Two Cloth Bundles of Joy

Posted by CDB Guest on 3/1/2011 to Cloth Diapering Multiples

In my first post, I mentioned that I am planning to cloth diaper my babies. I admit it. I have fallen for the cute designs and soft fabrics that make up the world of modern cloth diapering.

But my first turn to the idea came in dollars and sense... Upon the news of expecting twins, I tried to wrap my mind around the sheer number of dirty diapers that two cute little babies would make. The figures boggled my mind, and worse still, threatened my checkbook!

I did some math based on the cheapest possible route for diapers - buying bulk generic diapers and wipes. I calculated that my little ones would use on average close to 200 diapers a week for the first few months!

After that, the numbers didn't look much better. I calculated that I could potentially be spending about $4,000 or more over the course of birth to potty training for both children. To say nothing of any more children we may have.

My mom suggested cloth diapering, but in her mind it was still pins and plastic pants. I decided to look into the idea, but truly had resigned myself to the fact that we would go diaper broke on disposables because I couldn't stomach the dunk and swish cloth diaper method. Let's just say that I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that there were many other options available!

My first diaper search stop was on bumGenius! I was immediately in love with the concept of velcro and pockets - and in adorable colors to boot! Next, I checked out FuzziBunz. Again, the bright pallet and snaps had me drooling on the computer keyboard. But, I was dismayed when I realized how much the start-up cost would be. Thirty dollars per week over 2 1/2 years is one thing, but hundreds of dollars up front is completely another! Still, my trusty calculator convinced me that this was a very viable economic choice.

Next, I hesitantly delved into the Econobum and Flip systems. Again, I was in love with the idea, design and colors - and the chance to re-use the covers for more than one diaper change. And the price was lower, too! I had settled on the idea of those and thought the case was closed.

Until... I came across a few more diaper websites. The next several weeks were a blur!

It was Bummis, Thirsties, Prowraps, DSQ prefolds, flats, Snappis, SunBaby, Kissas and Kawaiis! I was in heaven! So many choices! So little time!

I wanted one of each, but the pocketbook said "Whoa, there!" Being on such a tight budget, I have had to make my choices purely for economic rather than pragmatic reasons.

So, I have settled on Kawaii diapers in a variety of styles. Since I anticipate small babies (twins average about 5 1/2 pounds each), I decided to go with the Pure and Naturals for the first little while.

I also will fill out the stash with Heavy Wetter overnight diapers, Heavy Duty with microfleece inner lining, and the Bamboo Minky in both Blue and Mom labels. Should my tiny twins need something smaller than Pure & Naturals, I will go to the gold standard prefolds or flats with Prowraps or Bummis covers.

I still want to try other diapers, but to start out, I think Kawaii and I will get along just fine. April is just around the corner, and Seth and Kate will join the fun of cute, soft diapers. I will update my stash recommendations then.

Until then, I will enjoy surfing the web for more cute diapers, and look forward to the time that I can use them on some adorable baby bums!

Comments

Date 6/26/2012 9:41:13 AM
Meghan Krouse
I think that it is great that you are going to do it. Honestly, I wish I would have switched sooner than I did when my daughter was 6 months. I love my Kawaii, but I had high hopes for the heavy wetters/overnight. They fell short. She still peed so much sleeping 10+ hours overnight that she'd wake up screaming and I have to changed her and all the sheets so we have gone back to disposables at night. Not my choice and we are still looking for something. They are also really wide in the crotch and
Date 12/30/2013
Margaret Clarkson
We're doing IVF in April with hopes of twins. What did you find ended up working best with twins? Was there a specific diaper / cover combo that you liked best? How did you handle the laundry load? And how many diapers did you end up needing?
Date 1/17/2014
Jennifer
Thanks for writing this! I always like to see how and why people decide to choose a brand. I can't imagine raising twins!
Date 5/3/2014
Jennifer
I would be interested to know how this worked out for you. I always hear that flats and prefolds are the way to go with newborns. I'm curious how the pockets worked out.
Date 5/20/2014
Cassanda deNevers
Reading this post makes me wish i hadn't given up on cloth with my first. I had no idea there were so many different options. We started with the prefolds and rubber pants and I gave up. Terrified of pricking my little one with pins. Glad I learned all this for our second little one and will definitely be using cloth for any future babies too. >)
Date 5/23/2014
Maria
I cant wait to try my blueberry capri covers with diaper rite bamboo prefolds on my two little coming twins!
Date 7/30/2015
Julie
Wow, twins! I can't imagine cloth diapering twins, especially in the beginning since my family hates cloth whenever we have a new baby. I have to wait till I'm recovered enough to do the laundry completely on my own because no one will help me. I'd love to try flats on a newborn. I've cloth diapered three of my babies (only one at a time though) and never even bothered to try flats until my third cloth baby was several months old. I hope all went well for you. :)

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