88 responses

  1. Rachel R.
    January 11, 2012

    Wow, very thorough comparison! I think the teddy bear was a pretty good stand-in til your little guy arrived :)

  2. Jill
    January 11, 2012

    We used a ton of prefolds. not a lot of other things. I’m glad, because #1 it was cheap, and #2, it worked. Seems like you had a lot of leaks, and we rarely had any. I plan on doing some posting ASAP as I am SO far behind (baby is almost 5 months old, oy!)

    • Maria
      January 11, 2012

      I think he’s just a very heavy wetter! Pretty sure he pees more than my other son did when we started CD’ing at 4 mos, LOL. We haven’t had leaks since I’ve had the flu (ugh) presumably because I’m making less milk & he’s wetting less.

  3. Krystyn
    January 11, 2012

    This is really helpful…sort of seems like the pockets aren’t quite enough for a newborn..or they are too big (I’m guessing my LO will be under 8 lbs also). But, this also makes me nervous. Look how tiny he is. It’s been almost 3.5 years since I’ve had a little bitty like that!

    So sweet.

    • Maria
      January 11, 2012

      It seems like anything w/velcro fit my guy better than snaps because I could get a better fit around the legs!

  4. Hannah VW
    January 11, 2012

    Until his cord fell off we used a Proraps cover, Bummis Super lite cover, and a homemade cover (from the Babyville fabric you had a post about awhile back) with a similar dip for the umbilical cord. Underneath I used flats or some homemade snappi-able fitted diapers out of old flannel (pajama pants, sheets, etc.). Once the cord fell off I started also using Thirsties x-small covers and size 1 duo wraps, and some Green Mountain Diapers newborn prefolds.

    I tried some Econobums too when he was 5 or 6 weeks old (they are the diapers I keep at my parents house so I don’t have to fly with very many) and they were pretty bulky, but workable. The leg holes were a little too large on him though so that produced one leak (I have never had a “mess” leak out with the Thirsties covers because they fit well around the legs).

    Sunbaby and bumGenius one-size pocket diapers fit OK too, maybe starting at 3 or 4 weeks.

    Wish I would have thought to take pictures of some of those on him!

  5. Maria D.
    January 11, 2012

    Okay, now I’m REALLY curious to hear more about Geffen Baby! I was surprised by some of the things that ended up working the best- and worst- for you, so I’m happy to see some real-life comparisons. One diaper I’m sad to see missing is the newborn gDiaper, but I know that gDiapers are a love it/hate it thing, and some CD moms won’t touch them with a ten-foot pole, LOL. Thnaks for the pictures and reviews!

    • Maria
      January 11, 2012

      I would have tried a tiny gPant if I could buy ONE, but shew-wee, that’s a lot of $ to spend on something you might not like. Yeah, you can re-sell, but what a hassle!

      • Jennifer
        June 21, 2012

        I use G’s on my little guy, and they actually run a size small. A nb fits premies, and small fits newbies. My son’s 1 1/2 now, 25 lbs, and wears the large (btw, I HATE g liners. I just use flip liners or a prefold folded to fit the pouch)

  6. Amy Gatzemeyer
    January 11, 2012

    This is one of the best overviews of cloth for newborns. thank you!

  7. Jessica Fox
    January 11, 2012

    This is a very informative post as I’m currently researching newborn diapers for my little one expected in July. I tried to do prefolds and covers with my first son and that did not work so it’s great to see honest opinions and photos.

  8. Sarah Jane
    January 11, 2012

    Thanks for the updated reviews!! I bought a 24 infant prefolds and about 6-8 covers before my daughter was born, but I didn’t start cloth diapering until 4-6 months old. Mom fail!! But, I’ve lent those diapers to two people now, so I feel better, and my husband and I are planning on having more children, so hopefully I’ll get my money’s worth on them.

  9. Katie
    January 11, 2012

    That’s a lot of information and pictures! Thank you so much! I’m a little sad that some of the diapers I had high hopes for using on my baby were not liked by you. :( Glad to find out now, before I spend money on them, though!!! Luckily, some of the ones that did work for you I already have in my stash! This was really, helpful, thanks!!!!

    • Maria
      January 11, 2012

      Which ones Katie? Some things weren’t great for us because of the scrawny baby/heavy wetter combo!

      • Katie
        February 5, 2012

        Oh, I was hoping the Swaddlebees newborn Simplex would be a good one, but the fit just doesn’t look nearly as good as some of the others. Also, I was hopeful for the Tiny Tush Mini Elite and the GroVia AIO. Bummer that the Tiny Tush had an awkward/bulky fit and it’s a bummer that the GroVia wasn’t absorbent longer than a week since I probably in all honesty won’t cloth diaper until baby is a few weeks old! (One reason being that my husband isn’t super excited about using cloth so I’m not going to insist baby be cloth diapered until we get “settled in”. I don’t want to push it on him, and I know he won’t be pleased with the bulk!)

        With all that in mind, I think a good choice for me would be the Thirsties Duo Diaper and the Thirsties Duo AIO both in Size 1, and maybe even the Blueberry Mini OS since both have snap-down rises and will fit beyond the teeny tiny stage. I’m going to look into the Geffen Baby super absorber too because I have a Thirsties Duo Wrap and would love a good trim insert to use with it! Thanks again for this review, it’s SO helpful!

      • Maria
        February 5, 2012

        Keep in mind that my son is a really heavy wetter though! The Tiny Tush Mini fits much better now that he is bigger too. :-)

      • Katie
        February 6, 2012

        Ok maybe I’ll still give the Tiny Tush mini a shot, but just plan on using it more like a “Small” sized diaper, rather than a newborn sized diaper.

      • Maria
        February 6, 2012

        I think that’s best unless you have bigger newborns!

  10. Raquel Beaty
    January 11, 2012

    My baby was 8lbs. 14 oz. at birth, so she was on the large side of things, she was 9 lbs. 12 oz. at a week! (I keep hoping I have a baby that stays small longer, but no luck yet!) That being said, even at a week most of the OS diapers were a) bulky beyond all reason or b) we had major leg gaps going on!
    I used:
    Rearz Newborn “AIO” (cover with an insert sewn onto back of diaper, it was SUPER TRIM!)
    Bumkins XS cover
    Thirsties Size 1 duo wrap
    Rearz small covers
    Homemade fitteds and quick snap flat wraps (without the snaps)
    Prefolds
    I loved the trimness of the Rearz AIO, but it only fit for a little more than a week. *sniff* It had enough absorbency for that time too, but may not have held up in later weeks if it had fit. (Also, I got this from a giveaway, I have not found anything else like it at the Rearz site. :()
    Bumkins XS cover my daughter outgrew quickly and it was hard to get the fit I wanted.
    I think the rest of the list saved the day for the time between birth and fitting into OS diapers. I never had a leak with the prefolds/homemade diapers and covers, and since her skin seemed to get red really quickly from the wet, I took an extra fleece blanket and cut it into stay-dry inserts to keep the wet away from her skin. It worked like a charm!
    I will say that bumGenius 4.0 diapers fit her first but I didn’t have as many brands at that time, I can’t wait to have another baby and try all my “new” diapers on him or her and see if they fit sooner.

    • Maria
      January 11, 2012

      Aww, big healthy babies are so cute, but I hope you get to use all your eeny teeny diapers a bit longer this time! Thanks for all the great info!

  11. Chana Putnam
    January 11, 2012

    So awesome to ready your review Maria! I thought I tried a lot, but you REALLY tried a lot of diapers out!!! Love it! Seems like we both had a lot of the same experiences with each of the diapers. I too had no idea where those Lil Joeys were leaking from or how. The fit seemed great. Oh well. My lil guy was a heavy wetter too. We retired a lot of the newborns before he outgrew them unfortunately. Here’s my posts if you want to compare. I’ve only posted AIO’s and Pockets so far. Covers is tomorrow and prefolds and fitteds are on Friday.

    http://adventures-in-fluff.blogspot.com/2012/01/newborn-diaper-reviews-part-1-all-in.html

    http://adventures-in-fluff.blogspot.com/2012/01/newborn-diaper-reviws-part-2-pockets.html

    • Maria
      January 11, 2012

      How big was Lincoln when he was born? So funny it does sound like we feel the same way about a lot of diapers. Now I wish I had a Ragababe! I didn’t try a Rumparooz on him because mine are old and I didn’t want to take pictures of an old diaper, LOL!!

      I didn’t watch the videos (or my kids would over my shoulder & computer time would be over, LOL – Dad is “watching” them right now.) Your reviews are so nice & neat & organized!

      • Chana Putnam
        January 11, 2012

        Lincoln was a chunk. He was 8lbs 4oz. It’s so funny cute your little guy in the diapers. Both my girls were in the 7lb range and Linc in the 8lb range so I never had a baby that small. Sooooo cute! Yeah, I loved the Ragababe. I’m slowly building a stash of them.

        Haha! I know what you mean about videos. If the girls hear me watching one then they’re climbing all over me wondering what’s going on … plus Brian would roll his eyes at my cloth diaper obsession. : )

  12. Carrie
    January 11, 2012

    I posted about what I used for the first month recently: http://www.dangerouscrayon.com/2011/12/month-in-cloth-diapers-newborn-madness.html

    I liked using fitteds and prefolds. I don’t have anything other than them that is newborn sized, although I would have loved to try out many of the diapers you have used. I think my girl isn’t a heavy wetter, though, so we didn’t have too much trouble with leaking after a short period of time. I love my thirsties covers, and didn’t have a problem with them fitting below the umbilical area. They did sometimes rub at the base of the girl’s outie, but it never seemed problematic.

  13. Morgan
    January 11, 2012

    Thanks so much for the info. Hubby and I are talking about having another baby and I want to cd from birth this time, but am hesitant to get any NB diapers. DD #1 was 7 lbs 10 oz at birth and quickly gained. By 2 weeks she was 9 lbs and at 2 months was over 12. So she didn’t wear NB diapers for long. So i dont want to get a ton of nb dipes and they out grow them in 2 weeks! I didn’t start using cd with her until 10 months. Now I’m quite confused as to what to do? I have mostly OS pockets and L aio that I use on my 30 lb almost 2 yr old. I was hoping the lil joeys would work. Thanks again for the great info!

  14. kayla
    January 11, 2012

    what an awesome review! i have many of these diapers for my may newbie i cant wait to try them now

  15. Carolyn D.
    January 11, 2012

    First off THANK YOU!!! I am due the first week of March and this will be the first baby I am using cloth from the start, my first I didn’t know anything about cloth and my second I didn’t start till he was almost 4 months old. I have been battling with what to buy and what will fit the new baby. This answers so many of my questions, but I have a question for you. I know you said that you had been working with Geffen Baby, but I am really impressed with what you said about how trim they are. I went to their website to look at what they had because I really wanted the Geffen Baby Super Absorber, but when I click the 0-6 months the only thing that comes up is Quick Absorbers Universal Insert. I would rather have the Super absorber but it only comes in bigger sizes. So my question is what size are you using?? I am just trying to figure out if I get the Super Absorber that it won’t fit in a newborn or size small cover. Thanks for the help.

    • Maria
      January 11, 2012

      All 3 absorbers are the same size (about the same as a Thirsties insert) but differ in absorbency. I think the names are a little confusing on the site with the 0-6 months etc. The quick absorbers are more like a newborn insert or doubler, the high are 5 layers total, 2 are fleece. The super absorbers are 5 layers of fleece. All 3 are 60% hemp and 40% cotton. I did picture the super absorber in a Thirsties size 1 duo, and I’ve used them in wider newborn pockets like the Happy Heinys. I like the super absorbers because even though they may be “overkill,” there’s not much price difference, so why not buy them to start (just my two cents.)

      They will be re-doing their site, but unfortunately they have quite a lot of packaging to go through before they can ditch the months being associated with each insert!

      I have bunches of pictures including some of me pouring water on different inserts (LOL.) I need to get my act together and post it!! I’ll put it in my review but the only negatives I’ve found is that the fleece gets a little pilly over time (what fleece doesn’t?) and one of my high absorbers had the bottom layer shrink a little more than the top, making the edges a little bunchy. BUT I’ve had that happen with a lot of products with 2 different materials, kwim?

  16. Jodi
    February 20, 2012

    We found the Kissaluvs Size 0 to be perfect for the littlest ones (our babies were super tiny!). There are a few good rentals out there, we liked the Nell’s Natural Baby one because you can add extra diapers. She is also quick to answer any questions & easy to work with. http://www.nellsnaturalbaby.com/Newborn-Cloth-Diaper-Rental–Kissaluvs-Size-0_p_15.html

    • Maria
      February 22, 2012

      Thanks for the tip!

  17. Meg
    December 4, 2012

    How were the Geffen Baby super absorbers at containing EBF poo? I like the idea of being able to use them as doublers later, and they seem great! I’m just worried if I get a bunch that my covers will get poo on them all the time. Thanks for your review!

    • Maria
      December 4, 2012

      I’d recommend the prefolds…if you angel wing fold them & secure them, they hold it in pretty well. The absorbers are pretty wide, so better than some, but I find that AI2s don’t hold in the runny stuff as well!

  18. Meg
    December 4, 2012

    Hmm…what do you think of a prefold fanned in the back but just spread in the cover?

    • Maria
      December 4, 2012

      I did that a lot! You don’t necessarily have to use pins or a snappi. If you trifold in front, fan in pack, and pull over baby, it forms sort of a gusset at the leg. If you then snugly secure the cover, it usually holds it in place pretty well!

  19. Meg
    December 4, 2012

    Also in your experience, when a cover did get poo on it, how easy was it to rinse and wipe clean?

    • Maria
      December 4, 2012

      With newborn poop, I could often just literally wipe it, air it out, and have it ready to use for next time. They’re also super easy to swish in the sink with a bit of detergent then hang to dry!

  20. Meg
    December 4, 2012

    Awesome – thank you so much for all your help and quick responses! I really appreciate your time and advice! It’s definitely helping me decide what to buy for my newborn stash :)

    • Maria
      December 5, 2012

      Best wishes for the new baby!!

  21. Lindsay
    February 4, 2013

    Very thorough review. I have some mini one size happy heinys to try out and the rest of my small stash is mostly fitteds with covers. I didn’t start with my son till he was 5-6 weeks old and am hoping to start a little earlier with my daughter who is due 5/28. I think I would like the lil joey’s for the fold down umbilical cord area.

  22. Emily
    March 6, 2013

    You had a lot of the same issues I did! I loved my Rumparooz with my daughter, so I expected I would love the Lil Joeys. Unfortunately, I also had mysterious leaking, couldn’t get the legs snug & if I left the little guy in the diaper longer than 30 mins, his (and likely my) clothes got wet. We had a particularly gross poop incident as well. In our bed. Forget double gussets, it’s like there were NO gussets.
    I also had problems with the Fuzzibunz XS (snap) gaping at the leg holes, and with saturation. I never managed to get them to fit well, and absorbency was an issue even with the addition of a play all day hemp insert.
    I liked both the Kissaluvs fitted (usually added a hemp booster between it & the cover) and my Happy Hempys fitted (also added booster between it & cover).
    My favorite nb diaper was my Imagine nb AIO, though I wish I’d had it in snaps instead of velcro so I could have had a snap down for the cord stump. If you have another, I highly recommend getting several of these – they even have a stay dry option now.
    I eventually got a size 1 Thirsties duo fitted, which was ok with a hemp doubler, but was outgrown in the rise at 15 lbs (not the 18 lbs they claim). At the same time I got a Tots Bots Bamboozle Stretch fitted, and I’m quite certain this would have been my favorite if I’d had it in the beginning. (It is one of my favorites now, and we are on the top end of the fit spectrum.) Paired with a wool cover I probably wouldn’t have used anything else at night. I really like fitted diapers with wool this time around. I still have my Rumparooz from my daughter, which is what we use at daycare, but at home I generally reach for a fitted or hybrid fitted, mostly for the breath-ability factor.

  23. Christina W
    May 19, 2013

    WOW!!!! Thank you for your post on newborn cloth diapering! This was COMPLETELY helpful!! thank you thank you thank you for this!

    • Maria
      May 22, 2013

      Thank you so much for your comment. <3 I did this with a newborn & 2 older children, so I’m kind of embarrassed that this is rather lame vs. my usual posts!

  24. Dilip Kumar Bist
    August 2, 2013

    We import and wholesale the products. We have visited your website and your newborn baby diapers impressed us. But there was no price tag in the website. Please send us the price. We are very afraid that the transportation charges from China to Kolkata to Birgunj(Nepal border ) is very costly. If the price and transportation cost is reasonable, we can sale your products in Nepali market. So give us the details.
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    Dilip Kumar Bist

  25. Miranda
    February 16, 2014

    Glad I found this post! I know its older but I didn’t newborn diaper my first because of several reasons but REally want to this time! I just wasn’t sure which diaps to get or do prefolds…I really want something easy because I will have to have another csection. Now just waiting to find out if we are having a boy or girl!! :)

    • Miranda
      February 16, 2014

      BTW my dd was 9.6 at birth so I expect to have a larger baby just wondering what will work with the cord and her/him being bigger?! Thoughts??

      • Maria Moser
        February 17, 2014

        You might like to get some prefolds & covers, such as the Thirsties size 1 duo. If your second child is as big as your daughter, you may be able to go right into one-size, or very quickly after birth!

  26. Sasha
    March 26, 2014

    Thanks for this AMAZINGLY THOROUGH REVIEW – as a soon to be first time mom and cloth diaper enthusiast I wonder if you could give me advice on which you liked best of all if you had to only use one. I have a friend who swears by thirsties but seems like you’re not such a fan and also I want to use cloths from the very start!! THANKS!!

    • Maria Moser
      March 26, 2014

      Gosh, it’s hard to pick just one. I really liked the mini one-size like Thirsties size 1 duo (discontinued), Blueberry mini, Happy Heiny Mini and Applecheeks size 1 because my son was small but a super soaker. However those types are a lot more expensive than prefolds & covers AND they aren’t as teeny weeny as some of the others. The Swaddlebees simplex is pretty pricey in my opinion but was a nice combination of tiny and absorbent. I just didn’t think it was all that “nice” for the price. Edit, almost forgot about the Tots Bots tini fit, that was great too!

      Softbums and Rumparooz are nice because they are one-size that fit pretty soon, but they don’t fit below the cord stump!

  27. Julia
    July 13, 2014

    So if money was no object- what would be your top three picks?
    This is a GREAT review.

    • Maria Moser
      July 13, 2014

      Thirsties no longer makes the duo pocket, and I didn’t like the AIO as much, otherwise that would be one. Definitely Applecheeks size 1 and Blueberry mini one-size, with hemp inserts. Also, the new style GroVia AIOs are much more absorbent than what I used, so I’d love to have a bunch of those for the early stage, with some tiny doublers just in case. :-)

      I also quite liked the Tots Bots Tini fit, but I often forget about it since I only had one! That was the old micro/bamboo style, and there have been two more versions since then. It’s a lot harder to decide when you say “if money was no object.” :-D

  28. Miriam Matheny
    July 13, 2014

    This is one helpful post! I’ll definitely be pinning! Our first is due in September and I want to try cloth at home from the start. I’ve made a bunch of prefolds from my husband’s old stained work shirts and I’m hoping I can get by with those in the beginning while slowly building my stash and finding what we like!

  29. Jessie Love
    September 22, 2014

    When you were using the Geffen Baby absorbers were they the NB size or their regular size? Also, how’d that work – we’re you having to change the cover with each poop?

    • Maria Moser
      September 22, 2014

      The newborn size didn’t exist at the time – they would be great to add absorbency to all those diapers that leaked for us. The regular size absorbers fit pretty well in the covers above. As you know, a prefold wrapped around baby is the best choice if you’re trying to keep covers clean for a newborn. I tended to not really try to reuse anything. It was easier for me to just grab another and put it on.

  30. Becky Naylor
    October 18, 2014

    If you have the chance to diaper anewbie again, give sweet pea nb covers a chance. They are low, adorable, abd you can get Velcro, that holds up well. They were by far my favorite, and I only had afew nb choices.

    • Maria Moser
      October 18, 2014

      I recently purchased some as prizes and they are amazing. So small – they would have been great on my little guy!

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