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!