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When Weston was on the way, I was so intimidated by the thought of cloth diapering two! You’d think after cloth diapering for over a year and a half, I’d just need to purchase more diapers and we’d be ready for our new addition. It really was that simple but I definitely over thought it at the time worrying about the ‘perfect’ number of diapers and the wash routine.

After cloth diapering two for 6 months, I can honestly say it is not easy {nothing about having two littles ones is} but it’s not hard either. 

With Paxton, we had 24 diapers which was a comfortable amount with our wash routine. By the time Weston arrived and I began cloth diapering at 2 weeks, we had added 18 more diapers bringing our total diapers to 42. This was a comfortable amount of diapers for two children. I never ran out of diapers but there were a few days that I’d be a bit nervous when we were down to one or two diapers while the inserts were in the dryer!

My wash routine was every day and a half and sometimes every day! Washing large loads of 24-30 diapers wasn’t getting the diapers clean, so I split the loads up washing covers/pockets separate from inserts/prefolds/wipes. I’d line dry the covers and dry the inserts in the dryer and by the time the inserts were out of the dryer, the covers would have line dried.

Cloth diapering two definitely means you’re doing laundry a lot more often but every time I’d do a load of laundry, I’d remind myself of all the disposables that weren’t going in the trash as well as the money I was saving (I can’t imagine the expense of two in disposable diapers!)

If you’re thinking about cloth diapering two babies, don’t over think it or worry about it too much. Find the amount of diapers you’re comfortable with and involve your husband in the wash routine so you get an occasional break from the constant laundry!

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When we first started cloth diapering, we would take disposables with us when we were on the go and didn’t even want to think about leaving home with cloth diapers.

After a month of cloth diapering at home, I purchased a wet bag  to store the soiled diapers in while we were away from home.

The only extra things you need to cloth diaper on the go are a wet bag and a wipes container. We use a disposable wipes container to hold our cloth wipes and a medium wet bag .

When I’m getting ready to leave the house, I put several wipes into the wipes container and grab diapers and a wet bag.

I tuck the diapers, wipes and wet bag into our diaper bag and we’re ready to go. The diaper bag also contains my personal items (wallet, keys, cellphone) in the flower print bag, an extra bodysuit for Weston and a muslin blanket which I use as a nursing cover. I also have stashed a burp cloth and 2 bibs in the outside pockets!

Cloth diapers take up more room in a diaper bag than disposables but if you try to pack lightly, it shouldn’t make that much of a difference. I can easily fit up to 4 cloth diapers in my diaper bag. The boys also have small backpacks that I send to church which hold 2 diapers, a wet bag and wipes as well as extra clothes and a sippy or bottle.

Changing cloth diapers while away from home is easy thanks to the wet bag. I simply place the soiled diaper into the wet bag and put the wet bag back into the diaper bag.

I typically change the boys in the car so I don’t attempt to dump solids, I just place the entire diaper in the wet bag. If I change the diaper in a restroom, I will dump any solids.

When I get back home, I take the diapers out of the wet bag and put them in the diaper diaper pail.

Cloth diapering away from home really is easy!

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When you begin cloth diapering, you typically start at home and then once you get comfortable with it, you try leaving home with cloth diapers. After you’re comfortable with leaving home with your baby in cloth then traveling with cloth diapers is the next step!

We’ve visited our parents and taken a few overnight trips with the boys 100% in cloth and it’s simple. It just requires a bit of planning to have your diaper stash washed and ready to go when you leave.

Traveling with cloth diapers is really easy and saves money!

Do you travel with your cloth diapers?

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Organizing cloth diapers is a part of cloth diapering since I love organization! I’m basically using the same set up I started with when my first child was born, we’ve just added more diapers for cloth diapering two.

I like the open shelves on our changing table, it makes grabbing diapers and wipes simple.

The hamper to the right of the changing table is where I place the soiled diapers during a change. (You don’t want dirty diapers near your older baby or toddler…they kick and grab which can get really gross really fast!)

The top shelf of the changing table holds diapers, wipes and our wet bags. The diapers stored on the top are the diapers we grab most often so it makes sense to have them on the top. The wipes  are used for every change so they’re easy to reach on this shelf.

Our 2 wet bags and traveling wipes container are stored on the left of the top shelf. This smaller basket contains hook and loop diapers. I try to keep them separate from the snaps because it makes it easier to grab diapers to bring to church. (I always try to bring hook and loop diapers to church since they are so simple to use.) The cloth wipes are stored in an old wipes container.

The larger basket on the top shelf contains all of our bumGenius 4.0s. After trying several different brands and types of diapers, we’ve found that the bumGenius 4.0s are our favorites!

The lower shelf contains less frequently used diapers, doublers and covers.

We keep all of our pre-folds, covers and Flip stay dry inserts in one basket.

The bottom shelf also holds our Kawaii Baby Good Night Heavy Wetter and a basket with doublers.

Keeping our cloth diapers organized makes it easy to change diapers since I know where everything is!

How do you organize your cloth diapers?

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