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Did you start with cloth for your newborn? Or did you use disposables for the first few weeks? I am not sure if it would be worth purchasing some nb size cloth diapers, or just disposables for a bit... thoughts?
I used cloth. I preferred it because in the VERY early days, as a BFing FTM, I was worried about how much milk she was getting, and in cloth it was very easy to tell how much she was peeing. Then once the explosive poops began, I was definitely going to stick with cloth, because it held the poop in really well and we never got the horror stories I had heard of poop up to the neck, etc. Although I could see how that would be possible in a disposable diaper without the strong waist and leg elastic that cloth has!
From a purely financial standpoint, I don't think newborn cloth saves much money, especially if you buy new or get mostly fitteds or AIOs. But there are good deals out there and if you can pick up a gently used NB stash for cheap, or if finances are not a big constraint, I think it is totally worth it to use cloth on a newborn!
I still have my whole stash of 30 GMD newborn prefolds (had 36 but 6 became wipies/burp rags and then swiffer mop heads) and a Bummis and Thirsties covers and hope to use them on future babies
^^Ditto. I was not a first-time mom, but we chose to CD from the beginning with our second child. We started our first child at 9 months (when I learned cloth was even available! We live in a non-crunchy area). I MUCH prefer newborn cloth to newborn sposies. I didn't find it more challenging at all. And much less stinky. And less explosive. I know for a fact that my first son ruined at least ten of his newborn outfits with explosions of poop. My second child ruined one...because I let my husband try to work out the diaper situation and he did not secure the prefold under the cover in any sort of way, nor did he put the cover on tight enough, so we had some back leakage. Lol.
Even if it is not necessarily cost effective (which is debatable, cause some kids go through TONS of small-size diapers if they have heavy pooping habits), it is much cuter and more fun
This is my 1st time usine cd and I waited 2wk after birth to use the cloth diapers because even the nb prefolds & nb covers were big on him. Now they fit great. Plus, I had only bought 1 package of nb sposies but brought home 1 from the hospital & was given a few more for gifts so that got me through the first 2 wks.
Location: Bossier City, Louisiana(missing Aviano, Italy)
I used cloth pretty much from birth. His first diaper was a disposable and the one he wore after being circumcised and a few more from birth to 11 days old when his cord fell off. The problem I had was he's a super soaker and soaked through all his diapers no matter how often I changed him, soaking his cord and making me nervous lol. I actually just gave away the rest of the newborn diapers I got from the hospital (they wouldn't have fit him anyway) and have NO disposables in my house (well the left over pull ups from potty training my toddler and the night time pull ups because he's not night trained).
With my son, we used 'sposies for about a week before we switched to our cloth.
With my first daughter, she only used 'sposies in the hospital. When we got home, she was in cloth.
With my second daughter, she has never worn a disposable.
That said, we don't use "newborn-sized" diapers. All three of my kids were over 8 lbs when they were born, so newborn diapers would have been too small. Prefolds (infant sized) are my preferred diapers for the first 6 months.
I didn't CD DS till he was 4 months, but I plan to CD from day 1 this time. I've found buying used newborn prefolds and covers to be fairly reasonably priced with some patience. There is luckily a local CD group that I was able to get diapers off of too to help keep the cost down. I was really annoyed with DS because newborns were too small but 1s were huge on him. I've got prefolds and small flats now to use and I'm fairly confident I won't have the same annoyance that I had with DS!