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Old Apr 13th, 2017, 17:56 PM   1
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Cloth Diapers for Newborn


Just curious how many of you cloth diapered your newborn or chose to do disposables during the newborn stage?

I'm on the fence about which to do... so I could really use some input from those who have experienced it

1.If you did disposables, about how long did you do them?

2.If you did cloth, what style/brand did you prefer?

3.If you did cloth, did you buy newborn sizes and how long did they last you?

4.About how many newborn diapers would you say you used in a day?

Thanks so much in advance!



 
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Old Apr 13th, 2017, 21:31 PM   2
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We used disposable diapers until she was about 6 weeks old, then we switched to cloth. Our cloth were too big for her as a newborn, and buying newborn cloth to use for only 6 weeks didn't seem worth it, especially for how frequently baby required changing. I feel like my DD just continually leaked pee and poop for the first few weeks, lol. I know some breastfed babies can go a few days without having a bowel movement, but my DD had lots of very small bowel movements (or sharts as we called them) every day. I probably changed her diaper 12-15 times a day, so I would have needed 30 newborn sized diapers in order to do laundry every other day. Most people who I know that used cloth on their newborns used prefolds, which I considered doing until the gifts started rolling in (even though we never had a baby shower) and I had a giant stack of newborn disposable diapers, so we just decided to use those instead. Because of all the gifts we probably spent about $20 on diapers before switching to cloth, so from a cost perspective it was a good decision for us. By 6 weeks our cloth diapers were still a bit big on DD, but fit well enough that we made the switch and just changed her clothes if she had a leak. Our cloth were second hand from my sister who used them for all three of her children, so the leg holes were a bit stretched out, so she would sometimes leak out of the leg holes. I just purchased some more second hand cloth diapers in preparation for baby #2 and when snapped into their smallest size they fit smaller than the ones we already have, so I am hoping we can get this next baby into cloth earlier.



 
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Old Apr 14th, 2017, 13:15 PM   3
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I did disposable for about 3 weeks and then moved to cloth. I got the softbum brand of cloth diapers that fit small babies so it really wasn't an issue. I also had some prefold from a friend that worked really well (I preferred them because they didn't leak). Currently, I wash diapers 2 times a week and have probably 30 (15 clean and 15 dirty). In the newborn stage, I just changed the prefold and reused the cover as long as it wasn't soiled, so could get by with 5 or 6 covers and around 20 prefold inserts.



 
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Old Apr 14th, 2017, 13:51 PM   4
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Tankel thank you! I was looking into doing the prefolds with covers for at least the newborn stage since it seems more cost effective. Were the softbum ones a AIO?
I have no idea what to think on size...dd1 was 2 days over and 7.8, dd2 was 5 weeks early and only 5.6

Jess makes sense to use the disposables since you already had them! I plan to use them in the hospital since theyre already provided there What type of diapers did you buy?

I haven't found anywhere here that sells them secondhand



 
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Old Apr 14th, 2017, 14:08 PM   5
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I bought just the shell and the AIO kind. I used to stuff the AIO kind, but now a days I just use them all like covers. Stuffing is time consuming. I will stuff a few for my MIL if she is watching my daughter, but for me and my DH using them all as shells works fine, plus I don't have so many covers to wash.



 
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Old Apr 14th, 2017, 17:58 PM   6
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I did cloth from day one. Had newborn sized nappies (Bambooty brand) and they lasted about 3-4mths (my babies were skinny though). My sister had chunkier babies and used one-sized nappies on them. If you don't know anything other than cloth it just becomes part of your routine.



 
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Old Apr 14th, 2017, 20:19 PM   7
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Part of me feels like I should just start with cloth. I already intend to buy a variety of styles so I can figure out what I like. Im just unsure about if newborn sizes are worth it, because I don't want to spend a lot of money on something that only lasts a month if that makes sense.



 
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Old Apr 15th, 2017, 01:29 AM   8
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Yep. My sister was fine with one-size on a newborn...



 
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Old Apr 29th, 2017, 01:06 AM   9
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I just build my nb stash of:
- 36 cotton flats
- 6 Bamboo flats
- 6 workhorses from Green Mountain Diaper
- 7 covers
I did it that way because if was cheaper and cost effective for the amount of time baby is going to fit. Also I don't like prefold since they look bulky. My One Size stash is build of All in one, Pockets, fitted, some flats and covers.
This is my first baby that is going to be on cloth diapers from the beginning. I started late with my DD at 18 months and the only think that I regret is of not being started sooner.



 
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Old Apr 29th, 2017, 11:25 AM   10
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Marie your stash looks great!

So far I have AI2s and pocket diapers. I ordered some AIO too. I've got a different variety of sizes.



 
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