As I was packing away everything for our move in 9 days, I decided to stop and enjoy the fluffy newborn cloth diapers that were about to be boxed up.
I am excited to use the cloth diapers on my new baby but honestly the thought of washing them is a little sad. Right now they are hot off the sewing machine- no fading, ultra soft bamboo, no stains. Perfect squishiness.
Of course, I’ll get over that and have them all ready in a few weeks. This is not the first time I have cloth diapered a newborn. Paisley was exclusively cloth diapered from the beginning. However, for her I used mainly Kissaluvs size 0.
Like many of you, 2 years ago I was seeking guidance and reading dozens of reviews and opinions on what was best for a newborn. I wish I would have had a guide, but at the time I only knew of diaperswappers – and you know how easy it is to find something there lol.
I never had any doubts when cloth diapering Paisley. That’s what we had, so that’s what we used. I do remember wishing the diapers weren’t so soaked after one pee or wondering why she got a horrid rash when I used serged or suedecloth diapers. But those experiences taught me that not every diaper will work for every baby.
This time around I have chosen to use bamboo inner diapers. Goodmamas, Mutts, Kindhearted Woman, Nanipoos and a few miscellaneous brands. I also have a dozen green edged prefolds. For covers, I have opted to use wool.
With Paisley we used wool and PUL covers. Although I liked the containment the PUL covers offered, I didn’t like how hot the diapers were. There was zero breathability. Honestly though, I’ll have a few on hand for going out to church or dinner. That security is needed when you already have enough other things to worry about!
My favorite PUL covers are Proraps, but I’ll also be buying Thirsties this time around.
My biggest advice that I would offer to someone hesitant to cloth diaper their newborn is to just do it. Dive in and ignore all those “what-ifs”. Is there anything easy about a newborn anyways?
I never had problems with meconium staining and if a stain did arise the sun really is miraculous! Having discovered Bac-out since Paisley’s birth I will be using that this time.
The cord was never an issue, especially when using diapers with a snap down notch. With wool I would either fold down the waistband or pull it up over the cord.
Washing is super easy because you don’t have to dunk the diapers. Man do I look forward to that! All diapers go into the pail and wash as you desire. (my routine: prewash with bac-out, wash, second rinse, dry in dryer)
If you are a first time mom, I applaud you for considering cloth diapers. Entering motherhood is a crazy time! But you couldn’t have made a better decision about diapers. It only takes a couple (or a few ;) ) of weeks to hit that groove. Then after that everything is second hand….until something pops up like a rash. BUT don’t panic!
There is a solution for all problems and I will do my best to get you through them.
Here are a few pictures for you of baby #4s stash: