I’m a few months into this mom-of-two gig, and I feel like I’m starting to know what I’m doing. (Well, as much as any of us know what we’re doing.) I went into this knowing I’d cloth diaper Luke from the start, and would continue to cloth diaper Vicki until she’s potty trained.
I seriously underestimated the amount of diaper laundry I would have.
When Vicki was a newborn, we rented 24 newborn diapers because we weren’t sure if we would stick with cloth diapering. This time around, we purchased our newborn diapers so we would have them for future babies as well. Our newborn stash consists of 24 fitted diapers, 6 covers (I use the Flip covers and LOVE THEM), and 4 newborn all in one diapers. I prefer the fitteds for newborns because they’re small enough to use from day one, inexpensive, and they contain the runny newborn poop really well.
I wash diapers every other day, partially so they don’t get stinky and partially because newborns go through diapers quickly. At the beginning, Luke was going through 8-10 diapers every day. My washing machine was running constantly between diaper laundry and regular laundry, and I was still running out of newborn diapers. Now that he’s almost 3 months old, the laundry has calmed down a little. I plan to buy another half dozen newborn diapers for the next baby and/or teach the older kids how to do laundry. (Just kidding on that last part. Kind of.)
Once he’s big enough, I’ll put Luke in our bumGenius diapers, just like his big sister. We have a stash of 6 3.0 hook & loop diapers and 20ish 4.0 snap diapers, as well as 8 Flips. I intend to use the hook & loop solely for Luke, as Vicki has learned how to remove them. The remaining diapers will be divided between the two of them. I’m not sure how well it will work and whether I’ll need to add more to the collection, but I am really looking forward to leaving the house with just one kind of diaper in my bag.
All in all, I’ve obtained 28 newborn diapers and 8 Flip diapers in preparation for having two kids in cloth at the same time. I anticipate that next time I’ll only need to buy more diapers as replacements. Or, you know, when they’re really really cute.
What did you need to add to your stash for baby #2? Did you change how you diapered from your first baby?
Jessica von Wallenstein is a stay at home mom who chronicles her parenting adventures at MomEinstein.com. She has a daughter born in September 2010 and a son born June 2012 and will be buried in cloth diapers for the foreseeable future.