Saturday, August 21, 2010

Preparing for the arrival of a newborn

There is something exciting about putting on your baby’s very first cloth diaper.  Surrounding your baby in comfort gives a sense of satisfaction.  If you are brand new to cloth diapers it can be difficult to decide what to buy.  The options are numerous.  Not only are there different styles of diapers, but there are a great number of brands for each style.

The first decision you need to make is how often you plan on washing the diapers.  Typically cloth diapers should be washed every 2-3 days, but some choose to wash daily.  For newborns you will need enough diapers for at least 12 diaper changes per day.  Allow 2-3 extra diapers to account for washing time.  So if you plan on washing every 2 days you will need at least 26 diapers.  If you are using diapers that require a diaper cover you will need at least 5-6 diaper covers.  During the newborn period diaper covers will need to be changed more often if you are using prefolds versus a fitted diaper with elastic at the legs and waist like the Kissaluvs size 0 diaper.

In addition to diapers you will also need a diaper pail liner and a wet bag for the diaper bag.  The diaper pail liner will keep your diaper pail dry.  Many families simply use a kitchen style garbage can for a diaper pail and purchase a pail liner.  Hanging diaper pails are also available.  The wet bag will hold all wet and soiled diapers while you are on the go.  Wipes are also a necessity.  During the newborn period you will go through more wipes so you will need at least 1-2 wipes per diaper.

For someone brand new to cloth diapering it is helpful to start off with a sampler package.  This will help you get to know the different styles and brands to choose the one that works for your family the best.    Thanks Mama’s Basic Newborn Package will give you what you need to wash daily.  It contains 15 different diapers, 5 diaper covers, a wet bag, a pail liner, and wipes.  While most of the diapers are prefolds it gives you the opportunity to try out fitted diapers, contour diapers, and all in one diapers as well as five different styles or brands of diaper covers.

If you are sure you want to use easy-to-use diapers then you may want to consider Thanks Mama’s Easy To Use Cloth Diapers Package.  It comes with 16 all in one or pocket diapers as well as 6 prefolds to add to the pocket diapers to increase absorbency.  You will be able to try out 7 different diaper styles to discover the best one for your family.  It also comes with 12 wipes, a wet bag, and a large tote to hold dirty diapers.

Thanks Mama’s Deluxe Newborn Package will give you what you need to wash every other day.  It also gives you a variety of diapers so you can try out different styles of diapers to see which style suits your family the best.  It comes with 29 diapers including 8 prefolds, 8 fitted diapers, 2 contours, and 11 all in one diapers.  It also comes with 6 different diaper covers, a wet bag, a diaper pail liner, and 25 wipes.  If you aren’t sure if all-in-ones, fitted diapers, or prefolds are the right choice then this package can help you try them all out to find a system that works best for your baby.

Once you have your cloth diapers in hand you must face the most difficult decision of all.  You will have to choose which will be the first cloth diaper to put on your baby.  The options are daunting, but if you start out with a package deal you can try them out before you commit to a certain style or brand and save a little money at the same time.  Check out more newborn cloth diaper packages at Thanks Mama.

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