Saturday, October 15, 2011

Jack's Adventures in Cloth Diapers - Newborn Edition

 I've had a few requests for an update on Jack's cloth diapers.  First things first, we're loving them so far, and he hasn't worn a disposable diaper since he left the hospital.  I've been doing diaper laundry most days, but I could go two days without washing - I'm just too afraid of running out of clean diapers, so I wash them way before I need to. 

In these pictures, I would guess that Jack weighs around 10.5 pounds.  You can see that he's already growing out of some of his diapers!

First off, let's start with the diapers that don't require a separate cover.  This includes all-in-one diapers and pocket diapers.  All-in-one diapers are just that, they require nothing more than putting them on baby (with velcro or snaps) and washing.  They are very easy for dads and babysitters, but they take a long time to dry and tend to be the most expensive kind of diaper.

First up is the Lil Joey by Rumparooz.  These are the tiniest diapers ever!  They fit great right after we came home from the hospital, but they were also the first diapers that he grew out of.  They also had a nice snap that kept the diaper away from his umbilical cord stump until it fell off.

Next is the Grovia Newborn All-in-one.  This fit him pretty well from the beginning (he weighed 8lbs 8oz at birth) and they come in some really cute prints - this one has airplanes on it!  The major con to me was that this diaper took the longest to dry by far.  All of my other diapers would be dry and this one would take an extra 20 minutes in the dryer.

This diaper is the Tiny Fit by Tot Bots.  This diaper has a higher rise, so it didn't fit him for the first week or so.  The absorbent part of this diaper needs to be folded back into itself before putting it on him, which was a little bit of trouble, but also made it dry really quickly.  It is one of the most absorbent newborn diapers that we have.

Next is the Extra Small All-in-one by Bumgenius.  I thought that this would be one of my favorite diapers, but I was disappointed because they never quite fit him right.  Every baby is different, and most moms love these, they just didn't fit Jack well, so they tended to leak out of the leg holes.

This next diaper is a Happy Heinys Pocket Diaper.  Pocket diapers are essentially a waterproof cover with a pocket that you have to stuff with an absorbent insert.  This makes them a little less expensive than All-in-one diapers and they also dry much faster.  Another pro of pocket diapers is that you can adjust the absorbancy to the level that you need (i.e. adding extra at night).  To be honest, I rarely put Jack in these diapers because they seemed very insubstantial and I thought that they would leak.  The few times that I did put him in them, they didn't leak, so I think it was all in my head.

These diapers are Kissaluv size 0 diapers and my personal favorite for newborns.  Fitted diapers are not waterproof, so they require a separate cover over the top (see those below).  This means that they dry very quickly and are the least expensive diaper that I own.  Because of the second layer of protection, we have never had a leak (#1 or #2) with these diapers (we have actually never had a poo blowout in cloth diapers *knock on wood*).

Since we have never had a leak in a fitted diaper with a cover, I would say that I recommend all of these diaper covers, so I won't go into long explanations of each one.

Thirsties Wrap size Extra Small

Thirsties Duo Wrap size 1

Bummis Super Whisper Wrap - Newborn
Swaddlebees ABC cover size small (cow print)

Gen-Y Cover size small (free range print - yes it has chickens on it!)

Starbunz size small (monkey print - Jack's cutest diaper!)

Custom Colts Wool Cover size small by Chickadee and Me


  1. Thanks so much for this. It's been awhile since I cloth diapered a newborn. I totally forgot about fitteds. I was going to go exclusively prefolds and covers. Even if I do the cover pictures helped.

  2. Jamie, I have looked at this blog like 10 times! Thanks so much for writing it! Any updates now that Jack is older?? I am starting my registry and just putting a little of everything on it! Hope you all are doing well! Andi Worley