When my son was younger, I can’t even tell you how many times we were asked when we would have another child. My husband would always answer, “When Hayden is potty trained! We don’t want two in diapers!”. It’s true that we really hated changing diapers – Hayden was a squirmer and a flipper and he used to take his diapers off all the time. Of course, it then took Hayden until he was almost 4 to be completely potty trained but soon after we decided we would start trying to have another baby.
Then we had two. I always laugh because my husband was SO adamant about not having two kids in diapers and now here we have two in diapers! In fact, it’s one of the first things my husband brought up when we found out we were having two and why we quickly decided we wanted to try cloth diapers. Over the past year, we have done a combination of cloth and disposables and it’s sure been interesting! Below I’ll tell you The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of our diaper changing experiences.
One of the good things about diaper changes was how cute they looked in their cloth diapers! I love seeing their fluffy butts and chubby thighs, plus I could just throw a shirt on them and they would look so adorable.
It took us a little bit to get used to using cloth diapers but then we got into a good groove. When they were younger, we were changing about 25 diapers a day so using cloth was definitely a great investment for us. We liked using the Flip Diapers, which use an insert so you can change those several times before you have to change the actual cover. For cloth diaper newbies like us, this was a great option.
Another great thing is that almost a year later, we are diaper changing pros! I always have friends and family comment how fast I can change Olivia and Evie. We kind of had to learn how to change a baby so fast – especially when you have another baby at your feet waiting to be next!
Mom Tip: If you’re having multiples or more than one child in diapers, consider cloth! If cloth isn’t your thing, check out The Suburban Mom’s post on How Many Diapers Does a Baby Use in the First Year? It’s a good look at how many diapers you might need for that first year and how you can save for it!
While it’s true that we have become diaper changing pros over the past year, there’s been a few bad experiences. I’m not a fan of changing the girls when we are outside the house, especially if there isn’t a designated family bathroom. I always feel bad taking up so much room with my stroller and it can be a deal to juggle the girls in and out of their stroller. And if a store or restaurant doesn’t have a changing table? Then the fun goes to the car!
Another bad part of changing diapers is when I have a naked baby in front of me with a dirty diaper and I realize I have no wipes or diapers with me. We have changed our girls in every room of the house and I have keep meaning to set up diaper changing stations throughout the house, which would make diaper changes go much easier without having to sprint to another room!
Mom Tip: To stay organized, check out the Playtex Diaper Genie SmartCaddy, which is a two-in-one caddy that will hold all of your diapering needs. You can place these caddys throughout the house so you’ll always be prepared! I’m giving away TEN of the Playtex Diaper Genie SmartCaddy so make sure to head over and enter!
Oh boy. Luckily, I don’t have any pictures to show you of the ugly side of diaper changes with twins. There have been numerous leaks where my husband and I have had to change both their clothes AND our clothes. There have been diapers that were SO bad and have gotten everywhere that they have required an immediate bath. And there’s even been diapers SO bad that my husband has just given up and thrown away one of the girls sleeper. As he said, “there was just no hope to save it”. Yuck – glad I wasn’t home for that diaper change!
Mom Tip: My girls are busy bees and they always want to seem to twist and flip while I’m changing their diapers, inevitably getting their hands dirty. I’ve learned to have specific toys for them that they love but I only keep at the changing table or in my diaper caddy. That way, it keeps their hands busy and distracted while I change their diaper.
I want to hear YOUR diaper changing stories – the good, the bad and the ugly! Share in the comments!
Disclosure: I am a member of the 2014 Playtex Mom Trust Panel. I have been compensated for my time but all thoughts and opinions are my own.