On the All About Cloth Diapers’ forum, Caitlin asked a fabulous set of questions.
I’m new to CDing, and my husband and I are expecting our first in September. Autumn, I have read through your cloth diaper book, and think that I may just be a little overwhelmed by all of the info. Which I would say is actually a good thing, because it contains such a wealth of knowledge, and from what I’ve heard, it is normal to be overwhelmed for someone new to CDing.
My plan thus far has been to use One-size pockets. For me, not having to buy new diapers for each size was a deciding factor, and I also like that pockets can be adjusted for absorbency. This is of course once our little girl can fit into the smallest setting…
I am rather confused when it comes to CDing a newborn. I’ll be honest, some of this is pure ignorance. I don’t even know how big most babies are when they are born, and at about what age they are able to fit into the smallest size of One-size diapers. Also, from what I have read, most newborns need to be changed about 12 times a day, if not more. The idea of spending a lot of money on NB CDs is daunting to me when they will only be worn for a short period of time.
This morning was the first time that I had even heard of rental services for NB CDs, which seems like an option. I guess for me, if I’m going to be spending $200 to rent the diapers, I would possibly hope to be able to buy something which could also be used in the future. I’m wondering if there is an option that would achieve this?
If I purchased prefolds and covers, could I later use the prefolds as stuffers inside the pocket diapers once my child was large enough to wear the OS pockets? Or would the NB pefolds not be large enough to do this? I’m also wondering, and again sorry for the lack of knowledge, if most prefolds are able to just be laid inside of a cover, or if you “wrap” them around the child, and then place a cover over them?
Sorry if this is confusing, I have a lot of questions in my mind right now, but I’ll leave it at this for now.
Thank you for any help, advice, and comments!
Caitlin, congratulations on the baby girl! As with any new journey the full understanding looks so far away. I can recall these emotions with many things I set out to learn (homeopathics, cloth diapers, parenting–still working on that one!)
But, the good news is, I can say from far into the race that it really doesn’t take long to get a working knowledge of the basics.
One sized diapers are a great and common choice for parents new to cloth diapering. Some brands like Softbums work on babies as small as 5lbs! I’ve also seen several newborn photos of fresh out of the womb bums in a Cutiepoops, Charlie Banana and Fuzzi Bunz Elite.
Most one sized cloth diapers aren’t going to fit your child until she reaches about 12lbs which could be 8wks or 4 months. I encourage you to also read The Life Expectancy of a One Sized Cloth Diaper to get a well rounded view on them.
You are correct, newborns will go through approximately 12 diapers a day. You will quickly discover than newborn poop (I am only familiar with breastfed baby poop) is runny! That is why I always use a fitted diaper or a diaper with a gusset like Lil Joeys.
There are several rental programs that allow you to earn a credit towards a purchase once you return your newborn diapers. I compiled an extensive list of Newborn Cloth Diaper rental programs for your convenience.
It is completely possible to cloth diaper your newborn with prefolds and covers. The covers you buy are the key to containment. Proraps and Thirsties are excellent newborn covers, while Sweet Pea covers are a fantastic one-sized cover.
As I mentioned previously, newborn poop is runny. Trifolding the prefold and laying it in the cover will not contain the poop well. It isn’t necessary that you use pins to fasten the prefold. There are handy accessories like the Snappi and Boingo that allow you to fasten a prefold without the worry of poking you or baby.
You may recall from the Ultimate Guide to Cloth Diapers that I entered the world of cloth diapers using prefolds and Proraps covers on my 15m old son. At that age, trifolding a prefold works just fine.
Prefolds are extremely versatile and can be used a pocket insert when your baby moves into them. However, the prefold will cause the diaper to be bulkier than if you had a single microfiber, bamboo or hemp inserts. Prefolds also make great breast pads in the early days when you leak a lot out the side you aren’t nursing on while nursing. I could soak a prefold in one feeding! Maybe I’m strange :)
Right now all this information is hard to take in because you don’t actually have the baby there to experiment with. Once baby girl arrives you’ll quickly discover that sometimes what you thought would work just isn’t going to cut it. My encouraging comment is to stick to your commitment and work through the trials–which will come.
However, don’t beat yourself up if you use a disposable diaper here and there while you are working out the kinks. Your main priority is to love and nourish your daughter. Cloth diapering is not difficult and honestly, the newborn phase is the easiest!
I look forward to hearing about your diapering choices and the arrival of your daughter!
For more information on cloth diapering a newborn check out Cloth Diaper Q&A: What to Buy for a Newborn
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