BTDT newborns! Help!!

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DrakePlusOne's picture
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BTDT newborns! Help!!

I love cloth diapering. Drug of choice; OS pockets. My question is, are these 'one sizes' going to work with a tiny NB? Do I need to invest in special NB dipes? I love the look of Kissaluvs but I just can't justify spending $15 on them for so little time time I'll be using them. Anyone out there have any advice? Thanks!!!

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Most (not all, but the majority) do not work on newborns. Many pockets say from 8-10 pounds on up, but even then it's common for them to not fit till closer to 12 pounds. We switched to cloth at 15.5 pounds (4 months) and DS was on the smallest rise setting and 3rd smallest waist setting for Kawaii pockets.
My friend had Itti Bitti Tuttos fit her little girl well on the smallest rise setting before 10 pounds. (Maybe she'll chime in on here!)
Sunbabies do have a 'size 1' that are small pockets that people have said fit sooner than Kawaii/Blueberry/BG would. Not sure when, but sooner.

I plan to use flats and newborn prefolds untill all of DS's stash fits the new baby.

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Thanks! That's what I'm wondering, should I get some flats and covers? I didn't start diapering until 4 mths either with my other son, so I feel like a newborn newbie. Unfortunatly, my hubby HATED flats and snappies. Too 'complicated' for him. :/ Do you have any experience (or anyone else) with contoured flats? Like some WAHM sew? Are they any easier?

Thanks again for the answer Smile

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Flats are the old fashioned diaper that are just one layer and you have to fold it to create all the layers. Prefolds are kinda like flats that have been sewn so all the layers are already there. Contours (which I've never used) are like a breed between prefolds and fitteds. Still needs a cover and has the layers, but isn't as bulky and as fitted as fitteds.

The newborn diaper stage is so fleeting that I honestly wouldn't spend too much money on it. My friend is sending me 2 dozen prefolds and I'll just use flats to fill in since I'm sure I'll run out of those prefolds before I get around to washing. lol. I've used flats with DS and don't mind the folding one bit.
How often does your DH actually change a diaper in the early weeks? I know a lot of fathers on here when not given the choice have done well with using prefolds. As long as I prefold flat diapers (I use the origami fold that stays together nicely), DH will use them. He's complain for 30 seconds, but he'll use them.

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Jackie, can you share the fold? I have tried the bikini fold but that's it. I prefer my AIO's because even the size 1 thristies prefolds I have are very bulky. But, Nora is still only on the lower end of 6 pounds.

I'm not a BTDT with a newborn yet since I started later with my first DD and I've only been CDing for a few days with my second DD. I will say that I bought some new (on sale) and some used. I'm hoping that selling them will make it worth my while. I was going trough sposies LIKE CRAZY. One time I went through 3 in one change b/c she kept pooping and peeing, even when I was sure she was done. At least with cloth you know it's just a little more laundry and not money going in the trash. I'm also partial to AIO's because they are trim. I have some Nana's Bottoms that are awesome. But, I haven't really gotten the hang of prefolds yet. I expect to like them more once I get the hang of them. And, I have some wool to try out, I just need to lanolize them. I was planning to do that in my last weeks of pregnancy but my little squish came early!

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Ditto what Jackie said. There are certainly pockets and AIOs and fitteds that will fit a newborn but they're going to be expensive. Flats are all kinds of complicated. We used prefolds and covers exclusively until DD was about 6 months old. She was a super chunky monkey and hit 13 lbs (the point that most pockets fit) at about 5 weeks old. Still, I found prefolds to be superior. They hold everything that a little NB can put out and are just so dang easy. There's no stuffing involved, which for me outweighs the ease with which you can put on a pocket. Prefolds and snappis are a breeze and any Dad who says they're too hard is just looking for an excuse to avoid changing diapers ;). If your babies tend to be on the average size (not tiny but not huge), you can easily outfit yourself with a few dozen size small prefolds from GreenMountain and about 4-5 covers. You can skip the newborn size if you need to save the money because size small can just be folded down or you can get those too. By the time baby outgrows the size small he/she will be ready for pockets.

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i just used flats, I had os pockets and used them a few times but my son had skinny little chooky legs and just peed out of the leg holes in the smallest settings for a couple of months

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Hi Kayla! Smile

For prefolds DH and I both prefer the angel fold. I do it just slightly differently from this site: http://diaperpages.com/angel_fold.php
I fan out the front a bit to help with snappis. If the prefold is a bit too long you can fold in the back and the front (or just the back) with this fold. Folding in the back is great extra poo shield. Wink If the prefold isn't long enough you don't need to fold at all, just fan out to help with the snappi.
We've been using the same prefold size this whole time, so in the beginning at 4 month I had to fold down the front and the back. lol. Now I just have to fold down the front a small bit.

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I'm a OS gal too and thats all I'm doing, my babies have been 8.5 lbs at birth over 12lbs by 2 months, and I just can't justify the cost of newborn only diapers for only 2 months of use. We also have a couple bags of newborn sposies leftover from DS2 that we have to use up, so baby will be 2-3 weeks old before we get into cloth as it is.

I've seen pics of the Sunbaby size 1 OS's fitting babies as small as 9lbs and only like 2 weeks old, and I've also read that the new Fuzzibunz Elite OS can go really small and actually fit an 8 lb baby. Those 2 brands will be making up the majority of my stash, with me testing out different brands to fill it out. Typically if a diaper advertises that it fits starting at X weight, realistically add 1-2 lbs.

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Thanks ladies. I may check out some pre folds at green mt and see what I decide. I think that's going to be my cheapest/best bet.

Amber, I just got 4 of the FB Elite OS and I love them. I could see them fitting a NB easily! (and they fit my 25lb 2 yr old too) I wish I could afford to just up the stash with more of those babies. Very trim and great for skinny Minnies. Where's the money tree when you need it?

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I know, the Fuzzibunz half of my stash is definitely a splurge, I have 6 in DS2s stash but I bought most of them used, but even then I paid between $10-15 depending on the condition. I'm so glad I've found and loved Sunbaby, because they are under $5 a diaper, and after using them for over a year on my almost 2 year old they are still going strong, so they will save me a ton of money that I can put towards my Fuzzibunz. Smile 12 Sunbabies cost me half of what only 6 new FB Elites cost me!

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Amber, I subscribe to a site, Kissed By The Moon, and they run greeeeat deals on dipes all the time! When I bought my FBs just recently, I paid 50ish for 4 with free shipping. She runs a lot of specials and drawing that are constantly changing too. Just an FYI. Smile

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We did exclusively GMD prefolds with covers for the first many many months too, and DH did just fine with them (he took it as a challenge). We used the angel fold with a snappi and it took like five seconds and worked like a charm.

I find that it wasn't a waste of money at all, either, because the NB prefolds make amazing rags for years to come--and goodness knows anybody with kids needs a lot of good rags! We used and still use them for lots of things. Travel diaper changing pads, burp cloths, laying out a bunch to let her roll around and have some naked time when she wasn't crawling yet...heck, I even used a stack of them to soak up the mess when a mouse chewed through the water line to our fridge on Thanksgiving. Those things hold A LOT of water! Biggrin

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I used sposies (and occasionally prefolds) on my daughter for the first 2 months until she grew into her OS Sunbabies. I definitely want to try the green mountain workhorse fitteds with my next baby. http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/diapers.htm#workhorse

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"mlle_carrie" wrote:

I definitely want to try the green mountain workhorse fitteds with my next baby. http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/diapers.htm#workhorse

Had a few of those and HATED them. The snaps are hard to get onto a screaming/diaper change hating newborn. If they came in velcro, I'd be all over them because they were otherwise great. I'm a hater of velcro beyond the newborn phase but its a life saver in the early days. Though it appears they come in a "no closure" option now. Would that be more like a contour diaper? The other issue with the workhorse diapers is that they don't have the flexibility that prefolds do. DD outgrew the size NB GMD workhorse fitteds well before she outgrew the NB GMD prefolds. I'm a HUGE fan of GMD but I would not recommend their workhorse fitteds for newborns.

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

Had a few of those and HATED them. The snaps are hard to get onto a screaming/diaper change hating newborn. If they came in velcro, I'd be all over them because they were otherwise great. I'm a hater of velcro beyond the newborn phase but its a life saver in the early days. Though it appears they come in a "no closure" option now. Would that be more like a contour diaper? The other issue with the workhorse diapers is that they don't have the flexibility that prefolds do. DD outgrew the size NB GMD workhorse fitteds well before she outgrew the NB GMD prefolds. I'm a HUGE fan of GMD but I would not recommend their workhorse fitteds for newborns.

Thanks! Good to know Wink