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!
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?
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