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This time around I am going to cloth diaper my newborn!

Posted by Bert on 10/24/2013 to Cloth Diaper How-To
Last week I told you all how I'm pregnant with baby #3. This week I'm going to tell you how excited I am to use newborn cloth diapers cloth diapers from the very beginning of this babe's life.

That's right; for the last two babies I have used disposable diapers up until two months of age. My reason for doing this was ease for myself. As a first time mom I wanted to succeed at cloth diapering so I figured that those first few months would be the busiest time and the biggest adjustment period. When I had my second baby I simply repeated what I had done with my first because, to be honest, my firstborn was a challenging newborn. Now, with this babe I'm more confident in both my ability to be a mother and my knowledge and experience using cloth diapers.

For my newborn stash here's what I plan on using:

Prefolds and covers - In my research I know that a newborn stash should consist of 24 - 36 diapers because of the frequency that a newborn needs to be changed. The most cost effective way to do this is by using prefold diapers. There's nothing to be scared of with prefolds. There are tons of video tutorials out there on how to fold them and so many covers allow for a trifold that's pretty foolproof when you're in a hurry.

Newborn size "daycare" friendly diapers - I like to say daycare friendly instead of daddy friendly because I want to give my hubby the benefit of the doubt in his ability to use cloth diapers on our kids. You get my drift though. I think of that 24 - 36 diaper stash ten of those diapers should be non-cloth diaper user friendly for anyone who may be around to help you with baby while you're recovering from delivery. The Lil Joey Diapers and Blueberry have both received rave reviews from my little sister. She used cloth diapers on her first born son from the very beginning.

Or...Let Diaper Junction take the guess work away from me with the newborn sample package! - I love that Diaper Junction has put together a package of newborn cloth diapering essentials. They're the experts after all. Why not just let them do their job for me? I can try out a few of the different kinds of diapers and then order more from there.

So what would you suggest are some must haves for newborn cloth diapering?



Ashley Duncan
Date: 10/24/2013
I love CDing from day 1. I didn't do it with my daughter and hated prefolds with her but now on my son (1 week old), prefolds are my go-to diaper. The husband can snappi/boingo a prefold like no one's business! I have some newborn AIOs and pockets but I keep them for the diaper bag. I will add that we have a dozen preemie prefolds that we use heavily for milk leakage and doublers in the infant prefolds for naps and overnight. Throw in some soft fleece liners and you're good to go!
Ashley Duncan
Date: 10/24/2013
I love CDing from day 1. I didn't do it with my daughter and hated prefolds with her but now on my son (1 week old), prefolds are my go-to diaper. The husband can snappi/boingo a prefold like no one's business! I have some newborn AIOs and pockets but I keep them for the diaper bag. I will add that we have a dozen preemie prefolds that we use heavily for milk leakage and doublers in the infant prefolds for naps and overnight. Throw in some soft fleece liners and you're good to go!
Tracy Mosher
Date: 10/24/2013
I am also wondering about this. I've heard it can be hard to CD from the start due to the cord. I CD our 22 month old, she is the first of 8 that I CD for several reasons, from about 6 weeks. I always wanted to but was stopped for one reason or another. So, this next baby will be the first I have a chance to start with from day 1. I used prefolds at first then switched to a workhorse with cover and 1-2 doublers/preemie inserts for night since she is a heavy wetter. I don't care for AIO diapers, but having them in the diaper bag seems like a good idea. Is the reason you chose prefolds just for cost or is there another reason? I was thinking if use workhorse or even the stay dry inserts from flip, since I seem to have more flip covers than anything else for the first several months. Love using prefolds as burp cloths too!!
hillary Hutchins
Date: 10/24/2013
I didn't start cd'ing my daughter till she was around 3 or 4 months, definitely want to start at birth when i have another
Deanna F
Date: 10/24/2013
I started cloth diapering my two after their cord stumps fell off. My little guy is nine months and we're still using prefolds and covers! It's been great. I used a snappi with my first baby, but with #2 I just do a tri-fold and lay that sucker in there! Hope the rest of your pregnancy goes great!
Date: 10/24/2013
I did started from newborn the second time around - and blogged about it ;)
Melissa C.
Date: 10/24/2013
Me too! I've already started scouring for cheap simplex.
Sarah Jane
Date: 10/24/2013
I hope to use cloth diapers from day 1 too!! I meant to with my daughter, but I was so overwhelmed, I did not start until she was 4-5 months old. I have 36 infant prefolds and 5 PUL covers that I bought when I was pregnant with her. The covers we did not use at all. Thankfully, the prefolds were put to good use as burp cloths. We'll see how it turns out this time for me. ;)
Kara Brown
Date: 10/24/2013
First congrats :) I am currently expecting a baby in December and have two in cloth but we just started a few months ago so I have been going back and forth on whether or not to cloth the newbie. I have decided I cannot resist adorable newborn cloth diapers but I am going to have to go with AIOs because I really, really stink at prefolds and covers lol.
Allison E
Date: 10/25/2013
I didn't cloth diaper my daughter till she was 6 months old. I wish I had done it from the beginning though and my oldest was in disposables. If I had another it would be strictly cloth from the beginning
Audrey H
Date: 10/25/2013
Congrats!! I'm also due in May, so it's all very exciting! Good luck CDing! I did it with my first until about 20 months (he was an extra large toddler and between daycare & his size, we needed to switch) but I'm going back with B2.0. I absolutely LOVED prefolds & covers. They were my go-to, even with all the fancy types out there. The covers were just so cute! I will caution you about investing the money into the Lil' Joeys & Blueberry newborn AIO (the link you have). They won't fit baby #3 for very long so you'll just have to buy more when s/he grows out of them (probably around 3 months or so). Also, I had a difficult time with washing synthetic fabrics (polyester, the "stay dry" fabrics) since I live in an area of extremely hard water. Once I switched to cotton/all natural fabrics all my problems went away. Enter fitted diapers, oh how I love fitteds (Kissaluvs/Marvels & MotherEase are some of my favorites)! Ask your sister about her washing routine and just copy hers if she lives near you. Good luck!!!
Mindy Christianson
Date: 10/25/2013
I have a six month old, but I am already excited to CD my next one. :)
Rhiannon Trammel
Date: 10/25/2013
A ton of wetbags! I use them all the time and it is really helpful to have one handy. Also, they can double as wet clothes bags when swimming!
Callie Roelfsema
Date: 10/25/2013
I started using the clothe diapers 3 weeks in! Little one is only 2 months old, but I'm making an assumption that cloth diapering is probably easier the first six months of life, when solids aren't yet introduced ( less mess factor to deal with, considering breast milk is water soluble!)
Mary S
Date: 10/25/2013
I am hoping to cloth diaper my next newborn too! Prefolds and covers does sound like the most cost effective way to go. Thanks for the tips!
Date: 10/25/2013
started at about 2 1/2 weeks, using prefolds- worked great!
Carly T
Date: 10/25/2013
I'm expecting my first soon, and I'm planning to use cloth. I was thinking around the same lines as you for the newborn stage--about 2/3 prefolds and 1/3 AIOs or something more convenient. I'd like to try a variety and hold off a little on buying my permanent stash until I'm more sure what I like. Lil Joeys and Blueberries sound like a good place to start!
Date: 10/25/2013
I started at 5 months. Want to start right from the get go next time!
Christy L.
Date: 10/26/2013
Thanks for the advice! I've been going back and forth on what to do with my soon-to-be newborn. I need to take a closer look at prefolds, i think!
christine k
Date: 10/27/2013
I cloth diapered my first starting at 7w because of acouple reasons.... first, he came 4 weeks early and we had a bunch of disposables from our baby shower. Second, we were waiting for our tax return so we could purchase our stash. This time we cloth diapered from the very beginning. Our stash of OS diapers is 95% pockets, but I was surprised how I ended up prefering prefolds and covers for out newborn. I hated prefolds before that! Now we are almost 17w into cloth diapering her and still using prefolds for the majority of the time, and fitteds when we can. I guess I just got sick of stuffing so many diapers when I Was diapering 2!
Rachel N
Date: 10/27/2013
I loved fitteds and covers for the newborn stage, they were so great. I loved the fact that there were 2 layers of elastic so poop escaping the diaper was rare.
Jessica Pilkington
Date: 10/28/2013
I used prefolds and loved it!! Then I used pockets when he was 6 months old and it worked out great!!
Melissa Gomez
Date: 11/9/2013
I'm gonna cloth diaper from the beginning, God willing, because I don't have much yet :/ I want to try mostly prefolds and covers.
Date: 11/12/2013
I didn't try CDing this baby as a newborn, but next time around I'm going to be more prepared.
Melissa Decroteau
Date: 11/15/2013
First congrats on the pregnancy! So jealous Next I've never CD a newborn but I've heard that "daycare diapers" are easier since their ebf poop tends to get everywhere lol. I agree with you though about prefolds being the best $ option and why I will most likely be doing with the next one from birth.
Date: 12/5/2013
Great ideas! I want to CD my newborn when she arrives in about a month :)
Naomi Haskins
Date: 12/6/2013
I cded little one as soon as he fit in my diapers... I am going to try to cd from birth again- but if this little one is 6lbs again they may not fit! I do have 2 nb dipes that are supposed to do 5lbs this time around- though 2 dipes dont last that long!!
Charity B
Date: 12/9/2013
I am going to be cloth diapering #2 from the start. :) While still cloth diapering his sister!
Amanda Hurst
Date: 12/13/2013
It's so funny how our preferences change over time. I can't wait to CD my newborn!!
Date: 1/3/2014
I started with the one size BG's when my last little guy was 3 weeks old, but I'm hoping to cd right from the start with the next baby. I know prefolds and covers are the best/cheapest solution, but it's Oh so hard to pass up on all the cute aio newborn diapers so I'll probably end up doing both!
Date: 1/31/2014
I love my li joeys and my sloomb snapless minis with a thirsties cover!
liz covington
Date: 2/1/2014
Every time I see lol joeys or swaddlebees simplex newborns online it makes me want a newborn to cloth diaper!
Date: 2/2/2014
The Newborn Package looks awesome! I'll definitely have to look into that when I get pregnant again!
Laurie P
Date: 2/3/2014
I wish I had started from day one. Or even just earlier than when I did. But being in a new town, not much support on CD's, I think I'm doing pretty well. My hubby is not a huge fan, but he's grown to understand and appreciate them. Especially when it means he doesn't have to go out in the snow and ice to go buy the disposable that he prefers to use lol.
Date: 3/14/2014
I'm about to start cloth diapering my newborn when he makes his arrival. I'm excited!
Cassandra deNevers
Date: 5/12/2014
I hope to do cloth diapers from day 1 with our next lil one, but I have a few concerns, one being the diaper covering the umbillical cord, and the other is that I have small babies. Are there covers out there that fit tiny lil 6 lbs babies?
Ginny Thompson
Date: 6/20/2014
Im planning to cloth from day one as well. I didnt at all with my first and started at 4 months with my second so this will be new for me! I cant wait!
Erin B.
Date: 9/16/2014
I started at 3 weeks with my daughter and hope to do it sooner next time around. We started with prefolds and covers and some gdiapers that we received as a gift.
Amy Moore
Date: 4/4/2015
Im always looking for tips for getting ready to cloth diaper as soon as baby gets here.
Liz Covington
Date: 8/21/2015
I'm hoping to cloth from the start with my third and possibly last baby due February 2nd 2016 (ish).

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