Cloth diapering a newborn is not easy. Like everything, there is a bit of a learning curve, and even second-time moms struggle with cloth diapering. I’m going to break the illusion I get it perfect every time and talk about some of the awkward times I’ve had cloth diapering a newborn over the past couple of weeks.
There will be awkward fitting diapers
Scrawny legs, umbilical stumps, and tiny little waists make fitting newborn diapers a challenge. Cloth diaper manufacturers try to create the perfect fit, but the awkward flimsy nature of a newborn makes fitting diapers a challenge.
If you skip straight to one-size cloth diapers, there is a guarantee your cloth diaper will not only awkwardly fit you’re little, but also just be bulky.
It’s just the way it is.
But, we’re doing it for kids, for the planet, for our local economies, for whatever reason. So, yes, newborn clothing and size 0-3 month clothing might not fit as nice as the other kids on the block.
There will be leaks
Cloth diapering is amazing, but it’s not a magical unicorn.
Leaks happen, but it’s not the end of the world.
Just like a poorly fitted disposable, cloth diapering lends itself to imperfections. But, its never a reason to give up. Keep practising, keep figuring it out.
Newborns pee all the time. It’s something about being on a liquid diet that makes them pee, oh so very much. So, while you might have been prepared with a Sweet Pea Newborn stuffed with a newborn prefold, the liquid diet defeats all absorbency when stuffed in a carseat and taken to the park for a couple of hours. Oops.
Diaper shirts are evil
Diaper shirts are a necessary evil in the infant/newborn/cloth diapering world.
The diaper shirt is ideal for keeping little backs warm on cold days, but the snaps add unnecessary pressure onto the diaper. This gives way to compression leaks and wicking along ruffled legs (I look at you AppleCheeks, Easy Peasies and GroVia old style AIO).
Do up just the middle snap and wicking leaks around the legs is reduced, but not always the magical answer. This past week even pressure from the middle snap has led to some wet diaper shirts with my Little Miss.
Sometimes Disposable Diapers are the Answer.
Cloth diapering isn’t all or nothing. Sometimes you need to find a blend that works for you.
Sometimes that means disposable diapers or even disposable inserts. Maybe its disposables until you lose an umbilical stump, or disposables when your out and about, or disposables to tackle sleep.
I have a secret – we use disposables on Little Miss for night time. I like my sleep, and she sleeps *most* of the night. She sleeps even better if she’s not soaking wet, and that liquid breastfed diet gives way to LOTS OF PEE. Because she doesn’t poop in the night, the only way I could get her from 7pm to 6am without a change is in a disposable. With her tiny frame most fitted diapers were too bulky and cumbersome, and this mama of 2 wasn’t getting up to change a diaper if she didn’t have to. #momtruth
There will be NEVER ending Laundry.
Never ending laundry.
It’s not just the cloth diaper laundry.
But the baby laundry. The toddler laundry (that’s life with two) and then towels, adults, kitchen and more. Where does it come from?
The reality of Cloth Diapering a Newborn – it Just is, what is.
I hope my reality moments don’t dissuade you from considering cloth. It’s really amazing, but it’s not always perfect. Diapers don’t always fit nice, the laundry never ends, and sometimes diaper shirts end up soaking wet. Sometimes there are just certain realities of cloth diapering a newborn that you have to face and be honest about.
And for many of you reading this, I think these newborn cloth diapering realities are true for you bigger diapered babies – for even my toddler still needs a disposable once in a while, and the laundry never does slow down.
Did you have a cloth diapering blunder recently?
If you don’t cloth diaper – what intimidates you most about cloth diapering?