Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cloth Diapering twins,

Cloth diapering is going great. The boys are now in cloth 95% of the time and pretty  much 24 hours a day. Now that I'm familiar with the process, the routine, and how they work I feel much more confident and its getting easier by the day.  If I get behind on diaper laundry I often times have to put them in disposables while I'm doing diaper laundry, and sometimes Derrick just gets a bit lazy and puts them in disposables for no good reason at all. I always have to make sure I have some aplix (velcro) covers ready or he'll resort right to a disposable diaper instead of cloth.

Recently we started to experience our first bout of leaking.  Of course all diapers leak around the legs and top if you leave them on too long, but mine were starting to act like they were no longer water proof. The inserts/liners themselves wouldn't be all that wet, but their clothes definitely were as well as the outside of the diaper itself. I ran them in the rinse cycle like 5 times then I threw them in the dryer a couple times and they seem to be better. I now have a separate wet bag where I put any leaky diapers so I can treat them as needed.

For the first time this morning, both boys experienced a cloth diaper poo-splosion.  They hadn't gone in a few days so I sort of expected it.  It wasn't too bad though, the diapers contained the poo pretty well considering how much there was!  The only other time I had a poo leak was when Derrick put a pocket on Sawyer that wasn't put on right (user error). I'd say we're pretty successful since we haven't had leaks and poo-splosions the entire 2 1/2 months we've been doing cloth! We had them all the time when using disposables - that first month while they were in sposies I scrubbed at least one outfit a day because the diaper couldn't contain the poo.

We have a pretty wide variety of diapers at this point. We've definitely figured out which are our favorites and which we leave as a last resort. Derrick doesn't care about brand/style as long as its velcro. He struggles with snaps on their outfits but struggles worse when trying to figure out the snaps on our diapers. If he's attempted a diaper with snaps, I often have to fix it up for him because the snaps seem to confuse him.  I have a preference to certain brands, mostly based on the fit each one gives us.  I love my Alva pockets. Even thought the fit isn't that great for our boys, they have never had any problems, leaks or blow outs until they started leaking recently - which I fixed.  I am in LOVE with my Flips covers. In fact, I've bought a few more used on some Buy, Sell, Trade groups. They are always the first in my stash to be used.  I also love our Swaddlebees Basix pocket diapers, I love that they have very little bulk (the side snaps take away from the bulk around the tummy), they are AIOs (so the insert is attached making laundry super easy) and I've never had any leaks or anything with them. I'm just a little sad that these are not One Size diapers so the boys will be growing out of them in no time.

I was doing diaper laundry last night, sitting on the couch stuffing pockets, when Derrick gives me a goofy look. "How annoying, it's a good thing those are saving us a lot of money for all the time you put into them." My response was simple, and true.  "Diaper laundry makes me feel proud, glad that I am doing something to better our environment, save us money and keep the boys' butt's healthier... Plus, stuffing pockets is much like folding socks for me - therapeutic. It's easy brainless activity that calms me."   Weird I know.


How we do things:

This is spotlighting what is in my rotation right now. I also have a drawer of diapers in their bedroom that are not in my current rotation.

Stash Storage. The basket on top holds
burp rags and other Misc baby items.
The diapers outside the container are
all the ones they've already grown out of!


I haven't invested in some garbage cans for my bags yet, so for now
my wet bags hang here. The big one is for
all diapers/liners, the small one is for leakers.
When I need to wash (about every other day), I take the bags and dump them into my washer, then the bag goes in empty with the diapers. Rinse on cold, wash on hot using Tide Original (powder), then rinse 2x.

Night time
I also have a small stash of liners and 2 extra covers I keep in my night stand for overnight changes. And, I hang a small wet bag from our door handle for those overnight diapers/liners.

After washing, all covers/pockets get hung on this tension rod
I hung in our laundry room (usually over night)
The liners/inserts get put in the dryer.

All the bags get hung to dry on these
hooks in our laundry room.


Now that our diapers are clean....

top drawer is doublers and wipe solutions,
2nd drawer is all inserts/liners for covers,
Next drawer is covers,
Bottom Drawer is all Pocket Diapers,

Top Drawer - doublers, bamboo inserts, extra wipes
wipe solution and CJs BUTTer
2nd drawer - All inserts for covers. Some Flips, Flip doublers,
Swaddlebees liners, prefolds and Snappis.

3rd drawer - covers, left side is velcro,
 Right side is Snaps. 
Orange is Thirsties, Giraffes are Swaddlebees,
Bottom 7 are all Flips.
On the right: top 3 are Rump A Roos,
Blue and green are Kissaluvs, monkeys are Swaddlebees,
Yellow is Flips, I have 2 more Flips with Snaps.
(2 Rump a Roos are in our room for night time changes)

The two missing Flip covers from my other stash shots

Bottom Drawer: Top left 4 are Swaddlebees Basix,
Bottom 4 are Swaddlebees Simplex,
Right side are my 12 Alvas,
Middle holds my extra inserts,
top 2 diapers are Fuzzibunz, green is Thirsties and
the polka dots is Blissful Booties.

Full Stash Shot.
We have a system going, its working. Derrick is finally starting to get used to the process and how these all work. The more Aplix covers I get for him the more compliant he is to cloth diapering. Feels good to be successful at this.

Now that you've been given the tour, if you come over to my house and offer to change a butt or two, I expect you to know my system ;-) Just kidding!


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