I got two of these pail liners that have worked well in a lidded trash can--we got a can with a step can that we can use as a trash can after diapering is done. These bags are $14.95 ea on amazon and have proved to be very useful and durable.
I have a set of these that work well for keeping in the diaper bag. They will fit a couple diapers maybe even a small outfit:
I also started out using cloth, even with the meconium. It really wasn't a big deal and the cloth held the poop a lot better than the disposables that came home from the hospital. I've never had a blow-out with a cloth diaper. A couple hours in the sun and any stains are taken care of.
I also recommend the Prince Lionheart wipes warmer if your budget allows. You just have to make a simple wipes solution and roll wipes every couple of days. I think it prevented any screaming during diaper changes. The weather is warmer now but I still use it and our little guy loves having his diaper changed.
I did fine with 5 covers washing every other day. Just aired out between changes and they are easy to wipe off unless pooped on. You didn't mention the size range of the smalls you have. I had XS fitteds for the first 6 weeks for my LO; she was 6 lbs, 13 oz. You could get a few fleece or wool covers in case they are too large, but perhaps wait until LO lands as you can get them shipped while dealing with meconium. I also find my wetbags indispensable; I have two XL that are alternated between washes. Mine are Monkey Foot Designs that are lined with Procare - you can't smell anything unless you go and sniff the bag! So definitely wetbags or dry pail. I DO use liners, but didn't until she began solids at 6 months. They are wonderful. I like the GroVia out of all of them. You can reuse the ones that land in the wash, just air dry them. For the poopy ones, lift and flush. I used sposies during meconium, just did not want to risk ruining the diapers.
Another nice thing about the wetbags, they can be used at the pool. I had Kris at Monkey Foot make up one of my daycare bags with a removable strap for that purpose. That bag is a double bag as well, cleans in front, dirties in back. Very functional.
What you need will depend alot on your lifestyle. I agree that you'll need more covers, but since you'll have a summer baby, you can get away with putting a diaper on coverless (we prefer to use pins) and setting the baby on a waterproof pad (or fleece blanket, they're fairly water-resistant). It's alot more breathable for the hot summer months without a cover. I much prefer flats, preferably guaze, for newborns because it's much less bulky than most other diapers (prefolds/AIOs). Plus, newborns tend to pee a little alot of times, rather than later when they'll pee alot fewer times, so less absorbancy in the beginning is not such a big deal.
As for the meconium, we used Elimination Communication from day one, so all of the meconium went into the potty and not in a diaper. But that's probably a discussion for another thread...
For the first days, when you don't want to get up and run around to fetch things, I kept all of my diapering things together by the bed (well, futon for the first two weeks), including a bottle of water and stack of washcloths. That way, even when there was poop involved, I didn't have to get up and out of bed. I had a bin under the bed that I'd toss the used diapers in overnight, along with the soiled washcloths.
I cloth diapered my daughter (6 years ago), and used 7th gen. at first. Planning on cloth from day one this time! I am even going to venture into the land of prefolds this time- I used fuzzi bunz exclusively last time.
I agree about the wet bags- they seem pricey, but definitely worth it. It's nice to have them in the pail, and be able to toss them directly into the wash with the diapers. I can imagine an non-waterproof one leaking all over the pail, and then you have a stinky pail. I have two new pail liners and two new travel bags. The bags I have from the first go round have been appropriated by my daughter and step daughter for the pool! The big liners I have found make nice "dirty clothes" bags when you travel- the waterproofing keeps the stinky clothes from contaminating any clean ones. The little bags I continued using in a diaper bag through potty training for the occasional accident- they fit a soggy pair of shorts (and socks!) quite nicely, and now of course they have become the pool bags.
Those of you with boys- everyone is mentioning a "barrier cream" to use at first- which cream did you use?? Now I am worried- I have only had girls to diaper and this baby is a boy!
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