Our routine is as follows: at night I pack the baby’s bag for day care, he get 5 or 6 diapers and multiple flannel wipes. In the morning, my husband or I change the incredibly full nighttime diaper (typically it is a Fuzzi Bunz stuffed with a prefold wrapped around an insert). During the day he wears BumGenius, Haute Pockets, and Happy Heinys with only one insert.
When I realize that there are 6 or less diapers in the closet, I start the laundry. I generally start the diapers in the afternoon/evening. I do two loads, (one cold, one hot) and then put all of the inserts and wipes in the dryer. The diapers are hung to dry on a rack in the laundry room. When everything is dry, we put everything on a chair in the living room and in the morning or at some free point during the next day we re-stuff the diapers and start the process over again.
This has worked out well for us, we currently have 33 diapers in use and are able to wash them every 2-3 days. I thought that I would have more of a schedule (such as every Sunday and Wednesday), but it hasn’t worked out that way. We have found that some days he needs to be changed more frequently than others and that there isn’t really a true pattern to this. I also realized that although the task seemed daunting (washing diapers and working full time), I could do it (with the help of hubby) and that it is well worthwhile.
– by Becky D.