I love cloth diapering a newborn.
I’m pretty sure it’s because the diapers are so tiny and cute!
I have a variety of brands in Finley’s stash. Ragababe, Tangerine Baby, Sbish, Lil Joeys, Little Boppers, Mutts, Short Rounds, Goodmama, EcoPosh and Sweet Pea Diapers.
What is most interesting about cloth diapering my 4th newborn is that my favorites from the previous baby never win out with the new baby.
I always prepare for the newborn by ensuring that the stash has plenty of my old favorites. In this case Mutts,Goodmama, Sbish and Lil Joeys were carry-overs from Camden.
I didn’t like Ragababes with Camden but went ahead and bought several this time with hopes of loving them.
What a surprise it is that at 6 days old the best diapers for Finley are Ragababes and EcoPosh and the worst are Sbish, Mutts and Lil Joeys.
Goodmamas are still uber squishy and gentle on the legs (I should clarify that the Goodmama newborns I have are the double brites-cotton velour inner and outer) but the absorbency is not as good.
Sbish are wonderfully absorbent but mine have been through 3 babies and are pretty stiff. Makes it hard to grab for them. Also the serging seems to irritate Finley’s legs.
Sbish have always been my go to nighttime diaper for newborns. What am I using this time?
EcoPosh Fitteds are working great! The gentle turned & top stitched elastic is kind on his legs. When combined with a ProRap or Sweet Pea cover I get complete containment and no leaks.
The Sweet Pea newborn cover is a recent addition to the Sweet Pea family. Same things I love about the one-size cover (soft PUL, stretchy, gussets) but in a tiny size!
For daytime diapering though all I grab for are the easy Ragababe AIOs and 2-steps. For Finley the absorbency is perfect and I love the versatility of the 2-step (AI2).
Also, something fascinating is how different Finley’s umbilical stump is. This is the first baby that doesn’t have much of one. I haven’t had any issues with diapers rubbing it. He may just have a longer rise also.
Ragababe diapers aren’t always available for purchase but there are other brands with a similar concept. Nana’s Bottoms can be customized to your fabric preferences and have a good fit. Bum-Ware diapers are also a similar fit to the AIO.
Softbums is a highly adjustable one-sized AI2 system. I prefer the aplix over the snap for a nice snug fit.
I have also incorporated a couple of hybrid Fitteds this time around. I adore the fit of the side-snapping Short Rounds! It is probably my favorite newborn fitted I have. And if I remember correctly, it was the first diaper Finley wore.
Tangerine Baby is another hybrid fitted brand I am trying out. The picture at the top of the Hello Kitty diaper is a TB. I like the fact that it is a bigger fitting newborn diaper and gives a bit more absorbency with the layer of hidden fleece.
As Finley grows different diapers will become favorites I’m sure!
Most moms prefer the simplicity of prefolds but honestly I find an AIO way simpler for my family.
If buying newborn diapers isn’t financially an option for you check out newborn cloth diaper rental programs. This is an excellent opportunity to cloth diaper from the beginning at a great price.