As many of you know, we are expecting our second child in December. I am looking forward to cloth diapering him right from the beginning! We attempted to cloth diaper our first right away, but between a traumatic birth and recovery and how unfamiliar I was with cloth diapers, I didn’t even end up trying any of the cloth diapers on him until he was 2-3 weeks old. At that point, he was nearly 9 lbs and most of the “newborn” cloth diapers I had were too small for him or just barely fitting. The one-size diapers I had purchased, however, were incredibly bulky on him and I wasn’t able to get a good fit whatsoever on his tiny frame. He screamed every time I put them on because they were so uncomfortable. Discouraged, I gave up on cloth diapers for a while until I finally discovered a cloth diaper that was both easy to use and fit him very comfortably. We started cloth diapering full time just before he turned 3 months old.
This time around, I know much better what to expect — both in terms of recovery after labor and delivery, and with cloth diapering a newborn! I’m very hopeful to start using cloth diapers on our new baby as soon as we are home from the hospital. Obviously I discovered with Baby M what DIDN’T work, and eventually what did, and in retrospect I am pretty confident in what WILL work this time now that I am so familiar with many, many different kinds of cloth diapers.
So, I would like to present a thorough review of what I believe are the “best” newborn cloth diapers! I hope to give an update early next year after my maternity break, but until then I hope these reviews and comparisons will help you find the right newborn cloth diapers for your little one.
(Update: I came back and wrote a new post after my maternity break! Find my updated review on what newborn cloth diapers worked best for us here).
I would like to mention that this review does not include fitteds, which are a popular choice for newborns because they do contain EBF poo very well. Other than when needed (for my heavy-wetting toddler at night), I have never been a fan of fitteds. While they do hold extra liquid and are known to keep those blow-outs at bay, the process of putting a fitted on and then a cover on makes it more hassle than I care for (like putting 2 diapers on instead of just 1). Especially during that newborn stage when I am so tired and sleep deprived (and there are SO many diaper changes) that I just want to get the diaper ON. So, while this review includes most other types of cloth diapers (AIO, AI2, pocket, prefold, cover), I’m leaving out fitteds, but do keep in mind they are an option and may work for you.
Also, I would like to point out that I am only including 2 one-size cloth diapers in this review. I have tried a bazillion types of one-size cloth diapers over the years and when it comes down to it, I can only truly recommend these 2 kinds specifically for newborns. There are several reasons for this:
1. Most one-size diapers do not truly fit newborns. The leg openings specifically tend to be too large, and most newborns are born with skinny thighs, so you end up with leaks out of the leg holes. I’ve found that the vast majority of one-size cloth diapers actually start fitting at 10-12 lbs which is quite a bit bigger than the averaged-sized newborn. Also, the bulky fluffiness of most one-size diapers on a 6-10 lb. baby is ridiculous. They are essentially swallowed by the diaper, and you won’t be able to fit them in those cute newborn onesies and tiny sleepers. While there will always be some extra “fluff” with cloth, especially on tiny babies, having a reasonably trim fit is important, both for their comfort and for practical purposes.
2. Most one-size cloth diapers (even those that truly do fit newborns and are not overly bulky when on the smallest setting) come with bulky snap closures and snap-down rises. Speaking from experience with Baby M, I would not recommend this type of diaper for newborns because that many snaps on a teenie tiny baby do NOT make for a comfortable squishy diaper appropriate for a delicate newborn. The bulk in the front (from the extra fluff of a one-size diaper, combined with all those snaps, and the insert) creates a hard wedge between their legs and below their tummy. Even at 2-3 months old, these diapers were still not very comfortable for Baby M. One-size diapers with aplix closures are much preferred, even if there are rise snaps, although those with aplix closures and without rise-snaps are my ultimate preference for newborns and small infants when it comes to one-size diapers.
All that said, let me show you some awesome newborn fluff!
I’m going to start with AIO (All-In-One) style newborn cloth diapers because they are the very simplest option — as close to the ease of disposables as you can get, but with all the benefits of cloth diapering! Pictured above, Teddy is modeling a Tots Bots Tini Fit AIO on the smallest waist setting. These diapers are made in Scotland and distributed here in the USA by Bummis. They are designed to fit babies from 5-14 lbs.
Here is the diaper on the largest waist setting. I am impressed with the size range and believe these will easily fit a newborn right from the start, until they are big enough to fit into one-size diapers fairly comfortably. Maybe not quite 14 lbs, but closer to 10-12 lbs. Tots Bots makes a one-size version of this diaper called the Easy Fit and I really like those as well. While they do not fit newborns very well (as we discovered with Baby M), the one-size Tots Bots would be a great diapering system when used after the Tini Fits.
Inside the Tini Fit, the coordinating color liner is made from 3 layers of soft, plush minky that doubles over and stuffs into the back pocket opening of the diaper. Minky is an absorbent, trim, and fast drying fabric — a great choice! Also included with the diaper is a 3-layer white minky doubler, which can be stuffed into the pocket opening or simply laid on top of the colored liner to add absorbency (for a total of 9 layers of absorbency–wow!). The Tini Fit is one of the trimmest newborn diapers I have seen, and yet is packed with more absorbency than any others I have come across. Very impressive!
I really love the small 3-layer minky doubler and wish that Tots Bots sold these separately as well because they would work wonderfully as inserts/doublers in any newborn cloth diaper! I’ll show you an example later in this post.
The minky liner pulls out from the pocket opening like this and stretches out long. Minky is one of my favorite diaper materials because it is stain-resistant, super soft, and while it is not “stay dry” material per se, it does have a slight “stay dry” feel to it and keeps baby feeling drier than natural fibers do. It is also very trim while being every bit as absorbent as microfiber, if not slightly more so, and it dries faster. I like that the minky liner inside the Tini Fit matches the outer PUL and aplix, as this makes for a very colorful and fun diaper.
You can either stuff the outer half of the liner inside the pocket opening, or simply fold it on top of the diaper like this. If you stuff it in the pocket, you won’t need to unstuff after use because it will agitate out in the wash on its own. My preference will likely be to just double it over on top of the diaper, however, because it’s quicker and works just as well. (This is how we use the one-size Easy Fits for Baby M, which have the same type of liner).
The colors offered are bright and beautiful, and I only wish they made prints for the Tini Fit like they do the Easy Fit! This color is called Pomegranate and it’s a very bright cherry red.
The aplix is by far one of the stickiest I have seen on cloth diapers. The diaper is extremely well made and I expect it will hold up very well. Overall, what an exceptionally designed diaper! I have very high hopes for this diaper and am actually more excited to try this one on Baby #2 than any other newborn diaper in my stash!
You can purchase Tots Bots Tini Fit AIO Newborn Cloth Diapers at $18.95 each at Kissed By The Moon. They also offer a Tini Fit rental program where you can rent a full or partial stash of brand new Tini Fits for 1-3 months. Renting newborn diapers costs a lot less than purchasing, and then you don’t have to worry about selling them off after you are done with them.
Tip: When looking at prices for newborn cloth diapers, keep in mind that they tend to have a very high resell value, as these diapers are most often only used for 1-3 months. Also, be aware that the higher-end and more popular brands (like Tots Bots) are going to resell much easier than less-known brands.
Another very popular choice for newborns is the Bumgenius Newborn AIO Cloth Diaper. Teddy is modeling one on the smallest setting in the picture above. These diapers are designed to fit babies from 6-12 lbs.
Here is the diaper on the largest setting. We used a Bumgenius Newborn AIO on Baby M when he was little and he actually outgrew it by the time he was about 10 lbs, so depending on the size and shape of your baby, it may not fit quite up to 12 lbs.
These diapers all truly “All In One,” as there is only one piece — the soaker is fully attached inside the diaper underneath the lining and there is no pocket opening or extra insert. The great thing about this is that it’s no different than using a disposable, all you have to do is put the diaper on baby and secure the aplix. The downside to the soaker being fully attached to the diaper, though, is that the dry time is longer (whether you are machine drying or line drying).
The inner lining is made of suedecloth, which is a stay-dry fabric. I prefer softer, plusher inner materials (microfleece, minky, bamboo, etc), but suedecloth does the job and I do like that it allows baby to feel dry even as the diaper gets wet.
The soaker is made from 3 layers of microfiber (making this diaper about 1/3 as absorbent as the Tots Bots Tini Fit with added doubler). Newborns do pee a LOT so this may be a concern, especially as they start nearing 9 and 10 lbs. Since there is no pocket opening, you don’t have the option to add an extra microfiber insert for additional absorbency, but you can simply lay an insert/doubler on top of the diaper soaker if needed. Microfiber inserts cannot go against the skin, but if you use a doubler that is made or topped with microfleece, minky, cotton, or bamboo, it will work perfectly. The few times that we used the Bumgenius Newborn diaper on Baby M, it seemed to have just barely enough absorbency to get us to the next diaper change.
Bumgenius offers a wide variety of colors, as well as two adorable prints: Albert (pictured here) and Lovelace (sooo cute for a girl!). The covers are manufactured in Egypt or USA, and the microfiber soakers are made in China. While I do wish these diapers were made exclusively in the USA, I can understand that they want to keep their diapers a low-price option, and need to outsource to other countries to do so. These are definitely one of the most affordable newborn AIO cloth diapers available, which is a huge draw for those of us who want to save money by using cloth! Of course, with lower costs, comes lower quality materials too, and I will point out that the PUL and lining of these diapers aren’t nearly as soft as Tini Fits or other more expensive brands.
As I mentioned earlier, I actually used a Bumgenius Newborn AIO with Baby M as a newborn. Overall, I liked it, and it was the best-fitting cloth diaper I had at the time. He was nearly 9 lbs when we started trying out cloth diapers though, and outgrew it by the time he was about 10 lbs, so I really didn’t get more than a few uses out of it before it was too small for him. If I had started cloth diapering as soon as we got home from the hospital, though, we could have used it for probably 4-5 weeks which sounds about right for most newborn diapers. I do wish the weight range on it was a little higher, as even at 10 lbs I did not care for the fit of most one-size cloth diapers, and it would be nice if there wasn’t a gap there between the Bumgenius Newborn size and the smallest settings on most one-size diapers (including the Bumgenius 4.0, Freetime, and Elemental, I might add).
The only two things I don’t like about the Bumgenius Newborn AIO is the extra dry time which I mentioned earlier, and the kind of aplix. In my opinion Bumgenius aplix is the scratchiest aplix out there. Sometimes the top edge of the diaper rolls, or the baby’s tummy pokes out over the top edge enough, that the aplix rubs against their skin. This is true for a lot of diapers, but is only a real issue when the aplix is rough and scratchy. I really wish Bumgenius would improve the quality of their aplix and make it softer! This isn’t an end-all, but something to keep in mind.
Overall I think the Bumgenius Newborn AIO is an affordable choice, which is important to a lot of us, as well as a very simple and easy-to-use diapering system. They’re not very fancy, but they work and get the job done, and they are pretty cute too. Personally I wouldn’t buy a whole stash of them, but I do have a couple in my newborn stash for Baby #2 and I am sure we will use them. I think they are a great choice for an easy, low-cost diaper system and/or to fill out a newborn stash containing other brands.
You can purchase Bumgenius Newborn AIO Cloth Diapers for just $12.95 each at Kissed By The Moon. They also offer a Bumgenius Newborn rental program where you can rent a full or partial stash of brand new Bumgenius Newborn AIO’s for 1-3 months.
Another all-in-one cloth diaper I am looking forward to using on Baby #2 is the Grovia Newborn AIO Cloth Diaper. Pictured above, Teddy is modeling one on the smallest rise and waist setting. These diapers are designed to fit babies from 5-12 lbs. They are one of the very smallest newborn cloth diapers I have seen and I do believe would fit an averaged-sized newborn very well.
Here is the diaper on the largest setting. As you can see, this diaper has a snap-down rise with 2 different settings and a snap-closure waist. Unlike one-size diapers with snaps on the waist and rise, however, this diaper is so petite and the snaps are so few that it is not a bulky diaper at all. It’s actually quite squishy and cozy, and has a very trim fit.
Grovia just recently released the newest version of their Newborn AIO, which features a stay-dry inner. Since many retailers are still selling the old version, I thought I would include a comparison of both so you can see the difference and determine which would be a better choice for you. In the picture above, as well as the pictures following below, the Owl print on the left is the old version and the Woodlands print on the right is the new stay-dry style.
The soaker is attached at the back of the diaper, but otherwise hangs loose for quicker drying time. Inside the old version, the soaker is made of 100% organic cotton. This is a natural fiber and does not provide any “stay-dry” feel (when the diaper is wet, baby will feel WET). The soaker on the new version, however, is made from 55% hemp and 45% cotton, topped with a layer of soft stay-dry microfleece.
Here is a picture comparison showing the bottom layer of the soaker — on the left, it’s cotton, on the right, it’s hemp. The newer version is going to be a little more absorbent because hemp can absorb and retain more liquid than cotton. It does take slightly longer to dry, however.
The inner lining of the old version is organic cotton, whereas the lining on the new version is plush microfleece. These diapers are made in China, but with higher quality materials than many other brands that are manufactured overseas.
Overall this looks like a really great newborn diaper — fits a fairly broad range, is very soft and trim, easy to use, and looks incredibly cute. My only two potential concerns about the diaper are lack of absorbency, and whether the leg holes will be able to contain all that it needs to with a newborn.
The attached soaker is quite small and I am not convinced it is going to provide enough absorbency for a breastfed newborn. This is fairly easily fixed however, by adding a doubler of some sort. In the picture above, I have laid a Tots Bots Tini Fit minky doubler on top (see, there are so many uses for them!) and it seems to work perfectly to boost the absorbency of the diaper without adding very much bulk. It would be nice though if Grovia included an extra booster with the diaper.
My other concern is potential leaking out of the leg holes because of the way the elastic is designed and the fabric frays out along the leg openings. I’m worried this might form tiny gaps and easily allow pee or EBF poo explosions to escape. This is just something to keep in mind, as you may not want to buy an entire stash of these until you know for sure that it doesn’t leak on your baby. I hope to report back one way or the other on our experience once we’ve used this diaper on Baby #2.
You can purchase Grovia Newborn AIO Cloth Diapers for $14.95 each at Kissed By The Moon. They also offer a Grovia Newborn rental program where you can rent a full or partial stash of brand new Grovia Newborn AIO’s for 1-3 months.
Now that we’ve looked at some newborn AIO’s, I’d like to show you a couple one-size options for newborn cloth diapering. Starting out with one-size diapers has the appeal of cost savings (no need to purchase different sizes later on), convenience, and less environmental impact. However, as I mentioned in the beginning of this blog post, most one-size cloth diapers are not truly “one-size,” and even those that are, aren’t necessarily a good, comfortable choice for newborns. Out of all the many (many!) one-size cloth diapers I have tried over the years, I really only want to recommend two for newborns.
The first is Softbums Echo One-Size AI2 Cloth Diapers. Teddy is pictured above wearing a Softbums Echo on the very smallest setting. As you can see, it gets every bit as small as a newborn cloth diaper, and has a very trim fit even scrunched down to the smallest setting. With gentle aplix closures and NO rise snaps, along with a soft and stretchy PUL outer and cozy microfleece inner, this diaper is truly a comfy cozy diaper for newborns, infants and toddlers alike.
Instead of rise snaps, the Softbums Echo uses toggle elastic to adjust the rise of the diaper. This provides a truly customized fit, and allows the diaper to truly fit from birth to potty training. For a more detailed description of how this adjustment system works, and to learn more about the Softbums Echo in general (as well as how they fit older babies and toddlers), read my full review of Softbums here!
Inside the Softbums Echo “shells,” you will find soft, plush microfleece. On the back part of the diaper is a snap where you can attach different Softbums “pods,” which are snap-on inserts that lay directly against baby’s skin. This AI2 (All-In-Two) system allows you to reuse the cover for 2-3 diaper changes (simply switching out the pods each time) before needing to rewash the shell. For newborns, this is not always possible (depends on how often they poo and if any gets on the shell), and you may only get 1-2 uses out of each cover before having to wash it again.
There are several different kinds of pods available, but the two best suited for newborns are the Dry Touch Mini Pod (made of microfiber topped with stay-dry microfleece) and the Organic Bamboo Mini Pod (made of bamboo fleece). You can also use other small cloth diaper inserts/doublers in the Softbums shell (just simply lay them on — no need for a snap), like a Tots Bots Tini Fit minky insert, a Fuzzibunz Small minky insert (pictured above to the right), or any other insert/doubler that is topped with microfleece, minky, bamboo, cotton, or other material appropriate to lay against the skin. You can even use prefolds (more on that later).
Softbums pods are actually my favorite cloth diaper inserts! Both the mini pods and the regular size pods are perfect to use in any pocket, AIO, AI2, cover, or other type of cloth diaper as a booster or main insert/soaker. They are so useful and I just love them! The mini pods are excellent for newborns, as they are nice and trim (not too wide like a lot of newborn inserts that come with one-size diapers) and if you need extra absorbency, they can easily be stacked and doubled up.
Softbum Echos are an excellent choice for newborn cloth diapering and I feel confident saying they will fit newborns comfortably right away, all the way through to potty training. This can’t be said about a lot of cloth diapers! I discovered Softbums when Baby M was about 2 months old and ultimately they were what made me switch to cloth permanently and stick with it. I bought an entire stash of them and started using them regularly when he turned 3 months old. I only wished at that point that I had known about them sooner because they would have been the perfect, comfy solution for when he was a newborn!
I will say that they are more expensive than most newborn cloth diapering options, but are well worth it. They hold up well, fit longer than any newborn cloth diaper and even most one-size cloth diapers, and they also have a great resell value which is always an added bonus.
You can purchase Softbums Echo AI2 Cloth Diaper Shells for $21.95 each at Kissed By The Moon. Dry Touch Mini Pods are available for $2.95 each, and Organic Bamboo Mini Pods are $3.99 each.
The other one-size cloth diaper option I would like to recommend for newborns is Rumparooz One-Size Cloth Diapers. This is actually pretty ironic because Rumparooz were one of the very first diapers I tried on Baby M as a newborn and I was terribly frustrated with them. I had a whole stash of them that I had purchased before he was born, and ended up selling them all. So why would I recommend them? Well, let me explain. I had the SNAP closure version only, and I was trying to use the Rumparooz newborn inserts with them. The inserts have snaps on them as well. So between the bulk of a one-size diaper, and all the snaps on the waist, rise, and insert, plus the general width of the insert with the added bulk of the internal fleece gussets… made for one huge hard wedge of a diaper that I was trying to snap securely enough on Baby M to keep the EBF poo in. The result was a screaming baby and a very unhappy mama ready to give up on cloth diapers altogether. Because of my experience, I will in NO way suggest that snap-closure Rumparooz and/or Rumparooz inserts are appropriate for newborns. However, I have since then tried out the APLIX version of the Rumparooz One-Size Diaper with various trimmer inserts, and have been quite pleased.
Here is Teddy modeling the Rumparooz on the smallest setting. These diapers adjust smaller than most one-size diapers, and with the cross-over aplix, soft microfleece inner, and super stretchy waterproof TPU, they actually make for quite a comfy fit (albeit rather poofy on a small baby) despite the several sets of rise snaps.
This picture shows the Softbums Echo and Rumparooz on their smallest settings. As you can see, the Softbums obviously can become a lot smaller in the rise, and is also trimmer in width. However, depending on how big your newborn is, you may not need a diaper that gets as small as the Softbums in this picture and the Rumparooz may be quite suitable to use right at the beginning. I wouldn’t recommend the Rumparooz for a baby under 7-8 lbs, but I think it would start fitting fairly well right about then (again, aplix only, and with a different insert).
The inside of the Rumparooz cloth diaper is made from plush microfleece, a comfy stay-dry material. One thing that is especially great about Rumparooz diapers for newborns and infants (especially those that are breastfed) are the dual internal gussets that line the leg openings, which help contain messy explosions.
For newborns, I recommend using small, trim, narrow inserts or doublers. I don’t even own any of the Rumparooz inserts anymore because I disliked them so much. Instead, I plan to use Softbums mini pods, Fuzzibunz minky inserts, or even the Tots Bots Tini Fit minky doublers in the Rumparooz diaper for Baby #2. As with any pocket diaper, you can either stuff these inserts into the pocket opening, or simply lay them on top. I prefer to lay mine on top because stuffing takes longer! Pictured above is a Softbums Bamboo Mini Pod laid on top in between the gussets. Works perfectly!
Overall, I think aplix Rumparooz are a great option for newborns and I look forward to trying them out on Baby #2 with the inserts I mentioned. They come in a whole variety of VERY cute colors and prints, and you can use them as a pocket diaper or AI2. They will fit much longer than newborn diapers, although they may not necessarily fit until potty training. Baby M is 2 years old and 30 lbs, and he outgrew the rise on Rumparooz diapers a while ago.
You can purchase Rumparooz One-Size Cloth Diapers with aplix closures for $23.50 each at Kissed By The Moon. They also offer a Rumparooz rental program where you can rent a full or partial stash of brand new Rumparooz diapers for 1-3 months.
Next up are prefolds and covers! This is one of the most affordable options for cloth diapering newborns, and also one of the best fitting. Prefolds are not very bulky, and it’s fairly easy to find covers that fit newborns well and contain messes without leaks. One of my favorite covers for newborns are Bummis Super Brite Wraps. Pair these with Bummis Organic Cotton Prefold Inserts and you’ve got a great diapering system for little ones.
Bummis actually makes a convenient Newborn Pack (pictured above) that includes 2 Super Brite covers (size Newborn) and 12 Organic Cotton Prefolds (size Preemie). This pack is a great way to try out covers and prefolds to see if you like them, or use them as an addition to fill out your cloth diaper stash.
Here is Teddy modeling one of the Newborn Super Brite wraps on the smallest waist setting with a Preemie prefold inside. As you can see, it offers a VERY trim fit and sizes down very small. The Newborn covers and Preemie prefolds are designed to fit preemies and newborns from 5-9 lbs.
Here is the diaper on the largest setting, which is supposed to fit a 9 lb baby. I actually had a few Newborn Super Brite covers in my stash when Baby M was born, and tried one on when he was 2-3 weeks old and nearly 9 lbs. They just barely fit him and I decided to sell them rather than use them at that point since he was about to outgrow them. Getting 2-3 weeks use out of a newborn diaper isn’t quite what I would hope for with a newborn diaper, but as I mentioned before this is a very affordable system, and they also have a great resell value. If you anticipate having a larger baby though, you may want to go with the size Small Super Brites and size Infant Prefolds, which are designed to fit from 8-16 lbs. Baby M was born at 7 lbs 8 oz, so the Small covers would likely have worked for him starting maybe a week after he was born.
The Super Brite wraps are made in Canada, and the fabrics and components that they use are all sourced in North America and are guaranteed lead, phthalate and BPA free. The inside of the covers are pretty basic, with internal leg gussets to help contain leaks, and a front panel that helps prevent wicking out of the front of the diaper when it is wet. The wrap is easily wipeable and/or rinseable, so you should be able to get several uses out of each wrap before having to wash them again. This is where much of the cost-savings comes in with covers and prefolds — covers can be used many times over in between washing, and prefolds are very inexpensive.
Bummis Super Brites come in solid white and 4 different circle-dot prints, which are cute, but I do wish they offered more solid colors as well as other prints for variety.
The Organic Cotton Prefolds are very soft, and also quite absorbent. They fluff up very nicely in the wash.
We actually had a few of these prefolds when Baby M was a newborn also, and I ended up especially liking them in my Softbums covers! Here’s a picture to show you what that looks like. They fit perfectly and worked just as well as mini pods, although they do lack the stay-dry aspect of the Dry Touch pods — but that is easily remedied if needed with a fleece liner or mini pod on top. As Baby M grew, these prefolds were great doublers. They also make for excellent burp cloths! You really can’t go wrong with Bummis prefolds, there are so many uses!
Just to give you a heads up, the prefolds do shrink about 25% after the first wash/dry cycle, but this is normal since they are made from 100% cotton. They will also appear very flat when you first receive them, but they will continue to fluff up more and more with each wash. Bummis recommends you wash and dry them at least 3-5 times to prep before using, to ensure they have reached their maximum absorbency.
On the package, Bummis suggests one way to use the prefolds is like this, tri-folded with the core thickness of the prefold in the center of the diaper. This assures that you will have the most absorbency right where it is needed. After folding the prefold, you simply lay it in the Super Brite cover like this, and the put the diaper on baby. The folding does take a few seconds longer than simply snapping or laying an insert on, but it is quite manageable and in my opinion quicker than stuffing pocket diapers.
Another way that you can use prefolds, of course, is to wrap them diaper-style around baby and then secure it with diaper pins or a Snappi. I didn’t have either on hand so here is a picture of me simply holding the prefold in place. After the prefold is secured, you would then put the wrap over top of it. Similar to a fitted diaper, this does take more time and effort to do, but it also holds in poo better so you will likely get more uses out of your covers before needing to wash if you use this method. Personally, I prefer the tri-fold method since it is faster and requires less steps, and I don’t mind washing the covers more often.
Overall, I really like the Bummis Super Brite and Organic Cotton Prefold system, and highly recommend it especially as an affordable, versatile cloth diapering method for newborns. While it’s not quite as simple as using AIO’s or AI2′s, it is still a fairly easy system and most importantly fits comfortably and functions well for small infants.
You can purchase the Bummis Newborn Pack for $42.00 at Kelly’s Closet. They also sell the covers and prefolds separately, if you want to buy a different amount or sizes. Bummis Super Brite Covers are $12.65 each and Bummis Organic Cotton Prefolds are $9.50 for 6 (Preemie size).
Another popular cloth diaper cover for newborns is the Thirsties Diaper Cover in size X-Small. Teddy is wearing this diaper on the smallest setting in the picture above. Similar to the Super Brite wrap, this cover is made from wipeable PUL so you can reuse the cover several times before washing again.
The XS size is designed to fit babies from 6-12 lbs. It is actually quite a bit larger than the Newborn Super Brite, and much “poofier.” The poofiness allows extra room though for prefolds, flats or fitteds, which is good if you have a heavywetter and need to double up the absorbency or if you want to use fitteds which are a lot bulkier than tri-folded prefolds. I think this cover will work well on average-sized newborns, but for itty bitties it will likely appear to swallow them up with all the extra poof!
I don’t have a picture to show you, but I do want to mention that the Thirsties Duo Wraps in Size 1 actually snap down in the rise to be a little smaller/trimmer than the XS Thirsties Diaper Covers. They also unsnap to be slightly larger overall. If I had to pick between the two for favorites, I would actually go with the Thirsties Duo Wraps because of the greater size range. The only downside is that the Duo Wraps are a little more expensive. Overall, both wraps are made the same though, the only difference being the size range and that Duo Wraps have a snap-down rise with 2 different settings to allow for the greater size range.
Here is the inside of the diaper showing the wipeable PUL and internal gussets.
The aplix on these works great and the PUL is nice and stretchy. Overall, a comfy cozy cover for little ones! I recommend the aplix version over the snap closure style because you can get a more customized fit with aplix. Plus, it’s faster to put on!
Thirsties diapers are made in the USA, which is great, and their quality is exceptional. They offer a variety of different colors and prints to choose from which is always fun.
Here is the Thirsties XS cover with one of the Bummis Preemie Prefolds inside. As you can see, it fits great and there is plenty of room to add additional prefolds/doublers if needed.
In addition to prefolds, flats and fitteds, I wanted to mention that you can use many different types of cloth diaper inserts inside the Thirsties XS covers (as well as inside Super Brites and any other wraps). Here is a picture of a Softbums Bamboo Mini Pod (left) and a Fuzzibunz Small Minky Insert (right) inside the Thirsties cover as an example. You could use these just like this, or lay them on top of a prefold in the cover to add absorbency. So many options!
You can purchase Thirsties XS Diaper Covers for $11.50 each at Kelly’s Closet. Alternatively, if you would like to purchase Thirsties Size 1 Duo Wraps which have a slightly wider size range (recommended), you can find them for $12.75 each at Kissed By The Moon.
To round off this extensive newborn cloth diaper tour, I would like to suggest two different newborn pocket diapers. The first is this absolutely adorable Blueberry Mini Deluxe Cloth Diaper. Teddy is modeling this Blueberry diaper above in the Giraffe print on the smallest setting. I think this diaper is perhaps often overlooked when newborn cloth diapers are considered, but I actually think it’s a really great option for newborns and am excited to tell you more about it.
Here is the Mini Deluxe on the largest setting. It gets really huge! The suggested size range is “newborns and babies up to 15 lbs,” but I can envision this diaper possibly fitting even longer than that. And, on the smallest setting it is quite tiny, perfect for an averaged-sized newborn.
The outside of the diaper is made with nice soft and stretchy PUL, and the inside is plush stay-dry microfleece. I am impressed with how soft and gentle the leg and back elastics are. The diaper comes with a newborn-size, 3-layer microfiber insert that stuffs into the pocket opening. Since I’m not one to take the time to stuff pocket diapers, I will likely use another insert (like a Softbums mini pod or Fuzzibunz minky insert) on top of the diaper inner instead. Pocket diapers are great because they are so versatile — you can stuff anything in them pocket-style, or lay just about anything on top of them AI2 style, and it works just as well.
You might wonder why I would recommend a newborn diaper with a double set of snap closures and a full snap-down rise after all the criticism I’ve given one-size diapers with these attributes for newborns. The Mini Deluxe, however, is much smaller than one-size diapers. It is a lot less bulky — far less material and less snaps. Plus, the overall stretchiness of the PUL and microfleece on this diaper make it extra squishy soft. Overall, I am not very concerned about the snaps adding too much bulk and I think I will be able to get a pretty comfortable fit on Baby #2 as a newborn with this diaper. I’m definitely looking forward to trying it out and hope to update early next year with how it worked for us.
The Mini Deluxe is so stinking cute, and even that alone makes me want to get a few more to add to my newborn stash! They have a variety of solid colors and incredibly adorable prints to choose from.
The diaper is very well made, and I was pleased to learn that Blueberry diapers are made in the USA, using only materials that are free from lead, pthalates and BPA.
You can purchase Blueberry Mini Deluxe Newborn Cloth Diapers for $17.95 each at Blueberry Diapers.
Another nice pocket diaper option for newborns is the Fuzzibunz Perfect Size Cloth Diaper in size XS. Teddy is wearing the Fuzzibunz XS in Whimsical Whale print and it is just too cute! This diaper is designed to fit babies from 4-12 lbs. I’m not convinced the lower end of that weight range is accurate, because the leg openings are larger than many of the other newborn cloth diapers I have showed you. However, I do think they would fit an average-sized newborn (7-8 lbs) fairly well, and they do become quite big on the largest setting so I think a 12 lb weight limit sounds about right.
This is the diaper on the very largest setting possible. As you can see, there are no rise snaps, and just a single line of waist snaps.
I would like to mention that while the diaper CAN get that big, I wouldn’t use it at that setting. Actually, I probably would not use it past the second smallest waist setting. This is because of the “hip snaps” on the diaper. While these secondary waist snaps (pictured above to the right) are great for when the diaper is on the two smallest settings, any setting beyond that leaves the snap studs exposed to the skin. Ouch! So, unless you have hip snap covers handy, I wouldn’t recommend using this diaper on an infant beyond the second smallest waist setting. Obviously this does limit the size range, and I would say the diaper is more likely to fit until 9-10 lbs when used this way. In my opinion, this is one of those diapers that will probably work extremely well while it fits properly, but that time-frame will likely be shorter than other newborn cloth diapers. My experience with Fuzzibunz One-Size Cloth Diapers was the same actually. I fell in love with them for about 6 months and was able to get the absolute perfect fit on Baby M, but then he started outgrowing the rise, hip snaps, and trimness (couldn’t stuff them with enough absorbency) and they just didn’t work as well. But while they did fit, I was in fluff heaven! They were so easy to use and so comfy on him, it was well worth it even for a shorter period.
Inside the diaper is very soft microfleece (love Fuzzibunz fleece–sooo plush!), and the back and leg elastics are very soft and gentle. There is a pocket opening in the back, and a 3-layer microfiber insert is included. I was really hoping for a minky insert, but apparently they have not started including those with the XS size yet. I wish they would! As with the Blueberry Mini Deluxe, I will most likely substitute another kind of insert so I can simply lay it on top of the diaper against baby’s skin instead of stuffing. Although, I would like to note that Fuzzibunz diapers are much easier to stuff than a lot of pocket diapers. The inserts just seem to glide right in and stay in the right spot.
Overall, I think Fuzzibunz XS are a good choice for newborn cloth diapering, especially if you have an average-size newborn and want to cloth diaper for those first couple weeks, and if you have a good “second step” plan in place for when your little one outgrows them (perhaps at about 9-10 lbs). You could get a stash of size Small Fuzzibunz Perfect Size for that second step, but I would actually recommend Fuzzibunz One-Size Cloth Diapers as a good diaper to transition to after the XS. They were one of the first one-size cloth diapers that I actually liked on Baby M, as they are very soft and gentle, don’t have rise snaps, and you can get a very customized fit on them since they have a button-hole elastic adjustment system. While they wouldn’t quite fit a newborn, I think they would start fitting pretty well at about 10-12 lbs.
You can purchase Fuzzibunz XS Perfect Size Cloth Diapers for $13.95 each at Kissed By The Moon. They also offer a Fuzzibunz XS rental program where you can rent a full or partial stash of brand new Fuzzibunz XS diapers for 1-3 months. And, they also sell Perfect Size diapers in Small, Medium, Large and X-Large, and of course have Fuzzibunz Elite One-Size Cloth Diapers as well.
Now that I’ve shown you my “best choices” for newborn cloth diapers, let’s compare them! Here is a picture showing all of the different cloth diapers I’ve reviewed in this post, on their very smallest setting. You might be surprised how small the top row is (the one-size Softbums especially!) compared to the bottom row.
Here is a fluffy tushy picture to show the backs of the diapers. You can see from this picture which diapers are going to “poof” more on your little one, and which ones have a trimmer fit. I think the Tots Bots Tini Fit has the trimmest fit of all, which is a little surprising given the 9 layers of absorbency!
And, here are all the diapers on the very largest setting. What you want to look for in this picture is not necessarily the “poofiness” of each diaper, but rather at how large the leg holes and waists are and most importantly how tall the rise is. Softbums beats them all, followed by Rumparooz, but as far as newborn cloth diapers goes, I’m pretty impressed with the Blueberry Mini Deluxe because it started off as one of the smallest newborn diapers in the picture above and yet is now probably the largest fitting of them all (especially if you remember that the Fuzzibunz isn’t great to use on these larger settings because of the snap studs). It’s also interesting to see how huge the Thirsties XS cover gets! Of course, it did start out very poofy on the small size, but if you’re willing to put up with a lot of poofiness in the beginning, these covers will last you longer overtop your prefolds, flats, fitteds or inserts than other trimmer covers like the Super Brite.
Finally, I’ll leave you with one more thought to consider. Here is a picture of the Softbums Echo on the smallest setting, next to a newborn disposable. Even a cloth diaper as tiny as the Softbums still looks pretty big in comparison! Still, it’s not nearly as big and bulky as most one-size diapers would be next a newborn sposie. No matter what cloth diaper you choose to put on your newborn, it’s going to be a lot fluffier and bulkier than disposables, but I would recommend trying to get as close as possible, or at least keep this picture in your mind as you shop for newborn fluff. The less bulk and poof, the more comfortable it’s going to be on your tiny baby, and the better his or her clothes will fit too!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review and find it helpful in discovering the right newborn cloth diaper(s) for you!
Update: Make sure to read my updated review on which diapers ended up working best for us here!
Disclosure: Most of these products were purchased by me, but a few were provided to me for the purpose of this review. Regardless, the opinions in this review are my own honest review. Others opinions may vary. This post was written by me and not edited by anyone.