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Hello,

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!
Jessica

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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 :p. 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.

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Welcome to the board! The ladies here are a wealth of knowledge!! Smile

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 Smile

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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!

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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!).

http://www.cottonbabies.com/product_info.php?products_id=284

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!

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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.

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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.

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"daniellec.parker" wrote:

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.

Another good point. I had a Birth Center birth so I was home in less than 12 hours. If we'd had to stay longer than that I wouldn't have had enough diapers. If I were planning a hospital birth I'd think twice about bringing CDs and I'm just about as stubborn about not using disposables as anyone.

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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)

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I can tell you from experience that FB will fit most average newborns but it is not made to avoid cord, so I wouldn't recomend it.

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I just bought a small pack of the most chemical-free newborn disposables I could find to use until her stump fell off. I know people deal with it all the time, but I didn't want to buy special cloth diapers for just a week, and the ones we had were OS and definitely way too big to avoid the cord. They worked just fine as soon as it fell off and it didn't matter if her bellybutton was covered, though.

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I'm not sure if Fuzzi Bunz has corrected the issue since I got my FB one size BUT our Fuzzi Bunz were actually one of the last one size diapers to fit DS. The leg openings get SUPER tiny, they could definitely fit a newborn, they could have fit him in the legs at birth and he was 5lbs 13oz. The problem was that they had/have no crossover snaps, so the waist was/is huge. in fact, he's still on almost the tightest waist setting at 19 months old with that diaper.

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I really like prefolds for a NB (though I have a few AIO and pockets for itty bitty babies that I love). But they are really nice because you can fold them to avoid the cord. A few covers for NB have a dip in the middle to avoid the cord, too.

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I've CD'd two newborns and haven't been able to use any OS right at birth. We've used newborn sizes for the first couple of months, and then moved onto the OS diapers. As for cord cut-outs, our DreamEZ AIO newborns have cut outs and so do ProWrap covers. I make my own fitteds, and just added a fold-down snap for the cord. I also love prefolds on newborns and just fold low enough to avoid that area.

All of my babies have been delivered in a hospital. I just use the 'sposies they provide until we leave. But I've had friends that have brought their CDs to the hospital, too.

Good luck and congrats!

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I LOVED Lil Joey's and Mutt's for newborn diapers. They snap down in the front for the umbilical cord. Out of all the diapers I have tired when my DD was a newbie, those fit the best for that age.

I just used the diapers they provided in the hospital instead of dealing with cloth. I was exhausted and having diaper laundry to do when I got home from the hospital was the last thing I wanted to do. I did however, take 1 of my fav cds to the hospitals just for pictures. lol

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I really loved homemade fitteds with a Thirsties DuoWrap for the early days. not sure if you still have time for sewing diapers (I just made 5 today, so they don't take long, I just do an assembly line kind of Lol ) but it's definitely cheap and easy.
I also used the hospital diapers and brought with a few for pictures, though I didn't end up using them. With DS being so tiny they really didn't work anyways and then dealing with the cord and circ (which you won't have with a girl obviously) it was just easier to use sposies. I don't know about nationally but I have heard of some hospitals switching back to cloth. I know mine doesn't use prepackaged wipes (the one I delivered my first two at did). The thing I've heard with many people is worry about diapers getting lost or ruined at the hospital. Well meaning nurses could go to change baby (when you shower or nap or anything really) and somehow the diaper ends up in hospital laundry never to be seen again. Plus then you'll have to worry about diaper laundry right when you get home, I had enough to do when I got home without worrying about washing diapers. BUT everyone is different, if you feel strongly about it I'm sure you could make it work.

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Thank you all for the wonderful advise! I think that I will leave them at home and use the disposables at the hospitals as much as I would rather not. I am just not sure that the minute we get home I want to start doing laundry.

I have adjusted the FB to the elastic settings that they recommend on their site and those leg holes get so tiny...I cannot imagine her legs being smaller than that but this is my first so I really have no idea. They also have adjustable elastic in the back for the waste and that seems tiny also but again...not sure just how tiny a new baby is. Smile

I will definitely look into the ones for the cord but may end up just doing the sposies as I cannot find a service in our area and don't want to buy a boatload of diapers for just a week or two while she has the cord.

Thanks again for all the help, I greatly appreciate it!
Jessica

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On the rare occasion that we've done sposies, we've used 7th Generation and been happy with them. Just about the only *great* thing about sposies is that they're really easy to get rid of if you have extras! I would use 1-2 out of a pack before DD grew out of them then I just brought them to a Mom group and they vanished!