Cloth-diapering a newborn baby
Our daughter finally at home
A newborn does pee a lot. Like - really a lot! You can see that her little body isn't mature yet: the urine is watery and her bladder is so tiny - just like it's little owner. A newborn also poops a lot, practically every time I change her diaper. And sometimes even more often! I'm sure you know it - the baby is in her new diaper, a minute passes and there goes the characteristic sound inside the diaper. And you need to change her again. The entire newborn-period is like changing, feeding, sleeping (of the baby, not of me of course!). In the first few weeks the diaper needs to be changed at least 9-12 times a day. Plus the nights. Fortunately my baby sleeps pretty well at nights, with only one wake-up for breast feeding.
Our newborn diaper stash
Newborn and diaper covers
Newborn plus flat cotton diapers
How did it work? Flats are really absorbent. The diaper never leaked. However I did change diapers regularly: usually before feeding, which was often every hour or two. That's what you do with a newborn :) The diaper cover fitted very well. Double gussets did a great job and everything inside the diaper.
Both covers and flats dry very quickly. After washing everything in the evening I had everything dry and ready to use in the morning. It's a great advantage!
Covers plus flats were a great solution when it comes to absorbency and diapering during the day. It is also the cheapest way to use cloths.
Newborn diaper inserts are much easier to use than flats. First of all - you don't need to fold them. You just put them inside the cover and that's it. Secondly, microfiber and bamboo inserts have microfleece on one side which keeps your baby's skin dry - it's a very practical solution, gives her more comfort and it makes it easier to clean the insert. My favorite insert turned out to be the bamboo charcoal. It is very absorbent, doesn't leak and dries quickly (within a few hours).
The hemp prefold insert is the most absorbent one, however, consequently, it takes a long time for it to dry - unless you put in on a heater or hang it outside on a sunny day. It was perfect for longer naps and going for a walk.
Snaps or velcro fastening?
Double gussets around legs
The best inserts in my case were: bamboo charcoal, microfiber and bamboo prefold. When I needed to, I used a thin booster (another thin insert) and the diaper could be used longer.
I didn't like the pocket+flat terry combination. Flats need to be folded and it's quite difficult to place them inside a little diaper. Besides flats weren't as absorbent as my favorite bamboo charcoal insert.
The disadvantage of pocket diapers is that they need to be washed after every diaper change (unlike diaper covers). I know that some moms change the insert only, but with a newborn it's pretty impossible, as the baby poops so many times a day.
My baby is not a newborn anymore - she's 3 months old. We're still using the newborn diapers and slowly introducing my favorite one-size pockets and covers...