Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Case For Newborn Cloth Diapers

Photo provided by Melissa of Fiction Flight and Everything Nice
Image courtesy of Fiction Flight and Everything Nice
It never fails.  At every single Cloth Diapering 101 Class I get asked the same question: Are newborn diapers truly necessary?  They seem like a waste of money.  In this post, we will  explore the  advantages of using newborn cloth diapers. Here are some questions to help you determine whether newborn cloth diapers are the right choice for you!  

Would you like to cloth diaper your baby from birth? 
This is perhaps the biggest question to ask yourself.  If the answer is yes, then newborn sized cloth diapers are a must.  But why?  Most one-size cloth diapers claim that they will fit a baby from 6lbs to 32lbs.  While this may be true, the problem to take into account is that newborns often have very small tighs and legs.  In addition, the crotch space in one-size diapers tend to be too wide for newborns, creating a "froggy" or wide leg spread look, or the dreaded "camel toe" when the extra fabric folds into itself.  
Image courtesy of Fiction Flight and Everything Nice

I've found that it's not really the diaper size that's a problem for a newborn, but rather the length of the diaper in the crotch area.  If you compare the pictures above, you can see that even though this baby is about 10lbs, the Lil Joeys (first picture) have less fabric, double gussets (like disposables) and a snugger fit around the baby's legs (preventing leaks).  Though the one size on the second picture looks great, you can see a bit of bunching around the baby's crotch area.  If you would like to use cloth diapers from birth, they newborn cloth diapers are for you!

How big is my baby?  And how long will he use the newborn diapers for?
If this is your first baby, there is no way of telling how much your baby will weigh upon birth.  However, for subsequent babies, you will generally have a better idea of how much your baby will weigh.  The general guideline is; if your baby weighs <8lbs, newborn cloth diapers are a great investment because of the length of time your baby will probably spend using them.  If your baby is >8lbs, newborn cloth diapers are great as well because they offer a better fit, however, your baby will probably grow into the one size diapers faster.

Question #3
Do I plan on having any more children? 
Perhaps of all of the question, this is the most important.  If you plan of having more babies, then using newborn cloth diapers are a great idea!  They can be used for baby then put away until the next one comes, saving you money multiple times, while giving you great fit!

Did you use newborn cloth diapers with your little ones?

1 comment:

  1. Are newborn diapers truly necessary? I also had this problem before reading your article. Yes, it is better to have those for a new born baby. Thanks for solving my problem.