Part of my Cloth Diaper Series
Okay, now lets talk about they types of diapers I actually use, and why I like them. I’m going to go chronologically in terms of Eden’s age, so you get a better idea of when I liked what types.
So first of all, newborn poo is runny. Really runny… Which means it is capable of great big messes. During this time I especially loved prefolds, more on that in just a bit. When she first came home from the hospital, she had meconium poo, which can be very staining for cloth diapers, so we did the first couple of days in disposables. Around day 5 or so, we switched to cloth. (And we are still going strong! I love cloth even 10 1/2 months later!)
Why did I love prefolds so much, you ask? Well, let me tell you. There is this nifty thing called a snappi. The snappi is the modern, easier to use substitute for a diaper pin (although those are definitely still around). With the snappi, you can do what is called an angel wings fold. This fold contains most newborn messes, anything else is caught by the cover. Always remember that if any cloth is showing outside of your cover, you will have leaks. So be sure to check those little legs and tuck any extra back inside! Using this method, the first true blowout we ever had was not until 5-6 months! If you have ever used disposable diapers, you know that is amazing!
Isn’t Eden adorable in her prefold?!
I started with two sizes of prefolds, preemie (5-9lb) and small (8-15lb). For covers, I loved the newborn Bummis, because they fit my tiny baby really well. The Newborn Super Brite from this kit has a double leg gusset (great for preventing leaks!) and fit Eden the best from birth (they fit 4-9lb!). We also tried the Super Lite wrap (6-10lb), but I wasn’t as impressed. They didn’t have the double leg gusset, and I wasn’t crazy about how the leg hole fit. Most of this was just personal preference, not so much a diaper defect.
Eden grew out of the preemie prefolds fairly quickly, because she was just peeing more than they could handle. What I didn’t realize at the time, was that I didn’t need to stop using them all together. There is no reason you can’t double up! I could have used one with the angel wings fold, and the other just folded and placed in the cover. This would have been a great night-time solution! And had I done that, she probably would have stayed in that size a lot longer. But you live and learn Next time!
I also used Thirsties xsmall diaper cover (6-12lb) which fit really well! These were some of my initial favorites because they fit so well, had the double leg gusset, and were easy to use. I was also a big fan of the Thirsties DuoWrap Snap (6-18lb). They are super trim! And just to try different types, I also gave the Thirsties Stay Dry Duo Insert a try. They have a fleece-topped microfiber terry piece that snaps to a hemp piece. These are used as a lay in insert inside of a cover. These paired with the Thirsties duo cover = a very trim diaper! I kind of liked these, but only really had two. The way I have used them the most frequently has been to add a little bit of absorbency to my prefolds for a night-time diaper.
Now for the drawbacks of Thirsties brand. Their Aplix (aka velcro) is terrible. It wore out after only 3-4 months of use. On the other hand, Bummis Aplix is awesome! Super tough, and still going strong after 10 months of use, with no signs of slowing down. Some people do complain that it is scratchy on baby’s tummy, but Eden doesn’t seem to care. Thirsties does have such a fantastic one year guarantee, that I contacted customer service, and they sent me all new diapers with snaps! I returned 4 that had the Aplix, and got brand new ones back! So exciting! In return, I sent them back the ones with velcro so they can be repaired and given to families in need. Takeaway = buy their snaps, you can’t go wrong! I still use the Duo Wrap Snap, and still love it!
I also gave AIOs and pockets a try when Eden was born. I was gifted 2 and bought 2 BumGenius newborn AIO stay dry diapers (6-12lb) and 2 Fuzzibunz Perfect size xsmall diapers (4-12lb). The reason I wasn’t a huge fan of these two was pretty much the same. For my baby, they leaked. Not super huge leaks, just a little bit at the legs. But that just isn’t my favorite thing in the world to deal with. The leg holes for these two are lined with fleece, meaning that when that fleece gets wet, so do baby’s pants. Other than that, they were super cute! And definitely the most trim diapers we tried at this age. So, all in all, very easy to use, super trim, just a little on the leaky side. Many people absolutely rave about these two brands though, so don’t be afraid to try them if you like the idea of these!
Before Eden was born, I purchased the Bummis Diaper Kit, Infant (8-15lb) which comes with 2 Super Brite wraps, 4 Super Whisper Wraps, 24 infant size prefolds, a large wetbag (only available in this kit, but smaller ones can be purchased separately) 5 fleece liners, and 2 rolls of bio-liners. These have all been great, and I still use them. Just to be aware, the Super Whisper Wraps don’t have my favorite feature, the double leg gusset. But they still work really well! And are definitely part of the regular rotation.
The idea behind liners, is that they contain the poo. Now, I didn’t find this to be true of newborn runny poo, but it definitely helps when they start on solids. I have a friend who always uses a liner at night, it makes clean up a lot easier, especially if you don’t have a diaper sprayer. The fleece liners are nice because they wick moisture away from baby’s skin, so I use these at night when I use prefolds. It keeps her skin feeling much drier. The bio liners are nice because they can be flushed! Hence, the easy poo clean up.
I think that about “wraps” (haha, get it?!) up the newborn stage, next up I will cover 4 mo to present! Things change a bit once your baby starts eating solid foods, so my preferences have also changed. Still to come, where to start with cloth diapering, and how to get some good deals. Yep, its a long series on cloth diapering. There’s just so much to say! I love them so