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Cloth Diapers Part II: Cloth Diapering a Newborn

Jacqui Skemp6 Comments
We meet again!

Brace yourself. I have displayed my amazing graphic skills in this post. You're welcome, America.

I can't help it, guys. I love cloth diapers. And in the beginning I went a little off the deep end. Three words for you: too. many. covers.

If you find yourself here because you love cloth diapers too, pull up a chair and enjoy this post my friend. Now, you might be asking yourself "self, if Jacqui already posted about all the cloth diapers she'll need for the babies from birth to potty training, why is writing a whole new post about it?". Because I lied to you. As I fell into diaper love with diapers, I read that newborns need a whole separate kind of diapering. But, why? Itty bitty legs. That's mostly why. Newborns are just itty bitty. Green Mountain Diapers (they didn't pay me to promote them, I just like them that much) has a whole page dedicated to pictures of newborns in cloth diapers. For cute, but also for reference. It's just a good way to gage how different diapers and covers fit. If you tend to have skinny babies, then you know you can get away with the smaller sizes for a longer time. If you have chunkalunk babies, you can probably skip the the small and medium sizes. They also have a "new to cloth diapering" page if you're interested. Don't blame me if you get sucked into a time vortex of fluffy diaper goodness.

Now most people who cloth diaper use those few gifted disposable diapers for the first week or two. Having cloth diapered one baby, I think I would drop the disposables and jump straight into cloth once the tar stuff is done doing it's thang. If you don't know what I'm talking about, don't worry about it. And don't look it up on el Googles.

Since Iggy was born at 36 weeks, and weighed in at a whopping 5lbs 10oz, he was able to wear the newborn stuff for quite some time. I actually ordered some of the preemie cloth diapers and we used those exclusively for maybe two weeks. Is it worth the investment to get all the newborn stuff? I would say yes. Especially if you plan on having more children use those diapers.

Okay, let's get to the good stuff. In the picture below you can see a Flip cover and a Rumparooz newborn/preemie cover. These two covers use snaps to adjust the rise and width of the diaper, but come in velcro as well. Both are set to the smallest setting. Technically the Flip covers are supposed to fit from birth or 8 lbs and up. But when you compare them to the Rumparooz newborn cover you can see that the newborn cover is really more appropriate for a newborn. The Rumparooz actually fit babies that weigh as little as 4 lbs.

Below are three newborn covers side by side, and all set to the smallest setting. I liked the velcro in the early days. It is a little easier to get through diaper changes, and newborns can't seem to figure out how to take off their diaper covers yet.
Capri (size 1) is made by Blueberry
Rumparooz is made by Kanga-Care
Thirsties in the newborn size

The Thirsties cover can only be adjusted in the width, but the Capri and Rumparooz can be adjusted in the rise and width. And if you notice in the picture above, both the Thirsties and Rumparooz covers have a little cut out dip for the umbilical cord.

Below you can see the Capri and Rumparooz set to their largest setting. We definitely used the Capri cover longest out of all the newborn covers.

The Rumparooz come in snap and velcro, and we had only one snap version. I didn't really find one to be significantly better than the other.

My hands are not tiny, but here's some perspective. The Rumparooz can get pretty small so they keep all the contents of those early day diapers right where you want them. Little holes for tiny-bitty legs. Can you smell the baby crazy from here?

Here are the four Thirsties covers we own. All velcro, all cute. 

There's a little tab on the inside to secure the velcro flat so it doesn't stick to your cotton diapers in the wash.

The best part of the newborn diapers is right here, folks. The Double Leg Gusset. It's an extra row of elastic to. keep. that. stuff. in!

If you can, I would highly recommend acquiring a few of these diapers. These are the Blueberry Newborn Simplex All-in-one's. These diapers have the cotton layer sewn onto the waterproof cover. They're great for grandma's, or babysitters, or sleepy parents. 

They look a lot like the Capri cover because they're made by the same company. They also have a little snap so you can adjust the rise to accommodate a new baby belly button.

Here's the same diaper shown at the three adjusted sizes. You can't adjust rise, but you can adjust the width. These lasted way longer than I expected.

So there's a cotton pocket sewn into the diaper, and a cotton "soaker" flap that can by stuffed into the pocket or layer across the top. It's a really good option if you want to stick to cotton. If we could afford them, I would have purchased a few of the larger sizes for travel.

If you've been keeping count, we had nine newborn covers and four all-in-one diapers. Way more than enough. But in those early days, you're going through diapers like crazy, and it's nice to not have to worry about rushing to do laundry. 

Here are the preemie prefolds we used. While he outgrew them in a few weeks, they were nice to have on hand. And we used them as extra absorbing cotton during naps. 

We used the preemie, newborn and small sizes before I went with the flat diapers we use now.

The preemie and newborn sizes are not that different in width and length, but the preemie diapers have a few less layers of cotton to fit those preemie butts.

There's a pretty big difference between the newborn and small sizes. GMD has a great chart to help you figure out what size you need. I've also emailed the owner, and she's always been super helpful and generous in her responses.

We also had nine of the Workhorse diapers in the newborn and small size. They do take longer to dry than the regular prefolds, but they were great for on-the-go and late night changes. These are essentially a prefold that's been cut and sewn into the shape of a diaper. They have elastic around the legs, and an extra flap of cotton sewn on the inside.

You fasten them with a snappi or just tuck into the diaper cover. So they're super adjustable. They do sell them with snaps, but I liked the non snap version just fine. 

This is a newborn Workhorse inside of the Rumparooz cover set to the smallest setting.

And here's a newborn and small Workhorse side by side.

Are you still there? I totally understand if you left after the first picture. My graphic skills could use some improvement. 

Which cover is best, you ask? I loved them all. The most economical option are the Thirsties. But if you can splurge I really liked the feel and quality of the Rumparooz. They were very similar to the Capri covers in quality and fit. 

Please feel free to share your own stories about newborn cloth diapering!

If you have any comments or questions, don't hesitate to share.