The Twin Cloth Diaper Stash

When my boys were 3mo, I was given 33 giant prefolds. I wasn’t fond of how big it made their little booties, so I started my research. I’m still not sure how we ended up with flats & Flips but I’m so happy we did! We use the prefolds at night, and HAVE NEVER HAD A LEAK! A trip to the Dharma website and some colorful fingers later, all my diapers are no longer plain white. You can see the colorful patterns on my diaper FB page, Vibrant Diapers.

IMG_3450I hadn’t planned to start CDing until they were 6mo old but found that I loved the look of them so much that we were hooked by 4mo.

How many diapers do you need to cloth diaper twins? Here’s the breakdown of what we have:

36 flats – these are our everyday diapers, nice and thin. 12 of these go for $19 on AmazonIMG_4968IMG_4952

12 prefolds – night time diapers and also used to clean up spills & the floor after meals (I have 33 of these, and plan to use them full time when they fit the boys better) 6 of these for for $19 on AmazonIMG_4955IMG_4953

10 Flip covers – on the left in this photo, they have tons of colors and even some prints. These are $15 each here

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12 pocket diapers – on the right in this photo, I bring these for when someone other than the hubby or I will be watching the boys. There are lots of brands, but I just bought some cheapy Alva’s from China. They go for about $5/each on Ebay. They aren’t made very well (shocker, right?) but they are great for occasional use! Plus, they have tons of adorable prints.

IMG_4971Is that enough cloth diapers for twins? I wash every 2nd-3rd day and have yet to run out!

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Baby-Led Weaning TWINS!

Well, sort of.

So, at 6 months I introduced my boys to avocado. My daughter had loved it immediately, but that was 5 years ago. It was a mess, and as I continued to introduce my boys to non-puree foods over the next month – I began to hate baby-led weaning. Food was a toy, a very messy toy that I had to clean up…with all my spare time!

So we went to purees, and I stopped hating meal time. My boys LOVE to eat, and eat and eat. We still let them try somethings we were eating, as long as it didn’t have too much salt or sugar. The majority of what they ate for the first 2 months didn’t need to be chewed.

This whole process might have been easier if we ate “normal” meals. Here’s the breakdown of our evening. Boys eat at 5pm, daughter at 5:45pm, then she is off to karate. The hubby home at 5:30pm, he drinks a protein shake before he heads to school and I will eat after 7pm, when the boys are down for bed. From the time the boys dinner is over, until their bedtime – they are unhappy campers. Stretch wants to be held the entire time and Squish is all over the place, he’s into everything. Baby-led weaning calls for the family all sitting down together and eating the same thing. Oh how I long for that, but let me tell you – it’s not happening. Any. Time. Soon.

At 8 months they had much better fine motor skills, a better pincer grip. So they eat Cheerios, Mum-Mum crackers (you can buy these on Amazon with Subscribe & Save!) and raisins for snacks. Frozen peas and frozen wild blueberries are good, but messy. They don’t seem to want cheese, and most fruit given *must* be room temp or they just throw it on the floor for the dog. Lucky dog.

Breakfast consists of pretty much the same thing every day now. That predictability makes my life easier. Once a week I make scrambled eggs, but cook them like an omelet. Then I cut it into squares and I can microwave some each day. When I lost weight 2 years ago, I did this so I didn’t have to make eggs every day! They taste just the same and it’s a great time saver. I also serve the eggs with a piece of lightly toasted wheat bread – cut in squares. They get one of each at a time and it cuts down on the mess. Then I feed them Greek yogurt mixed with whatever pureed fruit I have around. This morning was apricot, banana and applesauce together. Then I sprinkled the-most-amazing-and fabulous organic frozen wild blueberries in. They come from Costco and they are so sweet and unlike a regular blueberry. They thaw by the time I’m ready to feed and I like having something for them to chew, even in the yogurt.

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These are our fabulous IKEA  highchairs. I love their size – small and their price – $25/each! They also have white colored chairs and I *think* red in the stores, the tray doesn’t come with it – separate box.  No “fabric” to clean and they are small enough to fit in the shower if the need a really good rinse!baby-led weaning twins

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Nursing twins and putting them to bed without help

Since the Hubby is back in school I’m doing the nightly routine alone 2x a week. Dinner, bath, nursing and bed. I’m sure there are lots of ways to do this, but this is what works for me now that they can’t be left alone on the bed.

There are two pillows crammed partly under the bed to support the back of the My Breast Friend pillow. Then two pillows next to where I sit in the shape of a V. The baby who wants to nurse longer lays in the V while I put the first to finish in bed. Then I come back and finish nursing the other. The reason this works is that my boys go down DROWSY BUT AWAKE. I don’t have to try and nurse them to sleep and then get them into bed without waking them.

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Bathing 7mo old twins without help!

So the Hubby is back in school and that leaves me playing single mom twice a week. Thanks to Pinterest (seriously, how what was life like before Pinterest – BORING) I used the laundry basket to keep the babies and their toys contained in the tub.

Where are the pics??? You got it!IMG_4193IMG_4195 IMG_4196 IMG_4236 IMG_4245 IMG_4246 IMG_4247 IMG_4252 IMG_4183Just to give you an idea of the setup outside the tub – this bathroom is long and thin with two rugs. So I placed a towel and clean diaper on each rug – like this:IMG_4234

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More tie dye cloth diapers

The reason I went with flat cloth diapers for twins is the cost. They are so much cheaper than prefolds. I’ve fallen in love with them now. Part is how much fun they were to dye, prefolds are a pain and really limit what you can do with color. I also enjoy folding them, totally cathartic for me (WHY?). My plan was to sell them when Squish and Stretch are out of diapers, but I have a feeling that some will stay.

I was brave and tie dyed my flats. Last time involved flour sack towels and Tulip dye. This past weekend was birdseye flats and Dharma professional dyes. They didn’t all come out like I wanted but the great thing about tie dye is “there are no mistakes”. Next time I’ll show you my water color dyed flats. Loved them so much, I almost wish I’d done them all that way instead of tie dye! As much as I loved my flats before, I’m over the moon about them!

Let me start with my favorite. This diaper had a hole and then two, obviously it’s gotten lots of love. So I wanted to show how much we loved it. This diaper turned out great with a heart & a swirl! <3IMG_4228IMG_4224 IMG_4225 IMG_4033 IMG_4032 IMG_4026 IMG_4027 IMG_4028 IMG_4030 IMG_4031 IMG_4025 IMG_4024 IMG_4023 IMG_4022 IMG_4021 IMG_4018 IMG_4019 IMG_4020Then my water color dyed diapers. Loved these so much, I wish I’d done more like this! (sadly I’m out of flats now!)IMG_4232 IMG_4231An attempt was made at pastels (BOOOORING)

IMG_4229Because I’m all out of flats, I knew it was time to start learning how to work with my prefolds and doublers. I worked with the same pastels, prefold turned out better, doubler – eh.IMG_4226

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Houston Birth Fair 2013

We stopped by the Houston Birth Fair and got to see our friends from Bay Area Breastfeeding and Education – Misti & Leah. Bernadette from Rite of Passage and Emily from Woodlands Babies. We found our own picture in the goodie bag for Kelly Roth Photography and even got to meet a pregnant twin Momma-To-Be Angela who is from the Houston area that I know from the FB group Birthing Multiples Naturally!

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Tandem Babywearing Twins Pictures & Video

My three favorite carries and videos on how to do each. If you want more info, you can check out the Facebook group Tandem Babywearing!

Not quite perfect: This carry needed the passes spread more across my shoulders to make it more comfy.

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Not quite perfect: This carry needed a little better seat in the back and a little higher carry in the front.IMG_3006

Not quite perfect: This carry needed the front carrier’s side straps tightened. tandem twins ergos babywearing

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