I really want to start off using cloth because I am afraid that if I get in the habit from the start with disposables I won't end up switching. Plus I have DH convinced so I don't want him to change his mind. Here is my dilema... I tend to have pretty big babies.. DD was 36 weeker and was 7lbs 15ozs and DS was 38 weeks and 8lbs 15ozs. I have a few different thoughts of what to do and DH of course is no help. I do not want to got he prefold route because DH will say they are 2 complicated and be done with it really quick. We tried pockets with DS at 3 yrs old well we used Flip trainers and really liked those and they weren't to complicated. We are thinking about using Kawaii or Sunbaby but I don't know if they will fit him from the beginning. So this is the problem. Here are my thoughts if you have tried any of them please I would love some feed back. I am due in April so you guys will probably see alot of me.
Kawaii- Little Green Baby Bamboo? Have you tried these? On a newborn? I really like the idea of them going up to 20 lbs they should last me a little while longer then most of the other options for newborns. Then I can slowly add to my stash with OS Pockets.
Mamma Kitty - is getting some Newborn/Premie sized diapers in it will be the first run and I can't find alot of info on this company online. Have you tried Mamma Kitty Diapers?
They have a great deal on newborn 4-12 lbs AIO 16 for $108
My other thought is just to go with the OS Kawaii or Sunbaby and then hope they work. I just would hate if they were huge and I won't be able to use them. If you have any idea's on pockets that work great for newborns that aren't an arm and leg please let me know all info is greatly appreciated!!!!
I didn't start out with Kawaii or Sunbaby OS pockets so I can't be sure but I highly doubt they'd fit a newborn. Even a big one. If your babies grow at the rate mine did you might be able to start using them at about 6 weeks or so. Sized AIOs are an option if you can spend the money but they'll be pricey and you won't use them for very long. Keep in mind that you'll use more cloth diapers in a day than you'll use in disposables. So, you'll need quite a few. You can sell them when you're done though! Prefolds really aren't that tricky. My DH was better at it than I was at first and we were both pros by day 3.
I had a smeller baby, only 6lb 8oz, and the OS I have did not fit him well for quite some time. I still used them when needed (buying more newborn size was not an option for me) but because he was smaller and has skinny little legs we did get leaks. I used a lot of flat folds which do have a little more of a learning curve, but a newborn fold is simple enough and not that much harder to put on a newborn than anything else (now putting them on a toddler is a whole different story)
We didn't use cloth at the beginning, but when we switched at 4 months we started off with Kawaii. At that point he was 15.5 pounds and 25.5" long and we had the rise snapped down all the way and was using the middle waist snaps but they weren't overlapping (the only way to make them tighter would be to overlap the waist tabs). I absolutely love my mom label bamboo Kawaii diapers, but it's a generous sized diaper. There's no way my 8.5 pound baby at birth would have fit them. However, I'm pretty sure before 2 months (at which time he was almost 13 pounds) he would have fit into them. I know Kawaii has a little green and a pure and natural lines that supposedly work well for bigger sized newborns. I have never gotten to play with them and they're not a "one size" and would be outgrown by 20 pounds (if not sooner).
I think most people go the prefold route for newborns. If you want a pocket or AIO for that stage maybe see if you can't find some used ones. They're usually in good condition because they're not used for all that long. I know Beccasweet's almost 7 pound DD couldn't fit newborn prefolds and covers at first and had to use all disposables. I'm sure part of that was due to how long she is (22" at birth IIRC), but it really put into perspective for me how there cannot be a "one size" diaper that fits the average kid from newborn through toilet training. At least not one that works well for all those stages.
Welcome and ask away!
~Jackie, mommy to Aiden (11/2/10) and Zoe (VBAC 11/27/12)
Thank you guys for all of your answers.
My DS was over 11 pounds at his 2 week appt he was in the 97th percentile until he was 6 months old. So I was thinking that maybe the Smaller Kawaii's would possibly work. The little greens are suppose to be smaller then the OS and could possibly get me though a few months and then I could resell them. This is our last baby.
I am willing to try prefolds but for some reason it really confuses me the whole needing a few different things. My mom cloth diapered me and use the whole rubber pants, flats and pins. I am not against it but I just don't know what I need I am trying to find the most cost effective way to do this. If I was to buy prefolds can I use fleece shorties over them? or would that leak?
I think most "OS" diapers don't fit well until about 13 lbs. So, given your LOs predicted size, you're looking at at least a 4-5 week period where they won't fit. Proper fit really matters when they're tiny and they're having poo-splosions all the time. You have to ask yourself if its worth investing in an entire set of diapers just for that period and if so, how much you want to spend. Prefolds and covers are so much more than pins and plastic pants now. Snappis make putting the prefold on super easy and the covers can be wicked cute. They're super easy to get onto an immobile newborn. Fleece shorties miiiight work but I'm not really familiar with them. For NBs, BMs often escape the diaper and contact the cover (at least they did for me) so I needed 6-7 covers to get me through to wash day. There are super cheap covers that would be more economical than a set of shorties.
Military wife friend blog - pictures of prefolds (note these are without covers, and all used a snappi):
She hasn't done a post about prefold folding yet, but I know it's coming.
ETA: There's lots of information on Green Mountain Diapers. Here's their pictures: http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/...by_diapers.htm
Folding site I like: http://diaperpages.com/pf_folds.php
Seriously, give yourself a day to practice with a stuffed toy and you're golden. Newborns don't roll and move nearly as much as a todder and I use prefolds (and even flats) every single day.
Last edited by alwayssmile; 01-18-2012 at 05:42 PM.
Oh, and DD would like to add ... magic carpets ... perfect peekaboo cloth ... something to throw on the dog
my suggestion is to try out g-diapers! They fit from 5-10 (or 12, i forget) lbs for small size - so by the time they outgrow those gdiapers, most pockets/AIOs will fit that's what I used with my preemie. You can use preemie sized prefolds and just trifold them and put them in the gdiaper shell, that's all I did! They are very trim diapers.
Andrew - born 12/21/2010 5 weeks early!