Apr 9, 2013

Cloth Diapering Twins: The First Month

Or the post where I smugly declare success.
 
We have been cloth diapering for about a month now and it is safe to say that I LOVE it. I might be obsessed with these two fluffy butts. How could anyone not be?!? They are just too cute!
 
 
 
I received so many snide comments and underhanded remarks while I was pregnant and told people I planned to use cloth diapers on twins. Well let's just say that I want to smugly declare my success to every one of them.
 
I admit, I wasn't as positive that cloth diapering two would work as I appeared in my posts, but I REALLY wanted it to. And it does.
 
We started with cloth diapers when the little guys hit 8lbs and began using Best Bottoms Diapers and FuzzyBunz Diapers. Since then we have also tried Grovia, Sweet Peas, and Happy Heiny. We still have swaddlebees, blueberry, trend labs, bummis, and little monsters to try. The Best Bottoms are BY FAR my favorites. Sadly, no local DFW stores carry them but ordering online is SO easy!
 
A run-down of the brands we have tried from least favorite to favorite:
 
Grovia: I really like that these are AI2s (which means they have a liner and an insert that snaps in). This is an advantage because for a damp but not soiled diaper you can pop out the insert, replace it with a clean one and reuse the outer shell. I love that this means less to carry with me when we go out and less laundry. However, I don't care for the liners that Grovia sells. They also use a proprietary snap so I can't use their shell with any other brand of liner. Annoying. These diapers also don't fit my guys right. We have tried them three times (twice on Davy who is bigger and once on Tripp) and I have had one blowout and two leaky diapers. Not impressed. My four Grovia's and 10 liners will be listed for sale soon.
 
Happy Heiny: These diapers are pocket diapers which means the absorbent insert stuffs into the diaper. This means the whole diaper (shell and insert) needs changed with each diaper change. I thought I would like pocket diapers the best because touching the insert that had been peed on or soiled sounded pretty gross, but it isn't gross at all. And so these are just more work because you have to stuff them after doing laundry. These don't fit the little guys well, but since they aren't awful I will keep them and try them again when the boys have a bit more meat on their bones.
 
Sweet Pea in a Pod AI3s: Like an AI2, an AI3 has a snap in insert, but the insert is in two pieces for extra absorbency. The inserts in these diapers are very nice and very absorbent, but the actual diaper doesn't fit on my small guys. I think I will like these diapers better when the boys are bigger, but for now they gap around their little thighs. These diapers have a single gusset so that little gap means they leak every time.
 
FuzziBunz: FuzziBunz is a big dog in the cloth diaper world and has a great design. I love that the legs are a separate piece of sizable elastic so you get a really good snug fit. I dislike that they are pocket diapers. I just really prefer the AI2s!
 
Best Bottom: These are my favorites BY FAR. They fit great. They have a number of adjustments for fit. The inserts snap in and out really easily. They have a double gusset around the leg opening to contain any messes. My husband also likes these ones best, so they are our go to for diapering the boys.
 

We have enough of these that we are using them almost exclusively, which is the reason I haven't gotten around to trying all of the other brands in my stash. Best Bottoms always have snaps for the rise, but the waist can be either snaps or velcro. I only purchased snaps originally because I had heard that older babies will take the velcro off themselves, resulting in diaper catastrophes. After trying a velcro diaper (my grovias were velcro) I have ordered five velcro Best Bottoms to add to our stash. The velcro are so easy to use in the middle of the night when I am trying not to turn the lights on.


Same diaper. Snaps vs Velcro
In summary: I'm seriously loving cloth. Like giddy about the fluffy butts. Don't mind the laundry**. Smug satisfaction with each diaper. Loving cloth diapering. Even for twins!
 
Or maybe especially for twins. Who can resist this!
 
 
Fascinated by the dog.
Sometimes we wear clothes with our fluff and BabyLegs
 
 
** A full post of my laundry routine is being written, but the boys don't let me blog frequently so it might be a few days!
 

4 comments:

  1. My new baby is due any day, and we are planning to do cloth for the first time (we used sposies on our 4yo and 5yo). I've been a bit nervous, but reading about your success with cloth and TWINS is very reassuring! Thanks!

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    1. So glad it made you feel better!

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  2. Diaper Sprayers a few facts: No Diaper Sprayer on the market was manufactured for that purpose; they are all originally Hand Held Bidet Sprayers. That is why so many people are complaining about their sprayers breaking, because they were not made to handle the abuse. You can save money and buy a cheap plastic sprayer and then need to buy another one soon or you can get a Stainless Steel Sprayer at www.BathroomSprayers.com for a little more that will last, it comes with a 5 year warranty. And don't forget, using it as a Hand Bidet means you will save money on toilet paper, everyday....forever....Just a thought

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  3. Diaper Sprayers a few facts: No Diaper Sprayer on the market was manufactured for that purpose; they are all originally Hand Held Bidet Sprayers. That is why so many people are complaining about their sprayers breaking, because they were not made to handle the abuse. You can save money and buy a cheap plastic sprayer and then need to buy another one soon or you can get a Stainless Steel Sprayer at www.BathroomSprayers.com for a little more that will last, it comes with a 5 year warranty. And don't forget, using it as a Hand Bidet means you will save money on toilet paper, everyday....forever....Just a thought

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