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Hi All.<br>
I am pregnant with our first baby and we plan to CD the little one once we bring her home. I have my newborn/xs stash all set to go with smalls in waiting/ready for when/if she is bigger.<br>
My question is that I had a shower at work and I have another baby shower this weekend, and I recv'd some pkgs of sposies. Right now I have one pack of two different sizes, and I don't know if I will get more this weekend. I have tried to put the word out that we are using cloth, but well meaning friends and relatives seem to think they will come in handy.<br>
So my question is - will the sposies come in handy? I was going to take them back to the store if I got too many packages, but I wanted to check in with some experienced CD mamas before I got rid of all of them.<br>
So whaddya think?<br><br>
-Sarah
 

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Take them back. We actually bought one small pack of sposies for the first week, but they leaked so much that we didn't use the whole pack. My first was a sposie baby so I thought we might resort to them for out or whatever, but we haven't used any since about day 4 or 5. Seriously, when you get a system that works for you, you will find that it is so much easier and better than sposies.
 

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Take them back. We never used sposies at all with dd (well, we tried to use pullups once when she was 2.5... but it didn't work... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">)<br><br>
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My youngest didn't wear a disposable diaper until 4 months old for traveling to europe. Just return them and see if you can get store credit somewhere and buy something you might actually need. If you do need sposies for some unforseen reason then you can always go buy a pack of what YOU would want, ie. perfume-free, etc.
 

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Wow - I am so encouraged by these responses! DD was in sposies until she was 8 months old, so I have also been wondering if I should pick up a package of newborn sposies, "just in case." I am so encouraged to hear that cloth is so much more effective for little ones. YAY!
 

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I personally was so overwhelmed with breastfeeding challenges and exhaustion that I shamelessly admit to using some disposables at the beginning. It was necessary if I was going to breastfeed. Simply.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I personally was so overwhelmed with breastfeeding challenges and exhaustion that I shamelessly admit to using some disposables at the beginning. It was necessary if I was going to breastfeed. Simply.</div>
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Same here. We used disposables for the first six weeks (longer than I wanted) but looking back, the first week or two would have been perfect. Being our first baby and given that BF poo is runny and CD takes some practice, I needed to start learning to CD when I wasn't completely exhausted, busy healing and generally overwhelmed. I'd personally keep enough for the first week or two and take the rest back. If you don't end up using them (don't open them until you do), you could still take them back, re-gift them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> or donate them to a woman's shelter or food bank. Next baby though, I think I can do it from the beginning but not with my first <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 disposables for the first few weeks while I was settling on a diaper system. It made sense for me because I wanted to be sure I was buying the right type of cloth diapers before I laid out a lot of money. I bought a cloth diaper sampler and used a mixture of cloth and disposables while I was getting the hang of cloth diapering.<br><br>
It can't hurt to hang onto one newborn sized pack of diapers, just in case, but if you get a bunch it makes sense to return or donate the extras.
 

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I would keep one pack and get rid of the rest. They may be nice to have if you are having other issues (like with breastfeeding or something). But for the most part cloth is easy, especially with a newborn!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would keep one pack and get rid of the rest. They may be nice to have if you are having other issues (like with breastfeeding or something). But for the most part cloth is easy, especially with a newborn!</div>
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I agree! We have used cloth on 4 babies, and it's really easiest on a nb.
 

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We used kissaluvs in the newborn stage and there was no "getting used to it" period. Just snap and go. As simple as a disposable.<br><br>
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We had a pack of disposables bought for us. They were walmart brand, so it wouldn't have made a big difference to return them(they run about $5 for a pack). We ended up using them at night. DS stopped pooping overnight around 3 weeks, so I didn't feel the need to change him anymore. I wasn't prepared for him doing this so early, so I didn't have a nighttime cloth solution yet.<br><br>
Anyway, for us, I figured if I had them I might as well use them. Oh, and I never found cloth to be really hard on a newborn. The first few days I was getting used to everything, I found myself rethinking my decsion to CD. However once I got my system down, it was a breeze.
 

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Honestly, I think you'd be more likely to use them if you didn't have a newborn/XS stash all ready to go. I would take them back and get something you need. If you find you need some sposies because things are just crazy, the washing machine breaks, or whatever, then you're going to be making grocery runs (or dh is!) anyway and you can pick up a pack.<br><br>
If you just casually mention that you had to take back some disposables but you got a darling XXXX instead, then I bet people will stop getting them for you! (Of course, the ones who gave you the diapers may also be mad, but oh well!)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Honestly, I think you'd be more likely to use them if you didn't have a newborn/XS stash all ready to go. I would take them back and get something you need. If you find you need some sposies because things are just crazy, the washing machine breaks, or whatever, then you're going to be making grocery runs (or dh is!) anyway and you can pick up a pack.</div>
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I agree - I used sposies on my newborn b/c I only had 3 newborn covers. My first was 9#5 at birth, big enough for the small covers, and I didn't want to spend the money if my kid wasn't going to be able to wear them. Well DS2 was 7#6, not quite big enough for smalls, so when I ran out of my newborn covers, I used sposies. But if I had a full newbie stash, I wouldn't have used them.<br><br>
One more point - will your husband be willing to do the laundry? You risk uterine prolapse or hemorrage if you lift too much in the early weeks, so you'll need his help. Do not lift a full diaper pail - they can get quite heavy.
 

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i just got $80 on a gift card from target returning the sposies i got at a shower.... and another $15 at babies r us.... this is our first babe, but i think the learning curve will be easier on a newborn since they dont wiggle that much <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i just got $80 on a gift card from target returning the sposies i got at a shower.... and another $15 at babies r us.... this is our first babe, but i think the learning curve will be easier on a newborn since they dont wiggle that much <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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Ooh, that's awesome! I only got one bag of sposies as a gift and they came in handy because I hadn't even considered cloth until after DS was a couple of months old.<br><br>
I agree, if you're already set with CDs you may as well take them back, or keep all but one in case you're overwhelmed by everything and for some reason you run out of clean CDs. It takes a couple of weeks to figure out a good CD routine.
 

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I'd keep them, or exchange for a larger size, just to have on hand.<br><br>
While my DS had no problems whatsoever in cloth, DD is very allergic to some kinds. It's been quite a bit of trial and error to discover what works for her, and during the times of error she needs to be in sposies to let her rash heal, slathered with diaper cream. Of course, she's allergic to all sposies except for Huggies, and discovering that was a trial in itself.<br><br>
Also, I like to put her in a sposie when I strip the diapers, so I can strip them all at once. Plus, she has to be in a sposie when I take her to the childcare at the gym.
 

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The only reason I can think of to use sposies is if your cloth is too big for the baby at first.<br><br>
I received one giant box of sposies, which I donated. We never needed them.
 

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I think it depends on how committed you are to cloth and on who else is going to be changing the baby's diaper in the first few weeks. I had never changed a cloth diaper before my twins were born, but I had always (from the time I was really little) known that I wanted to use cloth diapers. My twins first diapers in the hospital were sposies (I didn't think to plan ahead about that . . . I had a c-section because they were both breech), but as soon as I was with it enough to insist on anything, I insisted that they be changed into cloth (we had brought some with us, just prefolds and wraps). Honestly, I didn't really feel like they were MY babies until they were in cloth diapers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> Something about those fluffy bums just made all the difference (I had a traumatic birth and felt disconnected from my body/the babies at first). I never would have wanted to put them in sposies. They did eventually wear sposies, but not until 5 or 6 months, while traveling.<br><br>
With my next baby, he did end up wearing sposies earlier because he was hospitalized after birth when he was two weeks old, and I was too overwhelmed to be using cloth (we did use cloth through his first and second hospital stays though). But at that point, he was already way too big for the newborn size of sposies.<br><br>
These days, life is pretty busy in our house and if there's a pack of sposies around, they will probably get used (usually for overnight or when we're out). For that reason, I try NOT to ever have any around because I'd really rather use cloth and it's just laziness that has me reaching for a sposie now and then.<br><br>
Also, with my first babies (twins), I didn't change a diaper at all for at least the first two weeks, and it was still really rare for me to do it in the first month. That is an excellent job for the partner to be in charge of while you concentrate on breastfeeding, eating, drinking, and sleeping. So if you think that your partner will be less likely to help out with cloth diapers (he/she would have to be doing all the diaper laundry too), then that might be a reason to use sposies in the beginning.<br><br>
HTH!<br><br>
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