Newborn Cloth Diapering

I have quite a few friends that have newborns or are pregnant, and I’ve been getting some questions from them about using cloth diapers. Kelly’s Closet is my favorite online CD shop, so you’ll see a lot of links from them below (also, because I get a little something if you make a purchase…I love it if you could support the blog!) Β Now, I’m going back in time to talk about what cloth diapers worked for us, what didn’t, and what I will do differently the next time around.

My doctor kept telling me that I was going to have a big baby, so I didn’t invest in a lot of itty bitty diapers, because I thought he would outgrow them too fast. As it turns out, he was an average 8 lbs. 2 oz. at birth, and at one month old (just over 9 lbs.), he still fit into newborn or XS diapers. In retrospect, I should have added a few more to my stash to avoid washing them everyday. Kelly’s Closet recommends 20 – 24 diapers for a newborn if you wash every other day.

Our stash consisted of newborn bumGenius All in Ones (AIO), prefolds and various covers. I could not get the hang of prefolds, probably because the ones I had were too big. I LOVED the bumGenius AIOs, though. Easy to take on and off, no assembly required. I also strongly recommend using diapers with aplix (velcro) closures, because they allow for a more customized fit.

So, what would I do differently with baby #2? Not much, honestly. I may invest in some smaller prefolds, and experiment with some different brands, but I’ll definitely stick with bumGenius as the majority of my stash the next time around!

If you or someone you know is planning on cloth diapering a newborn, I have great news for you! I have partnered with Kelly’s Closet to bring you the Blogger Blessingway giveaway! We’re giving away 6 newborn cloth diapers, a pack of cloth wipes, and a wet bag (a prize pack valued at $100).

Fine-ish print: Giveaway ends February 18, 2013. Entering is easy! Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. By filling out the form, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions linked in the bottom of the Rafflecopter. Must be 18 or older, and a resident of the U.S. only. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

You can also enter the Virtual Blessingway Giveaway via Facebook for a chance to win a new mom and baby gift bundle!

{Kelly’s Closet provided me with the opportunity to participate in this giveaway. I did not receive any compensation for doing so. The Practically Green Mom is not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations. This post does contain affiliate links, which help support this blog. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

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  1. I like the idea of blessing beads given by friends so the mother can wear tokens of their support during labor.

  2. A friend is expecting her 5th baby any day now. She had a blessingway that included beads that she’ll make into a necklace for her to wear during labor. I really loved being able to pick a bead that would represent my love and support to her when she is in the process of bringing her son into the world.

  3. I would help a mom to be by helping her with whatever she needs.

  4. I love the idea of handmade jewelry, flags, etc for the mother to wear or hang while she’s in labor. (Actually I’m pregnant and I love the idea for myself!)

  5. Help her by donating my time!

  6. Being there emotionally for a friend would be a great help and blessing!

  7. As a mom-to-be myself, I’m lucky to be surrounded by other first time moms-to-be. We are helping each other by being there to talk about all things baby, encouraging each other, and planning together.

  8. Jessica Felten says:

    I love buying gifts for new moms!
    I would buy a new mom a applecheeks swim diaper because they are so, so cute and then it may persuade them to try cloth! πŸ™‚

  9. Making freezer meals!

  10. Christine B says:

    I would help by supporting her parenting beliefs and sharing my experience/advice only if asked πŸ™‚

  11. I’m throwing myself a mother blessing (full term next week). I would love to do this for a close friend, if I had any who were pregnant.

  12. I’d love to do a belly painting or belly cast. I also love the idea of the beads.

  13. I will truly be there for her and warn of all the things that aren’t talked about during and after pregnancy. I’m giving away my swing and other pricey baby things that one needs.

  14. I would be there for support, cooking and anything the mommy or daddy needed.

  15. By giving her the baby swing etc so she doesn’t have to buy things I’m not using

  16. Laura Javier says:

    Thanks for the tips! πŸ™‚

  17. Elisebet F says:

    I would help her by passing on things that we don’t need anymore. We were very blessed in having to buy almost nothing for our son, because so many of our friends and family members gave stuff to us!

  18. practicalgrnmom says:

    I am loving these ideas on how you would honor, bless, or help a mom-to-be! Keep ’em coming! πŸ™‚

  19. I would help by buying moms who want to cloth diaper a few diapers and/or diaper accessories, and by giving them some of my diapers that I can spare! I’m making a box of prefolds, rash cream, etc for my SIL right now!

  20. Great ideas. I would make her dinner!

  21. Bring dinner over!

  22. Bring over dinner! I know when I was a new mom, that helped me a ton!

  23. i would make her dinner and take other kids for a couple hours

  24. doing activities with the older children so they feel special and mom can bond with baby knowing her other “babies” are happy

  25. I would watch baby so she could take a nap!

  26. I am expecting my first child so I would honor my son with this great prize and then recycle or donate items after I am finished

  27. Our stash is mostly BG and I think they have been the most dependable diaper + easy to use. Sunbaby diapers were also a good investment, I think, because at $5/diaper, they’ve more than paid for themselves (although the quality isn’t as great). I’m still open to trying Alvas, FB, and others at some point. CD is addictive!

    • practicalgrnmom says:

      My little man outgrew his “one-size” FB about 6 months ago. The rise isn’t long enough, so unless you have a short baby, I wouldn’t bother. I’ve never tried Sunbaby, but we did have a few Alvas and I liked them (I’ve heard they’re a little bit better quality than Sunbaby, but I think it’s just a personal preference.) BGs were my favorite early on, but I just got tired of stuffing pockets. We still have a few of them, but I’ve moved on to the more expensive (and addicting) hybrid fitteds. I have a decent stash of Flips too. Those covers came in super handy a couple of weeks ago when little man was on antibiotics and we were dealing with the…um…side effects. They are seriously leak-proof. <3 them!

  28. I would bless a mommy-to-be by giving her all of the items in this giveaway! =)

  29. I would help a mom-to-be by passing down anything we no longer have use for. I would also help her by making some home made items for her πŸ™‚

  30. Scarlet L says:

    I would love to share my love of cloth diapering with another low-income family. It has helped us so much not having to worry about diapers all the time. It’s been a huge blessing in dealing with financial stresses in our life. I think that most of what a newborn “needs” isn’t necessary and I’ve slowly come to learn that. I see so many low-income families stress about what crib they can afford or if they need that changing table.

  31. I would share them with my pregnant little sister to win her over to the cloth side!

  32. I’m close with my cousin and big sister, both are expecting, and both live far away from me! So I’m sending care packages for some mommy care! Boxes of tea, their favorite candy, and goodies they can’t find overseas. But for friends that give birth here, we bring over casseroles in a disposable cake tin. Comfort food without having to stress about returning tupperware is always nice, when you’re on the giving or receiving end.

  33. I think food is always a welcome blessing in a house with a new baby! I know it is in mine πŸ™‚

  34. i used the flip covers from bumgenius, they are great! with hemp babies inserts, didnt expect cloth to be so easy!

  35. i love cloth diapers.i think they are better than throw away

  36. I would bless a mom to be with her choice of a handmade baby item πŸ™‚

  37. Patricia A says:

    I would def get some fluff for expecting friends

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