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Tushmate All In One Newborn Diaper Review

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Autumn is such a sweet and happy baby, so easy going and communicative. Harper was by comparison a much more quiet and serious infant, wanting to be held every second but not interested in eye contact or talking/singing until many long and frustrating months later. I don’t know if their births are responsible for their demeanors (Harper arrived via an emergency c section, Autumn was delivered with a drug free vbac) or if they just have very strong personalities that revealed early on. Harper is very loving but still will not accept cuddles or kisses unless they are her idea, and she will whine and wail if I dare to sing (I swear my voice isn’t that bad). I’m so curious to see how their personalities develop as they get older, especially as they spend more time with other children.


I was so very lucky to receive Tushmate’s brand new all in one newborn diaper to try, just in time for Autumn’s arrival. The design of this diaper is so unique and practical, and aesthetically pleasing as well with sweet (but not cloying) gender neutral shades of orange, yellow, light blue, and chocolate brown to choose from.

Ease of Use✩✩✩✩✩ Tushmate’s all in one style diaper can be worn and washed as assembled with no issues in most cases. The stay dry liner has two tiny snaps that can be opened to release the tongue style insert for a more thorough wash and faster dry, but with my exclusively breastfed baby I found I was able to leave it assembled more often than not. This diaper has the most amazing hook and loop tape I’ve ever encountered, it is so thin and soft yet strong, and if you open the hook side and run your finger across it, it feels smooth and will not scratch like many other styles can. The tape allows for a perfect fit on your newborn, even when that fit changes by the day (and sometimes the hour, they grow so fast!) so you always have a secure yet comfortable diaper on your baby.

Bang for the Buck✩✩✩✩✩ At only 15.98 for an all in one diaper made with quality materials and an excellent design, this is truly a bargain. Most all in one style newborn diapers are closer to twenty dollars, and when you are trying to build a stash (I believe twenty four is the magic number with newborns who need to be changed every hour or so and tired parents who can’t do laundry every second) that difference adds up quickly.

Performance ✩✩✩ Tushmate believes in using natural fibers when possible, so the insert that folds and tucks under the liner is made of forty percent hemp and sixty percent organic cotton. This will require some prep to reach maximum absorbency, and can sometimes be considered to be a bit slower to absorb. Autumn tends to let it all out and seems to be a heavy wetter, so if your baby tends to go a lot all at once it can overwhelm the diaper and cause leaks. Tushmate has anticipated this issue, however, and left plenty of room under that snap down liner for you to add an additional insert. I found that layering a small microfiber insert (which is included in the TushMate Newborn AIO Package) between the stay dry liner and the hemp/cotton insert allowed the microfiber to quickly absorb liquids, and while microfiber doesn’t hold as much it then would more slowly absorb into the natural fiber insert underneath. If you have a newborn who wets a little at a time throughout the day you will find this unnecessary, but for us this simple addition was a lifesaver.


Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ The Tushmate newborn is equipped with a pair of itty bitty rise snaps to help stretch the wear on this sweet little diaper even longer. My daughter surprised me by coming into this world nearly eight pounds and growing every day since. Still, her Tushmate diaper fit her all the way up to fourteen pounds as suggested, with the tape just reaching the sides of her round little tummy. This diaper is surprisingly trim for something so adjustable in size, and fit nicely under all Autumn’s tiny newborn clothes without issue.

Overall: While I did need to supplement this diaper to make it work for us, it is possible that with more washes the absorbency may have increased, and if I’d had a smaller newborn (this diaper is rated to fit a baby as small as five pounds) it may have also resolved the issue I dealt with. Regardless, this design is built to accommodate an additional insert, and Tushmate found a way to do so that is still pretty and practical. I am so impressed with the construction of this diaper and the fit (and the hook and loop tape!) that I think any new parent should try it. This cloth diaper also makes a perfect baby shower gift, and at that low price point, I’m dying to see someone put together a little cloth diaper cake with these babies. How sweet would that be?

Tushmate’s Newborn AIO was named DDL’s Favorite Newborn of 2014!

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Where to Buy: You can find the Newborn Tushmate from Tushmate.com


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Smart Bottoms Born Smart Newborn Diaper Review

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Autumn is so different from her sister, it’s hard not to compare. She was born over a pound heavier and while Harper has always remained rather petite, Autumn already seems to be gaining steadily and rapidly. Clothes Harper was wearing at six months are already a good fit on her sister, and I’ve had to retire most of her newborn size clothing. It’s possible this may just be a very long growth spurt, but I am very curious to see if her rate of growth continues.


Smart Bottoms sent me an organic cotton diaper for newborns called Born Smart to review for you, and Autumn was all too happy to help. These diapers are a wonderful option when one size choices are generally too big or too bulky for your new addition.

Ease of Use✩✩✩✩✩ The Born Smart newborn diaper appears to be an all in one diaper at first glance, until you notice that the tongue style insert (made with four layers of organic cotton) is not actually sewn to the interior (made of three layers of organic cotton) but has a pair of snaps so the insert can be washed and dried more quickly and easily. Upon further investigation, there is an opening under the lining where additional inserts can be hidden. I like that the assembled diaper is so easy to put on, the snaps are tightly spaced to ensure a good fit and the umbilical cut out leaves plenty of space for a new baby’s healing cord stump.

Bang for the Buck✩✩✩✩✩ The Born Smart retails for $18 which is middle of the road pricing for newborn all in one or all in two diapers, but with the added features of a snap in insert and hidden pocket along with rise snaps that help you get the most out of your diaper, which makes this a very good value.

Performance ✩✩✩✩ The interior of this diaper is lined with organic cotton and requires multiple prep washes to reach maximum absorbency. The first time I put this diaper on Autumn I had evidently not prepped it enough yet and she peed right through it in seconds. A few washes later and the issue was resolved. Of course with any newborn diaper it is not going to last as long as a one size diaper, the cut is much smaller so there is less material to absorb wetness, and newborns tend to emulate Niagara Falls so be prepared to step up your changing game if you’ve become used to the more relaxed routine of cloth diapering a toddler. One nice bonus is that this diaper contains a hidden pocket, so you have the option to add a booster to it if you anticipate needing a little more time between changes.

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Fit ✩✩✩✩ This diaper is made for babies about 6-16 lbs, and includes an umbilical cut out as well as a single row of rise snaps to help get a secure fit during this slightly awkward (but oh so cute) diapering stage. I think this diaper will fit smaller newborns exceptionally well (I wish I’d had it when Harper was born, she was teeny!) and it still fits Autumn (now nearly two months, I’ll learn her current weight on Tuesday, but I believe she is over 12 lbs) although she is on the outermost snap settings at this time.

For anyone uncertain about cloth diapering with a newborn, this is an exceptional organic option in a stylish and trim cut, with options that allow you to create the level of absorbency you need. While creating a diaper to fit a rapidly growing baby is a very specific niche and every newborn grows and is proportioned differently, Smart Bottoms has done a fantastic job of anticipating key issues and resolving them so you don’t have to think about it. They offer super cute colors and patterns, and are a great choice for cloth diapering a newborn.

Where to Buy: You can find the Born Smart at most cloth diaper retailers including DDL affiliate Kelly’s Closet!


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Newborn Cloth Diapering: The Basics

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Using cloth diapers on a newborn may something you are looking forward to, or dreading, or both.  There is no easy way to put this- it is hard.  Not hard in the sense that using the diapers on your baby is hard, that is the easy part.  It is hard because there are so many options to choose from yet you don’t everything you need to know about your baby in order to make the best decision!  So frustrating, right?!


The video embedded into this post will shed some light on many of the options available to you.  Other than the unknowns of how big your baby will be (will they even fit into newborn diapers, and for how long?) other factors in deciding what to buy when come right down to price.

Newborn diapers will fit babies up to about 14-16 pounds but this will depend on your baby’s build as well.  One Size diapers, by comparison, fit beginning at 10+ pounds so if you had planned on starting with one size diapers you probably won’t be able to.

I’ve broken down a few different variables in the newborn diaper choices for you.  I didn’t include a few because they are just too obscure and would be confusing to new parents.  Those are best left to a “201” style post.

Velcro Diapers on newborns-

Velcro/Hook and Loop/ Aplix/ Touch Tape.  These are all the names for what we all commonly call Velcro.  On newborn diapers, a velcro option is great because it is easiest to use for everyone.  With an entire area to choose from, you can get a perfect fit around the tiny waist by pulling it tightly and then securing.  The downside is that depending on the diaper, the velcro could rub the tummy or the umbilical stump of the baby if it rolls down at all and faces their skin.  Knowing this in advance, you can keep an eye out and make adjustments if you see this happening.

Velcro diapers on newborns pros/cons

Snapping Diapers on newborns-

For older babies and toddler snapping diapers are superior to velcro diapers because they are durable and prevent babies from removing their own diapers.  For newborns, it is more of a toss-up and up to user preference.  Snaps are more durable but the span of time the diapers are in use is shortened to just a few months.  If you’d like these to continue being used for the next child, or for re-sale, snaps could still be a better option for heavy use over many children.  Newborn snapping diapers do have the advantage of often coming with an umbilical stump snap down which give the stump room without rubbing the diaper.  I showed many snapping options like the GroVia newborn, Smart Bottoms, Lil’ Joey, and Kissaluvs.  The downside to snaps is that they are harder to put on for new parents and older caregivers.  On newborn diapers, this is magnified since the diaper is tiny and the baby is tiny!  Plus babies love to froggy leg, making any diaper change more challenging.

Snapping diapers for newborns pros/cons

All-in-Ones for newborns-

All-in-Ones are definitely the easiest way to diaper, newborns or toddlers, because they are simple to put on and simple to wash/dry.  It is a one step process all around.  They can come in velcro or snaps.  The obvious pros of ease of use are also their downfall.  Many of the popular AIO’s for newborns have sewn down soakers like the Lil’ Joeys, Kissa’s newborn All-in-One,  GroVia Newborn, and bumGenius newborn All-in-One.  Cleaning and drying these is tricker.  Some options like the new Smart Bottoms newborn have a snap in soaker (Snap-in-One) that is semi attached, making cleaning and drying easier.

All-in-One diapers for newborns pros/cons

Fitteds for newborns-

I can’t say enough about fitted diapers for newborns.  The entire diaper is absorbent and often they are made from natural materials like cotton.  This combination is absorbent enough for the heaviest wetter, and for babies who begin sleeping for longer stretches of time, pairing a good fitted with a good cover can mean they baby wakes up with dry sheets (or you wake up with a dry lap!).  My favorite for my son was the Kissaluvs 0 (KL0) shown in the video.  I also showed the Sustainable Babyish newborn fitted.

Fitted diapers for newborns pros/cons

Flats and Prefolds for newborns-

Prefolds and flats are the way to go if you want to save money and find an effective diaper.  Either option can run as low as $1 upwards of $12 a piece, but the heigher end prices reflect flats or prefolds made from higher end materials like velours or bamboo.  In the video we used newborn Bummis (shown under a cover only) and in the stacks of prefolds, geffen baby prefolds (under the Thirsties cover) and the green edge in the product shots.  The flat shown was also a Geffen Baby with the orange edging and it was a pre-flat, not a true flat.  To use prefolds or flats you will need a Snappi or a Boingo to close them, or pins if you dare!

Flats and prefolds for newborns pros/cons

Dual Sized diapers for newborns-

To save money and have your diapers fit from birth and beyond early infancy there is the “dual-sized” diaper option.  These diapers aren’t newborn diapers but they aren’t full one sizes either.  Dual sizes usually begin fitting babies around 6 pounds and last up to 20.  Examples are Applecheeks Size 1 and Thirsties Duo Wraps and All-in-One’s in Size 1.  One of my favorites for my son was the Happy Heiny Mini One Size (not shown in the video.)


Covers for Newborns-

If you choose a system like fitteds, flats, prefolds (or contours, like a fitted but without snaps or velcro) that needs a cover to be waterproof, there are still several options within this category.  Most covers are made from PUL or TPU which is a waterproof material.  The best type of newborn cover will have “double gussets” around the legs.  This extra wall of protection is helpful in containing those watery newborn poop explosions.  Wipeable covers are a bonus.  If the interior of the cover is shiny you can wipe off any small messes and reuse the cover.  It can be advantageous to anyone trying to get by with a smaller number of covers on a budget.  If you go to dual sized covers, the Thirsties Size 1 is a good one that comes in both snaps or velcro.   They also make an extra small for newborns, which was a favorite of mine.  The Kissaluvs Newborn cover fit Tinaya very well and as a bonus, can work with their two-step inserts as an all-in-two.  Wool and fleece are other cover options.

All in Two diapers for newborns-

I didn’t cover any all-in-two options for newborns because I don’t think they are the best option.  The point of AI2 systems is to save money by reusing the cover and using several snap-in or lay-in inserts, changing when they are dirty.  With newborns, they usually poop often and the poop is runny and goes cover to cover.  Trying to use this as a full-time solution will leave you disappointed because often, the cover won’t be useable.  Even using covers and pad folded flats or trifolded prefolds can be risky!  I’m not saying you can’t have ANY, but to base your newborn diapering method on AI2’s would be frustrating.  If you go in understanding that you will need more covers (probably 8-10 for a newborn) in order to wash every 1.5-3 days and you are OK with it, then this system would be fine.

Find what works for you!

In the end, many of you will opt to try a little of each.  Few parents rely on a system that is 100% one brand or style of diaper.  What works for many parents, and the method I used, was to have inexpensive prefolds and covers as the bulk, and have cute fitteds and all-in-ones for when I was going out of the home and wanted easier diapers to change.  Like I said in the video, cloth diapering should be fun and not stressful.  If your partner and family are able to support your decision to start from day 1 (even in the hospital if you deliver there) then please do!  If you would rather wait a week until the stump falls, that is good.  If you want to wait a few weeks and start with one size diapers, well, that is your choice too!  This post is purely here for reference and support no matter your choice.  Every family will do things differently, will choose different diapers, will love different diapers, and will all be doing a wonderful thing by cloth diapering their baby at any age and stage.

In the video I also mentioned ways to save on newborn diapers such as diaper rental programs, diaper services, and buying used.  If you want more resources on this topic there is a post already: Cloth Diapering a Newborn Without Breaking the Bank

Between all that photoshopping and filming and video editing I’m not sure I have much else to add to this post!  A special thank you to my beautiful and surprisingly cooperative newborn cloth diaper model, Taniya, who allowed me to change her a record number of times and hardly protested except when she needed a good burp.  The diapers used for this video and post were primarily sent by the brands themselves- GroVia, Kissaluvs, Geffen Baby, Applecheeks, Smart Bottoms, Bummis, and Chelory.  The Sustainable babyish, Lil’ Joeys, and Tini Fit by Tots Bots were provided by Dream Diapers (one of my awesome advertisers).  The Thirsties, Econobum, and bumGenius diapers were purchased by me for this post/video.  I’ve been working up to this video for a while and the demand has been high.  I hope it has lived up to the expectations and the hype!


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Lovely Pocket Diapers Newborn AIO Review

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Today’s review for the Lovely Pocket Diapers Stuffable AIO was performed by Katrina and her daughter. I don’t have a newborn but I knew someone who did!


6 Weeks Old and 15 pounds

I was given the opportunity to review the Lovely Pocket Diapers newborn stuffable AIO, for my newest addition. The LPD is a stuffable AIO with a microsuede liner, a sewn in microfiber insert, pocket opening to allow additional inserts, and double leg gussets which are an incredible feature for newborns.
This is our third cloth diapered newborn and having tried several pocket or AIO options in the past that never fit a newborn well, I was a little nervous at first. Usually fit is a problem, I actually met Kim of DDL four years ago while troubleshooting a leaking pocket diaper on my newborn due to fit issues (true story-Kim). This was not a problem with the LPD, when my daughter first tried the diaper she was 4 weeks old, about 11.5lbs and midway through the snap settings. The Lovely Pocket Newborn AIO diaper adjusted much smaller than I needed, and allowed for the snap settings to accommodate an umbilical cord as well. 6 weeks later, around 15lbs we are still using the Lovely Newborn diaper, while all of the other “newborn” diapers have been long outgrown. I’ve yet to have a leak for regular daytime use and we still have one snap left before it is outgrown. I am pleasantly surprised by how much I like this diaper; the large variety of snaps can prove to be daunting to newbie so there may be a learning curve for some.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ More intimidating for newbies than just a regular sized AIO but still easy enough that anyone should figure it out very soon. No stuffing required makes washing and folding easier.
Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩✩ These diapers are $11 each which falls a few dollars below other popular newborn compatible AIO’s on the market. The diaper is manufactured in China which may be what brings the price point lower.
Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ This has become a go to out of the house diaper for us, because I am able to get a few hours without fear of leaks with my heavy wetter. The gussets do an awesome job at containing messy newborns poops.
Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ I am very impressed with how long I have been able to use this diaper because of the design, and it fits very trim on a newborn.
Overall: I think these diapers make a great addition to a cloth diaper newborn collection. I really like the fit of the Lovely Newborn Stuffable AIO, the design allows them to fit for longer than a typical newborn diaper. The materials have been able to withstand wash & wear well.
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Cloth Diapering a Newborn without Breaking the Bank + Pro Tips

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The idea of cloth diapering is often overwhelming to first time parents.  When they hear the sheer number of diapers a newborn goes through each day, cloth or disposable, it becomes that much more frightening.

“You mean I need to have HOW MANY cloth diapers if I don’t want to wash more than every two days?!?!”

I get it.  I was there once too.  I was pregnant and researching cloth diapers and balking at those figures.  Since then (over 3 years ago) parents to be have MANY more choices for newborn cloth diapering.

You can certainly buy 36+ diapers if you want to.  And I know MANY of you want to.  But when you have a budget to keep that just isn’t feasible.  Here are a few options you may not have considered before that will help you stay in the black while giving your new bundle of joy a big fluffy booty.  I have also included a few Pro Tips from my days of newborn cloth diapering at the end.

Rent Newborn Cloth Diapers:

Did you know that many online and brick and mortar cloth diaper stores will rent a stash of newborn cloth diapers?  It makes a lot of sense when you think about it.  Babies are only teeny tiny for a blink of an eye.  Depending on your baby’s weight at birth, they might only be small enough to fit into newborn cloth diapers for a few weeks.  Instead of buying cloth diapers for such a short time rent them instead.

Modern Cloth offers a trial featuring New or Used newborn size cloth diapers.  There are five different diapers to choose from.  More details on their website.

Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique offers a trial of Clover Fitteds (not cheap when purchased new) that equals about 36$ per month.  More details on their website.   

Nell’s Natural Baby offers a KL0 (Kissaluvs Size 0 fitted) trial package. I used these tiny fitteds with Everett and fell in love with them. Comes with 3 Thirsties Covers. More details on their website.

There are many more rental programs with a variety of options, including packages featuring bumGenius Newborn AIO’s or Fuzzibunz XS.

Pro Tip: I would suggest trying the Cloth Diaper Retailer Database and search for “newborn rental.”  This is updated frequently so while there are only 3 matching now, I’m sure more will list soon.

Use a Diaper Service:

Diaper Services aren’t extinct!  In fact, they are popping up in more and more local communities every day.  Even if you aren’t keen on using one full time due to their price tag, which may be slightly less than using disposables to more than, using them during the newborn period might work better for you than buying a newborn stash while still saving money.

Many cloth diaper services offer options in the short term for the first few months for parents who want to cloth diaper but also don’t want to worry about having to wash diapers while bonding with the new baby and healing from childbirth.  Once you are feeling comfortable with cloth diapers and life as a new mom, you can start using your own stash and laundering at home.

Pro Tip: use the RDIA’s website to Locate a Diaper Service

Buy Used:

I get it.  The thought of buying used diapers is hard for a lot of people to stomach.  If you can get past the barrier of buying something another baby has pooped in, you can score great deals on a newborn cloth diaper stash.  The best part is that, like your needs, the previous owner probably only used them for a short time.

Many Forums offer FSOT (For Sale or Trade) forums for used cloth diapers.  In most cases, like on DiaperSwappers, you can search by the type of diaper- such as Fitteds, Pockets, All-in-One’s, and so on.  My tip would be to search in the Diaper Lots forum.  Often you will find lots with just Newborn Diapers.  Find a good lot and you will save a lot of money and a lot of time.

Other places to find used diapers would be Craigslist.org or Kijiji.ca (for the Canadians).  If you belong to a local Mom Listserve you might post an ISO (In Search of) for newborn cloth diapers.  Or even try looking to Freecycle.org.  You never know!

Anytime you are buying used cloth diapers there are some things to keep in mind: always look at the photo carefully, ask about wear on the elastic and velcro, and find out what type of detergent the owner used.  You may also want to strip your used diapers before using them.  On online forums- check the seller’s user rating and only buy from those with a good reputation to avoid scam artists.

Pro Tip: Buying used is the best way to get the most for your money.  You can find more expensive diapers like All-in-One’s, used, for what you would pay for new Prefolds and covers.

Buy Affordable New Cloth Diapers:

Because you won’t be using your newborn diapers very long, one option that most families choose is Prefolds and Covers.  This is the route my family and I took for my first son as a first time mom.

Prefolds can be intimidating but they work so well!  Most first time cloth diapering families would love to have a stash of All-in-One diapers since they are most like a disposable and are considered more convenient and easy.  Financially they can’t afford that.  24-36 Newborn AIO’s can run you as much as 300-600$ for what will last 1-3 months, if that!  Instead, buyng Prefolds or Flats and a few Newborn covers is a GREAT option.  I have videos on how to fold Prefolds and how to fold flats.

Here are a few ideas:

Nell’s Natural Baby offers a Newborn Bundle with EVERYTHING you need up to 15 pounds. 3 Thirsties Size 1 Duo Covers or Bummis Super Brite Covers in Small, 30 Infant Prefolds, Package of Snappi’s, and a roll of BioLiners.  $118.00.  More details on their website.

Bummis Newborn Pack (available at many retailers, including affiliate Kelly’s Closet) is a tiny bundle for TINY babies and runs $42.00. It comes with 12 Preemie Prefolds and 2 Newborn Super Brite Covers (which has a notch for the umbilical cord). This isn’t enough to last more than a day so you might think about buying 2-3. This kit is good for anyone expecting a smaller baby or twins since it fits 5-9 lbs. Preemie prefolds are very small and might not fit every single newborn or last long. More details on their website.

Flats- Keeping in mind that flats have a higher learning curve than prefolds, you can also save a lot of money by using them. Flats are versatile and fit newborns and older babies. They are economical. They dry fast. They are cotton and hard to destroy with even the worst wash routine. I have to admit that I have special place in my heart for these simple and effective diapers that have been used for over a hundred years. A dozen will run you 25.00 in the Small size. They fold up to be quite trim. I would recommend visiting the Green Mountain Diapers website to see just how they look on a newborn. I haven’t had the chance to use flats on my own newborns but it seems most people prefer the Origami fold with a twist, which makes the diaper trimmer above the hip to fit under covers. More details on their website.

Pro Tip: Another time saving option is searching my Cloth Diaper Finder for “newborn” in the Size filter, and narrow it by your price range.  A list of results with details on the diaper, and user reviews, will appear.

Borrow from a Friend: 

This is the FREE option!  If you are lucky enough to have friends who cloth diaper you might luck out and “inherit” a newborn cloth diaper stash to borrow.  You could also buy them from your friend; I’m sure they would give you a great deal.  If you friend isn’t local there is still a chance.  I sent my entire newborn stash to a friend in another state.

More Pro Tips:

No matter what option you choose, whether you spend hundreds on adorable, teeny tiny AIO’s, or spend nothing because you found a whole set on Freecycle, remember that cloth diapering a Newborn is a learning experience.  It could be your 1st or 10th child and you might find yourself having leaks.  Take solace in knowing it isn’t you.  Finding your groove with the diapering method you have chosen can take a few weeks.  Sadly, sometimes when you just get the hang of it your baby has moved up to their One Size Stash or the next size up.  As Alanis Morrisette would say, “Isn’t it ironic, dontcha think?”

If you are having leaks and want to continue using your diapers while troubleshooting the source- try using PUL or Nylon backed mattress protectors under your child when they sleep to save yourself from washing your baby’s bedding, or your own if you bedshare.  I also have a few tips on Troubleshooting Cloth Diaper Leaks.

Other handy tricks:

For the first days of life your baby will be passing Meconium, affectionately called “Tar Poo” for its black and sticky attributes.  You CAN still use cloth diapers!  I did, and the meconium washed right out and the stains were gone within a few washes without even sunning.  You can opt to use flushable or fleece liners during this time if you desire.  Another Pro tip is to coat your baby’s bottom with a light layer of olive oil.  The worst part of meconium isn’t washing it out of the diaper; it is washing it off your baby’s butt.  The olive oil keeps it from sticking.

From experience, you don’t HAVE to use covers or diapers with umbilical cord notches on them.  If you have diapers without the notch or snap down, just leave it a bit loose on top of the cord and stay mindful that it is there.  I did and my baby didn’t die or have any harm come to him.  Remember- his tight onesies and shirts are also likely rubbing that stump.  There are lots of covers and diapers with the dip, such as XS Thirsties, Small Bummis, and many XS AIO’s have them as well.

My last tip is to RELAX.  Take the challenges, if there are any, in stride.  If a diaper consistently doesn’t work for you then leave it to the side.  If you only have a handful and you keep having trouble and you are pulling out your hair, take a break. There- I said it!  No new mother/father needs to worry about cloth diapers when they are learning to care for a newborn.  If you have to buy a pack of disposables then do it.  In the meantime, ask around online or in your local cloth diaper store for advice.  I don’t like using disposables but in my mind they do have a purpose.  A back-up, a last resort on vacation, a night time solution when all else fails.  No one is perfect and no one can do one thing 100% of the time.  Pick your battles.

For more Newborn Cloth Diaper Resources you can re-visit a few of my old posts from the archives: Cloth Diapering Options For a Newborn {video}, Newborn Cloth Diapers Chart Comparison and Video, and Newborn Cloth Diapers Compared to Their One Size Counterparts {video and chart}

And for newbies I have a list of all of my most helpful cloth diaper articles:  Cloth Diaper Information for Newbies: Cloth 101

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Newborn Cloth Diaper Reviews (finally)

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I have gotten around to filming a long video on the Newborn (size XS or small) diapers we used on Baby Everett.  Rather than writing out each review I decided to use my laptop camera and talk it out.  This was my first time, I look like poo, but frankly I don’t know when I can get time to do anything other than that!  Some of these diapers were also featured more in depth in other videos I did like the Newborn Cloth Diapering and Newborn Diapers versus their OS Counterparts (Part 1, Part 2).  I hope I am not being too repetitive with this video but I knew a few were left out in both.

This chart is based on my son and his body type.  Please just use this as an idea, not a concrete number.  My son has a very wide waist and chunky thighs and outgrew the newborns quicker than the average baby.  He is 90% for weight and around 80% height.

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