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Making newborn diapers...is it worth it?

post #1 of 16
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DH and I have been talking about maybe having another baby soon. Our DS was almost 9 lbs and grew really, really quickly. He was in size 4 sposies by the time we switched to cloth at 2 1/2 months. Big babies are very, very common in my family. I don't think there's ever been a *petite* baby, even though we're petite adults.

So I've been thinking about what I want to do for a newborn and I'm having trouble deciding. I'm a whiz at folding and pinning prefolds and flats, so I'll probably buy some (I have 18+ flats already), but I'm definitely going to want some easy diapers for middle of the night changes and for outings.

So my question is this....assuming a second baby might grow like DS, how many newborn/smallish diapers would it be worth it to YOU? I have materials. I'm just not sure how much *effort* I should put into this. Anything I don't make will be rounded out with prefolds/flats. I plan to wash at least every other day.

Also, if it matters, I will be making my own pattern and tweaking it so it would fit a slightly bigger newborn for a little bit longer.

Any feedback would be appreciated!
post #2 of 16
I think it would be worth it to have some fitteds for those middle of the night changes even if they only last a few weeks. I did flats with my newborn during the day too and fitteds at night. I had 6 and washed everyday and it was more than enough. You could sew 6 fitteds up in a couple hours so it's not too much effort imo. It's hard for me to imagine though. My 8 month old is still in size 3 sposies if he wears them so he's a slower grower!
post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by Hollin
I think it would be worth it to have some fitteds for those middle of the night changes even if they only last a few weeks. I did flats with my newborn during the day too and fitteds at night. I had 6 and washed everyday and it was more than enough. You could sew 6 fitteds up in a couple hours so it's not too much effort imo. It's hard for me to imagine though. My 8 month old is still in size 3 sposies if he wears them so he's a slower grower!
That helps. Thanks. I was thinking a dozen for washing every other day, so knowing you did the same thing and went through 6 a day helps.

To be quite honest though, it takes me much, much longer than a few hours to do 6 fitteds. Which is why I want to make as few as possible. Pockets I can do and I can do them quickly. I'm fitteds-challenged, though.

DH says he doesn't care how many I make since we'll just sell them when we're done. I'll actually be making a profit off newborn diapers.
post #4 of 16
I can let you know in a few weeks... Our last one was 9+ lbs so I didn't get much NB fluff, maybe 6 fitteds, a couple of covers and 1 pr wool pants - I concentrated more on smalls instead. But last week when I was at my appointment, the baby was estimated at 7.5-8 lbs so we'll see what gets used...
post #5 of 16
I'd probably make 4 newborn sized fitteds (2 per night for 2 night= 4 so you can wash every 2 days) but we didn't change much at night because our daughter never pooped at night. If your babe is going to be big the newborns might not fit more than a week so no need to spend too much effort on those! (It takes me WAY longer than a few hours to make 6 fitteds too. The cutting alone takes me ages and I've sewn a lot of diapers. Some women are just so amazingly fast!)

I'd sew a full small stash though and for me that means 36 diapers in whatever combination you want (if you have 18 flats, that would mean 18 more diapers. Maybe 8 fitteds and 10 pockets if those are quick and you like them.)

Then a full medium stash I think is about 24 diapers so again, whatever combo you want. For covers, in small, 8 covers (you could get by with less, we had 6 but often had to do laundry to get a cover. We occasionally washed a cover by hand quickly in the sink because we had run out and didn't have time to get the wash in right that second)

You could sew a large stash as well (of 24 diapers) but our DD has never gotten to the large sizes and that's actually pretty common so you may or may not ever need them.
post #6 of 16
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I think I'm going to go for 6 at this point. That'll be 18 flats, 6 fitteds, and I'll probably buy a dozen infant prefolds. I can't decide if I should even bother with covers. I have fleece blankets that would be a good waterproof barrier wherever I set the baby down. Maybe a few dappi nylon pants?

I have the larger sizes covered. DS has about a gazillion large diapers. A whole bunch of trimmed premium prefolds too. All we would need is a few medium covers. I have like 14 or 16 one-size pockets cut out that will fit from small to large. I think that would be plenty to round out the small-large stash.
post #7 of 16
Those itty bitty covers are soo cute, though! You could buy a few cute ones (since you'll be able to resell that at a good price) if you don't want to make any... Just remember those explosive newborn poops -- You'll probably want something with nice back & leg elastic to contain them! Or a bunch of extra fabric (a la prefolds or one-sized dipes).
post #8 of 16
even though we used mostly prefolds in the beginning with dd, in order to have them last longer, I am def. going to make a fitted stash, for two reasons.

1. The crotch can be narrower, and there won't be so much bulk.

2. OMG they are so friggin cute!
post #9 of 16
I would love to give you my opinion..SKIP NB and go straight to smalls. Even then, I would only get a few. My DS was 9lbs 4 ounces and he didn't grow as quickly as your DS, he's probably in size 4s now at 5m. (though who knows since his little bum hasn't touched any)..

I would just get small covers and prefolds. I had a few FB but by 10 weeks he was completely out of them. We lasted in small covers until 3m or so. (just slightly over 15lbs). I thought we were going to breeze through mediums as fast but his weight is finally slowing down.

I used prefolds during the night until the cord fell off (3 weeks). I probably would have continued after that but I had bought a nice stash of FB and wanted to get some use of them.

If you want to make some diapers, go straight to mediums. DS was in them by 12lbs and he could probably have used them even smaller if I put cross over tabs on them.
post #10 of 16
I didn't read the other responses.. but I'll give you my take

my dd as 5lbs (actually, both of them were).. and we still only used the nb diapers for two months. I had a pretty significan't stash of newborn diapers and wish I hadn't now (most of them purchased though). She went into smalls at about 8-9lbs (the ones I made.. darling diapers) and now, at almost 18lbs, she can still wear the smalls that I made. She can also wear mediums but I'm sizing up to larges in the next couple of months just because I'm lazy and we're able to skip a size.. so why not?

I say go for smalls and mediums (which, btw.. depending on the pattern, you could end up using at about 2-4months).. not newborns. Smalls will work fine at night even if they are a little big for a couple of weeks.

I was SHOCKED at how little we used our newborn diapers. I guess I was glad to have a few, but we really just ended up using our prefolds more than anything else. Prefolds and bummis pull on pants. I felt really silly that I had spent literally hudnreds on nb diapers and covers just to use the down right basics.

so, my answer is.. the nb stage goes by so darn fast that if you skip nb sizes you'll hardly have time to regret it. However, I am glad that I got smaller prefolds than the 4x8x4 infant size.. preemie size weren't much help to use because they didn't absorb enough but the 4x6x4 (you can get them at naturalbabies.. no everhwere carries them) were worth their weight in gold because they fit sooner than the 4x8x4 and absorbed more than the preemies.. they were our staple.
post #11 of 16
For us, it was worth having newborn diapers. I loved making them. Love making diapers in general. And I have lots of diaper making supplies, so it wasn't a big deal to "waste" time and supplies. But I am real fussy about good fit. I like to have all of baby's (and childrens) diapers and clothes fit properly.

I know a lot of people prefer to try to "stretch" the amount of wearing time they get out of diapers by sewing ones with cross-over tabs and with fold-down fronts or even using "one size fits all" type diapers. But I really don't care for that myself. I think fit is the biggest factor in keeping diapers from leaking. And newborns poop SO much and bf poos are so runny and leaky. Well, that seemed like the most important time to have a good fit. When they poop 12 times a day, it's really important that their diapers contain it!

So yes, I made newborn diapers and I loved them. My babies are not huge, but between 7 1/2-8 1/2lbs. They wore their newborn diapers for about 3-6 weeks. I had several pregnant friends to pass the diapers on to when we finished with them, so that was a really nice thing too. I felt good about being able to share them w/ other mamas. I am pretty sure those same diapers have gone through 5 or 6 babies by now.

I dunno. There are definitely advantages and disadvantages to making newborn size. I loved having them and if I'm ever blessed with another baby, I will sew a whole new batch of newborn sized diapers.
post #12 of 16
I totally agree with the above poster. I tried to make the sizes last for my first two, and will definitely have some newborn sized fitteds for this third (and last) baby.

I love well fitted diapers, especially when they are small and have more 'leak' issues.

It definitely helps if you can make your own, for $$ reasons, but even a few fitteds for night time and travel use would be worth the $$ for a WAHM or professionally made one.

I even made a 'semi preemie' sized one (will make 4 totatl), jic baby is really small and that first week when they loose a few ounces while your milk comes in, I figure he/she can wear it, if only for a few days/week....it's nice to give away to another new mom later too...

But hey, I've got the 'diaper sewing bug' lately.
post #13 of 16
Well...I have two schools of thought on this. I often used flats and prefolds and just had them "set-up" in a cover, stacked in two or three "set" piles for nighttime changes. So, then, really, if you have good covers, you wouldn't need fitteds, only the nb prefolds or flatfolds. It would be even easier if you just had the pocket diapers stuffed and ready to go, if that's what you make the fastest!

On the other hand. Dd was 6lb 9oz at birth, and was in nb diapers for a couple of months. Ds, on the other hand was just about 8 lbs at birth, and gained an ounce a day for the first few MONTHS, so was mamoth very quickly...but STILL...when he NEEDED the nb fitteds...they just FIT him so mUCH better than a "tweaked" small diaper did. I made all fitteds for my ds, after using a combo with dd. I had two dozen fitteds in the nb size, as my kids tend to poop with every feeding, and seem to nurse a ton. Yes, I used them for a shorter period of time w/ds, but was glad to have them, as I just really liked how they FIT him so much better.
post #14 of 16
I did diaper a 9lb, 10oz baby from birth. If I did it again, I would sew diapers in this order:

~6 small fitteds to supplement prefolds/flats
~8 small wool covers
~4 small pocket/AIOs for cute but trim outfits, christening, errands
~12 medium fitteds so that I had a head start when the babe outgrows the smalls all too fast
~6 newborn fitteds for the cuteness factor, knowing that they might not even fit but good to have just in case

I ranked them in order of sewing importance because I never get everything done before the baby comes. But I do put starting on mediums at a higher priority than newborns, I don't think they would have fit Jack really. His smalls were perfect.
post #15 of 16
OK, here's an updated opinion... We've been home for 24 hrs and half CDing. Isaiah ended up being 7 lbs 5 oz at discharge, and ONLY our NB dipes fit under his umbilical cord - even then I'm really working with them. The side snap ones I'm only snapping the top snap, otherwise they'd be right on his cord, the front aplix I'm turning down and hoping he doesn't pee out the top. The fitteds are going coverless because he's not peeing through them yet. The "one size" ones we have are NO where near fitting him.

I'm really wishing I had more NB dipes!
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by amysuen View Post
OK, here's an updated opinion... We've been home for 24 hrs and half CDing. Isaiah ended up being 7 lbs 5 oz at discharge, and ONLY our NB dipes fit under his umbilical cord - even then I'm really working with them. The side snap ones I'm only snapping the top snap, otherwise they'd be right on his cord, the front aplix I'm turning down and hoping he doesn't pee out the top. The fitteds are going coverless because he's not peeing through them yet. The "one size" ones we have are NO where near fitting him.

I'm really wishing I had more NB dipes!
Fwiw, the Kissaluvs newborn diaps have a snap-down center so you can protect the umbilical stump. The Chloe Toes diapers are also good b/c they're cut to fit under the belly button in all size ranges. You don't really need snaps, they are scooped out under the tummy instead. We didn't have these when we were diapering newborns, but I wish we had. If we ever diaper a newborn again, I will make all our diaps from this pattern.

Congrats on the new baby. Enjoy your babymoon!
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