Originally Posted by LalaithYamainu
I want to ec from day one, but am concerned - all the diaper stuff I'm reading talks about how hard it is to contain newborn BF poo. I really love the idea prefolds for easy on/off, but I don't want to end up with poopy sheets (we're co-sleeping)! Does a snappi'd prefold contain it well enough? Or are you really able to catch all the poos from the get go?
First of all, a snappi'd prefold would catch the skid marks and poo-farts, but a whole poo, not probably. The way I did it was a Grovia diaper cover (here: http://ecsimplified.com/portfolio/grovia-diaper-cover/) velcroed shut over a folded prefold...don't affix the diaper....Snappis get in the way! The cover is very waterproof, but cloth inside. Although, I doubt you'll miss many poos pre-crawling...more on this below....
In my opinion and based on the reports of numerous EC parents...newborn poos are the EASIEST poos to catch! That's because the poo takes so much grunting, grimacing, and such to get it out. It is much harder for babies to poo lying down, so when you notice that "obvious" face or sound that says your baby is beginning to "work on one"...get him or her into position and grunt along ("mm, mm"). The EC position both helps get the poo out and tells baby it's okay to let it go. Baby *will* start holding it and consolidating. And, as newborns, their timing is extremely easy to notice a pattern in. Some babies poo every breastfeeding (you can BF over a bowl, when baby pops off, offer the bowl); some babies (like ours) poo at 6am every morning on the dot; other poo every 5 days (totally normal, too).
The moral of this story is that you will have WAY less to clean up if you EC your newborn. Imagine cleaning the splatter off a rear end? I did it...TWICE. I caught all the rest of the poos because I coslept, baby-wore, and breastfed...that kind of intimacy lends itself to not being able to miss a poo face!!
One last note, even at 11 mos, we catch all of the poos still. There's enough notice, we have an ear open to his signals, and WOW ... they come out so clean that we never need to wipe!! As a newborn, we would "wipe" after pooing at the sink (washes right down!) with the warm water from the faucet, pat dry. ZERO Diaper Rash. :)
Hope that helps you wrap your mind around newborn poos, EC, and what kind of diapering back-up to use!
DS 11.5 mos.
Edited by AndreaOlson - 8/19/11 at 11:55am