Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cloth Diapering A Newborn - Maintaining Sanity

I thought I'd devote a blog to newborns. Many of my customers lately have been soon-to-be-moms and dads (shout out to the mom and her husband who came shopping at my store on her due date!). Especially with your first, you never know what to expect and that is especially true if you're planning on cloth diapering a newborn for the first time. Newborns always seem to be smaller than what we remember or think, not to mention go to the bathroom A LOT more than we could ever imagine. Many people ask me what the best diaper system is for a newborn so I thought I'd digress a bit on this subject.

In the cloth diaper world, there is a huge variety of "one-size" diapers that arrogantly tout you can diaper your baby from birth to potty. Let's be real, this isn't exactly the case. Granted, some one-size systems do offer a pretty big range of size, but at the end of the day, a good, correct fit is crucial, particularly with newborn, explosive poo. Many one-size diapers make your little one look like he is swimming in a sea of fluff. Investing in a special, newborn stash also means that baby will outgrow them quickly, which means more money for you. So, what to do? Let's look at our options...

Well, one option is to use disposables the first several weeks. Huh?! Anna, did you just say the "d" word? You're darn right! Maybe my heart has softened, who knows. Let's be honest, those first few weeks after having a baby is so completely exhausting and overwhelming that you feel like you're barely surviving. If your sanity lies between using cloth and disposables, go with the disposables. Enjoy those first couple months with your baby, and when you start to find your new normal and are ready to cloth diaper, your little one will likely be ready to fit into a one-size diaper. There's enough pressure in our culture to be the "perfect" parent, so don't be too hard on yourself when it comes to diapering.

If you're adamant about using cloth from day one, a great option is the prefold/cover combo. Prefolds with a cover give you a snug fit, contains the poo, dries quickly, and are very inexpensive. When the baby outgrows them, you can also use the prefolds for spit rags or cleaning rags! The downside? Some parents get overwhelmed with the "special" folding, especially during those late night changes when you're a walking zombie. This type of system is also a two-step process - first the prefold, then the cover. There are also all-in-one newborn diapers (check out Lil Joeys) that offer the convenience of a disposable, but keep in mind, you'll be paying more for this added convenience. Really, it comes down to your priorities. What is MOST important to you? Convenience? Cost? Sanity? You decide.

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Our daughter, Adalyn, in a cloth diaper (prefold/cover) a day after she was born.[/caption]