Okay so me and my (husband in 7 days ) Have deceied to cloth diaper our son. Im 22 weeks pregnant, We want to cloth diaper from day one i do not want disposiables on him at all. Have any of you done this ? If so what new born diaper did you use till the babys cord stump fell off. Id really like your input also after he gets out of newborn we are going to do one size diapers. Which ones do you personally think work best and why
there are two brands I know of called Kissaluv and Rumparooz that make special newborn diapers that snap down for the umbilical cord. Newborns pee and poo a lot, so you will need at least 24 to get you through about 2 days.
After my LO's umbilical cord stump fell off, I had her in One Size diapers, which snap down to adjust to the size as they grow, I personally really enjoyed these and have been using them for months now without a problem, and they will fit her until she is potty trained. I feel these ones are more "bang for your buck" there are a bunch of very good brands out there, my personal favorites are BumGenius, and FluffyBunz. I've also heard good things about Swaddlebees, Tot Bots, and Itti Bitti Tutto
I don't plan on cloth diapering until they're out of the newborn stage...not exactly sure when I'll start, but we'll see...so really I haven't thought about this before...but can you maybe just get a huge stash of muslins? that's what they used to use and I guess they'd be the cheapest variety. Maybe use them for home and use "proper" ones (as in shaped ones) for out and about...
just an idea...this will be my first so really I have no clue at all!
I just wanted to add that my newborn was 6lb2 and dropped down to 5lb11, so smallish. She was in disposables for a few days but whilst she still had her cord I used Bambino Mio prefolds. I did the angel fold and used a nappy nippa. We didn't have any leaks at all doing this for about 4 weeks when we could start her in birth to potty nappies!
The midwife said this was fine when I asked about the cord being covered, she described it as a scab, but double check with your midwife?!
The best advice I can give is to spread the risk. I'd say that for every baby at every stage there are going to be *at least* one or two nappies, probably more, that just don't work for them (or for you, for whatever reason), so if you buy only one or two different types you run the risk of choosing the ones that don't work. Then you'll either have to put up with leaks (which can get very messy with a young baby), buy new nappies or resort to disposables. To cloth nappy a newborn, I'd aim for at least 20 nappies if you're ok to wash every 1-2 days at first (allowing time for drying). I would try to have at least four different nappies in that 20. I had more nappies than that for my newborn and probably 6 main nappies. I did find some that just didn't work but it was only one or two that didn't so I was able to manage with the others until I could sell the ones that didn't work and replace them with ones I knew did.
However much you read and however many opinions you get, I truly don't believe you can predict what will work. I thought I could for my first LO, bought a load and I was wrong. 2 years later, with two years of cloth experience and after trying every nappy I could get my hands on, you'd maybe think I'd be able to predict it with my second baby. Nope!
If I had to say what was most likely to work best for the majority of babies, I would say fitted nappies and wraps. They aren't the most popular choice amongst first time cloth users but I think they are the most popular with parents who are cloth nappying for the second time. That would go for any age child but especially with young babies and explosive poos and with toddlers or at least walkers. If I had to choose only one kind of day fitted, I would probably go for something like a Size 2 Tots Bots Bamboozle Stretch. They are 'sized' but Size 2 fits from something like 9-35lbs so is pretty much a OS, with the Size 1 being a newborn nappy. Wrap-wise, I'd definitely suggest trying a variety as the wrap is the last line of defence in a poonami situation!
For newborn nappies, again I'd say get a variety. We were quite happy with TB Teenyfits, Lil Joeys, TB Stretch S1 and a couple of others, but didn't get on with BG Newborns at all. Most didn't last past two weeks (the TBs were used for around 5 weeks IIRC).
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