I often get asked what my recommendation is for when to start using cloth. Should you cloth diaper a newborn? Or should you wait until baby can fit into the OS diapers? Isn’t it hard, and expensive, to cloth diaper a newborn?
Newborn cloth is easy! And it’s not usually expensive. So what do I generally recommend? If you’re going to cloth diaper a newborn, use prefolds and covers. There are some great little AIO newborn diapers if you’re not on a tight budget and I will recommend these if you’re going to be using cloth on future babies. But it’s not only budget that has me recommending prefolds/covers.
Newborn prefolds may be reused as a doubler for added absorbency in a pocket or added to a bigger sized prefold. They can be used as burp cloths after the newborn stage, or cleaning rags, or just put away for the next baby. Because they’re so sturdy, they will last you for a good long time.
As with all things, though, what works for one family may not work for another. Some like to wait to use cloth diapers until baby fits in the OS diapers but depending on your reason for cloth diapering, you may want to start right from the get-go and prefolds/covers are the easiest way to go :)
We will be doing a free newborn stash giveaway starting in the next few days so keep your eyes open for the announcements! It’ll be 24 newborn prefolds and 6 covers – super awesome!