Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Cloth Diapering Twins with Softbums!
Softbums and Twins
I interviewed a mother of twins for the scoop on cloth diapering with twins :)
The skinny: 2- 8 month old boys, 4 Softbum shells each, 25 bamboo inserts total, 5 bamboo doublers, Laundry every 2 days
The twin factor: Since my boys are different sizes (there is usually about a 6 pound difference), their softbums are adjusted to different sizes. I get blue snaps and green snaps, one color for each child. This way, they can each have a variety of diaper colors so I don't get bored! Every couple of weeks, the leg snuggers need a little adjustment due to growth. The Softbums are super-fast to change which is essential with two. Grab a shell (either a fresh one or a clean used one that has aired out) and snap 1 snap then put the diaper on, adding doublers for naps and long car rides)
When I use Softbums: I use them at home and on the road. When we travel, I put one extra shell and 2-4 inserts (depending on the length of the trip) in the diaper bag. With twins, diaper bag space in in short supply and 4 changes of Softbums take up the space just 2 stuffed pockets used to. My husband and my mother both use the Softbums and have no trouble. I have tried them at night with 2 inserts and with 1 insert and 2 doublers. Both set-ups were enough to keep everything dry during my boys' 11 hour nights.
Why I use Softbums: I started using Softbums when my twin boys were 6 months old. I had tried many other brands of one size pocket and All in Two diapers (BumGenius 3.0, Rocky Mountain Diapers, EcoNappies, Haute Pocket, Wahmies, GroBaby). I did not care for the snaps on the front of the diaper as they came unsnapped when diapering the boys and they were ugly (showed through onesies and some shorts). I started looking for a diaper that wouldn't take up much room since my twins have to share diaper holding space on the changing table and one with natural fibers against the babies' tender skin. I found Softbums with bamboo inserts and tried one. I loved it and ordered more, with snap closures as my son's skin and aplix do not get along. I have since increased my Softbums stash to a total of 8 covers, 25 inserts, and 5 doublers.
Laundry: I wash diapers every 2 days. I usually have covers and inserts left over at that point (when I had 6 covers and 18 inserts the wash time coincided with having just enough left to diaper them through the laundry time). I have a diaper sprayer so I put the pee soaked and formerly rinsed poo diapers in the laundry, covers and inserts. I have a front loader and I do a cold rinse, a heavy cold wash with 1 scoop of Allen's Naturally, and a hot wash with extra rinse with no soap. Then I put everything in the dryer on Medium, I pull out the covers after about 10 minutes (or when I remember!!) and let everything else finish drying.