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Newborn Cloth Diapering: The Basics

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?!

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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.)

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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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LPD Newborn Stuffable AIO Video and Review

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!

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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

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

I’m always happy to help moms in need as much as I can.  You can leave a question in the comments or post them to my Facebook Page.

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Newborn Cloth Diaper Reviews (finally)

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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