just be catastrophic!
I also enlisted the help of some of my personal favorite cloth diapering bloggers who have had more than one kiddo in cloth diapers at once!
What kind of tips would you give to people looking for advice on cloth diapering more than one child?
Invest in a Diaper Sprayer! 1 of 10I honestly don't know how I ever survived without a diaper sprayer for as long as I did! I highly suggest making sure you invest in a good diaper sprayer! The one we use in our house is made by the great cloth diapering company Knickernappies, and was super easy to install, and use!
Check out the Knickernappies Diaper Sprayer Here
Keep Your Stash Organized 2 of 10Find a storage solution that helps YOU stay organized with your diapers after they make it out of the wash. I store all of ours in the trundle drawer under my daughter's crib. We used to keep them in three separate baskets in two rooms (daughter's bedroom, and the boy's bedroom) but it just started to become too confusing. Organization is key to staying on top of it!
Wash Often! 3 of 10When I say often, I mean do a load of diapers every day, or every other day!
If you aren't washing that much not only are you going to run out of diapers, but you are also going to start to get that smell... the smell that is hard to get out of your diapers without taking extraordinary measures!
Take Advantage of the Sun! 4 of 10Speaking of washing diapers, the other step in that process is drying. I find that if you are washing frequently it is extremely helpful to use a clothes line for drying, if you have one of course! I find that the sun light helps to really brighten the diapers and bleach them out nice and naturally!
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Hunt for Deals and Coupons! 5 of 10Deals and coupons on websites like Kelly's Closet are the best way to make sure you have enough diapers! Never pay full price unless it is a diaper you just have to have! Kelly's Closet is ALWAYS having some kind of sale where you buy so many diapers and get one free, or if you spend so much money on your order you get a free diaper of a $20 value! Hunt for the deals and you will save bundles of money and be able to afford a stash big enough for two!
Check out Kelly's Closet!
Read the Blogs & Internet! 6 of 10The internet has so much good information about cloth diapers. There are so many cloth diaper blogs, moms who blog and also cloth diaper chats, and Twitter parties on cloth diapering... and they all have so much good information! All of the above is what helped me jump into cloth diapering and actually keep me going. I still am learning so much everyday!
His & Her Diapers 7 of 10Some toddlers can be territorial over their possessions, which is completely understandable. Emily from BabyDickey.com told me what she did to make her toddler comfortable when her daughter was born -
"My toddler was very territorial of his things when our daughter was born. To keep him from getting upset that she was wearing "his" diapers, I let him help me pick out what FUN color she gets to wear! When he gets to take part in the decision making, he's excited to help out!"
Check out Emily on BabyDickey.com
Do the Dollars and Cents 8 of 10When I heard this suggestion for those who may easily be discouraged by cloth diapering two, I thought it was genius. Kim Rosas from Dirty Diaper Laundry submitted this one -
When you get discouraged at how frequently you are washing your diapers (I was used to washing every 3-4 and was going every 1-2 with two babies in cloth) check out the sheer number of diapers being reused every week. Translate that to .25 per diaper and imagine disposables being thrown out then remember why you started using cloth diapers in the first place. This too shall pass.
Check out Dirty Diaper Laundry
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Three Words: All-in-Ones 9 of 10All-in-one diapers are a lifesaver! Whem Emi from The Cloth Diaper Report gave me her tip, I totally thought... DUH! Why didn't I think of that!?
Emi Said -
All in One diapers! Even though it does not take all that long to stuff pocket diapers. Those extra 10 minutes, 3 days a week can open up time for other things, which is nice.
Check out Emi's blog The Cloth Diaper Report
Reuse Prefold Covers! 10 of 10I have to admit I am not very knowledgeable when it comes to prefolds, although I am certainly learning! But Julie from Cloth Diaper Geek is; in fact, Julie cloth diapered twins! This is what she had to say -
I cloth diapered twins with success and this is my advice to moms with multiples in diapers. My tips for two or more in cloth is to use prefolds and covers as often as you can when at home and to plan on washing daily. Prefolds will be the most forgiving and easiest to change, plus they're inexpensive. Covers can be reused until you feel they need washing, so you won't need one for every single diaper change. Plan on using your pricier pockets and all-in-ones for overnight or when you need to go out to run errands. You'll have a LOT of diapers to wash and waiting more than a day would most likely yield more diapers than you should wash in one load, so washing every 24 hours would be preferred.
Check out Julie's blog The Cloth Diaper Geek!
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