Diapers: When we ran out of the stash of preemie Pampers Swaddlers we brought home from NICU, my trio went straight to Green Mountain Diaper prefolds (the flat, rectangular, old-fashioned variety), starting with the orange-edged size. Diapers are fastened with Snappis (not pins) and get overnight absorbency boosts from GMD’s polar fleece and hemp inserts.
Covers: We started with Thirsties Duo Wraps in size one. For months now, we’ve used one-size WonderWraps, which have unfortunately been discontinued. For the curious, I love them so because the binding/elastic at the top of the cover almost never folds into the diaper, allowing clothes to get wet. Thirsties and Blueberry covers both do this, leading to numerous outfit changes and a furious mommy.
Laundry: Our washer is a Maytag Bravos HE top loader; our dryer is a basic Kenmore. We made our own diaper sprayer with the help of YouTube and our own detergent with the help of The Eco-Friendly Family. Also essential is Biokleen BacOut, which I buy monthly at our local health food store. Dirty diapers are kept in pail liners (no pail, though, they hang free) – a Wahmies near the diaper sprayer (so we don’t drip while transporting) and a GroVia near the washer.
Diaper cream: Northern Essence has wonderful cloth-diaper-friendly products. I love the All Natural Salve (great on general redness) and All Better Butt(er) Cream (awesome for yeast rashes).
How many diapers? We had 40 of the first size, 52 of the second and are now using 36 of the third size. I was able to do diapers every third day with 52, but I’m now on an every-other-day routine. Each kid is different, but plan to buy enough to last 2-3 days. You don’t want to wait more than 3 days to open your dirty diaper laundry. Trust me.
Cloth diapers for triplets? Are you crazy? You tell me. Here’s an excerpt from my first blog entry on CDing:
For fun with numbers, that first size that lasted us two months cost $72 for the diapers alone. Averaging 180 diapers a week (based on 40 every day and a half-ish), that would have cost us about $44 a week for Pampers Swaddlers. Multiplied by eight weeks, which we all know is actually less time than two months, we would have spent $342 in just our first eight weeks home from the NICU.
THREE-FOUR-TWO. Versus $72.
But you spend money on the covers, you say. Sure, but we have six covers. That’s two covers per butt in our house. The covers cost about $12 each, so throw in another $72, and you still aren’t even at half of what eight weeks of disposable diapers would have cost us. Plus, we’re still using those same covers now that we’re on the next size diapers.
Crazy? No. Genius? Totally.