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How Do I Review Newborn Cloth Diapers With No Newborn?

thirsties newborn diapers

Over the past 8 months or so, I’ve reviewed several newborn diapers (you can find them all under the newborn diapers heading in my review archive), but I don’t have a newborn!

So, how do I do it? Well, those who have been reading for a while know that I do pretty detailed reviews with close up photos of features, and measurements of the diapers. I can’t review fit on an actual newborn, nor absorbency, but hopefully I can give you a good idea of how each newborn diaper compares as far as the features and sizing.

I’ve had to use a stand-in model, since I don’t have a newborn of my own:


To compare a cloth diaper’s size, I picture my model in a similarly sized disposable diaper.

Either preemie:

preemie frontpreemie back


newborn frontnewborn back

or size 1:

one frontone back

I realize though that not everyone knows how disposable diapers fit. Maybe you’re a first time expectant mom, maybe you’ve never used disposables, maybe it’s just been a while!

I have not had a very tiny baby or a very large one, but I think I’ve had one at each end of average! My daughter was born at about 6 1/2 pounds, though that was a grossly inflated weight thanks to all the fluids I had pumped into me during labor. Her true weight was closer to 6 pounds, and she was 21″ long, so rather slender. My son was about 8 pounds and 20.5″, so definitely chubbier!

I thought it might be a little helpful to be able to refer to pictures of real babies in disposables, so you can keep that in mind when viewing newborn cloth diapers, and how they fit on my “model.”

Here is my daughter as a newborn, 6-6 1/2 lbs and 21″ in a newborn disposable diaper (notice the diaper still had to be folded down under her umbilical cord.)

nb 6ish lb 21 in sz nb

Here is my son as a newborn, about 8 lbs, 20.5″ and in a size one disposable diaper (also folded down…newborn diapers fit him better until his cord stump fell off.)

nb 8 lb 20.5 in sz 1

Lastly, just to show that most of the newborn cloth diapers I’ve been reviewing won’t fit a really, really big baby well, here’s my son at 3 months old, about 13 pounds and 24.5″ in a size 2 disposable.

3 mos 13 lb 24.5 in sz 2

I have several more newborn diapers to review for you, so you will see them photographed, measured and pictured on my “model,” below him modeling a similar size disposable diaper. Hopefully seeing how disposable diapers fit different size babies will help you picture how each cloth diaper will fit your newborn.

When I have a real model at some point, you will see the same diapers on a baby, at the lowest weight I can manage, and the highest weight I can get the diaper to fit. You’ll also hear opinions on the performance and absorbency.

I hope my photo reviews will help the expectant and new moms choose newborn diapers, even though I don’t have a baby to try them on yet!

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Maria is an aspiring "fit mom" of 3 children, writing about cloth diapers, going green, and her life as a single mom. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development, and other services.

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