Fluffy Fridays: 5 Tips for Successful Newborn Cloth Diapering

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We’re just about finished with our newborn cloth diapers and have been transitioning to using mostly one-size (OS) diapers with Haley. Now that I’ve got a little experience cloth diapering a newborn, I want to share a few tips with you!

Tip #1: Spend Wisely

  • Newborn cloth diapers can be expensive, especially when you realize that you need lots of them. Most places recommend having around 36 diapers for a newborn. As soon as I would put a clean one on, Haley would poop in it.  If you’re on a budget, look into buying used or using a rental service. If like me, you prefer to buy new, newborn diapers have a great resale value, since they’re only used for a few short weeks. That’s what I kept saying to myself every time I placed an order!

Tip #2: No Need to Rinse

  • If you’re breastfeeding, you don’t have to worry about disposing of the poop. Breastfed baby poop can go straight into the washer! No spraying required! Just remember that as soon as you start solid food or formula, you’ll have to get that poop in the toilet before washing.

Tip #3: Sunshine

  • Breastfed baby poop also stains pretty badly. But don’t fret, a little sunshine will make them look just like new again. The sunshine will naturally bleach the yellow stains away.

Tip #4: Go Back to Basics

  • I bought a large variety of diapers to try and I ended up preferring to use the basic prefolds and covers. They’re cheap and they keep the poop in. Since they keep the poop in, you’ll get to reuse your cover instead of putting it in the wash every time. My favorite turned out to be the Rumparooz Newborn Diaper Cover. Double gussets are awesome! It fit right away AND it still fits at 4 weeks!

Rumparooz Cover on a newborn

Tip #5: Tiny Diapers=Less Absorbency

  • Since newborn diapers are so tiny, be prepared to change them often. They’re not super absorbent. I ended up with quite a few leaks at first. Prepare to change diapers every 1 to 2 hours. Another reason why you need LOTS!

Have you cloth diapered a newborn? What tips do you have to share?

Don’t forget to visit Lindsey, at So Easy Being Green, for her Fluffy Fridays post. This week she’s talking about lots of upcoming fluffy giveaways!

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  1. Ashley Kline says:

    Don’t worry about the Meconium… it washes right out.

  2. All-in-ones take a long time to dry and if you don’t have a large number it is frustrating waiting for them to dry to use again.

    I also prefer prefolds and covers. They never leaked. Bummis covers are excellent. My newborn sized prefolds are too small to snappi now (at 5 weeks old) but I can still use them pad-folded in a cover. so versatile!

    Great post Jenny! :)

  3. I used indian cotton pre-folds and cheap Gerber pants for about 4 months with my first and the first month or two with my second. That stash cost me only $40 and I used it for both children!

  4. I agree – I had quite a few leaks in the beginning with newborn diapers and started getting frustrated. I chose to go with a Rental and really liked that choice and will do it again if I have another baby!
    Thanks for these tips!

  5. Thank you for this post. There are so many things I wish I knew about CDing when my son was a newborn. When he was fresh out of the oven and so, SO small, I was really intimidated by the idea of CDing him. I definitely didn’t have enough in my stash and at the time, I didn’t know you could just throw poopy diapers in the wash until they started solids. I didn’t start until he was 3 months old, but I guess better a little late than never. I definitely will be more prepared to CD my next child from newborn on, I’m so excited about this!

  6. I swear by prefolds for newborns. If we’re blessed with another baby, I plan on buying more newborn sized prefolds to add to my stash — they work so well to hold in that explosive BM poo!


  1. […] want to see what was in my stash and for lots of tips – you can look here, here, here, and here. Oh, and here’s a post I wrote for the Diaper Shops […]

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