Newborn Cloth Diaper Stash

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Jenna is the mama behind A Mama Collective. She has three beautiful daughters who cause a lot of chaos and joy in her life. She also has a husband who is gracious and kind, and who looks away when cloth diaper mail arrives.
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So, as most of you know, we’re expecting Baby Girl #3 in a few weeks. What’s my due date? I don’t give specifics – I don’t believe in them. I know, I’m silly. Let’s just say it’s around the end of August and beginning of September.

But.

Let me tell you something and be a little more specific with you – I am obsessed with cloth diapers. Obsessed. In case you hadn’t noticed ;)

And then – newborn cloth diapers. They’ve got me weak in the knees. Weak.

So I thought I’d share with you all what I’ve been collecting buying for our Baby Girl. I cloth diapered Siena (#2) at ten days old, and we had only ONE newborn sized cloth diaper (Fuzzibunz XS) and then used infant sized prefolds with Thirsties XS covers.

This time? I wanted more AIOs. I wanted to play with different types and kinds and find ones I love and see her dressed in all the cuteness that is a cloth diaper (I know, I’m weird). I also have prefolds and flats to use as my workhouse/every day diapers. The AIOs are just a little somethin’ special ;)

So, here’s what I’ve got for AIOs:

nb aios

And here’s my stash of prefolds/flats and diaper covers:

nb pfs flats

Whew. I’m in heaven, lemme tell ya.

I still feel like I need a couple more diaper covers. And I specifically would love the Bummis Super Brite, Bummis Super Lite or the Capri Diaper Cover.

And now, for those who hate pictures and reading – I’ve also made a video and opened up every single diaper so you can see them up close :)

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Encouraging Words for Newborn Cloth Diapering

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I have quite a few friends that are pregnant right now that have been taking the dive into contemplating cloth diapering. I wanted to touch on a few things – words of encouragement (!!), advice, and just some general info on cloth diapering from the newborn stage as opposed to diapering an older baby.

First of all, hats off to you, mama, for taking the plunge into even thinking about cloth diapering, let alone newborn cloth diapering. For whatever reason it may be, whether it be the chemicals in disposables, the money you will most definitely save, or the landfills piling up with tons of poop (literally) – you WILL face adversity, you WILL face skeptics, you WILL face the downright looks of disgust from your neighboring mamas.

However, this is my time to say, “Well done.”

You are trying to do something different for your child that is for the betterment of their health and environment. I am most certainly not knocking disposable diapers (we still use disposables for various reasons), but I AM saying, you are taking a plunge into something relatively unknown, and I believe in you that you can do this.

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I will have to say, though, that most people who are greatly against cloth diapers have NEVER seen a modern cloth diaper. They are generally thinking of flat diapers that you have to fold to find the best absorbency, wrap onto a squirmy baby, pin the diaper on (hopefully without pinning baby), and pulling some bulky plastic pants on.

This is NOT modern cloth diapering.

THIS is a modern cloth diaper, in all its [cutest] glory:

 

Some concerns that people have in regards to the newborn stage:

1. How many diapers do I need?

To diaper a newborn, we generally say you need approximately 36 diapers. This is you having enough diapers to launder every two days (as you are generally changing baby every 2 hours – or 12 times a day).

If you go with a prefolds/flats, you need 36 diapers (the absorbency part) and 4-6 diaper covers to waterproof the system.

flats and covers

If you go with pocket/AIO diapers, you need 36 diapers total.

2. Where do I store?

You have two options here: either buy a diaper pail from Wal-Mart/Target/Something Similar and use a pail liner to line the diaper pail OR get a hanging wet bag.

pail liner wet bag

Both of this options are lined with waterproof material so no wetness gets out of them. Wet bags generally zipper, while pail liners just line the pail (hence the name) – so I find that wet bags hold the smell in a bit better. Both are great options.

I recommend having two of whatever system you go with – if you’re washing one wet bag with your diapers, you have another wet bag for while you’re washing.

3. How do I launder?

Laundering is much simpler than what you think. Really, it is. Newborn breastfed poo is water soluble, so it does not require any sort of rinsing before it is put into the washing machine.

Once baby starts solids, you will need to invest in one of three options: a diaper sprayer, flushable liners, or some rubber gloves to “dunk and swish” your dipes yourself.

  • Diaper sprayer? Basically a bidet that connects to your toilet. When baby poos, you take the diaper to the toilet, spray off the poo, throw it in the wet bag. Simple.
  • Flushable liners? Line your diaper with a flushable liner, baby poos, remove the flushable liner and throw into the toilet, throw diaper into wet bag. Simple.
  • Rubber gloves? Pretty self-explanatory.

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After the dipes have filled your wet bag, head over to your laundry room. All pocket diapers need to have their respective inserts removed before washing, and every other system is pretty set to go. (Velcro? – affix to the “laundry tabs” the creative Diaper Creator has put on her diaper.)

  1. Throw diapers in washing machine.
  2. Cold rinse.
  3. Add cloth diaper safe detergent (lots of options, my favorite: Rockin’ Green)
  4. Hot wash/cold rinse.
  5. Rinse again
  6. Throw into dryer. (I recommend line drying covers and machine drying inserts. However, you can throw everything into the dryer if that makes it easier for you.)

That’s all folks!

4. What about the poop??

Again, newborn breastfed poo is water soluble, so it does NOT require any sort of rinsing before it is put into the washing machine. Once baby starts solids, you will need to invest in one of three options: a diaper sprayer, flushable liners, or some rubber gloves to “dunk and swish” your dipes yourself.

  • Diaper sprayer? Basically a bidet that connects to your toilet. When baby poos, you take the diaper to the toilet, spray off the poo, throw it in the wet bag. Simple.
  • Flushable liners? Line your diaper with a flushable liner, baby poos, remove the flushable liner and throw into the toilet, throw diaper into wet bag. Simple.
  • Rubber gloves? Pretty self-explanatory.

5. What are the essentials?

You absolutely need: a baby (duh), cloth diapers (duhx2), and cloth diaper safe detergent. You don’t want a detergent that has any enzymes, optical brighteners, fabric softeners, etc. Here is a great site to find out if your detergent is “safe.”

6. Are there babysitter friendly diapers?

Yes. All-in-One (AIO) diapers as well as Pocket Diapers (once stuffed) are probably the closest-looking to a disposable diaper as they come. My favorites for one-size options? The bumGenius Freetime AIO (check out our review), the Blueberry Simplex AIO, and the bumGenius 4.0 Pocket diaper.

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I understand this is a TON of information – we Mamas (especially new ones) can become overwhelmed. But have no fear! Be encouraged in your quest to do what you feel is right for your family and baby. You are not alone! I can promise you that :)

I also had a previous post in regards to newborn cloth diapering and what my wish list would be!

Please feel free, as always, to leave comments/questions/anything and I will answer anything!

GroVia Shell + Prefolds Review

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Mary is the wife to a creative, outdoors-man and mother to 3 precious children. She's got a sensitive, girly 4 year old. A wild, all-boy 2.5 year old. And a calm and patient 1 year old beauty.She loves fashion, wine and chocolate.And when she isn't blogging, she can be found cozy'd up on the couch watching TV.
{what kind of diaper} All-in-Two or Hybrid Diaper

The GroVia Hybrid System, according to GroVia’s site, “combines the industry’s most innovative (and cute!) waterproof cloth diaper shells with a super-flexible suite of absorbency layers – including both cloth and disposable options. Finally, parents are free to use earth- and baby-friendly diapering approaches that fit any lifestyle. From travel, to daycare, to time at home, hybrid cloth diapers have you covered.

Below I have reviewed the shell, as I do not have the organic cotton snap-in soakers or the disposable BioSoaker pads. I want to get the awesome bamboo/organic cotton prefold diapers badly!
{the verdict} GroVia Shell

Pictured below is the GroVia Shell in Blackberry and Mandarin. The outside is a TPU (100% waterproof material):

 

The inside is 100% Polyester Mesh:

Photographed inside the GroVia shell is a cotton prefold (different than the GroVia bamboo/organic cotton prefolds). I just wanted to show what it looks like to have a prefold cloth diaper folded in the shell.

Every time baby pees or poos, you just replace the prefold on the inside and place a new one inside the shell, as long as the shell didn’t get soiled with poo.

The GroVia Shell fit my newborn at 5 days old and my 2 year old AT THE SAME TIME!

Here is my no-longer-newborn baby as well as my 2 year old in the same shell:

 

{loves}

  • no PUL touching baby
  • crossover snap on the wings (was able to be used at 9 lbs without gaping)
  • easy to wipe off poo or anything that gets on cover
  • one-size (we experienced 9lbs-32lbs)
  • fun colors and prints
  • excellent quality
  • narrow crotch (especially narrower than Flip system)
  • easily and quickly put on baby – NO FUSS and “husband-approved”
  • easy, lightweight system for travel (just bringing a replacement flat or prefold and you’re good to go!)

{to consider}

  • bulkier than a pocket diaper due to two-part system
  • prefold or flat can shift around underneath cover, so poo and pee can easily get onto cover and cannot be re-used
  • price ($16.95)
{overall}
LOVE IT! I wish I had more!

My {Personal} Preference for Prefolds

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As part of the Preference for Prefolds Party, I thought I’d do my fair share of raving about prefold diapers over on host, The Median Mommy‘s blog. I loved using prefolds on my daughter when we started cloth diapering her as a newborn, even all the way up to potty training. They were so much simpler than I thought they would be. Here’s what I love:
Go to The Median Mommy’s blog to check out the rest of my post! Let me know what you think…

Party Time! Preference for Prefolds Day One Prize Pack {Closed Giveaway}

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**Update: This giveaway is closed.**
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Welcome to The Median Mommy’s Preference for Prefolds Party, July 1-21!  July marks The Median Mommy’s 1 year cloth diapering anniversary, and what better way to celebrate than by highlighting Lauren’s favorite cloth diapering option — The Prefold!  With so many boutique-y diapers out there, the prefold is often an overlooked and underrated cloth diapering option.  To help spread the word (and prefold love) this month-long celebration is going to feature THREE great prefold prize packages and lots of posts pertaining to everything…PREFOLDS!

Without further adieu, let’s introduce the first prize pack sponsors:

The Median Mommy explains, “Bummis holds a special place in my heart, as their unbleached organic cotton newborn prefolds were the first cloth diapers on my little guy’s bum.  It was Bummis that made me fall in love with prefolds, and doubt that anything other than a prefold would be able to contain those explosive early breastfeeding poos.”

Sew Little Stuff is a wonderful Etsy store, with handcrafted items by Kirsten Schultz.  For cloth diapering parents, Sew Little Stuff is basically a one-stop shop, offering everything from pocket diapers, diaper covers, Mei Tei Carriers, wipes, wet bags and more!

And lastly, Snappi Baby, the makers of the gadget that eradicated diaper pins and makes diapering with prefolds a breeze — The Snappi!

A HUGE thank you to all our sponsors!

What is included in the newborn prize pack, you ask?

  • 1 Bummis Newborn pack, with 12 newborn prefolds and 2 wrap covers
  • 1 Sew Little Stuff diaper cover and set flannel wipes
  • 1 Pack of Snappi diaper fasteners

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**Make sure to check out Day Two and Day Three Prize Packs!

Kissed by the Moon Cloth Diaper Mail Round 2!

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This post has been revised after being contacted and served excellent customer service from Kissed by the Moon.

I recently made by first purchase from a company called Kissed by the Moon.

 
KBTM sells everything you could possibly need/want as a new mama in search of more natural options for your baby. They sell toysbaby carrierscloth diapersteething goodiesbreastfeeding essentialsbath and body, etc.

I have heard great things about this store and was dying to buy some diapers from them. After finding out that we are expecting a little girl at the end of August, I just HAD to get some girly cloth diapers! So exciting!

I knew about this great program that KBTM does, called Mystery Fluff. It’s a program where you spend a certain amount of money, and then receive a “mystery” collection of diapers for a little bit cheaper than you would have paid. It’s such a cool idea, and I’ve seen great reviews on families receiving awesome cloth from them, and it’s fun to try things you would have not bought on your own – and of course even better when you fall in love with the diapers they send you.

To try to save even more money, I decided to do the Loved Mystery Fluff option. It’s an option where you get “loved” or “used” diapers that should be in excellent or very good used condition, so you get even more money’s worth than what you spend.

Here are the two options I did:

  • Baby Kisses Spend $20 get a surprise worth at least $25 (in girly)
  • Butterfly Kisses Spend $30 get a surprise worth at least $37 (in girly)
So I spent $50 and very [im]patiently awaited the arrival of some loved mystery fluff that should be worth at least $62!
Here is what I received, and I put what the diapers are, as well as what I would expect a mama to sell them to me for:

All in all, it looks like the total for all six diapers would be $68. The price works out to be even more than what KBTM says they will do for $50!
I made my second “fluff mail” video when I received the diapers last night. I could NOT wait to see what I got, and it’s really so much fun to get mystery diapers!

I am so thrilled with the replacement “loved” diapers that I received, as you can see in the video above. I can’t thank Tami from Kissed by the Moon enough! What a wonderfully thoughtful and kind owner to do everything she can to make her customers satisfied and happy!

Newborn Cloth Diapering Overview: Prefolds/Flats/Covers/AIOs

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I have been talking about newborn cloth diapers SO SO much lately because I am so excited about them! Wanna know why?! Because I’m due with baby girl #3 at the end of August :)

I’m SO stinking excited – mostly to try all the newborn diapers possible and find a REALLY good excuse to buy more diapers ;)

But in all this chatter about newborn cloth diapers, I wanted to be able to communicate and clarify some of the newborn cloth diaper differences (one-size flats versus sized prefolds, one-size covers versus newborn covers, and one size AIOs/pockets versus newborn AIOs/pockets).


I truly hope that my videos will help people understand the differences in the diapers being sized specifically for newborns.

Part One is all about one-size flat diapers vs newborn sized prefold diapers:

Part Two is all about one-size covers vs newborn sized covers:

Part Three is all about one-size AIOs/Pockets versus newborn AIOs/Pockets:

Here is what I would love in a well-rounded newborn stash:

I hope this helps to clarify newborn cloth diapering for some! Please let me know if you have any questions :)

Have you cloth diapered a newborn? What was your experience?

Kissed by the Moon Mystery Fluff Review – Cloth Diapers!

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This post has been revised! Check it out!

I recently made by first purchase from a company called Kissed by the Moon. Check out my video below to see what my very first “Loved” Mystery Fluff impressions were! It’s such a fun deal!

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