It's also not a secret that we use cloth diapers. I've become a HUGE proponent of cloth diapers. I refuse to buy disposables. I will take any obstacle with the cloth and figure out how to overcome it. That's how important it is to me to use the cloth. (BTW --- we've been using cloth diapers exclusively since end of May.)
Trying to decide the most economical and feasible way to use cloth diapers on our new baby, I found someone willing to let me borrow her XS diapers. I was ecstatic!!! To add to the stash, because I know that I'll be a little busy and will want as big of a stash as possible, I've also started making my own diapers.
I was very excited to read the following blog post on using cloth diapers on a newborn.
Things I have learned about cloth diapering a newborn. When my son, HB, was five months old, I had to put away all his newborn diapers. As I did this, I kept thinking about all the trials and errors that I’ve had with cloth diapering. Here are some of the things that I’ve learned:Please read the whole blog post over at The Cloth Diaper Whisperer. Great tips, even for non-newborns!
- Gussets are awesome! Because breastfed stool is so runny, it can easily squish out of a diaper.
- Your Birdseye prefolds aren’t really prepped until there’s very little lint in your dryer.
- You don’t have to fold diapers but you might want to so that you can put them on the baby correctly in the middle of a long sleepless night. You avoid lots of accidents and get more sleep that way.
- Prefolds must be all inside the diaper. Any part of it sticking out leads to leakage. And make sure that all-in-ones or pockets haven’t folded over in the back. This can also cause leaks.
- Get a supply of inserts or doublers, which are really the same thing. I had heard you needed them at night for older babies, but never realized that because newborn stool is so watery it can seep through the prefold into the cover.