Some may say that cloth diapering twins or multiples must be too much work. But never fear! It’s easier than you think – it’s just a bigger load of laundry.
All the same “rules” apply to cloth diapering twins that apply to singletons:
–count on about 24-30 diapers per child (+ 6 covers if needed),
–use a pail with a liner so you can just dump them in the washing machine without any other work involved,
-and wash every 2-3 days.
The only difference is that it might be a good idea to have a few extra diapers on hand to give yourself more wiggle room between washes – say closer to the 30 mark per baby. You might also want to make sure you have an extra-large diaper pail to accommodate the extra diapers (or two pails in two different locations…. feel free to be creative.) From talking to parents of multiples, we’ve learned that often twins (or more) are more on a routine schedule and may eat more regularly (ie every three hours) which helps to predict diaper changes more easily.
We also recommend choosing diapers that are easy-to-use and easy to have ready for diaper changes, just to keep life extra easy and to be extra nice to those who are giving you a hand with the extra baby care!
If you want a diaper that goes on in one step and doesn’t need a separate cover, check out Fuzzi Bunz diapers. The Fuzzi Bunz XS pocket diaper or the TiniFit All-in-Ones are extra appropriate choice because they both fit smaller babies – as multiples tend to be – all the way down to four-five pounds. (And talk about a cute diaper on a tiny little bum – oh my goodness.) The big difference with these two: Fuzzi Bunz are a tad smaller and have snaps. Tini Fits have a velcro closure and pack a lot of absorbency with a relatively trim fit.
If, on the other hand, you’d like the most budget-conscious choice or you want to have as many natural fibres up against your babies’ skin, consider preemie-size organic prefolds and newborn-size Super Brite covers. These will make your life easy if you have a few preloaded ready for diaper changes. Merely fold the prefold in thirds and lay it in the cover. The diaper is then ready to use. Having 6 covers per baby will allow you to “pre-load” several covers so they are ready to go when needed.
Oh, and don’t forget, if you want to use prefolds, the best way to stock up on them is with the Bummis Organic Cotton Diaper Kit. It has everything you need and offers great savings. Note: The Bummis Kit comes with prefolds that we find work best on babies at 8lbs+).
Both pocket diapers and the prefold/cover combo are great for adapting to large wash loads, as well. These types of diapers wash thoroughly and dry quickly, hopefully only requiring you to do two or three loads of laundry a week – the same as if you were cloth diapering only one child!
Cloth diapering twins is completely doable. We hope the rest of your adventure with your multiples is just as marvelous!