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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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Newborn Cloth Diapering Toolkit

I found that there are very few needed essentials for cloth diapering a newborn. As long as you have something to absorb and something to keep the moisture off your clothes, that's pretty much all that's important. Having gone through this twice (at 3 weeks, and 4 days), I can tell you that your best bet is to have a LOT of changes on hand. I cloth diapered my first only part time as a newborn, but baby #2 has been wearing cloth since we were in the hospital. With a newborn, you'll be changing diapers every hour or so, and both my kids had the 'ooh, new diaper, MUST poop' thing going on in the early days. Sometimes I'd change FOUR in a row! Just when you think they're done? They're not.

Since my priorities were to have plenty of changes, and to pay as little as possible, I bought a bunch of prefolds for around $1 each. Instead of envisioning tossing a quarter into the trash can with each change, I envisioned my money coming BACK to me! Since we were diapering our second full time, I ended up with 2 dozen infant sized prefolds and 6 newborn ones. The newborn ones fit right away for us, but lasted only a few weeks on our 9 lb girl. They were handy for a trim fit under newborn clothes and for those of you with a more 'normal' sized baby, they'll be doubly worth the investment. Using the infant sized prefolds was easy, fastening with a snappi or just tri-folding and laying into a cover. We skipped the x-small covers, knowing that our baby was going to be fairly large. Since you'll be wanting to use covers again and again, try finding ones that 'wipe clean' and snappi the first few changes with that cover, and when you think it's your last use or two, go ahead and just tri-fold, that way, if it gets soiled, you won't be cursing your thoughtlessness when you're on your last cover and the rest are in the wash. Tip: When infant/one-size prefolds are too large, simply tri-fold them the 'wrong way', they'll be shorter and fit in small covers easier. When we snappi'd, we found that we liked the jelly roll fold the best, basically you're making gussets yourself to hold in the poo! These were the mainstay of our daytime system, when our eyes were open.

For night time, we had half a dozen aios (we had small BG's, which are discontinued) and a handful of one-size pocket diapers, like Rumparooz and Katydid (now Oh Katy!) that get SUPER small on their lowest rise setting. You could grab a couple of small pocket diapers, like fuzzibunz, instead, we have one of those and it's still fitting my 7 month old! The key here is that you don't necessarily need a lot of these, if you're washing every 2 days, 5 or 6 is probably more than plenty to get through those bleary eyed feedings. If you go through more than that in one night, you're probably awake enough to tri-fold a prefold anyway!

Here are my suggestions for newborn kits (under 8 lbs, 8 lbs + and lowest cost kit). The idea is that you always have 24-30 diapers that fit your child, so you can wash every 2 days and have enough to get by while they wash and in case of a dreaded quadruple poo. Keep in mind that one size diapers may not fit a small newborn immediately, but by the time your baby grows out of a newborn prefold (at around 10 lbs), you can simply rotate one size diapers in and have the same amount of changes. If you're using infant sized prefolds, they will last until approximately 15 lbs, and your baby is no longer a newborn, but a 'baby' ready for one size diapers or standard/premium prefolds.

Kit suggestions for up to 8 lb newborn:
12 infant prefolds
12 newborn prefolds (use as doublers or put back for next baby when outgrown)
5-6 wipe clean covers
1-2 snappis
5-6 xsmall or small AIOs/pockets and
3-4 one size diapers that fit from birth
24 cloth wipes

Kit suggestions for 8 lb + newborn:
24 infant prefolds
6 newborn prefolds (use as doublers or put back for next baby when outgrown)
5-6 wipe clean covers
1-2 snappies
5-6 small AIOs/pockets or size 1 diapers that 'size up' or
5-6 one size diapers that fit from birth
24 cloth wipes


Kit suggestions for lowest cost:
24-30 infant or one size prefolds
4-6 wipe clean one size covers
2-3 one size AIO or pocket diapers for night
24 cloth wipes

Jill has cloth diapered 2 babies and lives life 'just this side of crunchy' and blogs about her experiences at www.lifeisnotbubblewrapped.com.

3 comments:

Mindy said...

So useful, Jill! Thanks for sharing!

Evie Rae said...

This is very helpful! I'm emailing it to my husband!

Evie Rae said...

This is very helpful! I'm emailing it to my hubby!