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I was flipping channels and Dr. Phil is on with this couple who had quints ... they showed the closet full of dipes (sposies) and the dad said they go through 40 a DAY! Holy Carp ... could you imagine? I think I would ask Whirlpool for a donation of an extra washer/dryer and use the washer as my diaper pail and run it every time it was full. 40 a day!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jaw2">
 

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At that point you can't afford NOT to cd. Can you imagine the fluff you could buy with that budget?<br><br>
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Wow now thats a lot of trash!!
 

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OMG! I would have to use cloth at that point! That would kill us if we spent that much on sposies! And I would do that washer idea also, just have one constantly going!
 

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Oh my goodness, I know! So many cute fitteds and wool soakers and wool covers ... even if you just went cpfs and covers ... but the money they pour into the sposies, gosh ...
 

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$40 a day for sposies? WOWZA<br><br><span style="font-size:x-large;">That's $14,600/year in the trash!</span><br><br>
Sorry for the big print but that is crazy~I made the print smaller LOL! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:
 

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40 dollars a day or 40 dipes a day???
 

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By the way, there was a link on Dr. Phil's website to email if interested in volunteering to help Candace and Tom (the quint's parents), so I emailed the following letter:<br><br>
Dr. Phil,<br>
Although I don't live near Columbus Ohio (if I did I would LOVE to go over and help them out), have you thought about recommending cloth diapering to them? Imagine 40 disposable diapers a day going into landfills ... not to mention how much money Candace and Tom are basically throwing away for the next three years. If they invested a small fraction of that cost into good quality cloth diapers and covers, as well as a second washer/dryer set, they would literally save thousands over the course of the next 3 years. Cloth diapers have come such a long way since the days of flats and plastic pants. They are better at containing messes and leaks than disposables, don't put harmful chemicals up against the baby's skin, and best of all, are reusable. The cost in washing and drying cloth diapers is very minute - I have yet to notice a rise in my water or electricity bills. Another bonus is often times cloth diapered babies will potty train faster than disposable diapered kiddos - a big plus when you are wanting 5 to potty train at the same time. Below are some resources for you to look at or pass on to Candace and Tom. I sincerely hope that you will see this is a very valid and realistic option for them and other parents with whom you come into contact.<br>
Sincerely, and best wishes to Candace and Tom,<br>
Brit
 

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<a href="http://www.drphil.com/show/show.jhtml?contentId=2071_parenting.xml" target="_blank">link for email</a>
 

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maybe it was 40 dipes .. still a heck of a lot of trash and $ <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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I saw this too. Can't remember the exact number or $ either, but even 40 diapers a day seems low for 5 babies. (Or does it?) You would think at least 10 a day right?<br>
I felt for those parents, really I did. and a little OT-but did you see her mixing up that formula!!! There was mounds of it mixing it into a gallon size pitcher. It was crazy!
 

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It was 40 diapers a day. not $40 a day. that would be about 40-50 diapers per child a day. It is too bad she isn't staying home with them. especially since Dr. phil arranged for them to have evrything they needed for the first year except clothes (but really I would never leave the house with that many babies so they would only need one or two outfits :LOL.) but they also gave her 6 months of free childcare so two short weeks after she brings them home off to work . . . . Craziness. She could at ;east wait until the free stuff ran out. i wish I had caught the rest of that show. they also had the guy from "The Happiest Baby on the Block" he was amazing! I wiish his book had been aorund when I had my first one.
 

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but imagine how much work *4* babies would be! Maybe a diaper service would be a better option?<br><br>
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I kept hoping Dr. Phil would suggest using cloth diapers, and I was sooooo disappointed when they received a lifetime supply of disposable diapers from the manufacturer. Instead of showing the couple how to work with what they have, he found corporations to give them what they need. I don't mean to begrudge these parents of the help they received from those corporations, but $400 dollars a month on disposables and nobody even realized that there was another option? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
I don't see where washing cloth diapers would be more difficult with 5 babies than with 1 baby. I have to wash diapers every day anyway, so why would it matter if I washed a bigger load? I could easily fit 40 diapers in my washer.
 

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You know, I have 5 kids and I do at least 3 loads of laundry a day. If I had 5 babies I would have to do maybe 2 or 3 loads of diapers a day. I would use all 1 system for sure for ease. Probably cpfs. But their clothes are so tiny I would only have to do 1 load a day of those...so laundry in other ares would be less. I don't think it would be all that hard to wash your own. But I do agree that a service would be the best bet. It was nasty taking a bag of trash to the curb every other day full of stinky soggy sposies for 2 babies let alone 5! Ewwww...don't want to go there.<br><br>
So what system would you go with if you had 5 in diapers? I'm think cpfs for $ reasons, but wonderoos might not be a bad idea either. One sized and easy for help to do.<br><br>
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unfortunately the parents of major multiples are often offered free supplies for the first 2 yrs. such as sposies, formula, baby food, high chairs, car seats, strollers, and the like. if they had to do it out of pocket, yes, they might choose cloth diapers, but if you have a choice between free and several hundreds of dollars............. you might choose free too.<br><br><br>
if i had 5 babies at once, and was offered free cloth diapers i'd most likely choose 10 dozen Luxe Baby contours in small and medium, and 20 Luxe Baby WIO covers, 10 small and 10 medium. if i had to pay for them myself, i'd either go with 10 dozen prefolds, or 10 dozen small sandys ( my almost 3 yo still fits in these, so i know i'd get lots of use out of them), and ask my MIL to help me knit 15 soakers :LOL
 

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OT from diapering...but (and correct me if i'm wrong) aren't most of the quads and quints due to using fertility drugs? so if a couple decides to implant 5 babies, why should anyone donate anything? cloth or sposie isn't the issue (tho ITA they should be given a diaper service instead of throw aways), the issue is, why deliberately have 5 kids if you can't afford to diaper and feed them?
 

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Along the OT route: yes, most higher-order multiples are the result of fertility treatments, but they're NEVER deliberate. Most reproductive endocrinologists consider higher-order multiples to be a huge failure on their part, because the vast majority of those pregnancies don't succeed. IVF procedures rarely implant more than three embryos anymore, and most REs will cancel a superovulation cycle (where the woman is given hormones to stimulate more than one egg ripening, then triggered to ovulate and inseminated with her husband's/partner's sperm) if there are more than four or so eggs likely to be fertilizable. This is especially true if the couple has said they will not accept selective reduction to bring the number of fetuses to 2-3.<br><br>
When higher-order multiples do result, it's sometimes because one or more of the eggs twinned (split), but usually because the RE improperly diagnosed the number of eggs ready to "pop" or (rarely now) decided to increase the woman's chances of pregnancy by implanting a larger number of embryos during an IVF cycle.<br><br>
Thankfully have never had to go through the above, but a dear friend has been pursuing assisted reproductive technologies for several years now so I am familiar with the subject.
 
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