Pregnancy nesting is very real, as almost any mom can tell you. All of a sudden there seems to be a million things that you have to do–from setting up a crib to learning how to install the dreaded car seat. If you plan to cloth diaper, it’s just one more thing on the list. However, somehow along the way it becomes less of a chore and more of an adventure.
If it’s your first time cloth diapering, you’ll probably ingest a lot of information, watch YouTube channels, read a lot of articles, and post lots of questions to the helpful moms in communities like this one. And then you get to put it all in practice when you actually buy diapers. You figure out what you like and you buy, buy, buy. If you’re like most of us, you’ll have all the newborn diapers you need before your little bundle of joy comes home.
This, however, might not be the wisest thing. I learned that quickly.
I purchased a rather popular, and expensive starter set for my son. The brand gets rave reviews, and I can still see why. They are wonderful, flexible, and totally adorable. They are also completely wrong for my son.
One thing I hadn’t counted on is my son’s body type–something I couldn’t know for sure until after he was born. Just like some jeans fit certain body types, some diapers fit some babies better. A certain brand’s design might be popular, or in your mind makes the most logical sense–but it might not actually fit your little one. You may end up with a lot of diapers that just don’t fit as you want them too.
Another reason you might want to wait to buy a mountain of cloth for your newborn stash is that in the end it might save you money. Often, despite telling friends and family that you intend to cloth diaper, they buy you tons of disposables. You could let these diapers go by the wayside, or gift them away. An alternative is to use them. Those first few weeks can be rough, and not having a load of laundry to do every other day could be something you really appreciate. Also, remember babies grow quickly. If you anticipate them only to be in their newborn-sized clothing for a brief time, remember that is just about as long as your wonderful stash of newborn diapers are likely to be in rotation. Plus, if you plan to keeping your little one away from large crowds and the general public for a while, not many people would see any expensive, but totally adorable, diapers.
In the end, do what makes you happy. But if your cloth diapering budget is small, be wise about your newborn stash purchases.