My plan with my first son was to start cloth diapering pretty much when we got home from the hospital. (Just wait for that meconium to pass and let’s go!).
You know how those best-laid plans go… even the mice have trouble. I got home and realized the eighteen Bum Genius pockets I’d purchased were far too big for my tiny 7lb 7 oz boy. I ended up returning many of them (I hadn’t washed them yet!) and swapping them out for the Flip System, which is a bit more trim, in my opinion. But still bulky on a newborn.
So I used disposables for about 5-7 weeks, trying the diapers on every week to see if they were fitting yet. I think I transitioned to full time cloth around 7-8 weeks.
This time, I have two years of experience with laundry, diapering techniques, brands, styles… I’d like to meet my original goal of starting cloth when we get home from the hospital (no, I’m not planning on using cloth in the hospital, because frankly, I just don’t know how that is going to go. We were in for four days with my son, so I don’t even have enough dipes for that long!).
So far in my newborn stash, I have a few newborn fitteds and one-size diapers, and I’ll use a diaper rental service from Modern Cloth Diapers for a few months to supplement. I think I’ll need a few more diapers as backup, so I am considering covers and flats/prefolds to round out my stash. I should have about 20-24 newborn-sized diapers all told.
I may even venture into fitteds with a wool cover… (would love me a pair of cute newborn wool longies!).
So… you mamas that have done newborn cloth before… some questions:
- Is 20-24 newborn diapers enough for these first few months?
- Do you keep newborn diapers separate from diapers your other children wear (as the potty training has been Sloooooww around here, I may be diapering two!).
- What style of diaper works best for newborns (fitted, AIO, flats/prefolds)?
- Do you bother with a “night time” solution at this point, since the baby will probably be fed/changed throughout the night anyway?
Discuss amongst yourselves! I love learning from you all!