Cloth diapering a newborn is not as straightforward and easy as cloth diapering a toddler. When I first started cloth diapering, my first baby, she was already 18 months and fit into every diaper I had tried on her. I had my choice of cloth diapers and was able to experiment to see which ones were the best for us. I didn’t mind the investment so late in the game, because I knew that I would start cloth diapering our second baby right from the start- or at least I thought we would.
You see, one size diapers, which are generally meant for babies from 8-35 pounds, don’t really fit newborns too well. Their legs are too skinny, causing leaks, and if the umbilical stump is still attached, diapers that are too high may cause irritation. Aside from those issues, some one size cloth diapers may create too much bulk in smaller babies when they are snapped down to the smallest setting, that is why it is best to try out a few diapers before settling on one brand from the beginning. Not all cloth diapers are made the same, just like not all disposables are the same. Just as name brand disposables may not be suitable for all babies, the same rule applies for cloth. All babies are shaped differently!
I did a ton of research before settling on which cloth diapers I would use on my newborn. After reading the reviews, I decided to go with Bum Genius XS diapers, which are now known as Bum Genius Newborn Diapers. I loved that these were All in One and had an easy Velcro closure. I felt that Velcro would be optimal for a squirmy newborn as opposed to fussing with snaps.
I waited about 2 weeks before starting cloth on my newborn. The Bum Genius XS seemed just a tad snug on my 8 pounder but she was in the correct range for the size of the diapers. They weren’t as elastic as the cloth diapers I used on my toddler, but they did the job and contained leaks and messy breastmilk poop very well. The diapers were short enough that they cleared her umbilical stump, but the rise of the diaper was high enough to not leak. I was happy with my choice!
Some people decide to wait until their baby is big enough to fit into one size diapers, which is a personal choice. I knew I wanted to try cloth diapering my newborn since I didn’t start early with my first baby. Do I regret starting so early? No- because I know I can keep the newborn cloth for my next baby or for a friend or relative. There are also a bunch of diaper swap sites out there so I can trade up my newborn dipes for something else later on. I am very happy with my choice in newborn cloth and glad that I am putting less waste into landfills right from the start.
Contributed by guest blogger: Elaina K