I’m due with baby boy 4 in 2-3 weeks! Ahhhhhh! So much to do. I’m really feeling the time crunch. Diapering this baby looks completely different then diapering my first son. While preparing for my 1st baby, I bought huge boxes of disposable diapers…with my 4th son I started building his cloth diaper stash around 4 months. Starting early allowed me to break the purchases down into smaller chunks and watch for special prints and releases. I was unsure about what to buy for my 3rd son and ended up buying Alva Baby diapers in an attempt to economically boost our stash days before his arrival. Many find this brand controversial, they worked well for us but I wanted better quality and variety for baby boy 4. The Alva diapers also didn’t fit for weeks (even though they are OS) and I knew I’d need some smaller diapers for the beginning. Since then I’ve tried many other brands with my older boys in cloth. This time I hope I’m prepared! Here are details from our stash and tips for selecting diapers for your baby:
- 15 Grovia Newborn cotton/bamboo prefolds (got a great deal with the black Friday sales)
- 2 Geffen Baby Prefolds
- 3 Snappis (Hold the prefold diapers in position and can be reused over and over)
- Balm Baby cloth safe diaper balm
- 7 Buttons Diapers Covers (Technically AI2s but I’ll be using as covers)
- 2 Thirsties Duo Size 1 Covers (also a Black Friday Deal)
- 2 Grovia Hybrid Covers
- 1 Best Bottom Cover (Limited edition Holiday print)
- 4 One Size (OS) pocket style diapers
- 8 Hemp/cotton Grovia boosters and 1 Hemp babies (in case the AIOs aren’t absorbent enough, I breastfeed and my newborns can really pee!)
- 6 All-In-Two (AI2) diapers
- 4 Fitted Diapers for Overnight
- 6 All-ins-One (AIO) Diapers
I have both mainstream brands and some WAHM (work at home Mom) brands. As you can see I have a variety here. When I’m asked about what to purchase I suggest trying multiple styles and brands. One great way to do this is through a diaper rental service. I’m an affiliate to Companies like Diaper Junction, who offer a rental service where you rent and return diapers. This is an excellent way to try out many brands without a commitment.
My personal preference is natural fibers over synthetic (like microfiber) but I don’t hate it…it’s not fantastic. Natural fibers are more absorbent, not made from petroleum products and don’t get stinky as fast. However, I do use the inserts as boosters with a prefold for overnight for my older babies.
Everything is versatile. You can mix and match parts from most diapers. When I first started I thought I needed all pockets, or all prefolds etc. but there are lots of good brands and you honestly won’t know until you start using diapers and find out what works best for you. It can be a lot of trial and error.
Fit, from previous experience I know our Buttons Diapers, Thirsties Duo size 1, Little Bee Co. and Rumparooz run smaller then the other brands listed here and will fit sooner. Newborn diapers obviously fit newborns, and as baby grows I’ll need to replace the newborn diapers with a larger size. Luckily, with 2 baby boys already in cloth I have a stash here to move him into as he grows.
Tips for Those Preparing to Cloth Diaper:
- If you’re getting ready to start cloth diapering, don’t be intimidated.
- Shop WAHMs! Many of the WAHM diapers we have are more attractive and better quality then many of the bigger brands.
- If you see a diaper you love buy it and try it!
- If you don’t want to spend the money on something you’re unsure of, google reviews. There are lots of bloggers out there with detailed reviews and photos to help you make decisions.
- Join chat groups and chat online, or just read through conversations.
- Ask local! I was surprised how many local Moms I know who use cloth, but didn’t know until I asked.
Follow my blog for updates about fit and absorbency on our baby when he arrives! I’m looking forward to providing information that will help other Moms cloth diaper their babies too.