March 25, 2011

Cloth Diapering Our Newborn

When we found out we were pregnant and started thinking about the many facets of baby care, Tedd & I had made up our minds that we would like to cloth diaper...maybe not 100% of the time, but 80% would be nice.

We liked the idea of how much money it would save and how much landfill space it could save; and I admit, I think those colorful little cloth bums are the cutest!  BUT, we both anticipated it would be a bit difficult.

Not so!

We decided we wouldn't even mess with cloth diapers for the first couple of weeks with Ian, just using disposables until we felt like we had our bearings.  But after the first week, we thought we'd give it a shot and try some out...it was pretty easy and Ian's booty was staying nice and dry against the liners.
ian wearing a SunBaby diaper (thanks, Sharon!)

Now our newborn is two weeks old and he's been cloth diapered for the past week and we're really diggin' it...honestly...it's been waaay easier than we anticipated.

wearing an "old-fashioned" cotton diaper with a Snappi


All that to say, if you're considering cloth diapering (or if you thought we were crazy :), it's actually not that bad!


Our favorite cloth diapers so far are the FLIP diapers!
baby ian in a Flip

Flips are pricier, but totally worth it (especially if you can find some used).  You can reuse the cover several times and diaper changing is fast and easy b/c you don't have to mess with stuffing pockets; you just change out the liner (which stays nice and dry) and you're ready to go!

The Flip covers are one-size-fits-all, so they adjust from newborn to potty training age, and these work surprisingly well on Ian at 9 and 10 pounds (yes, he's already 10 pounds, that little chunk).

So be encouraged!  If we can do it, you can definitely do it.  Cloth diapering isn't that hard and you can start early.  And Flips are great.  The end.
P.S. I'm linking to two cloth diaper giveaways: Thirsties & Best Bottom (which look very similar to Flips) so I can get some more entries in these giveaways!
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