Thursday, January 5, 2012

Cloth diapering our newborn (when she arrives!)

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 Growing up around disposable diapers, it just seemed like the "normal" thing to do. You have a baby, you buy diapers every week at the store for multiple years until they potty train, dealing with the poop explosions and gel balls along the way.

This was what I thought until I mentioned to our pediatrician about switching to cloth diapers. Our pediatrician said it was a great idea because of McKenzie's eczema. You can read my full "Why We Cloth Diaper" post HERE.

After trying to find what company might be the best, I decided to start entering giveaways to earn our stash. The start up costs is around $300 and we just couldn't afford it at the time. There's so many different types of diapers and companies out there, it's hard to wrap your head around! (Types of diapers post can be found HERE)

When trying cloth diapers, you'll want different companies and brands to see what works best for you and baby, so winning through giveaways was great because we have a vast variety to choose from and I do have some that I prefer over others.

I also know that cloth diapering from the beginning is right with this baby because of all the money we will save over the next several years until she's potty trained. Newborns are changed with every feeding so that's every 2-3 hours, which means you're changing 10+ diapers a day, 7 days a week. You could change ONE HUNDRED diapers in the first week that you have your baby!! Imagine how much money that is in just ONE week!!! I also have a post where you can see a break down of costs for diapers until potty trained HERE

At times I actually feel guilty that our oldest daughter barely experienced cloth because she was potty trained when we switched. People say, "Oh my child is 1 yr old, it's too late to switch now, that would be silly" but I always tell people its never too late. McKenzie was switched to cloth two months before her 2nd birthday and we've already saved a lot of money so the thought of starting from the beginning with a newborn truly excites me! No late nights to the store for diapers, no smelly trash can, no getting the wrong size, and the list goes on.

I will say because we have naturally small children, there is a chance our One Size diapers will not fit Macyn right away when she arrives next month, BUT after reading Kelly Wels book "Changing Diapers: The Hip Mom's Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering" it is suggested to wait a few days to use cloth because the initial meconium poos that a baby has can be hard on the diaper and can easily stain. For some it is no issue though as noted to me by Heather from Mommy's Favorite Things (Review for book HERE)

I cannot wait to cloth diaper a newborn and get to experience it from the beginning, save A LOT of money, and have another fluff butt in our household!


Brittany said...

I cloth Michael (he is 10 months) and have been since he was 2 months. I love it and totally plan on clothing our little girl when she arrives in late May. My sister in law cloths her baby girl, a good friend of mine who just had a boy late December is going to soon and one of my best friends is majorly considering it for her baby who is due in July. It's so cost effective and down right addictive! When I cloth our little girl from birth I am going to get a newborn diaper trial on-line. ( is a good one, is another, and someone on diaper swapped compiled a list a few years ago of others: ). They let you keep the diapers for 21 days (most offer extensions for a fee) and you return them to get all your money back minus ten or twenty bucks. Twenty bucks to cloth my baby till she's in one sizes or prefold/cover combos sounds like a deal to me! You should think about it, Michelle. And then you can go on sites like baby center who has a cloth diaper swap so used dipes are cheaper, or check any cloth stores around you (we have Cutie Poops and Bottoms in Orland) for a used section they may have. Good luck with everything! I love hearing when another mama cloths!!