Cloth Diapering… with Multiples! (Giveaway!)

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Cloth Diapering… With Multiples!

Be honest.. does a little part of you cry inside every time you pay another 20 or 30 dollars for a box of diapers that will last you a week, or less? I’d venture to say it is as close as you can get to throwing your money down the toilet. Many people are surprised to hear that I use cloth diapers for my triplets; the thought of adding the extra laundry, and dealing with dirty diapers on top of the work that is already a part of having three babies may seem slightly inconceivable. In fact, those were my thoughts exactly when it was first suggested to me by a family member when I was pregnant. Being pregnant with triplets, I was already intimidated by the notion of caring for three babies, and I was afraid to take on any additional work. Consequently, I went with the status quo and used disposables for the first 6 months of their lives.

As time went on, our budget got tighter and tighter. The amount of money we were spending on diapers was astronomical, and even for a busy mom with a million things on my mind, it was hard to ignore the fact that we were taking out a giant trashbag every day, full of dirty diapers. (And that’s on top of the normal trash we generate on a daily basis.) I think they must have had to build a new landfill just for garbage from my household. I started to give the cloth diaper thing some more thought, and quickly found out that not only would it save us a TON of money, it would significantly reduce our family’s carbon footprint.

I pored over websites for hours, trying figure out exactly what I would need, what kind to buy, and where to buy them from. There is a LOT of information out there, enough to make your head spin in fact. My hope here is that I can keep it somewhat simple, so that maybe a few more people will take the plunge and give them a try.

If you don’t know much about cloth diapers, the first thing you need to do is get rid of the image that you have in your head right now: the plain white cloths, that fold up and fasten with pins. There is also no need for a big pail of water to soak your dirty diapers in. The cloth diapers of today are NOTHING like that, and if they were, I would absolutely not be using them. The diapers available today are colorful, waterproof (but not rubbery-looking), velcro fastening, non-staining and simple to use.

There are many systems of cloth diapering now: prefolds with covers, pocket diapers (what I mostly use), and all-in-ones to, name a few. I will touch on the other systems, but mostly what I will go into more detail on the kind I personally have experience with. I began by ordering a diaper from each system, and tried them all out to see what was the easiest for me.

Prefolds and covers:

The prefold system requires a cover, since the prefold itself is not waterproof. This two-piece system generally entails folding the prefold to fit in side the cover, then securing it with a snappi, and placing the cover over the fabric prefold. From my point of view, the main benefit of this system is that the cover does not need to be washed after every diaper change as long as it was not a “messy” diaper. There are some awfully cute diaper covers out there, with all different types of patterns and designs, and overall this seems to be the least expensive system of cloth diapering. The downside of them, for me, was that they seemed to leak occasionally, and it took a little know-how to learn the proper folding technique for the prefold.

Prefolds were not for me, but I must add that many people absolutely swear by this system. There are also “fitted” diapers, which are like prefolds but are a little more expensive, and don’t require any folding.

The All-In-One:

Another system I tried is the “all-in-one” diaper, which is as it sounds, a one-piece diaper with a waterproof outer layer. I have some BumGenius Organic one-size All-In-Ones, that I love because they are less bulky than your average cloth diaper, and are really good at containing messes. The drawback of this type of diaper, for me, was that it takes a very long time to dry; I often have to run these through the dryer twice to get them dry. They are also a little more expensive.

The Pocket Diaper:

The majority of my “stash” has become the very popular BumGenius 3.0 One-Size Pocket diaper. After trying several different brands of pocket diapers, I chose these because they almost NEVER leak (even overnight), come in cute colors, and adjust in size so that they will fit the babies throughout their diaper days. These diapers have the outer waterproof layer, and a suedecloth liner that forms a pocket, which you stuff an absorbent insert (or two) into to soak up the urine. The part of the diaper that touches baby’s skin always feels dry, no matter what. Personally I have not had a problem with stains because I periodically dry them on a clothesline outside, and the sun easily bleaches out the stains.

Sounds great so far, right? A lot of websites out there will tell you all the wonderful aspects of cloth diapering, and leave out the downsides. They do exist, but I think in the end you’ll find that the benefits will still outweigh the negatives.

One thing that took a little getting used to is the bulk of cloth diapers- they most certainly add a little “fluffiness” to their bottoms. It was strange at first, but the babies don’t notice it at all, and once you use them for a few days, you barely notice yourself. The only negative aspect of their size is that they may outgrow certain pants or shorts a little quicker than they would have otherwise, but that hasn’t been that big of a deal for us.

The laundering of cloth diapers can also be a challenge at times. Too much soap, or the wrong kind of soap and you will get buildup on your diapers, which will cause them to leak. Not enough soap, and the diapers can get stinky. It is usually recommended that diapers get a cold wash, then a hot wash, followed by a cold rinse, but it the end I think it depends on your washer, what kind of water you have and your personal preferences to find the perfect laundering system. Yes, you are using more water, but since there is only one hot wash, the cost of energy and water will still not come anywhere close to that of disposables.

The diapers can be dried in a dryer, but hanging them out to dry is ideal because it helps to keep them odor and stain-free, and of course saves energy.

And then there’s the question of… the poop. What about those especially unpleasant messes that are bound to happen? Solid waste goes into the toilet; most of the time I can just open up the diaper and let it drop right in, but for the less-than-solid variety, there is the diaper sprayer (costing about 25-30 dollars) which attaches right to your toilet so that you do not have to actually touch any of the mess.

If your septic system allows, you can use flushable diaper liners which make the job even easier. From there, the dirty diapers go into a “wetbag”, which is just a waterproof bag, usually with a zipper or drawstring closure. I did this for a while, but with my volume of diapers I decided it was easier to use a small plastic trashcan with a lid, which I purchased for $10.00, and I keep in my laundry room.

I do laundry about every day and a half now, and I own about 30 diapers. This was the amount I needed to buy to make sure I never ran out, but if you start early, you may need a few more, depending on how many babies you have and how often you want to do laundry. I spent about $450-500 on our diapers- seems like a lot, right? Well, these diapers are going to save us $3-4000.00 by the time our diaper days are over, so it is well worth the initial investment, time and effort.

Another great thing about cloth- there is a HUGE market for used diapers, so as long as they are in usable condition, you will be able to get back some of your investment when your kids are out of diapers. (Can’t do that with disposables!) One popular site for this is diaperswappers.com.

If you aren’t convinced yet, there are many more reasons to choose cloth that you can find on our friend Sultana’s website. I purchased most of my diapers from Simple Wonders Diapers because not only is she great to work with, her prices are phenomenal! She offers a great multiples discount as well as free shipping on all diaper packages and orders over $75. Her website is also a wonderful resource for those who are new to cloth diapering because everything is explained clearly and throroughly.

I know, it’s a lot of information to digest, but it truly doesn’t take long to get the hang of it! The type of system you use will depend on you, so its best to order a few different kinds to start with and see what works for you.

Please feel free to email me with any questions about cloth diapering! Now, on to the fun stuff.. the giveaway! Courtesy of our aforementioned friend Sultana at Simple Wonders Diapers, we are giving away a BumGenius All-In-One, size small, and an Imse Vimse Organic Diaper cover with a Fitted Happy Heiny diaper in size XS,(these are great for newborns!) Pardon my amateur photography!

You will not believe how soft this fitted diaper is, and this organic diaper cover has the most adorable animal pattern!

This is the BumGenius All-In-One.. it has a sewn-in absorbent pad, and a stay-dry liner. These diapers are virtually leak free.. I have never, ever had a blowout with my babies’ BumGenius diapers:
And, as if this is not enough… there’s more. We are including, for the winner of this giveaway, a trial size package of Crunchy Clean, an eco-friendly cloth diaper detergent.

I love, love love this detergent, because not only does it come in tons of delicious scents, it is made from all natural ingredients, phosphate-free, non-toxic and planet-friendly. My favorite scent? Monkey Farts. It may sound funny, but it is an incredible scent (think- bananas and coconut), and it will not cause buildup on cloth diapers like most major brands of detergent. Coincidentally, that is the scent of our giveaway sample!

If you are interested in other earth-friendly detergents, CrunchyClean also comes in a regular laundry detergent variety, so please be sure to stop by this online shop and check out her items! You can use the coupon code Multiples10 for an extra 10% off your order!

This prize package is perfect for any new or expecting mom! To enter, please visit Simple Wonders Diapers, and tell us what you think the cutest diaper in the shop is! It’s going to be harder than you think! That’s one entry.

Blog about this contest for 3 extra entries.

Follow for one more entry.

Tweet for one more! Be sure to let us know everything you did!

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67 comments

  1. I like the Butternut and Grasshopper Bum Genius Organic One Size AIO diapers. I’ve made a few blankets and have an array of hand-me-down clothes for my future babies. Some cloth diapers would make a lovely addition to the stash.
    Thank you so much posting on this topic. I’m a bit of a green gal and love the green aspect of cloth diapers. Besides that I am completely blown away when I pick up diapers for my niece. The cost is astronomical. But I’ve been nervous about cleaning the cloth diapers, we all know that with an infant most diapers can knock you off your feet! Thanks for taking the fear out of cloth diapering, I appreciate all of your words of wisdom. 🙂

  2. Extra entry: I’m a follower 🙂

  3. I cloth diapered for a while and loved it! I know of another GOMOTT mom who CD’s, and I have another friend who exclusively CD’s her twins! She has even had luck finding a daycare who will let her CD there which is hard to come by!

    We used BumGenius and loved them. We’ve gotten away from the cloth for a few reasons, but I do miss seeing my boys in their cute diapers.

  4. great post. I wish I would have known more about cloth diapering when my guys were little but I was one of those who beleived that it still involved folding diapers in a certain way and pinning them on. From the many freinds I have that do CD I have learned the truth. Though there are times when they show off their new diapers I’m glad we are past that stage because there are so many cute ones out there.

  5. I don’t want to enter this contest for me. I do want to enter it for my friend Lisa who has 2 sets of twins, all in diapers. She is just trying cloth diapers now and really does need these.

  6. Oh and I’m a follower and I forgot to mention which diapers I love … the organic ones.

  7. I am so glad you posted this. My GG twins are just about 6 months old. I’ve been pouring over the idea of cloth diapering all week. I can make them myself for about $6-7 per diaper (the pocket diaper type like Fuzzi Bunz (my favorite from the site). This was great information and I’ve just gone to 100% being convinced this is what I’m going to do. Thank-you!

    I’m definately a follower and am loving this blog and would love to win the detergent!!

  8. Trisha.R.Jackson

    Thanks for the post!! I love the Drybees Candy Stripe. I may have to have that one now :).

  9. Trisha.R.Jackson

    Oh! I also followed you and blogged about the giveaway!

  10. The Drybee in Candy Stripes is really cute.

  11. Great blog and a very convincing endorsement for CDs!

    My favorite from the Simple Wonders site is the Fuzzi Bunz Zoo Print!

    I followed and blogged, too!

  12. I follow.

  13. I’m so excited to start cloth diapering when I have my baby in June! THanks for your excellent tips. I love the Bum Genius diapers – all the colors, but especially Butternut.

  14. Christa @ Quintooples

    Well, now I can post!!!! With my PC! I’m back and I WANT TO WIN!!!! WOOHOO!!! I LOVE cloth and all 5 of mine have been in cloth in one way or another. I love her organic diapers, but I love the Drybees Candystripe too! So cute!!!!

    Enter me!!!

    I am blogging about it AS WE SPEAK!!! woohoo!!!

    I will tweet too!

  15. Christa @ Quintooples

    OK, I blogged, and tweeted!

    http://www.quintooples.com
    (my tweet is on the website)
    twitter ID: quintooples

  16. I love cloth diapers and hands down Bum Genius Pockets are my absolute favorite! I'm especially found of the Moonbean & Ribbit colors on my little guy.

    I blogged about this too!

  17. We are expecting our 2nd child in two months, and are planning to cloth diaper this time. We had discussed cloth diapering the first, but it never happened. We didn’t know anyone who cloth diapered, but now we know many families who do. I had thought that you still had to use the folded with pins! I’m so excited to see all of the adorable and convenient designs out there. I think my favorite is the BumGenius 3.0., probably the Zinnia color. We’re having a girl! 🙂 Thanks for the great tutorial, too.

  18. Oh, I just started cloth diapering my little one this week and I love it so far! I like the BumGenius ORGANIC One Size AIO in the blossom color.

  19. I’m so glad I’ve found your blog! I’m due in August with twins and have been debating over cloth diapering. I’m leaning towards the BumGenius because I’ve heard nothing but good things and I love the assortment of colors – I love them all!

  20. I still use vloth for my twins, have from the beginning (although don’t when I am on vacation)
    Right now we are actually using G-Diapers…in hopes of transitioning to potty training….

    Great detailed post!!!

  21. heather@it'stwinsanity

    I’m cloth diapering 4 right now (two sets of twins plus one more at night!) so I would love to win. I think my favorites are the Jam Tots in the pastel colors- the blue, the lavender… yummy!

  22. Instant Family of 4

    I currently cloth diaper my twin boys age 11 months. We made the switch at about 4 months and have never looked back. My favorites from the site are the new fuzzi bunz in zoo print, and the bumgenius in boy colors.

  23. Great post! I liked the Blue Dot Wahmies. I’ve been wanting to switch over to cloth, but just haven’t known were to start.

  24. Tweeted ya!

  25. I also blogged this contest, but my blog is private. I don’t know if that will count, but even if not it’s okay. There are several Momma’s that read my blog and will pass the word on.

  26. What a great CD post! I switched our twins onto CD when they were about a year old. I wish I would have started sooner! I would love to win some more diapers to make it if I miss a night of laundry.
    I checked out the Simple Wonders website, and I was glad to see they have some AI2’s. I haven’t used them, but I’ll call the Rainforest babies AI2 in Turtle my favorite, because I’d love to try them out.
    I am now a follower, and I tweeted this post (@sarahcap). (So that’s a total of 3 entries, if I did my math correctly.)

  27. Thanks for the opportunity! My favorites are the Imse Vimse Organic Cotton Diaper Covers – very cute animal prints 🙂
    I am also a follower AND blogged about it here: http://unconventional-comfort.blogspot.com/

  28. I love the silly monkeys from the happy heiny’s brand. Too cute!

  29. Hmmm… I have never thought about CD my munchkins. I am seriously considering it now…. My favorite I think would be the Candy Stripe by Drybees for fashion… although I have also heard great things about Bum Genius… lots to think about and digest!

  30. I am a follower! This site is so cool!

  31. I love the fuzzi bunz zoo print!

    I plan to CD my next one. I have a friend who CDs her twins and has been an inspiration!

  32. I follow!

  33. Man, I wish that I would have known a lot sooner that cloth diapers with multiples were possible. Hate buying diapers. Hate it! Thank goodness, those days will soon be behind us.

  34. I am loving the Happy Heinys OS in Silly Monkeys. Super cute! I blogged about your entry at http://www.simmworksfamily.blogspot.com and am now following your blog 🙂 5 entries for me!

  35. I LOVE cloth diapering! I have been cloth diapering my Triplets since soon after they came home from the NICU. I love the BGOS 3.0 and Fuzzi Bunz (zoo print!). I am really wanting to try the CrunchyClean!!! I blogged about this on my blog!

  36. I liked the striped drybees…very cute. I love cloth diapers and would love to try the crunch clean. I’m also going to subscribe.

  37. I love the look of the Jamtots diapers. I have always wanted to try them. For our twins, we use the BG one-size diapers at night for extra stuffing and then use the AIOs to make it easy on the helpers, hubby, nanny, grandparents, etc.

  38. I just stated cloth diapering with my 13 month old daughter and so far I love it! I’m due in July with another girl so it will be great to be able to use the diapers on her too! My favorite diapers so far are the Bum Genius AIO but I would love to try the Jamtots Minkee – it looks so soft! This is a great giveaway and a great site…you have a new follower. hagan221@comcast.net

  39. I think the Drybee’s with the stripped print are super cute!

    My kids are almost done with diapers now, but I have a friend who is expecting so I’d love to win!

  40. I like the zoo print. You made a good sale but I am still not so sure about this cloth diapering thing with multiples. I can barely get the laundry done now for my 7 people in my house. I am willing to give it a try if I win.

  41. I’ve been considering cloth diapers for a while. We have an 18 month old little girl who is still in diapers. We used disposable with her but now that we are expecting twins in November I really think the most cost effective thing would be for us to cloth diaper. I can’t imagine buying diapers for two children, let alone three if our daughter isn’t potty trained by then (we are slowly working on it!).

    I really am interested in all the different types of diapers but the Bumgenius are very cute and seem to be what I’m leaning towards.

    I’m just starting this my blog but I will definitely be blogging about this. I’m also now a follower (YAY!!) and I will be following you on Twitter and I will be tweeting about this AWESOME give away! So that is six entries for me!!! I’m so excited about this!!

  42. I love the BumGenius! 3.0 in Grasshopper!

    We use the BumGenius diapers for our twins. It was the best investment we have made for the twins besides the fertility drugs to get them here! I love how easy they are to use and how good they are for the babies bottoms.

  43. I would love to try these! I am a follower!!

  44. I too am a cloth diapering mom of triplets. I exclusively use the BG 3.0’s and love them. (after trying prefolds and AIO’s too) We ‘double stuff’ and have never had a leak. This was a great post to maybe help give another MoM that’s still throwing her money away buying disposables the push to go cloth. I bought our BG’s from Sultana at Simple Wonders and I can attest that she is wonderful and SUPER fast.

  45. I have just started to cloth diaper, and love it so far. I think that the cutest are the BG AIO because they are so trim. I also blogged about this giveaway!

  46. Just blogged the giveaway:

  47. I love the JamTots Northern Lights – it’s a gorgeous diaper!

  48. I follow 🙂

  49. Yea for cloth diapers. I’m so glad to see that modern mommys are turning back the clock with these. 🙂

    I exclusively used cloth diapers for my first 8 babies, and had 3 in diapers at a time (two different times).

    I was in the diaper stage for almost 21 years straight, so am not missing it.

    Laurel
    mama of 13

  50. tweet:
    YiddishBitterRose at gmail dot com

  51. Doesn’t Bum Genius have the best colors? Clementine, Zinnia, yummy stuff!

  52. I love the Imse Vimse prints. I also love all the new Bum Genius colors!

  53. Added as a follower

  54. I love the BumGenius ORGANIC One Size AIO!!!!

  55. I love the BumGenius and am loving the fun colors like Moonbeam, Ribbit and Zinnia. So adorable!!

  56. Just tweeted the giveaway also:
    http://twitter.com/GiveawayQueen/status/1458120798

    I need to win this bad! 🙂

  57. I think the Rings-N-Things from Drybees is the cutest.

  58. The fuzzi bunz zoo print pocket diaper – way too cute!

  59. bumGenius Organic AIO with snaps in Ribbit so cute!

  60. I like the Rings ‘n things by Drybees
    (larrywalk801@aol.com)

  61. I think the Happy Heiny’s Blue Daisy is the cutest.
    YiddishBitterRose at gmail dot com

  62. Turle Girl Crafts

    I love the BumBenius dipes! They are so wonderful, in any color!

    -Amanda
    Turtlegirlcrafts@yahoo.com

  63. I love the fuzzi bunz baby pint diaper!

    smittysmiths[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

  64. Buncha Blue-Eyed Monkeys

    I’m not here to enter, I’m just wondering if cloth diapers are any harder for toddlers to take off during naptime than disposables?! I’m washing crib sheets twice a day! ugh.

  65. I just discovered your blog and love it! I’ve cloth-diapered all three of my kids: my daughter and then my twin sons (all three were in diapers at the same time for a while; she’s 18 months older than them). I’m a Fuzzi Bunz gal, myself. Love them!

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