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I have a question for your “Mailbox Mondays.”
I am deciding between 2 newborn all-in-one diapers. One has an umbilical cord snap-down, but most reviews suggest it will only be absorbent enough to be used for about a month.
The other version is far more absorbent and is very well reviewed. Most say that the diaper fit for about 3-4 months. I prefer this diaper, but I am worried that it will cover the stump (it has a wide aplix closure, so folding it down to allow for the stump doesn’t seem like it would be an option.
Is it okay to cover the umbilical cord with the diaper?
Does it make more sense to get the diapers that baby can go in immediately and just switch to one-size after one month, or get the diapers that will last longer but may not work the first 2 weeks?
Thank you for your input!
Newborn diapers are difficult since each baby is so different that it’s hard to know what will work best until the baby is here! I’d heard many people say that they had no trouble putting newborn diapers right over the cord stump, but when I tried, I couldn’t keep it dry no matter how often I changed him. For that reason, I loved the Rumparooz Lil Joey, GroVia newborn AIO and a few other tiny diapers w/snap down. The problem I had is that he was such a heavy wetter, they just didn’t work for us very long at all. Geffen Baby newborn quick absorbers didn’t exist at that time, but if I got to cloth diaper another newborn, I would get a stash of them to boost the absorbency of the little diapers, and use them as doublers later.
Once his cord came off, I loved mini one size and size 1 dual-sized diapers since he was eeny teeny, and it was a while before one-size diapers fit him. The problem with newborn cloth in general is that they are expensive. If you’ll be using them on multiple children, the overall expense isn’t as bad, and newborn cloth does seem to retain a good bit of resale value when compared to other sized or one-size diapers.
I suspect that covering the cord stump works better with baby girls (since the moisture is more towards the middle of the diaper than the front), and in babies who aren’t wetting as heavily. In the early stages, most babies dirty a diaper before they saturate it, but my little guy was soaking them multiple times per hour!
What did you do?
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