I am a total lurker and you have all been so helpful that I thought I would ask my question to you!!
This is our first child and we are going to CD. I have Fuzzi Bunz one-size and have been told that they can be made small enough to fit on a newborn. Have you found this to be true?
Should I take them to the hospital with me since I really do not like the idea of disposables on the baby (I am not convinced that they are not bad for her)?
How do you get around the umbilical cord?
Is there anything I am not thinking of for the newborn?
Thanks a ton!
We don't use OS diapers. I've heard most babies won't fit into them until they hit 11-13 lbs. Since this is your first and you don't have a reference to go by in terms of what size your kiddo might be at birth, you might want to err on the side of caution and get something that will fit a 6-10 lber JIK, especially since you want to avoid disposables.
Next time I have a NB, we're taking our CDs with us to the birth center. The only reason we didn't this first time was that we were using a diaper service and our diapers hadn't come yet. DD came at 38w3d and we were caught a little by surprise . I was told when I toured our backup hospital that they'd have no problem with us using cloth.
We use prefolds so it was easy to fold the diaper in such a way as to avoid the stump. I'm not sure what you would do with a OS.
The only other concern to think about for NB is meconium. Like I said, we used a service at first so I'm not sure if you have to do anything differently to get it off. The service didn't care if we got meconium on the diapers and it came out of them just fine.
Welcome to the board! The ladies here are a wealth of knowledge!!
My son is 4 months old and we started CDing him from the minute we got home from the hospital. We figured it would be easiest to just let them do sposies in the hospital and we would start as soon as we got home. Our little guy was very little (5lb 10oz). Thankfully we had gotten some premie prefolds. We had one AIO but it didn't fit very well or hold near enough pee. He is a HUUUUGE wetter! From the day he was born he soaks a pre fold from front to back in about 2 hours. We were able to get him some covers that had a snap down for his cord or they dipped down and also that were tiny enough to fit. Again, it was very bulky, but it worked! What we did, and I would recommend this also, is get a few different types of things just to try out. That way you can decide what you like. We have figured out that as he grows and changes we prefer different types at different times.
This is his first diaper change at home
I haven't used FB, so I can't tell you if they'll work or not but I've heard most OS diapers don't work till 10lbs or more (even when they claim works from 7-8 lbs, the baby just doesn't have enough fat and such). You'll get into them fairly quickly, but I'd pick up some newborn prefolds for those first few weeks just in case. You can then fold the top of the prefold so that it doesn't bother the cord stump.
Next baby I plan to use disposables in the hospital and during the tar poop phase so I don't have to worry about lugging anything else to the hospital and such. It was hard enough for me to remember the few things I did bring with me with DS's birth (I'm sure the fact I ended up with a c/s was part of that).
Caitlin, which covers have the snaps for the cord? I have a couple of friends due in a few months who were wondering about this!
I haven't seen covers with snaps for the cord but we used ProRaps a lot when DD had her cord. They are super cheap, have a cut out for the cord, and fit DD very well at 7.5 lbs (day 2). I'd venture a guess that they'd fit even a 5 lber. She'd outgrown them by maybe 10 lbs (week 3!).
I've found them cheaper than the above link but that's them. Three of those and a few NB prefolds will get you through until the OS diapers fit. You can later use the prefolds for about a million things!
Here are the prefolds we use. http://greenmountaindiapers.com/diapers.htm. The NB size can be made to fit a teeny tiny but the preemie size really won't fit above maybe 7 lbs. It might be worth getting a dozen preemies JIK as you can use them as doublers later on. I use mine every night!
You could also check if your area has a diaper service. It was so nice to have for the first month. No commitment and it wasn't that expensive!
Bummis has a NB pkg with two covers and 12 diapers. They have the cut out for the umbilical cord. If you are wanting AIOs, lil joeys by Rumparooz fits roughly 4-12 lbs and snaps down for the cord. I got a few before Aiden and Alaina fit into OS. They worked well on Alaina, but Aiden almost always leaked. I found that they took twice as long to dry too.
I have heard of people using the disposable liners inside of the diapers until the meconium is gone. As much as I love CDing, if we ever have another baby, we will still use sposies in the hospital. It's nice that they give them to you and you don't have to carry days worth of dirty dips home. It's crazy enough getting everything else packed.
I used Kissaluvs with DD and those worked well in the early days. They don't wick well though, so I soon moved to pocket diapers. Aside from the cord issue, you'll want to use a liner because meconium will stain your diapers.
So even if you have a really big baby, I'd avoid using your OS in the early days because of the cord stump. And if you do use cloth, use a liner. I bought one package of newborn sposies and I don't think I'll need any more...DD was done with meconium poops after two days.
We started from birth, the first nappy to ever touch DS's bum was cloth, but our hospital also supplies cloth. We didn't do anything special for the cord, but we also didn't use covers just the terry flats, he got changed pretty much everytime he wet and the nappies sat below the cord. We did find he took a long time to fit in his OS, we had a lot of leaks until his legs fattened up a big (but he did have skinny chooky legs)