As I closed the box and applied the shipping label with my friend’s address on it, I felt a twinge of sadness that I may never have another tiny, squishy baby to put in this itty-bitty fluff. But more than that, I felt excited to be sending my newborn cloth diapers along to my best friend.
She is expecting twins in May, and wants to cloth diaper for the first time. Baby #3 was a surprise, and when they found out that baby #3 was actually 3 and 4, the savings of cloth diapering was definitely attractive. Add that to my friend’s worsening chemical & fragrance sensitivities, and it was a no-brainer. I don’t think she’d be able to tolerate changing disposable diapers at this point. She doesn’t quite believe that she will need the newborn diapers, but I keep telling her that twins are probably not going to be as big as her girls were. She is used to skipping over the newborn clothing & diapers entirely! It feels really good to think about all the disposable diapers that aren’t/will not be in the landfill, as well as saving her family money.
I loved how tiny & trim the newborn diapers were, and my son was still able to fit in all of them when we stopped using them, but they just weren’t absorbent enough for us. I thought my older son was a heavy wetter but that’s nothing compared to this little guy. I continued to use the newborn diapers (and changed them constantly!) because my son’s legs were still too skinny for most one-size diapers to fit well.
Finally around 9 weeks and 9 1/2 lbs, we were able to get the Velcro closure bumGenius 4.0 diapers to fit without leg gap (with the Velcro all the way overlapped) along with a handful of others. There are a few with snap closures that I’m still not able to get snug around his legs, but I think a baby who is chubbier rather than long & lean would fit into one-size diapers much sooner. At 10 weeks, he can soak a one-size microfiber insert in 2 hours or less and we’re using Knickernappies Super-do inserts at night in anticipation of those rare 3-4 hour stretches of sleep!
I’m still using the mini one-size diapers (Happy Heinys, Blueberry and Tiny Tush) and I’ll send those along once they’re outgrown. I saved two diapers for my son’s keepsake box: the Rumparooz Lil Joey we put on him an hour or so after he was born, and the Grovia Newborn AIO in surf that he was wearing when we had professional photos taken by Dana Grayson Photography. I can’t help but think about pulling them out someday when he has his own babies, and wonder what cloth diapers will look like then!
If you used newborn cloth diapers, what did you do with them when you were finished with them? (Sell them? Pass them along? Pack them up?) Did you save a special diaper or the first one your baby wore?