For the first month, the baby was in disposable diapers, because we had plenty of them. We got some from family at baby showers. We got some from the hospital. We got some from a friend who had a baby that grew out of the newborn size a little too quickly. We had plenty of disposable diapers to get us through the first month without making any purchases. I actually had to give three bags of newborn-sized diapers away because the baby is in size-one now.
For cloth-diapering, I had a stash of prefolds, 3 newborn sized covers and 6 small sized covers from Dappi, and 2 Snappi Cloth Diaper Fasteners. I read that these were best for newborns, who go through a ton of diapers and are often too skinny for the “fancier” cloth diapers. I learned how to fold cloth prefolds (check out Youtube). I learned how to wash them (1 cold rinse cycle, 1 hot/cold wash cycle with my homemade detergent, 1 extra rinse). I was ready to do this the
cheapest old-fashioned way.
Then, a wonderfully generous friend offered me some of her cloth diaper collection. Thank you Barb!! She gave us 10 Baby City pocket diaper and plenty of liners to double stuff the diapers and 1 GroVia shell with two snap-in liners. We’re really happy with both styles. The GroVia shell is the fanciest of the collection. We looked into buying more, but even at the close-out prices, it’s just not in the budget. And, the inserts don’t seem to hold EBF (exclusively breastfed) BMs very well. The pocket diapers are from eBay (just search: cloth diapers) and run anywhere from $2-$5 for a diaper and a liner.
Right now, we have 12 diapers (if the GroVia shell stays clean we can use it twice, once with each liner). It’s tight, but until I win some eBay auctions at rock-bottom prices, we’re going to make it work. I do the laundry first thing in the morning – or if we’re going to be busy, I start at night – and hang the diapers from yesterday on the line to dry. Sometimes if I’m behind on laundry we do use the prefolds and covers. DH won’t use them though – I showed him how to fold them and he was completely intimidated.
One thing I didn’t read about before trying any diapers is overlapping tabs. I read about adjustable rise on one-size diapers and I knew I wanted to use one-size diapers. I didn’t know how important overlapping tabs would be! We overlap the baby’s diapers as much as possible on both the Baby City diapers and the GroVia diapers. I doubt they would fit her at all if we couldn’t overlap the tabs! Now, I’m looking for diapers with as many different snaps as possible for the best sizing options.
Next month, I’ll be able to tell you how cloth diapering has affected our water bill. Hopefully, I’ll also be able to tell you what diapers we used to complete our stash. Any recommendations? Leave a comment and let me know!