It's never too early to start building a newborn cloth diaper stash! In fact, I think starting early is the way to go. For me, it meant being able to do a lot of research to determine exactly what diapers I wanted to try. I was also able to scout for the best deals and wait for hard to find brands (ehmRAGABABEehm) to become available. Maybe best of all, having my newborn cloth diaper stash on hand early makes me even more excited for the arrival of the baby that will soon wear them! The one possible downside is that I don't know what gender my unborn child is... so he/she will be rocking florals and dinosaurs either way :)
How I Decided Which Cloth Diapers To Include In My Stash
- I had saved the prefolds, fitteds, and covers I used and loved with my first child, those those naturally got incorporated into my newborn stash.
- I asked friends what cloth diapers they loved for their newborns and then tried their favorites!
- I wanted diapers that I could easily resell if I didn't love them. So a great resale value was essential! This meant going with more popular brands.
- I don't like pocket diapers very much. Stuffing them is too much work! So there aren't any in my stash as of now.
- I read reviews! This meant visiting sites that sold cloth diapers as well as reading blog posts dedicated to diaper reviews. My favorite sources were ones that included lots of photos of the diaper on a baby as well as detailed overviews of what owners loved and hated after having used the diaper. When the child for whom my stash is for arrives, I'm determined to do a comprehensive review of each diaper I try. I'll include plenty of action shots! So check back in approximately six months ;)
- I bought only a few of each diaper. My hope is that I will quickly decide what I love best and can then simply invest in more of them! I plan to use clothdiapertrader.com to sell the ones I don't want to keep.
All-In-One Newborn Cloth Diapers
- Let's not get into how I obtained three Ragababe diapers for my newborn stash, nor how much I paid for them.
- At this point, I have more Blueberry Newborn Simplex and Rumparooz Lil Joey AIOs than anything else. I had a lot of cloth diapering friends love these two brands with their own newborns, and I trust their opinions so much that I figured I couldn't go wrong starting out with more of them.
Newborn Cloth Diaper Covers
- I'm still considering adding a Sweet Pea Newborn Cloth Diaper Cover.
- I wouldn't mind trying a Rumparooz Newborn Cloth Diaper Cover!
- I'm anticipating being partial to AIOs because of their ease of use, but with my first son I would ONLY use prefolds or fitteds with covers until he started solids because he was exclusively breastfed for the first six months of his life and his runny poop would ALWAYS leak out anything else! To be fair, I only tried a Charlie Banana newborn pocket diaper so I'm willing to give other brands a chance.
- The smallest covers are definitely the Bummis Super Brite and the Econobum Newborn Cover. They are REALLY, really tiny so they are definitely truly "newborn" sized. The "size one" covers all have a little extra fabric to allow them to grow with baby and even the smallest settings seem to be bigger overall.
Newborn Fitted and Prefold Cloth Diapers
- I have a dozen prefolds from my first son. We actually use them as extra absorbency in his overnight diapers now so they've definitely gotten used!
- Prefolds and covers are so affordable. If you're on a very tight budget, go with prefolds and covers!
- My husband loved using the Green Mountain Cloth-eez Workhorse Diapers with our first son. He's anticipating liking these best the second time around as well!