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Cloth Diapering a Newborn: Five Things I’ve Learned

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I will admit, I’m a cloth diaper addict.

From the time I discovered them cloth diapering has practically been a part of me…yes I know that probably sounds weird.

I was in my glory when my son was in the ideal breastfeeding, cloth diapering, baby wearing stage…and then he grew up! :’(

Yes he’s still little but he’s an independent preschooler who can use the potty without me and prefers NOT to be carried, ever.

He also self weaned at 2 1/2 :’(

So I went over a year without these things and combined with moving I lost my crunchy mama community, although we keep in touch (Yay Social Media) ...life was missing something.

A baby!

So when I became pregnant with baby number two I was super super excited to: Cloth Diaper, Breastfeed, and Babywear.

But….

Cloth diapering a newborn always sounded so hard to me. Even during my pregnancy I often thought, why don’t we just use disposables until she’s past that stage.

Fortunately the sustainable momma in me couldn’t handle the idea. Once I built my newborn stash for cheap I could not wait to try my cute new diapers out on my brand new baby girl. Now having cloth diapered both a toddler and a newborn I have to say:

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Cloth Diapering a Newborn is EASY.

Like stupid easy.

Here are five things you may not know about cloth diapering a newborn:

1. No, more Constant Blow-outs

When my first was a newborn in paper diapers I vividly recall poop being everywhere, like constantly. I  remember waking up in the night to change an entire outfit because it was covered. I even had to bath him at 3 AM…more than once.

Despite having just as many dirty breastfed baby diapers, not one blow out.

Seriously not one.

That is just crazy to me, but such a relief.

I’m not saying it will never happen, but my experience has been that it is less common.

2. No, Running out of diapers

Cloth diapering has made me way more resourceful. Out of inserts or fitted diapers? Grab a small towel (I prefer flour sack towels for this), or a burp cloth. How about a receiving blanket?

When I used paper diapers I never would have thought to let my baby poop on a receiving blanket.

Cloth diapering made me realize that these things can be washed, no big deal.

You also don't have to worry about making room in the budget for diaper shopping. Once they're purchased you are done, one less financial burden.

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3. No, her butt isn’t actually that big

My least favorite part about cloth diapers: How big baby butts look in clothing!

My son was a chubby baby anyway so he really didn’t need the extra padding to make his clothes tight.

Baby girl is doing a little better. Things fit her fine, but she can look a little funny in certain outfits.

They are WAY more adorable than paper diapers when just in a diaper. So that helps….

4. No, diaper sprayer!

I love love love this. I know it will be short lived but I’m enjoying it while it lasts.

Did you know that when cloth diapering a fully breastfed newborn you don’t have to spray the diapers?

They literally just go in the wash! My husband was disgusted by this at first, but seriously it makes life so much easier. For now we get to avoid the rock paper scissors for who is spraying diapers.

At least until she starts solids :’(

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5. No…body understands

It’s been my experience that even within the cloth diapering community, most parents don’t cloth diaper newborns. They wait until they fit one size. Don’t get me wrong, there are still plenty of newborn cloth diapering families to buy your stash when your baby outgrows it. But still.

The cloth diapering community is small, and the number of them cloth diapering newborns is even smaller.

I think this really is a shame, because it is very simple. I've heard a lot of people worry about the meconium (aka: tar poop) at the very beginning, but this washed out just like the rest. It really wasn't a big deal. The diapers were also easy to keep away from the umbilical cord area.

All the fears I had were silly in retrospect, but I'm sure they are part of the reason cloth diapering newborns is avoided by so many mamas (even crunchy ones).

Check out baby girl's first time in cloth here on instagram! :)

& while you are there follow me for more behind the scenes of life at the Brick House

Next week I'll be sharing how I built my newborn stash without breaking the bank AND how you can do it even cheaper!

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What do you think? Would you cloth diaper a newborn?...or have you? Reply in the comments :)