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I have always started cloth diapering after the newborn stage. This time around I am trying to decide if I want to cloth diaper as soon as the cord falls off or again wait until about 3 months. I have tons of different diapers, but really can't see any of them fitting a NB very well even though my baby will not be super tiny.
Who is going to cloth diaper from the beginning and what are you planning to use?
I love my Alva 3.0's, but don't think they will work on a NB even on the smallest settings even though the site says they go down to 7 lbs.
DH and daycare will not do prefolds with covers so mine have to be an AIO or pocket.
For me personally, buying a bunch of newborn cloth diapers is a waste of money. I had them with my DD and she outgrew them so quickly. I've gotten rid of them too or I would have used them again. Maybe it's worth it if you plan on having more kids to use them though or if you have tiny babies. I'm just doing one size bumgenius and grovia whenever they start fitting!
I figured the NB cloth diapers could be used for around 3 months. The Alva baby ones are $5 each. That puts the NB cloth diapers way cheaper than using sposies for even that short of a time considering you can re-sale them when you are done for about 1/2 of what you paid for them. I have close to 100 OS diapers in all brands. I just really hate buying more if I don't absolutely need them, but feel pretty strongly that I would like to cloth diaper once the cord falls off.
I didn't use them for awhile with my daughter, but ONLY because she was so tiny at birth that even the NB cloth dipes swallowed her. As soon as I could get them on her I started using them. Newborn - 6 months is my favorite time to CD because it's so ridiculously easy, lol. Once they start eating foods the poo gets so much nastier.
I'm doing prefolds in the NB phase, but i also bought a few Kissaluvs All-In-One Newborn's. I'm going to go to my local cloth diaper store and talk to them about a few more newborn options too, including overnights. I can let you know what they recommend!
Did you get the Alva NB aplix or snaps? Do the aplix have a wash tab?
I got both the snaps and the velcro. The Velcro ones look a bit smaller but I still don't see them fitting well on a NB. Especially since my babies are usually between 6-7 lbs. I am not sure what a wash tab is.
I'm getting Alva NBs with Aplix. I'm getting a bunch through a co-op that is adding an additional rise snap so they will fit even smaller (though I have no reason to expect my babe to be small!). I'm pretty sure the Aplix do have laundry tabs, and although I love snaps for my son, in the newborn stage, I'm pretty sure the Aplix are going to give a better fit and just be easier when we're changing a zillion dipes a day. I also like that they'll fit up to about 15 lbs, so I'll get more use out of them. I'm kind of excited to see them!
~Kasi~ Mommy to Sean Elliot and Taylor Joelle!
We CDed Quinn from birth and will do the same this time. I love fitteds and prefolds (and I have about 6 of the GMD workhorses, too). I buy newborn diapers gently used and got the GMDs on sale because if this kid is anything like Quinn, he'll only be in them for about 6 weeks.