While I loved building up my newborn stash as we waited for Lily’s arrival, I wasn’t exactly sure when we would start using her adorable cloth diapers. I was pretty sure that I would be exhausted, so I kept a package or two of disposable diapers from my baby shower. You know. Just in case.
What I didn’t count on was the rash that left us using disposables on Abby for a month while it cleared up. By the end of the month, I missed our cloth diapers so much that I eagerly packed a separate bag for Lily’s newborn cloth diapers! I wanted to be ready to use them the moment she was born!
My birth plan included using cloth diapers during our stay, so the nurses were given a Bumgenius Newborn AIO in Butternut. They were able to put it on without any trouble thanks to the aplix closures. A couple of hours later, I posted a picture of Lily in another Bumgenius Newborn AIO, this time in Grasshopper.
I took all of my diapers with me: all-in-ones, fitteds, prefolds, and pockets. To help make them easier to use, I had already folded all of my prefolds and stuffed my 9 covers with them. This was especially nice since I didn’t have enough of the easier diapers to use full-time. I mixed up which type I used while in the hospital, and that helped me to still have several of the easier diapers after I got home.
So which diapers were the best cloth diapers that I used while in the hospital? Hands down, they were the Bumgenius Newborn AIOs. I was able to fold down the rise just enough to keep the umbilical cord stump from rubbing while still getting a great fit, something that I couldn’t get while using covers, my (discontinued) Swaddlebees pocket diaper, or my AppleCheeks. Of course, they were also the first diapers that Lily outgrew (right before she turned 4 weeks), so I’m glad that I didn’t build my entire newborn stash with them.
I also highly recommend having a large wet bag (I used a hanging Wet/Dry PlanetWise bag) that will be large enough to carry home all of the diapers you’ll be using. While I brought liners for the meconium, I found that I didn’t need them at all. I rinsed my diapers in the sink after poops, and the meconium rinsed right out without any staining whatsoever! In fact, it rinsed cleaner than her regular poops have.
If you want to start cloth diapering from baby’s very first diaper, it is definitely possible! And though Lily has worn a few disposables since then, choosing to cloth diaper in the hospital helped to give me more confidence as a mother. It also didn’t hurt that she had the cutest bum on the floor!