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How to CD a Newborn
I'm new to CDing, and my husband and I are expecting our first in September. Autumn, I have read through your CDing 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, this a great set of questions! I decided to use it as a post on the blog and you can see my personal response here
owner and author of All About Cloth Diapers
Christian homeschooling mom to 5 children
My dd weighed just over 8 lbs. at birth and I found that the one size diapers fit her OK by about 9 lbs. but not with inserts. The inserts were just too bulky. I couldn't afford to go out and buy/rent newborn covers so I decided to make the O/S pockets work. I use the O/S pockets without the inserts as covers over flats and pre-folds. If she's just wet and I change her right away I can even air out and re-use the cover.
"It is true poverty that a child should die so that we may live as we wish."
That's a good idea! Thank you Judi!
Also Autumn, thank you for your post! I saw it way back in may but life got the best of me, and I forgot to respond. I appreciate it very much!
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