Cloth diapering a newborn baby can be challenging. There are many different factors to consider when cloth diapering a newborn and most mamas are a bit stumped as to what to choose. When I first started using cloth diapers on my third son, he was already about a month old, so I pretty much bypassed all the newborn fun stuff. When I became pregnant with baby #4, I was super excited to get into all the yummy and cute newborn fluff. Little did I know how challenging it really would be!
When I was pregnant I did all the research on what was best for newborns. I read a lot of mamas said that prefolds were the best option. I go through a lot of phases with cloth diapering where I love one kind of diaper for awhile, and at this time I was loving prefolds. My dilemma was that all my previous babies had been 9-10 lbs at birth, so I wasn’t sure if I should start with newborn size prefolds or go straight to smalls. I actually drove myself (and my husband) crazy for a long time trying to figure it out. I eventually decided to buy some of each just in case. I also bought some x-small size Thirsties covers just in case. Everything else I bought was either small or sm/medium size. I was expecting another 10 lber given my track record, and well, I was huge.
To my great surprise on October 7th, 2009, Jace entered the world at a whooping 7lbs 2 oz!! I could not believe my tiny little surprise! I was ecstatic! That is until I tried on the newborn prefolds and extra small covers. They were huge! And so were the 0-3 months size clothes I bought. I mean he was seriously swimming in them. I had some newborn Cuddlebuns I had gotten off FSOT and they fit much better. They were teeny tiny! I didn’t want to mess with the prefolds so I bought more newborn fitteds and some newborn Prowraps to help supplement my stash. In the meantime I tried the medium Babyshapes Muttaqin Baby fitteds I had bought and amazingly they fit really well. I was worried that meconium would be gross and stain the diapers, but it actually washes out better than EBF poo. No need for liners or anything. I wish all poo was that easy to take care of!
I also decided to try the one size diapers I had to see how they would work. I had BumGenius pockets and Goodmamas. I put them on one time and then took them right off. I know babies at that age don’t move around a lot and mostly just lay there and sleep, but these diapers were enormous and looked like they would just be uncomfortable. They did not start fitting well until about 2 months or so.
Once my newborn Muttaquin Baby fitteds came, I have to say I was disappointed. They didn’t fit any better then the newborn prefolds. I thought with the little cord snap down it would be perfect. No such luck. The diapers were still quite big on Jace and rubbed against his cord. The Cuddlebuns fit much better, but didn’t absorb as much. The newborn covers fit perfectly though, which was nice. Who ever thought cloth diapering such a little guy would be so difficult! And by this time I had decided to get rid of the newborn prefolds because I didn’t think I would use them. I don’t know why I ever did that! I ended up buying more newborn size prefolds and they became my favorite go to diapers.
Jace would poop and pee constantly. If I feed him, he would poop. And he ate a lot. The prefolds started to fit perfectly and we went through them so fast that they were the most economical choice. Looking back I think my hormones were driving me and I just wanted something cute, lol. If I was to do it over I would do newborn prefolds and covers all the way for the first month or so.