Using Cloth Nappies (at night) with Twins
Meet Mel, Mum of Three. One energetic three-year old, and a set of gorgeous twin girls. Mel and I met 2 years back now, in NICU where both of our babies spent a bit of time while they grew strong enough to come home. Mel's been a "day cloth" mum for a while, and wanted to start doing cloth at night too, so she recently hired our night nappy pack.
Given her unique experience, we thought we'd get her to share her experience and pearls of wisdom.
Cloth Tots: Congratulations, I believe you recently celebrated a 2nd birthday.. or 2. How does it feel?
Mel: Thank you, it feels a bit unbelievable, time has flown! Every time we hit a milestone in age or development, we are always reminded of where the girls started and how far they have come. It is quite nice to be entering a phase of the more normal challenges of a 2 year old...well, 2 x 2 year olds (which can be quite interesting/frustrating/hilarious).
Cloth Tots: Were you always keen to do cloth nappies with the twins?
Mel: Yes! I used cloth with my boy (now 3.5 yrs old) from about 3 months old so we were already comfortable with a cloth routine. By the time the girls were big enough for the OSFM nappy we were using, my son was toilet trained so it worked out perfectly! The first few months of the girls in disposables was messy and very expensive!!
Cloth Tots: What were some of your motivations to use cloth?
Mel: My main motivation was our small inner west Sydney bin! We were over-filling it each week, it was embarrassing to put it out for collection and heaven help us if a collection was skipped!! The second reason was our long car trips - the elastic of a disposable doesn't do anything for a poonami which my son insisted on saving for car journeys. Once we were comfortable with the cloth nappies, we then ventured into cloth wipes and changed a few other habits to minimise our footprint and save a few dollars.
Cloth Tots: You recently tried our night nappy package. Did you have any preconceptions around night nappies?
Mel: I absolutely put it in the "too hard basket". After hearing about wool covers and lanolising years ago I didn't even attempt it with my son. To be honest, I probably still hadn't considered it until we had some issues with disposables on the girls. I was sceptical as to whether there would be enough absorbency overnight and the last thing I wanted to be doing was having to change the girls during the night given that they were sleeping through (most nights!).
Cloth Tots: Was it difficult to incorporate to your existing routine?
Mel: Not at all. From a cleaning perspective it was very easy to slot it into my current cloth routine. If anything, it made it easier as the extra nappies made my washing load a perfect amount!
Cloth Tots: Did you find there were any sleep interruptions?
Mel: No, all the nappies I tried were great quality, and built with heavy wetters in mind. The girls were comfortable in them and we didn't experience any leaks! Very impressive!
Cloth Tots: You hired the pack for a month. Did you feel that was a long enough time to try all the different combinations? Did you have any favourites?
Mel: I think a month was a good amount of time to try the different brands and combos. I had favourites in theory prior to doing the trial, but in practice my preferences ended up being completely different mainly due to the girls' size, and their mischievous antics. The Baby Beehinds night nappy with wool cover suited us best for a variety of reasons. Cloth nappies are such an investment, especially when buying for more than 1 child! I'm so glad I had access to a trial so I could get the most suitable style for us...and it was a wonderful surprise to be greeted with a discount on the purchase!
(As a thank you for renting with us, all our packs come with a discount for purchases from our store)
Cloth Tots: And.. now you’ve tried, are you a convert?
Mel: Completely! I wish I had started the night nappy journey so much earlier!! But at least I can help convert others now!
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