After months of hypotheticals, estimating, researching and best guesses I finally get to put my newborn cloth diaper stash to work! My little guy arrived in early February and my first go at true newborn cloth diapering has begun (my daughter was already 4 months when I first started cloth diapering her). Since there have been a lot of discussions and questions about newborn cloth diapering on this blog and on the Diapershops’ Facebook page I thought I might try to give you my real-time, as-I-go experiences to give moms of newborns (or soon to be) an idea of what they might encounter in the first weeks and months. To give you as much info as possible, my little man was 7 lbs 12 ounces and 20 ½ inches at birth. I put his first cloth diaper on him at two weeks. My hat is off to all of you moms that start right away (even in the hospital!) but I gave myself a little leeway and waited until life started to have some sort of normalcy before going all cloth.
Two Weeks Old: At two weeks he is now 8 lbs 10 ounces and 21 ½ inches. His umbilical stump is still on so the only diapers that I have that will go under his stump are the Rumparooz Lil Joeys and the Imse Vimse Organic Cotton Cover. I love the snap-down of the Lil Joeys, the softness and the look. They aren’t bulky at all and the fit is just PERFECT on him. However, I have had quite a few leaks with these. I will say, this little guy seems like a heavy wetter (as compared to my daughter) but I just don’t like a diaper that I can’t rely on. The other con to these diapers is incredibly long drying times. I understand that AIO’s will always take longer, but these take a frustratingly long time.
I bought the Imse Vimse cover in the Preemie Size after reading reviews about their sizing and weight range. It is a perfect fit: nice and fitted on the legs with no gaps, dips below his stump and is comfortably snug on his belly with room for growth. I first used the preemie prefolds but they just weren’t enough to handle him. I stepped up to the newborn size prefolds and they worked without any leaks. I gave prefolds and covers a shot after a lot of prompting from moms on this site. I understand that they are a great economical option for newborn cloth diapering and lots of moms out there love using prefolds, but they just aren’t my favorite. Whenever I change him the entire prefold is soaked which means his whole diaper area is wet. I just don’t like all of this wetness against my baby’s skin and, personally, I much prefer handling pockets or all-in-ones than a sopping wet prefold. Again, just my preference, but I will say they didn’t leak and certainly are a huge cost savings.
I am looking forward to his stump falling off when I can dive into the rest of my newborn stash and try out more fluff. I’m most excited about the Bum Genius All-in-Ones and the Fuzzi Bunz Pockets and, after two years of using these brands on my daughter, I have the feeling they won’t disappoint. Stay tuned for more of my real-time test drives