Figuring out what diapers to get for a newborn can be SO stressful. I spent the weeks leading up to my son’s due date obsessing over it. I was just so scared that if I got the wrong diapers, I would be screwed since I knew life gets so busy with a newborn it’s not like you can find the time researching. So I did TONS of research leading up to my main event. To help save you guys a bunch of steps, I wanted to offer my suggestions. Most are based on my personal experience–I ended up trying dozens of different newborn diapers on my son. But I also have some statistical evidence to support some suggestions.
1 dozen prefolds: Suvey responses have shown that people actually PREFER prefolds as newborn diapers. I am always really skeptical of recommending prefolds, simply because for many people, if they are diapering a newborn then that is their first experience with diapering, and obviously something like an all in one may more easily represent how easy it is. My personal favorites are the Osocozy unbleached prefolds. I find them to be soft and just the right size. I was easily able to use just two snappys during this time (actually, just one, because I lost one Snappy right off the bat).
3 fitted diapers: These were my FAVORITE for nights, simply because they were extra absorbent (since you have absorbency all around it), but I didn’t have to worry about accidentally snappying myself to my baby (or worse!) while I was Mom-zombie in the middle of the night. I really like the Kissaluvs Fitted diapers.
4-5 covers: You need these to go over the prefolds or fitteds. I REALLY liked the sized Thirsties (that are no longer made), but grew to love the Thirsties Duo Wraps made by Thirsties because it was one of the last newborn diapers my son grew out of.
5 All in Ones: These I had handy for being out and about and for my husband to use (he goes nuts whenever I hand him a pre fold and snappy). My personal favorite are the Sposoeasy in snaps (the hook and loop didn’t perform as well). They are discontinued, so you would have to get them used. I also liked the Tots Bots Tini Fit.
* A large wet bag or diaper pail with a liner. I have a Diaper Dekor diaper pail and although it is expensive (about $50), I like that it does a good job of trapping in the stink. But you could easily use a trash can or just use a wet bag.
* A diaper sprayer. You don’t really need this until you introduce anything other than breastmilk.
* Cloth diaper safe rash cream. I personally like CJ’s BUTTer in the Cherry Blossom or Blueberry Crumble scent.
What you don’t see here are pocket diapers and one size diapers. I have found one size diapers that certainly get CLOSE to being good, but I still highly recommend a newborn diaper to get you to at least 10 pounds. Survey responses echo that as well. That’s why prefolds are a good, inexpensive option. Get them used, then resell them, and it will hardly cost you much money at all. Or you could just do a newborn cloth diaper rental program (type in “newborn rental” or “trial” at the Retailer Database to see what retailers offer this). I don’t suggest pocket diapers simply because I found the stuffing to be too much work (especially with such a narrow opening for a pocket). If your baby is sensitive to wetness, just cut a piece of fleece and lay it down overtop.
Don’t feel like you are having to invest in two stashes. I was able to use Swagbucks to get many for free and I bought each diaper on Diaper Swappers, spending no more than $9 per diaper. Also, don’t forget that you can register for these things too. Amazon has gift registry and includes most of the items I listed here. You can also type in “Gift Registry” at www.clothdiaperretailers.com and see what retailers have a gift registry.
For those of you who have diapered a newborn, PLEASE comment here and share what you would recommend for a newborn stash.
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