Saturday, March 31, 2012

On Cloth Diapering a Newborn

To be fair, A was 5 weeks old in these photos.  I did, however, have her in cloth from 5 days old.  A lot of people are intimidated by the thought of cloth diapering a newborn.  They figure that they will try when the baby is a bit older and life is less hectic.  This is crazy talk.  Newborns are the easiest of all babies to have in cloth.  Here is why you should give it a try on your squishy little one.

- Laundry is super easy.  For reals.  Yes, you might have to do it every day for the first month.  If your baby is as spitty as mine you might have to anyway.  But it's not that hard.  You just dump it in the wash and then throw it in the dryer.  If you feel like crap you don't even have to fold it, you can just fish the diapers out of the laundry basket all day.  I won't tell anyone.

- They go through a million diapers.  Ever had your kid poop 20 times in 24 hours?  It's amazing!  That's almost a package of diapers in one day.  Eeeeee.  You will get a ton of your money back in that first month or so (after that, my kids started pooping once or twice a week...very nice).  Oh, and did you know that you can sell them when your baby outgrows them?  Makes it even more affordable.

- Less blowouts.  It makes me laugh when people say they won't try cloth because they are afraid of the poop.  In cloth, S only blew out once.  Ever.  Little A has maybe twice.  In disposables?  Every single time they poop in one.  You end up changing the whole outfit.  And sometimes your outfit.  And occasionally the throw pillows on the couch.  It's gotten in their hair.  So gross.  Also, you can throw cloth diapers straight in the wash without dunking them or anything when they are still on straight breastmilk.  The poop is an argument for, not against cloth.

- And finally, they look super cute sticking out the leg holes of your onesies.  Such cute colours! 

Little has 13 size one Applecheeks covers, 12 newborn prefolds and 12 Applecheeks microterry inserts (and I love these stay-dry inserts and will pick up a couple more packs soon).  If you want to know why I picked Applecheeks, I wrote about it here.

It doesn't have to be all or nothing.  I keep sposies in my diaper bag (takes up less room, and doesn't cut into my cloth rotation) and often have my kids in them at night for their princess skin.  Sad, I know, but everytime you use cloth, that's money in your pocket and one less nasty diaper in a landfill!