July 15, 2012

What I've learned from cloth diapering twins. Part 1 Why I chose cloth diapers

Finding out we were having twins what quite a shock.  All the books I read about getting pregnant all say if you think you are ready, make sure you are ready for twins.  What are the odds, right?  Twins?  Their are none in my family, it's not going to happen to us.... well... we all know it did.  This really put a kink in my well thought out post baby life plan.  The biggest one being that I would not be able to afford child care so I was going to have to stay home.  This caused us to reevaluate some many things.  Cloth diapers being on that list.

Now the initial start up of cloth diapers can be daunting.  It is getting better know, their are some cheaper options, but we went middle of the line.  We started with Bum Genius.  We actually got a lot for shower gifts to that helped.  Our initial investment before the babies even came was a couple hundred, and we have slowly added a few more here and there at anywhere for 10 - 25 bucks a pop.  That may sound like a lot, but when you think about it they will last all the way through the twins and whatever children come after them.  And with disposable diapers I received as gifts, I have only bought one box of regular diapers this whole year.  (I do put them in overnight disposable and have bought a few of those).

The other reason I like cloth diapers is how much waste we are not having by using cloth.  During the holidays and when Will broke his leg we were using primarily disposable diapers.  I would empty the diaper pail every other day.  That really adds up!  When we just use one diaper at night I empty it once a week.  What a difference!  I am not the greenest person I know, nor as I am green as I would like to be.  Right now in my life convenience totally wins!  And here's the thing, the diapers I use are completely convenient!  They are an extra couple loads of laundry and that's it!

Here's some of my diaper stash, with two I need a lot!

And I mean look at those diapers!  How cute are those?  There is nothing quite as cute as a baby tushie in a cloth diaper.  They make them so cute!  I think this is the main reason I can not stop buying them (my husband often reminds me that we are doing this to save money).  But really, who doesn't love a cute baby tushie?!

Here is what's coming up in the rest of the series
Part 2  Which brands I like the best and why
Part 3  My must have accessories along with cleaning tips
Part 4  What I've learned from cloth diapering twins.  Tips and funny diaper stories.  (come one, who doesn't love a good diaper mishap?)

Make sure you check back to read the rest of them!


  1. Great post, Mary! Looking forward to the rest of your series.

    I'm also a fan of cloth dipes, but I make my own. Some of the dipes are on baby #3 and they are barely hanging on. But really, I've used some of them for 5 years. Not bad for a few t-shirts and flannel sheets=)

  2. Love it! I'm getting ready to do some cloth diapering posts too. :) Love them, love them! I would be interested in knowing about newborn cloth diapers.. for our future babes. ;)

  3. Well done. Can't be easy.

    I came to this via Crazy Mama's fun blog hop. I have linked in a post about the artist Klimt.
    Have a good week.

  4. Do I spy an octopus with an umbrella? Haha! Thats awesome!

  5. I can only imagine how much diaper laundry you must wash. I am your newest follower from the Toddle Along Tuesday blog hop.


  6. Too funny! I was just talking to a friend about thinking about cloth diapering. I'm looking forward to the upcoming posts and learning from you. :)

  7. Thanks so much for sharing this with Monday Mom Musings. I love a great CD post and have absolutely no experience with diapering more than one sweet baby. I appreciate your insight, Mary!

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