But the AWESOME article about cloth diapering in the most recent Mothering issue reminded me of all the reasons I love cloth! Why put nasty chemicals on the most sensitive skin on Earth?
I started cloth diapering when my DD was 2 months old so I have small size proraps covers on up, and PLENTY of prefolds and wipes.
So, how to (cheaply) do cloth on a newborn with what I have? Do I NEED to get newborn size Proraps? Would a newborn be drowning (and leaking out) a small size cover or would it work fine for that first month?
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The Small Proraps say 9-14 lbs, and both my babies were around 7.5 lbs at birth. Baby 1 gained weight VERY quickly and got to 9lbs at about a month and baby 2 was average if not a little slow to gain, getting there by probably 2 months.
And...if I SHOULD go for some newborn covers, how many??? I remember until about 6 weeks they poo all the time!!!
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Infant prefolds were huge and bulky on my newborns (even at 8 lbs), and didn't fit nicely into the newborn covers - so you might consider getting preemie or newborn (I think they have orange edging) prefolds. Or, just fold them so they fit better, b/c they really do grow quickly.
This is a good size to find lightly used.
Since your babies are smaller, though, you should probably get some NB size. Also, remember that while newborns poop often, there's usually not that much and most of the time it won't even get on the cover. And if it does, newborn poop is pretty innocuous stuff and not really a big deal to rinse off in the sink and hang dry. We got by with 3 small covers when my oldest was born.
To do it really cheaply I would pick up used newborn prorap covers.. babies are sometimes in them such a short time that they don't get the normal wear and tear that bigger sizes get.. so if they have been through just one babe, then they would be pretty newish. That would be the cheapest way to go. You could also knit some wool soakers (if you know how) or reuse an old wool sweater to make some wool wraps.. that would stretch your dollar as well, but I would use a snappi on the prefolds since the cover wouldn't be the part necessarily holding the diaper up.
I would go with 6-8 covers.. remember that wool covers usually need handwashing and hang dry, so they need a bit longer to dry before reuse if they get poo on them.