We started cloth diapers with my son (now 2 years) when he was 6 months. We went straight to one-sized diapers, and also Thirsties Duo size 2 covers (for 18-40 lbs.) so we had no experience with cloth diapering a smaller baby. It was around that time that he started eating solid foods, so that made his diapers extremely gross. We used Bummis liners and that helped somewhat. I might go back to disposables for Vivie during that stage.
I thought we’d try cloth diapers on our daughter a bit sooner. I bought, borrowed and was gifted a variety of newborn and small-sized diapers.
– 4 Prorap covers
-3 Bummis covers
– 3 fleece covers
– 6 Kissaluv fitteds (These are really hyped up for being great with explosive newborn poops, but I wasn’t a fan of the fit and I decided I don’t like fitted diapers anyway. You have to touch the soggy diaper part to change them and that’s more than I want to mess with)
– 1 WAHM fitted
– 20 Happy Heiny pocket diapers
– 5 Bummis covers
– 1 Prorap cover
– more Happy Heiny pockets
Overall, I paid $89 for these diapers (remember, some are borrowed and gifts). I don’t know what I was thinking. Well wait, yes I do: I thought that since Jonathan was a little baby at 6 lbs. 5 oz. that I could expect another small baby. I was measuring small this time, too. He was in newborn sizes until about 6 weeks.
I also thought I could use the stash again for future children and that’s still a possibility. But more likely, I will try and sell all the newborn-sized diapers and keep the smalls.
Vivienne was 8 lbs. 2 oz. at birth. Technically she could fit in the small-sized diapers and even the one-size, but I found those to be a bit too big around her legs for a few weeks. She’s not due for a weigh-in for awhile, but I think she’s getting close to 10 lbs.
The small diapers fit her well right now. These are for the 8-15 lb. range, though of course your results will vary. I’ve also had her in the one-size Flip and Econobums with a reasonable fit.
Overall, I wish I didn’t buy all those newborn-sized diapers. Even a tiny baby won’t be in them for that long. It does make financial sense if you think several children will use the diapers, but even if you only use them for one child, it could still be worth it if you resell them and get much of what you paid.
But, if you are using cloth diapers for your children for reasons beyond financial, then itty bitty diapers are a good thing.
Your thoughts on cloth for newborns? And to those of you who start at birth, what in the world do you do to protect the diapers from the meconium?