Sunday, December 13, 2009

Preparing to Cloth Diaper a Newborn

Next year, I am looking forward to saving 100's of dollars by using cloth diapers on our new baby!  Some people may think cloth diapering sounds gross, but I think using cloth diapers is great!  I enjoy saving money and I like putting a nice soft and cute diaper on my babies.  It took me until I had my 4th. baby to consider cloth, but now I am hooked!

When I started cloth diapers in 2008, my 2 youngest children were 4 months and 1 1/2 years old.  Now my children are all potty trained.  Most of my cloth diaper stash held up and can be used for the new baby.  What I don't have, though, is diapers to fit an infant.

After asking advice from friends, reading countless reviews and opinions, and punching out the numbers to figure out what would be most cost-effective, here's what I plan to use:

*Thirsties Duo Wrap Size 1
I bought 5 of these covers. Size 1 fits Baby from 6lbs up to 18 (or 16)lbs.  If the baby is a girl, we will get at least 5 months of use out of the covers.  If the baby is a boy, we will be able to use them for about 3 months.

*Cloth-eez Prefolds
1 Dozen Orange Edge (newborn size)
2 Dozen Yellow Edge (small)

Cloth-eez are supposed to be super soft and seem to have a high resale value on cloth diaper swap sites.  I'm debating on whether to buy the regular cloth-eez or to pay a few dollars extra for the organic ones. 

I also need to find some cloth wipes.

For the covers, diapers, and shipping, it should cost less than $140 to diaper the baby for at least Baby's first 3 (maybe even 5) months of life!  Plus, I can resell the diapers when I'm done! 

If you used cloth diapers on a newborn, what type did you use?  Any advice on cloth diapering during the first few months?
Have any of you tried the Cloth-eez Organic prefolds?  If so, is it worth the few extra dollars to buy them?


  1. I definitely liked the thirsties covers.

  2. Never used that kind of diapers. Wish I had!

  3. My husband put a veto on cloth diapers. I don't want to scare him, so I think we'll put it off until baby is bigger, and then I may get a few, just for home and see if it works for us.. One step at a time :)

  4. Did you write this just for me??? I'm currently stocking up for our boy, and I'm planning on using Thirsties Duo Wraps size 1 while he's a newborn, with chinese-prefolds... then using Bumgenius AIO and Duo Wrap size 2 when he's bigger. GREAT post! Almost everyone tells me "You won't stick with cloth diapers, its so hard!" and I just tell them: I've got a plan, and I'm sticking to it! (Its mostly older folks, actually, who are grandparents. Geez, thanks for the encouragement people!) =)

  5. I have always been intrigued with cloth diapers but never took the time to learn more about them. I am glad you are posting this information to make it easier for other women to learn and hopefully use them!

  6. I had some great ones all those years ago that a friend would get us in Japan and have a relative send them here. They were contoured and wonderful. I used them inside a cover. I loved cloth diapers!

  7. mom had 6 babies in 7 years with cloth diapers and is not traumatized! What more is there to say :)

  8. These look like some really great options. I recently had a cloth diaper discussion with a friend of mine. She is debating on whether or not to try them or not. I will be sure to pass this article along to her and some of the recommendations you have presented.


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