May 19, 2010

Making Diapering in Multiple Sizes Easy with Color - Guest Post

When we decided to switch to cloth diapers full-time and buy a bunch of them, we had two girls in diapers. I decided to order their different sizes by color, no matter how much I was tempted by all those adorable choices.

After washing all the diapers together, it was very simple to sort and stuff the diapers into different crates for the different girls when I only had to consider the colors. Most sized diapers show the size, but color is much easier to notice for quick sorting (a big advantage with three kids wrecking havoc in the living room while I put away the diapers). Diaper changes were quite simple because we only had to remember which crate belonged to which girl. When we were out and about, the different colors made diaper changes on the go easy, too.

Making a reasonable decision to limit our colors and keep different colors designated for different sizes doesn’t mean we only have three colors of diapers. Most of our large diapers are purple or yellow, ranging from butter to a bright yellow. For medium, we have green, pink and blue. It’s nice to have a couple of colors in our pocket diapers to differentiate which inserts they hold (SuperDos or LoopyDos).

After awhile, my older daughter started to express a diaper color preference, and it often involved the colors her sister was wearing. In my next order, I picked a few colors her sister did not have that I knew she would like. Sorting by color was still easy for us and she felt like she had some choices.

We’ll reap the same benefits this summer when the next baby is born. We’ll have two in diapers again, but the size color groups will help us keep them separate.

-Written by Kansas Mom