August 4, 2010

Cloth Diapering your Newborn

Our son is 8 weeks old...amazing how fast time flies when you have a newborn in the house!  He has outgrown nearly all of his extra small diapers and some of his smalls.  He is well into most onesize diapers.  I think our days of having a newborn are pretty much over, so this will be my final post on "Cloth Diapering a Newborn".  Of course I'll still write about my experiences with our son, but I think he qualifies as a "baby" now rather than a newborn!

Today, he is 8 weeks old and weighs around 13 pounds.

Extra smalls - are they worth buying?
When our son was born, he weighed 7 lbs 6 oz. That was about what he weighed when he came home and we started using cloth diapers.  At that time, all of the extra small and newborn size diapers fit him well.  All of them fit under his cord stump.  It was really nice having diapers that truly fit his small bum. 

Most newborn diapers fit up to about 12 pounds.  Our experience agrees.  Here's how our extra small and newborn diapers compared:

Brand - Official Size Chart - Our experience
FuzziBunz Extra Small  4-12 pounds still fits at 13 pounds, but rise is getting really low
Drybees Bamboo fitted Stage 1 5-15 pounds outgrew at 12 pounds
Kissaluvs Size 0  5-15 pounds  still fits at 13 pounds, but rise is getting really low
BumGenius AIO Extra Small  6-12 pounds  agree
BumGenius fitted Extra Small  6-12 pounds  agree
Thirsties Cover Extra Small  6-12 pounds  agree
Bummis Super Brite Cover Newborn  4-9 pounds  outgrew at 12 pounds
Thirsties Duo Diaper Size 1  6-18 pounds  outgrowing now at 13 pounds
Thirsties Duo Wrap cover, size 1  6-18 pounds  still fits well at 13 pounds Sposoeasy AIO Extra Small  5-9 pounds  outgrew at 12 pounds

Overall, I recommend buying about 6 newborn diapers.  That way you have some diapers that will look really good, which is great for showing off your new cloth diapers and convincing family members that cloth can be cute and fit well.  For the rest of your diapers, going with OneSize or size smalls is a fine idea. 
Anything else to know about cloth diapering a newborn?
We use LOTS of cloth wipes.  We have at least 40 wipes in our stash and we often use all of them between washes.  They're so handy...covering his privates when he doesn't have a diaper on, wiping faces, wiping drippy noses (cloth wipes are the only facial tissue my daughter will use when she has a cold), etc.  We have all of our wipes leftover from our daugther's diapering days, plus we've added a few for Colby (so he doesn't have all pink wipes! LOL) 
Otherwise, I can't really think of anything that we do differently from when our daughter was in diapers. 
If you have any questions or special requests about newborn diapering, feel free to email me or to post a comment.  I've had a lot of fun with this series and I hope it's been helpful for you.