Before trying to conceive our second baby, my husband and I debated on whether or not we wanted two kiddos in cloth diapers. The thought of it was frightening and overwhelming to say the least! Can you imagine.. double the laundry, double the effort, and double the POOP?
But being as stubborn as I am, I knew we could do it and I stood behind my mission of why I love and chose to cloth diaper in the first place.
When our daughter was born, my son was 2 years old and was just starting to get the idea of potty training (though he was not fully trained). He was still rocking his Lil Bum cloth diapers and now so was his newborn sister. The nice part about my children being 2 years apart is by the time the newborn arrives the toddler isn’t going through that many diaper changes so that tends to make life a LOT easier.
Is it doable? Yes.
Is it easy? Once you get the hang of things.
Is it worth it? Totally!
Hereare my tips to realistically cloth diaper not one, but TWO kids:
Diapers. You will need one size diapers in order to cloth diaper two because it makes life so much easier when you can interchange the diapers on both kids. Plus, you won’t have to organize AS much when they are all the same exact size. Luckily, all Lil Bums Cloth Diapers are one sized and have the ability to fold down to newborn size. You will need enough for both kids.. and then some to make it through a day or two without washing. A good rule of thumb is that most newborns will require 12-24 cloth diapers and toddlers usually require about 12 or less per day. Find the magic number that works for you and your children or else you will be washing daily.
Washing. This part will be tougher to figure out as you have to find the right time of the day and routine for you and stick with that. While cloth diapering two kids, I used a large laundry basket lined with a Lil Bums Large Hamper Wet Bag. I washed every single day in the beginning.. until I figured out that I needed to buy more cloth diapers to get me through to just washing every other day. That way, I could at least have a break here or there.
Shop As metioned above, if you find yourself busy washing everyday then you may need to go shopping. I am a typically minimalistic person, but I am also reasonable. If you are struggling to have enough diapers clean, or are overfilling your wetbags, consider adding a few pieces to your stash. You will be surprised how 2-4 diapers can lower your stress level.
Organizion & Storage. I have a utility closet that is dedicated to my entire cloth diaper stash. One shelf is for my cloth diapers, one is for extra inserts, one is for accesories, etc. However, not everyone can spend that much room in their home for cloth diapers. One cool idea that a fellow mama does is store her cloth diapers in a slide-out bin beneath her bed. She simply slides the bin out, lays a changing pad on the floor, and does not think twice! I have learned that in order to tackle two cloth diapering kids, you have got to stay organized and know where things are.
Mental Toughness. If you are going to realistically cloth diaper two kids, then you need to realize before you begin that it won’t be easy as you think. You may have some days where you want to scream at your washing machine and chunk your diapers in the trash can. BUT. You have got to remember why you are doing this: great for the environment, great for baby, and great for your wallet! Also, please know that it all shall pass so just prepare yourself and take it one diaper at a time.