Monday, April 5, 2010

Adventures in Newborn Cloth Diapering

When I first started cloth diapering I heeded warnings to avoid cloth diapering my newborn.  After all, there would be so many other things to deal with at that age.  So my son’s brand new cloth diapers sat in his drawer while I waited for the pack of newborn disposable diapers to run out.  Even though I waited to use the cloth diapers, my son was tiny so he was still 6 lbs when I started using cloth diapers.  I had avoided purchasing many newborn sized cloth diapers to save money and discovered that was a mistake.  Many of the infant sized diapers were huge on him. 

When my second child was born I was determined to use cloth diapers from the start.  I purchased a bunch of Prorap diaper covers and fleece topped doublers to go inside.  I had a couple other diapers like Happy Heinys and Fuzzi Bunz to go along with the Proraps, but the Proraps had the umbilical cord notch that made using the diapers easier while my son’s cord was healing.  I remembered the warning about meconium getting on diapers, but didn’t notice any problem with staining.

When my third child was born she also was in cloth diapers from the beginning.  This time I experimented on lots of different kinds of newborn diapers.  She was my biggest baby at almost 7 lbs, but she needed newborn sized diapers a couple months.  I loved the Kissaluvs sized 0 diapers.  They fit her perfectly and had the umbilical cord notch to aid in healing.  The BumGenius all in one newborn sized diapers were also a hit.  They were so easy to use and perfect for the diaper bag.  I discovered that the meconium caused staining on diapers that did not have stay dry fleece or suedecloth, but the staining wasn’t a major issue for me.

Cloth diapering a newborn isn’t too difficult.  I wish I had cloth diapered my oldest son from the start.  I found it was essential to have newborn sized diapers during the first 4-6 weeks.  The small sized diapers were just too big and bulky to get a good fit on a little newborn.  Cloth diapering a newborn requires diaper changes about 12 times a day.  The little newborn blow-outs are best contained with diapers or covers that have elastic at the legs and back like the Prorap diaper cover, the Kissaluvs size 0 fitted diaper, the BumGenius all in one diaper, or Fuzzi Bunz diapers.  Having a diaper that fits well will save on washing extra sets of baby clothes too. 

Visit ThanksMama.com for a wide selection of cloth diapers.  They offer four different newborn diaper packages to get you started:  An extra small Fuzzi Bunz 6 pack, an Easy to Use Newborn Cloth Diaper Package, a Basic Newborn Package, and a Deluxe Newborn Package.  Newborn packages are a great way to acquaint yourself with many different types of cloth diapers to help you choose the one that works for your family the best.

1 comment:

  1. I only waited a week before I began cloth diapering my baby and it was great! We used the Thirsties diaper covers and infant sized hemp babies brand cloth diapers. They are quite trim and fit well inside the cover (better than the standard DSQ prefolds).

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