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Anyhoo, I “reviewed” the diapers by photographing them, pointing out the features and details, measuring them etc. However, since my first son (boy that’s hard to get used to!) was 4 months old before we switched to cloth, I had never actually used newborn cloth. Newborn cloth diapering can be a little expensive, since they aren’t used that long, but they are more cost effective if you use them on more than one baby, and they also seem to hold a lot of their value, since they are typically used for a short time and are in good shape afterwards.
Some people choose to use flats or prefolds and/or buy used diapers to save money. Other people use diaper rentals or cloth diaper services, and still others choose to use disposable diapers until their baby fits in one-size diapers. I built my stash gradually; I won a few in giveaways, and snagged great deals on others. I wanted to try as many as I could…so I could write about them!
For me, I was more interested in ease of use, knowing that if they were easy, hubby would change a few diapers without grumbling about zillions of snaps and not knowing if a diaper was backwards! While I won’t get to use the same diapers for my 3 kids, I bought my newborn stash knowing that I’d be passing it along to my BFF who is expecting twins in May, and wants to try cloth this time. Whether she decides cloth isn’t for her, or she uses the diapers until her babies grow out of them, I know I will be able to re-sell them for quite a bit!
So now that I’ve used newborn cloth diapers for 4 weeks (as of my writing; it will be 5 weeks by the time I publish this!) I wanted to share my thoughts with you. Of course every baby is different in size, shape, birth weight, growth rate, wetting habits etc. so these are just my opinions. If you click the hyperlinked name of each diaper, it will take you to my photo review for that diaper, with measurements and details. If you want to view one without leaving this post, just right click and choose open in new tab/window.
All of these pictures were taken when my son was less than a week old, and about 6 lbs and 5 oz, unless I’ve said otherwise.
I’m not a huge fan of prefolds and covers, but they are very absorbent! Trifolded, this prefold was quite bulky, and I was usually not able to reuse the cover if the prefold wasn’t snappi’ed (since it would get poopy.)
This is a pricey diaper, though I got a screaming deal on mine as a second with no insert. I love that it’s a mini one size, so it will last longer than one that’s newborn only. It’s cute, has a stay dry inner, has a pocket that’s wide enough to change up the insert/add absorbency, and has a simple snap configuration. I wouldn’t complain if someone dropped more of these in my lap. It wasn’t quite low enough to fit under the cord without rubbing.
I initially bought just 1 Bumgenius newborn AIO, but ended up with a few more when I found some great deals around black Friday. They are eeny teeny, ickle cute, make your ovaries throb miniature versions of big Bumgenius diapers. They have easy aplix, which I found gave me a far better fit than snaps in general. They were so easy to change in the middle of the night, and they are simple to wash and dry too. They fit fantastically, but I wasn’t able to use them until my son’s cord stump came off. We tried just putting the diaper over like some have said they did, but it was preventing it from drying out, even using stay dry diapers & changing constantly.
My initial newborn stash was just enough for me to wash every day and bust my hump to get them dry & ready to use again. So, my one and only splurge was a dozen of these, ordered when my son was 6 days old. Great, right? Unfortunately, no. After about the first week, my son was soaking diapers in no time, and any diaper I couldn’t add absorbency to was unreliable, these included. Newborns are poop machines, so you change them a lot. But who wants to wake their baby (and themselves) to change a diaper every 45 minutes? In general, I assumed that newborn diapers would be absorbent enough for the output of the babies they fit, but I guess I have a heavy wetter! Some of the dozen I ordered had the 4.0 style aplix/laundry tabs and some had the old style. The others I bought all had the new style, so I wasn’t expecting that.
Here is Oliver at about 5.5 lbs in the diaper. He is 12 weeks old (born at 1 lb 9 oz/25 weeks) and his parents took a photo weekly in this diaper but this is the first time they tried it “for real.”
This one fits well, and it has a pocket to add additional absorbency (and a doubler was included.)
Fuzzibunz XS (with Velcro)
I thought I’d really like these since I like the medium perfect size. I was able to get a good fit with the velcro, but this velcro is abyssmal. Hands down it has to be #1 or #2 in the worst velcro of all time contest. My son soaks the insert in about 45 minutes, and the pocket is too narrow to add a lot of other inserts. If I had a bunch of narrow hemp doublers, they might work better.
The snap closure Fuzzibunz are what I have most of after the Bumgenius. I got them on sale at a great price. They have the same absorbency problems the velcro FB has, but it also doesn’t fit my baby’s chicken legs. Even at 3 weeks old and about 7.5 lbs (above) there is enough leg gap for pee to run straight out the leg hole if he is on his side nursing. The gap is more remarkable in person than it appears in the photo.
Geffen Baby Prefold and XS Thirsties Cover
There’s no link for the Geffen Baby Products yet as I haven’t written a review post yet! Geffen Baby is a newer company so their website is still undergoing some changes, and their products are being tested, tweaked and refined. I’ve been working with them, and have been playing with their products since November. They are made of 100% organic materials, and are made in the U.S.A.
The orange edge hemp jersey prefold fits perfectly in a cover without having to fold down the front. He pooped while I was trying to snappi, so I snapped the picture quick, then changed it, LOL.
Geffen Baby Quick Absorber in Thirsties XS Cover
The quick absorber is their least absorbent of their 3 hemp/organic cotton inserts. All of the inserts fit wonderfully in newborn covers, one-size covers/diapers and basically everything except super narrow pockets like Fuzzibunz XS.
Geffen Baby High Absorber in a Bummis Newborn Super Whisper Wrap
The high absorber is the next most absorbent (probably overkill for most infants!) and is just about the same size and shape as a Thirsties insert. The inserts are so trim that they make the cover look funny (it’s so empty!) yet, they’re ridiculously absorbent.
Geffen Baby Super Absorber in size 1 Thirsties Duo Wrap (smallest setting)
The super absorber is my absolute favorite of the inserts. It’s crazy absorbent, but super duper thin. It’s far more absorbent than even multiple microfiber inserts, but it fits in diapers without making them huge and creating leg gaps. They are fairly wide, so they are more likely to keep a cover clean so you can reuse it.
I ended up with 4 (I think?) GroVia newborn AIOs. They were a Black Friday bargain purchase, and I couldn’t resist the new colors, cloud and surf. These were one of very few diapers that fit under the cord (or close anyway, had to be careful) which made them a favorite at first. They are also easy to close with just 1 snap on each side, and no confusion with additional rows of snaps with a snap down for the cord. They fit well with no leg gap.
I don’t love the cotton inners, and I had some issues with the flap soaker. I prefer not to have an additional soaker to fiddle with, and I had to fold it down so it didn’t stick out the front of the diaper. At least once, I had the diaper rub & irritate his cord stump. This wouldn’t be a problem with a slightly bigger baby. In the end, after that first week or so, these weren’t absorbent enough for him.
Here’s Oliver at about 5.5 lbs in the diaper:
Also take a look at the new style GroVia newborn AIOs compared to the old style
The pink diaper! Not that I have anything against pink on boys, LOL. It just looked paler online! This was another super bargain, purchased without an insert. Love the fit, love the pocket, the mini one size sizing, love that it has velcro closures. Like the big version, I don’t love the closures themselves. They make the front of the diaper a bit stiff, and the laundry tabs don’t work (have to twist and attach them to each other instead.) With a hemp insert, I’d use this one for longer wear. Fits well & will fit for a while!
Love this one too. Trimmer than the mini o/s, but the pocket is still big enough to put a decent insert in it. Love the print too! Same velcro issues.
This one is OK. Despite the cord snap down, it wasn’t quite low enough. They seem a little fluffy/bulky, and as always, they aren’t absorbent enough. Hubby and I both find diapers with the snap down a bit confusing. In the pic, it’s snapped closed on the lower row, but it sure doesn’t look right.
I keep forgetting about this little guy. I don’t generally like fitteds & covers as much as pockets, but they are great for newborns. They are the perfect, tiny size and actually fit under the cord. I don’t have any covers that fit under the cord though, and going coverless isn’t an option for us. My son will pee while I’m trying to close a fitted or prefold, and soak through the front right then and there!
6 lb 10 oz Oliver in the size 0 Kissaluvs fitted:
and in size small Sloomb shorties:
These are so cute and tiny, and they were the very first diaper we put on him an hour or so after he was born! They fit really teeny babies, but as commenters on my review said, they leak. I’m not entirely sure where the leaking or wicking is coming from, all I know is if he’s wearing one, he’s gonna end up wet!
Here’s Oliver at not quite 5 lbs and 11 weeks old (born at 25 weeks/1 lb 9 oz) in the Lil Joey:
This one was forgettable…literally. It fell beside the couch (dirty) and I didn’t notice or miss it for days!! Even so, it’s a fine diaper. Easy to use and fit well as long as I was careful about getting it snug around the legs.
This was disappointing. I liked that it fit well, but overall it seemed like it should cost half (or less) what it does ($16.95.) Both the outer and inner remind me of a Kushies diaper, and I didn’t like having to try to make sure the soaker wasn’t sticking out the back. Closing the snaps with the snap down was weird too because of how they are arranged above and below the snap down. Glad I didn’t pay full price.
These are nice, but my son soaks them quickly. Soft, fit well, etc. In general, I prefer diapers that are stay dry.
I thought the prefolds were a bit bulky when I trifolded and folded the front down.
I think these and the duo fitteds are cute, squishy, soft, easy to use etc. I just still prefer a stay dry/pocket diaper, and my son soaks these too quickly.
I thought I was going to really like these since I like the one size TT, but I don’t. They are a mini one size, so it’s nice that they will fit a while. However, I didn’t like their fit and bulk. It also has a tiny washcloth sized microfiber “towel” as the insert. It’s one more step to fold it, and definitely not absorbent enough.
I like the size 1 duo diaper a lot. It’s not as trim as a newborn diaper, but it’s far trimmer than a one size diaper, and fit my 6 lb 5 oz son with no leg gaps. Velcro is easy, double gussets are great, and the insert is absorbent, woo-hoo! If I had a bunch of money, I’d love more of these to use until he’s big enough to fit in one size diapers without leg gaps and tons of bulk.
Applecheeks Size 1 (review is on A Nation of Moms)
The Applecheeks size 1 was a little bulky when I folded down the microfiber insert, but it fit even my tiny guy well (again, more bulk than a newb dipe, but less than a os) and is absorbent. It’s one that I “save” to put on him at night now that he occasionally sleeps 3 hour stretches.
Now, here are some one-size diapers on my son at 3 weeks old and about 7.5 lbs (guess on weight.)
The Babykicks fitted fit well. I did have to use the Joeybunz hemp insert to have enough absorbency, so that made it a bit bulky.
The 3G fit pretty well without doing the newborn snap thing (see the video in the review.) Babykicks says you can use the newborn snap method with no insert, and that the absorbent inner should be enough. That’s definitely not true for my guy, so the insert added some bulk.
Bumgenius doesn’t claim to fit a 7.5 lb baby, but we’re almost there! Just a little leg gap (hard to see in photo.)
The Katydid (now Oh Katy) diaper gets quite small. It fit OK but was a bit bulky and I felt like I was making the waist too tight to get the legs tight enough.
So sad that Little Beetle is now out of business, but the fitted & cover both fit. A little bulky, but that’s to be expected!
Same story (good fit/kinda bulky) with the Softbums. This is another one I’ve reserved for night time. Really not that bulky when you consider that I’ve totally doubled the insert over.
Lil Helper Charcoal Bamboo OS Diaper (with small insert only)
The Lil Helper is still a tiny bit big on his little legs.
Just to compare, the Fuzzibunz XS has pretty much the same leg gap as the gapping OS diapers at 3 weeks & 7.5 lbs.
At 1 month, 8 pounds and 22.25 inches, the one-size diapers fit him better, with much less leg gap. My older son was about 8 lbs and 20.5″ at birth (much chubbier!) and I think he could have worn o/s much sooner!
1/21 addition: Rumparooz
I wanted to try the Rumparooz on sooner, since it’s one of the smaller one-size diapers, but I forgot! I was avoiding using my older son’s old, worn out looking diapers in photos, but this one is pretty new looking since it was replaced under warranty! Above my son is 6 weeks old and a skinny 8 1/2ish pounds. It fit snugly around the legs without any of the difficulty & readjusting of a lot of the other o/s diapers, and was smaller and less bulky.
And for the record, I didn’t have any meconium staining!
Oliver at 7 lbs in the Smartbottoms Born Smart Newborn AIO with the insert
Amii really liked the fit on this but didn’t quite contain Oliver’s 3 days worth of poop combined with his skinny legs.
Goodmama newborn fitted, 6.5 lbs
Thirsties Newborn AIO on 5 lb 10 oz baby:
TushMate Newborn AIO on 7 lb 15 oz baby:
If you’ve used newborn cloth diapers, did your experiences differ from mine? What were your favorites? Did your feelings change while your baby was still a newborn? Did you have trouble with newborn diaper absorbency?
FTC compliance: Some of the pictured diapers may have been received at no cost for review purposes. Check the original reviews for disclosures for each diaper. I was not compensated in any way for this post, and all opinions are my own.