How to Diaper 2 in Cloth: One Mama’s System

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{guest post by Claire Bellington}

Like many moms, I have two children in diapers at once. If you cloth diaper like me, you might wonder how you would even manage cloth diapering 2 kids at once.

But let me tell you, YOU CAN DO IT! Really, it’s not that bad.  You are already washing diapers, it’s just a few more in the load.  Even if you have a tight budget it is totally possible and doable.

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I’m going to share with you my system for diapering 2 children at once. Keep in mind that there are many ways to do this, and this is just the easiest system that works for our family.

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These are all the cloth diapers I currently use to diaper both girls, a 2 month old and a 2 year old. “WHOA!” you may be thinking, but this amount gets me through washing every other day with some diapers left over. So not quite enough to last me 2 days worth, but almost. A minimalist stash of diapers, just enough for what I need. You don’t have to have this many, but it all depends on how often you want to wash the diapers.

“How often do you wash?”

I wash every other day, and that is doable for me. I usually start the load first thing in the morning and go about my day. I am usually done washing them around lunch time and then I hang the shells out to dry on the clothesline outside and dry the inserts in the dryer.

“Do you have a diaper sprayer, or do you have to dunk them in the toilet?”

I do have a diaper sprayer in our bathroom that I can use to spray poopy diapers with. I don’t find I have to do that very often, because my 2 month old is exclusively breastfed. And that means her poopy diapers don’t have to be sprayed since her poop is water soluble. So I save that step, which saves me time. Yipee!

“Do they share diapers?”

Although most of my diapers are one size, meaning they fit from around 8lbs-36lbs, my girls do not share the diapers.  With the exception of the Bum Genius 4.0’s and the do share those.  This is just my own preference, as it would be totally possible to share a stash of one-size diapers between 2 children if that is what you have to work with.  My opinion of the easiest to share are some sort of snap down rise like the Bum Genius 4.0 because you can easily adjust from small to large in a jiffy.

Now a breakdown of who wears what!

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Here are my 2 month old’s diapers.

(Side Note: When she was a newborn, I borrowed a stash of newborn cloth diapers since most babies don’t fit into one-size diapers until they are a few weeks old.  She began fitting into the Charlie Banana diapers around 3 weeks.  The newborn diapers are not pictured here.)

I change her diaper about 7-8 times a day.  She rarely wears the Bum Genius unless I am running low, but I have them pictured here anyways.  Plenty of diapers for her and soon she will be fitting into the medium Ragababes which are my favorite diapers : )  See I get excited about that kind of thing! I can just hear my sister calling me a dork right now….

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My 2 year old wears these and some of the other Bum Genius 4.0s if I am running low for her.   I change her diaper about 5 times a day, and she is about to be potty trained, although she doesn’t know it yet : )

“Well how do you store all the diapers?”

The 2 month old’s diapers are stored in plastic drawers in her room.  See nothing fancy, or out of a Pottery Barn magazine, but the drawers were something we already had around the house.  So get thrifty and reuse what you already have!

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Also pictured are cloth wipes in the Huggies wipes container, and I just wet those with water at the bathroom sink when I need them.

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The 2 year old’s diapers are right outside of her sister’s room in a storage bin, since I usually change her diaper in our living room instead of the baby’s changing table.  I like to keep them separated from the others, and for some reason that is easier for me.  I like to compartmentalize my life : )

“Where do you put the soiled diapers?”

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I have 2 large hanging wet bags that I rotate between, and I store the dirty diapers in them.  This is the closet door in the baby’s room and the bags hang nicely on that little knob.

So this is in a nutshell how I manage to cloth diaper two children.  I hope this was informative, helpful, and motivational for you in cloth diapering 2 at once!

 


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About Claire Bellington

Claire is a Christ follower, wife to her best friend, mommy to 3 darling girls, and loves learning about all things cloth diaper related. She blogs about her life and family at http://www.bellingtonbeginnings.blogspot.com/.

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7 Responses to “How to Diaper 2 in Cloth: One Mama’s System”

  1. Karen Says:

    I have been cloth diapering my twins for almost 30 months. I just had baby #4 6 weeks ago, so now I have 3 kiddos in cloth. My twins use one size pockets and goodmama fitteds and the baby is still in newborns. Having more than one kiddo in cloth is totally doable!

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  2. Jessica Says:

    I had two in cloth and am about to have two in cloth again. I actually PREFER two in cloth over one! When they are toddlers, she’s right! you only change them about 5-6 times a day and they have one STINKY SOAKING night diaper! I like washing every other day so the stink doesn’t set it but I really hate washing only 10 or 12 diapers at a time! Haha! I love it when I can wash every other day and have 20 diapers or more in the wash. I have a stash of 42 bum genius and a few Kawaii.

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  3. Laura Says:

    This was super helpful! I will be having my second baby in December and my first will be 20 months old at that point. Maybe she will be try trained but I highly doubt it! :) so I should have 2 in cloth for at least a few months. Thanks for this info!

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  4. Ann Marie Says:

    I also had two in cloth at one point, and it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. I think if you can manage one in cloth, then one more isn’t too daunting. I mean, you’re already doing the laundry right? lol =) I’m glad that I stuck with it and not let that fear get the best of me.

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  5. April Says:

    I also have two in cloth. 7 month old twins. Its so much easier than I thought it was going to be. I’m glad I didn’t let fear of the unknown scare me away. I don’t know anyone else that uses cloth, so all my learning has been blogs and online friends from baby sites.

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  6. Melissa H Says:

    I have two in cloth too. A boy and a girl, so no diaper sharing here either. It is a lot easier than I thought it would be. My son is the older of the two and he actually has a name for each one of his diapers. It is too cute. My daughter is not quite there yet but she does know where her diapers are kept and will go get one for you if you ask.

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