I have a pretty massive stash of newborn prefolds, flats, and diapers (like kissaluvs). As a result, I cannot bring myself to buy disposables. However, DH thinks that CD'ing a newborn seems completely overwhelming. Like adding a washing schedule to a newborn schedule, figuring out leaking, etc. What is your experience?
The wash routine isn't bad because after you put them in the wash it's very little effort to add soap and set the cycle then a little while later add the final rinse. I mean you don't have to take them all out or anything so it's not very labor intensive and it's all sorted for you beforehand. Also you won't have to deal with stripping or build up or anything at least for a while so its just a straight forward wash.
I would say the one thing I wish I did to make it easier was to have more of the same diapers. Although you need to find what works best for you I suppose.
I do recommend cloth wipes too so you can just toss everything in your pail. And olive oil or something like that as a barrier for the first few days until the meconium has worked its way out.
You can always do a combo of the 2 as well. They give you a ton in the hospital so if you get home and you find the wash is just too much and you want to use disposables you can always get more. Or buy some to have on hand ( to make hubs feel better) and keep the receipt.
Congrats and good luck!
Ditto everyone else
We CD'd from birth and it was no big deal.
Breastfeed baby poo is water soluble, just throw everything in the wash. No biggie.
I did a rinse, a hot wash, and an extra rinse. But, if you have a super washer that can all be set up ahead of time and you just press a button. (we don't have a super washer and it's still not a big deal) Just reset it when it's done and you have to walk past anyway.
PP is correct, newborns aren't going to move around a lot so you aren't going to have much leaks, just make sure you've got a cover.
totally not a big deal i don't think. it's just another load of laundry. i used sposies for 3 or 4 days after he was born because i didn't want to do laundry, i just wanted to snuggle with my baby. once i was moving around more, cding was easy and i was already sick of throwing out so much garbage and using perfumed wipes on his skin.
also, i never had any poop leaks until recently (5 weeks or so) when his poops started being much bigger and more explosive. i found his prefolds kept in the newborn poop better than the fitteds i had made because they were too big for him and really covered his legs and made a nice big poo pocket while the fitteds didn't hug his skinny little legs properly. now it's the other way around.