This blog post is for the Cloth Diaper Bloggers Carnival VII, from Cloth Diapering Bloggers (Ning network) and Dirty Diaper Laundry.
We started using cloth diapers on Sweet Pea from day one. She was born at home, and I had all my diapers prepped (you need to pre-wash them a few times) and folded and ready to go. We didn't even buy any disposables, so it was easy to just jump right into cloth! We started out with a stash of about two dozen small Chinese prefolds, four extra-small Thirsties covers, a couple of assorted other covers, two newborn Kissaluvs fitteds, two newborn Little Beetle fitteds, and three extra-small Thirsties all-in-ones. It took less than a week to get confident with the prefolds and they wash and dry so easily compared to other diaper options. We mostly used them with a twist fold and a snappi to hold the diaper together. Thirsties XS have a lower spot in the front rise to accommodate the cord stump, and the Kissaluvs have a snap-down spot in front for the same thing. We had a few others brands of diapers as well, but the ones I listed are the ones that fit the best for us. If we can afford it, next time I'd like to get more fitteds and all-in-ones just to make the diapering quicker and easier since you change the diapers SO frequently in those first weeks/months. We didn't have any issues with meconium (initial, black tarry baby poop) staining, and I'm glad we started with cloth so we didn't even have to make a transition - cloth was part of our routine from the beginning. We passed our newborn diapers on to another family once Sweet Pea grew out of them, and that family passed them to another, and now they are back to us. They are still in great condition for one or two more babies, so definitely worth the investment even though she didn't wear them for very long. Newborn diapers are so cute and tiny - thinking about them makes me want to have a baby! Is that crazy?
Here is Sweet Pea at just a couple of days old during a diaper change: