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Cloth Diaper Twins 

Twin Mom Carrie talks to cloth diaper ambassador and twin mom Julie Clark about her passion for cloth diapers and why parents of infant twins should consider going cloth.


Hello, Julie! Thank you so very much for chatting with The Twin Source. It is an honor to have you. We are so excited to talk cloth diapering and how to manage it all with twins!

Thanks so much for asking me to be featured. It's an absolute honor. I don't personally know nearly enough moms of multiples, so this is really exciting!

Julie Clark Diaper AmbassadorWhat are some obvious and not-so-obvious benefits of choosing cloth diapers?

Good question! One funny and obvious reason often mentioned is "no more late-night trips to the grocery store for diapers." That's true, but I have a feeling that we all still go to the store often enough and that avoiding those trips isn't reason enough to use cloth diapers.

A less obvious benefit is the health of our children. I learned with my daughter—the twins' older sister—that babies can have allergies to disposables and that switching back and forth between disposable brands can wreak havoc on sensitive skin. She ended up with a bleeding, blistering rash one day—and it was just minutes after switching her into a new diaper from a new brand. I called the doctor, and the first thing he asked was, "Did you just start a new brand of diapers?" Lightbulb!

So, avoiding chemicals, fragrances, and dioxins often found in disposables is a big benefit to using cloth. Sure, you can save money and you can save the planet by cloth diapering, but first and foremost let's save our kids from unnecessary rashes and exposure to chemicals on the most sensitive parts of their little bodies.

Parents of twins—including those who are part of The Twin Source audience—often point to cloth diapers as a way to save money. Can you break down the costs?

You can certainly save a lot of money with cloth diapers. Although modern cloth diapers are very popular, as a mother of twins I preferred the old-school method of using cloth/cotton prefolds and diaper covers. This method is not much different from what our grandmothers would have used. No pins required these days, of course.

With the most economical method of prefolds and covers, you can expect to need 4 to 6 diaper covers and at least 12 to 24 prefolds per child, especially when they're tiny and will be soiling diapers faster than you can fasten them. Covers are now often one-size-fits-all, so you can count on being able to use them on babies from about 8 to 35 pounds and beyond. No need to buy extra small, small, medium, and large. This is great if you have twins and they aren't the same size or build—you can easily adjust the same covers to fit both babies.

So, with twins, you're looking at about 48 prefolds at $1.79 each plus about 10 one-size covers at $8.95 each—approximately $175 total to cloth diaper twins from birth through potty training.

There will certainly be added expenses along the way, and you may discover that you prefer another method that costs more or that's more absorbent, meaning fewer diaper changes.

Factor in also that if your diapers have been kept in decent condition, you can sometimes resell them when you're through and recoup about half of your initial investment. Or, you can save your diapers and cloth diaper future children without having to buy any more diapers at all!

Many twin parents think cloth diapering will require too much laundry and be too messy. Can you speak to those stereotypes and share some of the strides that have been made in cloth diapering?

Washing diapers is definitely an added chore compared to just tossing a disposable into the garbage can. But to say you won't use cloth because it will require too much laundry is like saying you'll only use plastic cups and paper plates because washing dishes is too much work.

Personally, I came to enjoy the fact that I was putting effort into something I cared about and that I wasn't just using the most convenient method. It's hard to explain to people who haven't tried it, but cloth diapering becomes a sort of hobby and you don't really think too much about the washing being inconvenient.

What about the poop? That's always a big question. Isn't that the inconvenient part? Well, there are flushable diaper liners that do a great job of sticking to the poop. You then peel off the liner and flush it away. Diaper sprayers are also popular. You spray the poop off the diaper and into the toilet, then toss the diaper into the diaper pail until it's time to wash. The old "dunk and swish" method isn't used by many people anymore.

It's important to note that if a cover does not get soiled, then you can reuse it over and over until you feel it needs washing.

You have three children—your twin boys and their big sister. Can you discuss what it was like using cloth diapers for twins versus for one infant? What lessons did you learn or what surprises did you find?

Sadly, I don't have experience cloth diapering just one baby. I used disposables with my daughter. As a new mom and someone who wasn't so into the online thing back then, I just thought constant diaper rash was normal and buying disposables was what you did. I didn't know of the existence of modern cloth diapers or modern diaper covers. Looking back, I kick myself for not having looked into it.

Based on what I've read online, you do need to plan on washing cloth diapers more often with twins. You don't want to end up with more diapers than you can wash in one load—and the longer you go between washings, the more diapers you need.

If a woman who was pregnant with twins reached out to you about using cloth diapers, what steps or items would you recommend for getting started?

I'd stress the importance of registering for cloth diapers for your baby shower. People tend to be really generous when they know you're having twins. But if you don't tell people just what you want, you could end up with 12 hooded bath towels that you'll never use.

I'd also recommend looking for a retailer close by. They'll often give you a demo of some of the popular options, or they may offer classes at their store.

Also, pick up a copy of "Changing Diapers: The Hip Mom's Guide to Cloth Diapering" and you'll essentially have a little handbook with info on everything from how to wash diapers, to how to cloth diaper while at daycare, to how to troubleshoot problems. There's even a section on cloth diapering multiples!

Other resources I'd recommend:

Let's talk twins! Your boys are school age now. What do you think is the best part of raising twins?

The best part about raising my identical twin boys is knowing what a special bond they share and seeing their love for each other. I feel so blessed. To know that they've been born with the ultimate gift—a best friend for life, a person who's going to support and love them unconditionally no matter what—is priceless.

Being able to witness how unique they are yet how similar, how they can fight yet be so sensitive to each other's feelings, and how they just love being with each other is also really, really cool.

Even if they never marry and choose to live together until the day they die, I'd be just as happy.

Julie, thank you so very much for taking the time to share your expertise and talk dirty diapers with The Twin Source! Who knew diaper discussions could be fun and informative?

Julie Clark is a former cloth diaper retailer turned advocate and social media manager. She resides in Central Florida and is married to her husband, a local firefighter/paramedic. Children include Guinnevere, age 9, and identical twin sons Mason and Spencer, age 6. She welcomes questions related to cloth diapering or twins in general on her primary blog and Facebook page.



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Twin Nursery: Interview with Kelly McKee Zajfen

Beautiful Boy Girl Twin Nursery

Twin Mom Carrie talks to blogger and twin mom Kelly McKee Zajfen about planning her twin nursery and finding her design inspiration.

Kelly! I was first introduced to your talents when I found your stunning nursery for your "twinsies" in Project Nursery's Monthly Best feature. I fell in love with everything about it right away!

Thank you! I was really excited Project Nursery picked our nursery for the Monthly Best! I put a lot of love into it and wanted to share my ideas on Project Nursery because I hadn't found many twin nursery ideas that were not overly gender-specific or totally yellow.

The nursery itself is calm and serene, educational, and even whimsical. What was your initial inspiration or starting point?

For starters, I didn't want to "over-baby" the room. It's going to be my room too for a little while, and I wanted it to feel comfortable and serene when I am in there with the twins. I started with the map. I knew that it would be good for both a boy and a girl, and I loved the bright colors. We had just painted the room, so I wasn't going to change the color and needed to find something that would go well with gray walls.

I then had to figure out a dresser and the cribs. I didn't have a ton of space because of the windows everywhere. I found the Stokke cribs and fell in love. The white was perfect with the gray walls and the aqua in the map. The dresser was very simple and modern with white and walnut wood that fit well. Then I needed somewhere to put books and knickknacks. I again stuck with a white that would really pop from the gray walls. It was the rug that brought everything together, I think. I started to notice everything I wanted was different blues. Aqua felt really neutral to me. I just kept going with it.

Having boy/girl twins of my own, I think one of the things I was instantly drawn to was the gender neutrality of the room. It is not too boyish, too girlish, or too gender-neutral—and by that I mean everything yellow! How did you tackle the challenge of finding the right balance?

I knew what I didn't want. I didn't want pink or yellow or the traditional baby blue. So I searched around for things on Pinterest to give me inspiration. I saw maps on walls and thought it would be perfect to start there.

I'm obsessed with Etsy and always find the coolest stuff there, so I Googled "vintage school map Etsy" and voila! What I found was actually an old pull-down map that I took the top layer off and framed. I still have the second piece, which is of the states and has amazing colors as well, to use in the future. However, I really loved the world and the color of the ocean. That's when I knew aqua, gray, and white had to be the main colors. Even the navy blue Monte rocking chair is gender-neutral. It's my favorite color!

I absolutely love your cribs! What are your favorite pieces in the nursery?

I think the cribs are my favorite too! I love that they can be used throughout babyhood and toddlerhood and can then become chairs. I think it's so economical, and the shape is really beneficial for the space. Not to mention they have wheels and can fit through any door. So I can use one in my room for a while instead of purchasing a bassinet or another co-sleeper.

My dear friend Eliza at If She Sleeps made the sheets for the cribs, and I think the coral, yellow, navy, and aqua colors in her amazing designs made everything come together.

I also really love the rug. It ties the whole room together with the pop of aqua.

Another favorite piece is the map. We are big travelers and my undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education, so the teacher in me wants the twinsies to know the world early on. And, our families are from all over the world, so it's important for me to show the twins and educate them on where, for instance, grandma and grandpa are from.


Can you talk a bit about your process for finding pieces and décor for the room?

Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest! What did we do before this? As I mentioned, it inspired the map idea. I also found the elephant head on someone's Pinterest board and followed the link to the Swiss shop. I thought it was so cute and simple. I knew that the elephant head and the map were going to be the only pieces of art on the walls, so I wanted them to be fun and sweet. I also saw the little flags in a Pinterest photo, Googled that on Etsy, and asked the shop to make it a big longer so it could fit the main wall.

The dresser was an easy find because I love Room & Board. We have a lot of pieces in our house from there, and I know I'm getting really great quality for the price. Not to mention at least one of the kids will use it in their future room. My husband wanted to use it in ours!

It took some work to find the rocking chair from Monte. My husband loves everything modern, and the cost of nursery room chairs is crazy! I wanted to make sure I could use this chair again in the future and we both could sit in it and feel comfortable. So after a ton of searching, we found the Monte. It is so beautifully made that we will have it for a long time.


Thoughtful accessories can truly refine a nursery's theme. We noticed Jonathan Adler's animals sprinkled here and there, alongside what looks like handcrafted wooden toys that both babies will enjoy. How did you acquire these pieces?

We are slightly obsessed with the playfulness of Jonathan Adler, so we have a lot of things by him around the house. The giraffe lamp was already in our room, so I just switched it to the nursery. We registered for the elephant bank; it went perfectly with the colors of the room and stayed very modern and playful.

We've told people we want to use wooden toys (ecofriendly, non-toxic) for the kids, so our family and friends have been buying them for us. Also, I can't stress Etsy enough. They have some great shops that specialize in wooden toys for really reasonable prices.

The other accessories that I love and that stand out are the bamboo mobiles. I thought they worked well with the wood in the dresser and added a unique theme for each baby. The little girl gets the birds (which aren't too girly), and the little boy gets the travel shapes (ties into the map). I just put up an origami star mobile above the rocking chair that has different blues as well so that when the babies are nursing, they can look up at the stars.

Because there are going to be two babies, I think saving space and having storage is top of mind for expectant twin mommies. Did you make any special considerations along these lines?

Oh man, did I! I sat in their room for weeks thinking about how two rectangular cribs and a dresser were even going to fit. That's why I chose the moving Stokke oval cribs instead of traditional style. They were not even as big as I thought they would be, and the two of them together coming out from the wall was perfect!

I had to buy a bigger dresser for the twins for more space because Mommy has her clothes in their closet! I put a few hanging racks on the back of the door for the things that need to be hung. It's worked out really well so far.

I also bought a "changing table" that I wasn't going to use as their actual changing table. Instead, I put a wipe warmer, lotions, brushes, nail clippers, diaper rash cream and other supplies on the top and stocked the bottom with Honest diapers and wipes as well as blankets, bibs, and swaddles.


Kelly McKee Zajfen is a wife and mommy of newborn twins living in sunny Los Angeles, California. Before mommyhood, she stomped down the runways for some of the most amazing designers such as Oscar de La Renta, Giorgio Armani, and Diane Von Furstenberg. She decided to take a little detour into Early Childhood Education and then grad school studying Social Work. However, life took her on a new adventure: mommyhood. Kelly and her husband were not surprised to learn that they were expecting a new addition to the family, but they were very surprised to learn that there would be two new additions to the family. Thus, grad school will have to wait. Kelly has been spending her time focusing on her little boy and girl—the best gifts of love.




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Mari On: Transitioning to Big-Kid Beds

Uber-talented Andreina of Bunch of Bees created this gorgeous toddler room for her twin boys. For more photos, visit the inspiring Project Nursery Slideshow.

The decision to move our twin girls into big-kid beds was a difficult one—so difficult that we waited to do it until a month after they turned 3. We decided to wait as long as we could to avoid the escaping-from-bed-at-night issue.

Things to consider before moving your twins into big-kid beds:

  • Are your kids climbing out of their cribs?
  • Have they fallen trying to climb out?
  • Have they gotten so big that they keep hitting the railings while they sleep?
  • Do your friends keep asking, "When are you going to transition them into beds?"

Fortunately for us, the only question that we answered yes to was the last one! But we knew it was time.

Bye-Bye Cribs

First we converted the cribs into beds by removing the railings. (Not all cribs have this feature.) But one of our daughters kept falling from the bed while she was sleeping, at naptime and at night. (We put lots of pillows on the ground after it happened the first time!)

We then decided it was time for real beds. We got two twin beds. We skipped the separate toddler beds, as we had heard from friends that the girls would outgrow them quickly. We also skipped the bedframes; we just had box springs and mattresses. At that time, we wanted the beds to be low to avoid big falls.

We were lucky that it was a painless transition. The girls loved their new beds and bedcovers and were so excited to sleep in them the first time. We put each bed against one wall, and that has worked to prevent falls. We never had to get bedrails, which in my opinion are not very attractive.

Of course, now we have middle-of-the-night visitors in our bed pretty much every night, but I don't mind. It's actually so sweet to cuddle with them, and I know I better enjoy it while I can because they grow up so fast.

Next Step: Separate Rooms

We are now considering separating the girls into different rooms. They keep each other awake in the evenings, and it takes them longer to fall asleep because one of them inevitably feels like singing, moves around a lot, needs to go to the bathroom, is thirsty, wants to put her doll to sleep first, etc. Moving them into separate rooms will be our next endeavor!


Want more Mari? Follow her many musings, and check back often as the list will grow!

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Carrie On: The Twin Pantry



Our twin pantry was by far our favorite feature in the nursery—and the most utilized. I got the idea from a dear friend of mine who had had twins a few years before I did. When I went to meet the twins and check on the new mommy, I noticed that inside the nursery’s walk-in closet was a small microwave, fridge, and all the essentials for feedings. Particularly appealing was the idea of not having to go downstairs to the kitchen multiple times during the night. Everything needed for those late-night feedings was right there.

When we reconfigured our townhouse due to its super-tight quarters, the master bedroom became the twins’ nursery. The room had a tiny storage closet—the perfect spot for our very own twin pantry.

Stocking the Pantry

If you decide to create a twin pantry, consider stocking it with:

  • A small refrigerator to store milk/formula and drinking water if you desire
  • A bottle warmer
  • Bottles
  • Nipples
  • Cloth diapers for wiping spills, the babies’ faces, etc.
  • A plastic serving tray to carry dirty bottles to the kitchen and clean ones back to the nursery
  • Mylicon infant gas drops
  • Infant Motrin or Tylenol
  • Bibs
  • Extra pacifiers
  • Cans of formula
  • A night light so that you can prepare for night feedings without much interruption


Want more Carrie? Follow her many musings, and check back often as the list will grow! You can also follow her on Twitter.

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Carrie On: Raising Twins in Small Spaces



Shortly after the initial celebratory days of finding out that my husband and I were having twins, the reality of planning to bring home two babies quickly set in. Planning is a part of my nature, as is being well-organized.

The news that we were having twins, while so exciting and literally the best news of my life, was also a bit of a wrench in our plan to start a family.

We did not expect two babies. This was most apparent where our living quarters were concerned.

My husband, Andy, and I had lived happily in our beloved first home together—a narrow, three-story, 1,200-square-foot townhouse. We knew we could make it work for one baby no problem. But two? Our tiny second and third bedrooms on the third floor literally were not large enough to hold two cribs and a changing table.

Unsure how all four of us were going to fit in our townhouse and looking at the worst real estate market in 50 or so years, we decided to think outside the box. The result? We decided the twins would take the master bedroom—the largest room in the house—and we would move up to the third floor, creating a bedroom and sitting area/study on that level.

The twins’ nursery ended up becoming not only our favorite room in the house but also a highly efficient place to raise two small babies.

Take a look:


If you are living in a small space and trying to figure out how to raise two babies inside it, here are a few helpful tips for small spaces:

  • Remember, you don’t need two of everything.
  • Discover ways to use the space you have differently (i.e., rearrange closets or create a feeding pantry).
  • Prior to the twins’ arrival, get your house in order. Store or donate items that you do not use. (Rule of thumb: If you have not touched something in over a year, you probably do not need it.) This is also a great time to organize photos and special mementos that you will want to show your twins one day.
  • Purchase cribs that convert into toddler beds. The toddler beds will allow the twins to continue to sleep in a crib-sized space for a few additional years.


Want more Carrie? Follow her many musings, and check back often as the list will grow! You can also follow her on Twitter.

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Designing Your Twin Nursery

There is a lot to think about when it comes to decorating a nursery, and even more to consider when you plan on fitting two babies into one space!

For this section, we reached out to the ever-stylish experts at Project Nursery, whose site is an amazing source of information not only for nursery themes but also for baby showers, do-it-yourself decorating projects, and design ideas for adult spaces as well.

What we adore most about Project Nursery is its treasure trove of real-life nurseries that are submitted by parents from across the country. In the portfolios, you can feel the love and effort each Mommy and Daddy have put into creating an amazing space for their newborns.

And the bonus? There are many twin nurseries featured!

Below is an ever-growing list of our favorite twin nurseries and a brief explanation of why we are crazy about them!


A Beautifully Simplistic Twin Nursery


What’s not to love in this clean and crisp nursery? The light aqua walls and chocolate brown accents make it pleasing and comfortable for boy/girl twins. The photography portraying the twins is simply matted so that the gorgeous photos can speak for themselves. The changing area on top of a long dresser is a great enhancement to a twin nursery—it allows for space to the right to hold diapers and everyday essentials (out of growing babies’ reach), plus it offers ample storage below. And the knobs on the dresser—gorgeous detail! The simple white furniture, including the comfy slip-covered glider, unify the room and keep it gender-neutral. The chevron rug is the perfect final touch.


A Girly Girls’ Twin Nursery with Seaside Touches


This gorgeous twin nursery is pink perfection for two little princesses. We love the green accents and the seaside whimsy. The seahorse mobiles above the cribs are amazing, and we can’t take our eyes off the painted and color-coordinated closet! It is always great to carry your theme into those often-forgotten nooks and crannies.


Twin Boys Can’t Help but Love Their New Dwelling


These little guys come into an instantly chic world surrounded by a DwellStudio-inspired nursery. We love this nursery for its simple modern lines and the budget-conscious effort to make it fabulous. The Eames rocker in between the cribs is to die for, and the IKEA long dresser turned into a changing table exemplifies a crucial element for all twin nurseries: dual-purpose pieces.


A Cozy Nest Built for Two

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We can’t get enough of birds when it comes to nurseries! The handmade bird mobiles add a touch of magic, and this twin nursery does an amazing job of bringing natural silhouettes indoors. The flower poofs are reminiscent of the tissue paper flowers we would beg our parents for at fairs and amusement parks back in the day. The whitewashed trunk, book-lined shelves, and dresser with perfectly hung mirror are all gorgeous pieces sized at just the right scale for the space. The most amazing part about this nursery? The budget: $500 to execute (with the cribs being gifted). See what you can do with a little love and inspiration?


Do you Project Nursery as much as we do? Follow them on Twitter @ProjectNursery, and tell them @TwinSource sent you!

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