Cloth Diapering a Newborn

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As I shared on instagram today, Abby has officially outgrown her collection of newborn-sized cloth diapers – the latest bittersweet event to take place in her three and a half months of life.

blueberry1Of course, I think I am taking it a lot harder than she is 😉

Due to their relative short-life, many parents skip the newborn phase of cloth diapers, but I have to say, I am glad that we did make the investment. When we first brought Abby home, she was definitely too small for  one-sized diapers – and her cloth NB sized were a much better fit for her than even her NB disposables, since they allowed for a more customized fit.

Our dedicated NB stash was, as follows:

  • 12 GMD fitted NB Diapers
  • 7 Kissaluvs NB All-in-one (AIO) Diapers
  • 4 Gro-Via NB AIO Diapers
  • 1 Blueberry NB AIO
  • 1 Lalabye Baby NB Pocket Diaper

Of the above, I’d definitely recommend:

  • GMD Fitted diapers  – these allow for a completely customized fit – just secure with a snappi and finish with a cover (we like Thirsties Size 1, Rumparooz NB, Imagine NB, and Blueberry Capri Size 1 – all purchased for NB use, but still fit Abby fine). The only negative of fitteds, for us, was that they took a bit longer to dry.
  • Kissaluvs & Gro-Via AIOs – these were not only easy to use (friendly for diaper changes from daddy or other family members) but they w, even washed and dried very quickly. These all also still look brand new!

The Blueberry AIO and Lalabye Baby  were additional purchases that, though worked – were not my favorite. As much as I love the Blueberry Capri covers fit, the AIO just took too long to dry and did not have double gusset legs, so they were just too loose on skinny Abby’s thighs (ironically, they’d probably fit her thighs now, but are overall too small). The Lalabye Baby Pocket Diaper worked just fine, but I felt like the velcro closure wasn’t as secure as some of the other brands, and the interior of the diaper was very pilly from regular laundering. Admittedly, I purchased both of these on impulse since their prints were just so cute! 😉

As we now transition into our OS (one-size) collection, I plan on featuring some of our favorite diapers on the blog – in terms of function, value, ease-of-use, and of course, cuteness!

But for now…I shed a tear for the retired diapers. Thank you for “taking care of business!” 😉

What are your favorite diapers/brands? Any diapering questions?

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