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Old 03-09-2012, 12:49 PM   #1
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Cloth diapering a newborn

Hello,
I've been a member here for several years, but my youngest has been out of diapers for over a year now so I haven't been on the forum in a while. I'm expecting #4 in September and am looking for help deciding what to add to the stash that is in the attic.

I used pinned GMD orange edge prefolds and XS thirsties covers with my youngest when she was a newborn. That worked very well with a few leaks here and there, but nothing major. This time around I was considering adding some fitted diapers into the mix to make things a bit easier at night and maybe when out of the house.

I cloth diapered a total of 5 years (twins and a single baby) and have tried many different diapers. I have found that I prefer cotton to synthetics. My favorite combos are GMD prefolds with thirsties covers and Mother-ease OS with airflow covers (this is the only combo I have found to be completely leak proof day and night with heavy wetters). I also like wool and fleece covers over either the prefolds or fitteds. I do have some Muttaqin OS fitteds that I intend to use again.

So for the newborn phase I am considering adding some Kissaluvs size 0 (which I really wanted to purchase last pregnancy, but just ended up using prefolds) or Mother-ease Sandy's newborn with XS airflow covers.
Or do Mother-ease OS diapers really fit newborns without being too bulky (I could just purchase some XS airflow covers to go with the OS I have)? My largest baby so far was 6lbs 5oz so I don't really expect a large baby this time either.

What would you suggest based on what I have liked in the past and what I am considering for the newborn phase? Sometime in the near future I am going to have DH bring down the boxes of cloth diapers and I'm going to go through them and sell whatever I don't want to use this time around. I know I have some pockets that I'd like to sell to help fund some newborn diapers.

Thank you,
Susan

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Old 03-09-2012, 01:00 PM   #2
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Re: Cloth diapering a newborn

I used the KL0s on this last baby (I'm not having any more babies, so I rented) . I liked the fit a lot but he outgrew the absorption by about 6 weeks. If I was buying nb fitteds I would buy a bunch of GMD workhorse fitteds.
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Old 03-09-2012, 01:10 PM   #3
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I used the KL0s on this last baby (I'm not having any more babies, so I rented) . I liked the fit a lot but he outgrew the absorption by about 6 weeks. If I was buying nb fitteds I would buy a bunch of GMD workhorse fitteds.
Oh that is a good idea. I hadn't thought of those.

ETA: I think I will get those. $5 each is a great deal and I do love GMD prefolds. Have you tried the GMD workhorse fitteds? I think I'd like snaps for ease at night and when out.
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Hmm...I think you would probably really love doing fitteds...but I would definitely suggest not destashing all your prefolds...they are handy to have around when your in a "snappi" mood

I think if you are wanting to go with natural fibers, you should keep to fitteds, prefolds, and wool...but like I said, don't destash everything, since you might find you are more comfortable with what you know I don't have much experience with the brands you mentioned being interested in though...I'm sorry I'm not help there! Good luck though, and I hope you enjoy your return to cloth
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Old 03-09-2012, 01:24 PM   #5
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Hmm...I think you would probably really love doing fitteds...but I would definitely suggest not destashing all your prefolds...they are handy to have around when your in a "snappi" mood

I think if you are wanting to go with natural fibers, you should keep to fitteds, prefolds, and wool...but like I said, don't destash everything, since you might find you are more comfortable with what you know I don't have much experience with the brands you mentioned being interested in though...I'm sorry I'm not help there! Good luck though, and I hope you enjoy your return to cloth
Oh I do intend to keep all of the prefolds! I do love them. I just want to add some fitteds to the newborn stash for nightime and sometimes when we are out of the house. I did GMD orange edge prefolds full time with my youngest when she was a newborn and they worked great, although pinning on a diaper in the middle of the night when I was exhausted was a bit challenging. I think some GMD workhorse fitteds with snaps will remedy that issue Plus DH will be more likely to change diapers then. He knows how to pin diapers, but wasn't comfortable doing so with a newborn.
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Re: Cloth diapering a newborn

I personally found that fitteds were my favorite for my newbies, specifically KL0's and Mutt's. I also always kept a stash of pf's around for doublers, lazy laundry days, or when I wanted to see a cute old school bum

The great thing about those dipes is you almost always make your (most) money back if you decide to fsot them, because they are used for such a limited amount of time.
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I personally found that fitteds were my favorite for my newbies, specifically KL0's and Mutt's. I also always kept a stash of pf's around for doublers, lazy laundry days, or when I wanted to see a cute old school bum

The great thing about those dipes is you almost always make your (most) money back if you decide to fsot them, because they are used for such a limited amount of time.
That is true newborn diapers do sell pretty easily here
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Re: Cloth diapering a newborn

I would definitely purchase the newborn and and the yellow edged Gmd Workhorse fitteds with snaps. The orange are great for 5 dollars a diaper and they work really well. I fell in love with the extra absorbancy of the yellow and found I oculd interchange using either them or the oranges easily with newborn covers. I did not know how much I would love fitteds, and the workhorse ones are such a great value for your money and the natural cotton fibers are great. I have been using mine in a rotation with some other aio's and I have not gotten a stain yet and our baby is now 7 weeks. I loved them so much I bought the red edged when they were on sale so I am prepared for when we need that size!
CD'ng a newborn is soo much easier than I thought and even my hubby loves the workhorse diapers.

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I would definite purchase the newborn and and the yellow edged Gmd Workhorse fitteds. The orange are great for 5 dollars a diaper and they work really well. I fell in love with the extra absorbancy of the yellow and found I oculd interchange using either them or the oranges easily with newborn covers. I did not know how much I would love fitteds, and the workhorse ones are such a great value for your money and the natural cotton fibers are great. I have been using mine in a rotation with some other aio's and I have not gotten a stain yet and our baby is now 7 weeks. I loved them so much I bought the red edged when they were on sale so I am prepared for when we need that size!
CD'ng a newborn is soo much easier than I thought and even my hubby loves the workhorse diapers.
Yes $5 a diaper for newborn is great! I will probably get a dozen. I have smaller babies so I'm hoping they'll last a bit and then when the baby starts to outgrow them I can sell them to fund some yellow workhorse fitteds (this will be our last baby so I need to learn to let go of some of the diapers as they are outgrown this time). That reminds me I do need to buy some GMD red edge prefolds too....I sold them when my oldest two outgrew them and never bought more for my youngest. I just ended up using the brown edge prefolds folded down, but red edge were some of my favorites.
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:00 PM   #10
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If you love cotton and want something trim and easy when going out try the Swaddlebees Newborn Simplex. It's an all-in-one with cotton, washes really easy and dries pretty fast!! It fits from 5lbs to 12lbs which is great. Absorbency is great!!
But I also love the GMD fitted workhorse!! Great price and are easy at night after only two hours of sleep!!!
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