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I've heard the negatives about it, but I love FB diapers - they are basically all I have used for my two year old who I started CDing at 9 months. I decided to go ahead and go for it with our new baby. Did anyone actually like using FB with newborns?
 

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Didn't want this one to fall too far down the list without being answered. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bump.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bump"><br><br>
I don't have experience with FB for a NB. but, i do hear that those XS FB get outgrown REALLY fast. If you like FB for your older child, then you'll probably like them for a NB, too. The challenge is that NB go through SO many dipes. If you decide to go that route, I'd cruise Ebay or the TP for some gently used ones.
 

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Two things...I am going to start with small FB's instead of newborns. DD was 9 lbs and I'm thinking lil bit will be big too. I was thinking (maybe wrongly) that you would have to change FB a little less than say prefolds since the flannel would wick it away...But I guess I will have to see. Hopefully the smalls will fit right away, but if not I have some tiny CPF's and a Bummi SWW with the snaps so I should be ok. What do you think?
 

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If it's pee, the microfleece will wick it away, and yes, you could probably leave it on longer. But don't forget that newborns often poop every diaper change. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I'd definitely have some prefolds on hand as well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We used FB at night, not when he was brand new newborn but starting at a couple of months. The only times I hated them were when he pooped in them - the just don't hold poop at all - that BF poo runs right out the legs. If I had been using them all the time I would have gone NUTS. There were nights I just used a snappied prefold b/c I didn't want to deal with the possibility of poo in the FB. Sorry, I wouldn't do it until the every-diaper-has-poo stage is over.
 

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I liked them when ds was a newborn. But like other's said you change a newborn so frequently because of poops that it would be expensive to have enough. As long as they are tight enough on the legs you shouldn't have too many messes. But then, every baby's different. I do like fitted and covers slightly better for the newborn stage only because if something escapes the diaper, the cover will likely catch it. And if it's only pee you can reuse the cover again.
 

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I agree it might be expensive on a newborn, I only bought 3-4 XS for nighttimes but DS doesn't fit into them yet. We've used FB at night on my DD for almost a year and found it to be the best solution after trying a million things. During the day she wears FCB AIO's though, not FB. I don't know that I would do all FB on a newborn - seems like it might be kind of a waste. PF's or something more economical would probably be better until 2-3 months, methinks. Us, we're still in disposables <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: since he's too small for his cloth, but once he's big enough we'll do hte same thing, AIO's during the day and FB at night. I think all FB for a newborn would be a lot of stuffing, too. 12-13 dipes a day, sheesh <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh">:
 

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I agree that newborns poop a lot and it would get really expensive using mostly FBs. For the first few weeks of life, my DS pooped between 5-10 times a day and even at 3.5 mos we had issues with BF poops leaking out of the sides of FBs. But if you really like them then try a few, if they work well then you can always buy a few more.
 

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I have been using only FBs with ds who is now 6 weeks. He was 9 lbs and they fit him fine from the first day. Also, we've never had poop that got out of the dipe. He still poops very frequently but it's not been a problem for us. We love our FBs. I just ordered more today. He'smoving up to a medium now that he weighs 14 lbs and is gettin' chubby!<br>
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i used small fb's at night for my nb b/c they were very absorbant and daddy friendly
 

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We couldn't get our small FB to fit dd around the legs until she was about a month old. She had seriously skinny legs. It took her 4-5 months to start chubbing out on her legs (at 6 months, she's still not super chubby around her legs but at least she doesn't have toothpick legs anymore!)<br><br>
Our DD was 7 13 when born so not super small, just skinny legged!
 

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My daughter was 6 pounds 12 at birth, and the small fb's didn't fit her until she was maybe 3 wks old. We kept her in pfs and pins before that. We haven't had much trouble with fb's, save that while they do okay with bf poop in the day, they don't do very well for us at night. We put her in a pf, w/ soaker and microfleece liner for nights. We have a dozen fb's and that's what we mostly use for days now (8 wks)<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Two things...I am going to start with small FB's instead of newborns. DD was 9 lbs and I'm thinking lil bit will be big too. I was thinking (maybe wrongly) that you would have to change FB a little less than say prefolds since the flannel would wick it away...But I guess I will have to see. Hopefully the smalls will fit right away, but if not I have some tiny CPF's and a Bummi SWW with the snaps so I should be ok. What do you think?</div>
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My babies were all 8-9 lbs at birth. My first baby was disposable diapered for his first year (poor little guy!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> ) Then on my second baby I used prefolds with covers till she was about a month, I decided to switch to FB's. On my third baby it was FB from day one!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I only used smalls. I don't think the XS size is worth buying unless you have a baby 6 lbs or under. I just don't think you'll get good use out of it. Also, if the legs are a little bit loose at first (like they were on my 3rd baby at first) I found that if you make the diaper bulky with an extra insert it makes the leg openings a little tighter. Plus after 2 weeks of nursing we didn't have any issues with size anymore <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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We've used small FBs on my 3 month old since he was a week old. For the first week we used the 4 XS FBs I have and disposables because the smalls were just too big. He weighed 7 lbs 1.5 ounces at birth to give you an idea. Since I have two in diapers I do a load every evening but I have enough to get through two days or more if I need to. Of course, he only poops at most two times a day and has gone 8 days in between bms. I tried other systems with my 2 year old and I just haven't liked anything else nearly as much, so for me buying other systems for the baby would have been a bigger waste of money than just shelling out the $$ for the FBs. So if you've tried other things and are pretty sure that FBs are <i>it</i> I would definitely go ahead and buy them. If the baby arrives and they aren't working for you at least you know you will be able to sell them for what you paid (or maybe return them) and find something else. I've found that they contain the BF poo just fine as long as it hasn't been 8 days since he pooped (that is just <i>naaaassssty</i> and nothing would contain it!)
 

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I did. The XS fit him really well. And they kept his skin dry which he preferred.
 

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My daughter is 6 weeks old and we have really liked the small FB on her for nights and outings. We've never had a blowout. We only have 4 and it would have been nice to have more. In terms of fit, it sounds like smalls would be fine for your baby from the get go. DD was 8 pounds at birth (and got as low as 7 pounds 9 ounces after that but quickly got back up to her birth weight). We didn't start using the FB until she was a week old, but I think they would have fit fine right at birth.<br><br>
I personally think it is nice to have 3 dozen dipes for a newborn since some do poop every change (my DS was like this). Though you could probably get by with 2 dozen or maybe even less if you have a really awesome laundry set-up and are mega organized and have lots of pp help. So I like the idea of augmenting your FB stash with prefolds if you can't afford a lot of FB. And prefolds are much easier to manage on a newborn imo than on an older baby since newborns can't squirm away from you.<br><br>
Enjoy your new baby! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I couldn't wait to put the FB on my second baby. They worked great. DD was over 8.5 lbs and we had size small. Mine were even seconds without the leg casings and they held BF poo and the meconium cleaned up just fine.<br><br>
Others have mentioned expense...if you will have another baby, I think it's a no brainer to use them (my opinion). Even if this is your last baby, resale is great!<br><br>
With the next one, I think I'll bring the FB (I'm also making some fleece pockets, and possibly some PUL pockets) to the hospital and do the laundry when I get home. They only have cd at our hospital, but they are stiff prefolds and covers--nothing soft like the fleece of a pocket dipe.
 

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Just noticed your signature...what is your due date? Mine is 1/22/06. My last two were both late, so I'm guessing closer to my birthday--1/31.
 

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I didn't use FB's until my DD was a few months old. I just used prefolds in the beginning. I think I will stick to that plan this time around too becuase they poop almost every change and pee like every hour so I think FB's are a bit overkill when prefolds work perfectly.
 
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