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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
1. The crotch can be narrower, and there won't be so much bulk.
2. OMG they are so friggin cute!
Jill, mama to three fiery girlies and a sweet baby boy: Grace, 11.30.2005, Ayla, 3.22.2008, Norah 9.5.09, Reed 8.19.11 & dfs Gage 2.29.12 x4
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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~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.
I'm really wishing I had more NB dipes!
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!
Congrats on the new baby. Enjoy your babymoon!