Avery tried her first cloth diaper (a prefold and cover) when she was 12 days old. It was ginormous and bulky! Even though the prefold was an infant/newborn size and the cover was a size XS, it was still so big on her and rubbed her umbilical cord stump. So, we gave it up for about a week and decided to try again after the stump fell off. I didn't want the diaper to rub against it and pull it off before it was ready. Yuck.
By then, she had gained some more weight and they didn't look AS big...but still plenty bulky. In the pic above, she is in a BumGenius all in one size small diaper. These babies are just as easy, if not easier than disposables. There's no folding, stuffing, etc. Just slap it on. I really like these and obviously, they will fit for a while! We have 8 of this kind. They take slightly longer to line dry, but that is no problem since we have many others to use in the mean time.
This is a size 1 Applecheeks diaper. SO bulky! haha! They only come in size 1 or 2, so obviously that's why it's so big on a newborn, but it should fit her up to 20ish pounds. I love this one even though it's so big. The insert is a bamboo prefold, so that's what makes it bulky, but it is the most absorbent diaper we have. We have two of these. We only use them as her night time diaper, for now.
This is a size small FuzziBunz diaper. I have 4 of these, but for some reason this color is bigger than our other 3! They are all size small, but this one seems bigger to me. Anyway, I really like these size small diapers. They are really trim and fit well. Like I said, this one is bigger...the others are more trim. I just don't have pictures of all of them.
Another pic of a BumGenius AIO size small diaper.
This one is a One Size FuzziBunz diaper. It has elastic in the legs and back where you can adjust the size. I like that they are so adjustable (they are supposed to fit from 8-35lbs), but it makes for a bulky diaper on a newborn. The front is ok, but the booty is SO poofy. lol! They will fit better when she packs on a few more pounds. We have 3 of these.
This is a One Size Happy Heinys diaper in snaps. This one size diaper fits better than the FuzziBunz one size diapers (for now). We have 3 of these in cuuuute prints!
I haven't tried out our one size BumGenius diapers because they seem so big even on the smallest snap setting. But, our girl is growing SO fast, I'm sure they will fit in no time! We have 9 of those in super cute colors. We also haven't tried our Thirsties Duo pocket diaper, SunBaby, or Kawaii brands yet. I think we are set on the number of pocket diapers we have, especially once Avery fits into all of our brands. So, I think I may try to sell our prefolds and covers. Since the pocket diapers are working great and we have plenty of them, I'd rather not have to use the slightly more complicated prefold and cover method. Let me know if you or someone you know is in the market for some newborn prefolds and Thirsties size XS covers!
Overall, we love using cloth diapers. They are so much softer on her bum and I don't feel bad if I have to change her three times in an hour because I don't have to throw anything away!! When we were out the other day, I changed her diaper in the parking lot at ChickfilA and didn't have a cloth one with me, so I used a Pampers disposable. As soon as we got home, I changed her again and she was already getting red!! I think the mesh liner in the Pampers disposables caused her rash to come back (we had just gotten rid of it). We had much better luck with Huggies. We'll keep Huggies on hand for when we need them. In the meantime, I contacted Pampers (YES, I am the lady who called the 800 number on the box!) and politely asked if I could get a refund, coupons, or something! They are sending me certificates for the price of the case we bought. Luckily, I like Pampers wipes, so we can use the money on those! :) Not so good diapers in my opinion (or maybe just on our girl's skin), but great customer service! I know some of my friends and my sister uses Pampers, so maybe it's just a skin sensitivity issue. Not sure! We used newborn-sized Pampers in the hospital, and they were fine. Maybe the size 1's are made differently..?
In another post, I'll talk about our wash routine. I think I've got it down pat and have strategically placed our drying rack in a west-facing window, so they can be sun-bleached and stark white!