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How many nappies will I need
What care do cloth nappies need?
How to fold your nappies
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Cloth nappies & the environment
How to boost a nappy?
Cloth nappying Twins & Triplets
Modern Cloth Nappy Publications

Cloth nappying Twins & Triplets

We've had a few enquiries regarding the use of cloth when expecting twins. We are both mums but we don’t have twins or triplets, so we thought we’d ask our Facebook fans for some input. Some wonderful mums responded, sharing with us their experience. Below is a summary of what they had to say. It takes a bit of organising but having multiples is no reason not to use cloth. 

No doubt, lots of people are telling you that you’ll have your hands full already and / or to at least wait until your little ones are three months old. Multiples are mostly premature (average gestation of twins is 36 weeks and of triplets it is 32 weeks) and they are twice/triple the work of a singleton. Therefore, we say, go cloth as soon as you can and/or are able to. You’ll save lots of money and won’t have lots of stinky disposable nappies waiting in your bin (that only gets picked up once a fortnight). On top of that, you’ll be saving the environment!

“I had 4 kids in 13 months; triplets and a singleton. 50 nappies are in our stash and on a normal day we go through 30 a day. Ideally I would have liked 60 or 70 in my stash, but affordability was an issue. If I can't get my naps dry I run out very fast! Everyday I put though a full load of nappies in our washing machine. In the earlier days sometimes 2 loads! So pardon me but I laugh at mums of one baby that complain that cloth is too hard! Because it is not!!!!”

“I would recommend having at least 30-40 cloth nappies for twins if going full time during the day. We still used disposables at nights as they leaked through cloth at nights- it’s hard to boost up nappies when they are super little as multiples generally are. When using disposables for the first 2 months we went through at least 110 a week!!! it was ridiculous!”

Tips & Tricks (NB. these are also useful and being used by mums of singletons)

1. We recommend having a washing routine with cloth nappies. Washing your children’s cloth nappies every evening, every morning (to include the night nappy) or when you have a full nappy bucket, will help you stay on top.  

"For instance put a load on every evening and hang them out while watching tv and the kids are in bed."

2. With regards to drying your nappies, we recommend you have a clothes rack for cloth nappies only. This sounds strange but really it is not. A clothes rack is portable and allows you to drape nappies quickly as there is no need for pegs.

"As our rack is usually always full, I leave it on the deck during the day and bring it in at night (its sitting in front of the heat pump as I write this)".

3. Try various types of nappies before buying in bulk. Each person has different requirements for nappies and we recommend visiting our FAQ page ‘Which nappy to choose’ for some guidance. In addition, having children already in cloth will also make a difference. 

OSFA nappies: “One of the triplets is a lot smaller than the other 2 and my older daughter is toddler size. Its easy to identify the different sized nappies by the pops on the front, and can easily adjust any nap to fit each child if one size isn't available.”   

"I used several different nappies to find the right combo for us- I have two different wetters so needed to try heaps."

"When they finally fit smalls I used AIO/AI2 nappies - the easiest system to use, plus I have a Porse nanny who uses them on my babes too and they were easiest for her to use and put together out of the wash. Small nappies I also had about 30 in rotation. Now they are in Med- although a bit big on my skinny bubba they still fit ok. I have about 30-40 in rotation with winter setting upon us and washing every two days. I have started to use pockets as I can now boost up the layers to get the right absorbency for my heavy wetters- but everyone has different experiences."

"We use a mixture of Tots Bots Bamboozles fitted with covers, Tots Bots Easy fits and itti bittis."

4. The initial set up costs for cloth nappies is large. As new / to-be parents you start looking early at all of the essentials that you are going to need for your new baby. It can be quite overwhelming once you add all the cost involved with setting up the nursery, buying the car seat, etc. Cloth Nappies are an investment on top of this! While considering whether or not cloth nappies are the way you want to go, it is important to realise that nappies are the only piece of clothing that your baby is going to wear 24 hours a day for up to 2 ½ years.

"The initial set up costs for cloth nappies is quite expensive but it pays off for itself in the long term. 4 kids in disposable nappies and all the other costs that go with them soon add up!"

Many first time parents are put off buying cloth nappies because of the upfront cost. This is understandable because they are looking at an investment of around $600 - $1000 for a full time (Birth-to-Potty) set of cloth nappies. When you’re expecting twins or triplets this doubles or triples! With this in mind we encourage (new) parents to start their cloth nappy stash early. Visit our layby page for more tips and ideas.

"We save over $60 per week from switching from disposables to cloth, that’s not counting the cost of rubbish bags!"

Different systems available & cost

The Cloth Nappy Company website will have shown you there are heaps of different systems. They all take some sort of work.

  • All In One (AIO) is a nappy that would be the closest to a disposable and is the easiest to use. We stock the itti bitti D’Lish and for a good fit they come in 3 different sizes. Their downside is that they take longer to dry. Costs are as follows: a 6-pack is $175 and a 12-pack is $335 (which includes 1 free nappy so it’s actually a 13-pack).

  • Snap-in nappies come as 2 parts, an outer shell and an absorbent booster which is snapped into place. Because the nappy comes apart, you can re-use the outer 'shell' like a cover, replacing wet booster sets with dry ones. We stock the Pop In nappies by Close Parent and Itti Bitti Tutto (both are an OSFA nappy). Pop In are available from $39 each or buy them in bulk (e.g. 20-pack is $649). Itti Bitti Tutto are $39.90 each or buy a 6-pack for $227 or a 12-pack for $410. 

  • Then there are pocket nappies. These are a cover with a pocket that you stuff with a microfiber or bamboo insert. These again come in different sizes (we stock Ecobubs at $39.90 per nappy) or One Size Fits All (we stock Cinnamon nappies which are $30 each). 

  • Fitted nappies come in 2 parts, a nappy that fits around your baby’s bottom and then a cover. The cover can usually be reused a couple of times between washes. We stock Little Lamb and Totsbots and both come in 2 sizes. You’ll need about 1 cover per 3 nappies. The Little Lamb nappies come in cotton, microfiber and bamboo. The bamboo is the most absorbent but takes the longest to dry. The Totsbots come in bamboo only. Cost: our Little Lamb offer includes 5 wraps & 10 nappies for $275. Totsbots are for a 5-pack (including 1 wrap) $192 and for a 15-pack (includes 3 wraps) $615.

  • Prefolds (REAL Nappies) come in 4 sizes. You fold the nappy and put it in the cover. Then you put it on your baby, fastening with velcro. The size 1 nappy fits very well on little newborn babies (0 to 4 months). Cost: a birth to potty pack is $599.

Note. Our personal experience is that OSFA nappies don't have as snug a fit on newborns as sized nappies and consequently they tend to leak a bit more in those first few months.

Whatever you decide, you need to consider whether you want to use cloth nappies full time or part time, what fabric you prefer to use (because this affects the time it takes to dry them) and how much you want to spend. If you have any further questions, please email info@theclothnappy.co.nz.

Testimonials these wonderful mums have already provided the various quotes used in the paragraphs above. There was so much information we couldn’t possibly include all of it, but just couldn’t leave out these few final statements to finish this page:

Hia! I have 2 and half year old twins who have been full time in cloth from 8 weeks old... I haven’t found having them both in cloth at all hard. It’s no harder washing 2 loads of nappies a week than it is washing other clothes. And it goes beyond being easier on the pocket, I think about when my son was in nappies and I can still remember bins full of poop (ewwww) this was something we just couldn’t even imagine on twin scope. Plus, well they look so darn cute, and I secretly love getting comments from complete stranger in the Mall Parent rooms when they see we have them both in cloth.
From Emily, received by email (May 2012)

Hey ya, I have Twins and i am using cloth nappies best decision I ever made :) I save so much money and don’t find the washing too much at all :).
From Alissha, received by email ( May 2012)

Hiya, Im currently cloth-ing my twin girls and have done since they could fit newborn nappies at about 2 mnths.

I have my large stash pretty much sorted – I generally sell the size they have grown out of and buy the next size up with that money- Secondhand nappies have been a life saver too!!

I’m going to start using Rockingreen powder too after using a sample pack and was amazed at how new my nappies looked!!

Cloth-ing twins have been as easy as cloth-ing one child- so Ive found it easier than I thought I would!! and the washing isn’t a problem either!
From Julia, by e-mail (May 2012)

Hi there, I am writing in regard to you wanting feedback regarding cloth nappies for twins. Its great that you have thought of putting up this section on your page to help out these special mums. I don't have twins but have triplets. I'm assuming you would be targeting multiples in general? Maybe change the name to "Cloth Nappying Multiples" or "Cloth Nappying Twins and Triplets".

In regard to your comment "double up on everything already, but, luckily you won’t need to do that with cloth nappies." It puzzles me as to why we wouldn't need to have more nappies on hand than that of a singleton!

I love and am passionate about cloth nappies.
From Rose (4 children in cloth nappies!), by e-mail (May 2012)

For more personal experiences from mums of twins & triplets, here is another article.