I'd rather "shout it out" later than put a newborn baby in paper underwear. I just can't imagine living for 9 months inside the cozy womb of Mama, then you're born and someone sticks scratchy paper on you. ( My sincerest apologies to my firstborn son for doing this. We hadn't considered cloth diapering yet. I hope he's enjoying his new BumGenius
Get some inexpensive prefolds and some nice covers. If you really don't want to work at getting the stains out, just wash them and use them for cleaning purposes/garage towels. Then after the meconium has passed, use your "nice" diapers
I've read on this board before, (sorry no search function to bring it for ya) that there wasn't a problem with merconium staining dipes, that it cleaned off quite nicely. Hopefully that's true and some other women chime in about that later on.
: I'm anxiously waiting for more responses now!
Definitely no need to use sposies!! I did not find meconium to stain anything, and it only lasts for a few days at the most until the intestines are cleaned out. What I did, personally, was cut little liners out of microfleece to lay in the newborn diapers. If you made a bunch of those, it would run you like 5 dollars, save your beautiful newborn dipes, and prevent you needing to buy any sposies at all! HTH!
We used disposables in the hospital, but as soon as we got home (after 2 days), we used cloth. We didn't have any staining issues, and even if we had, it wouldn't have bothered me. I find that with prefolds, eventually, everything comes out of them.
Anyway, I won't hesitate to use prefolds from the beginning again this time around.
We used size 0 kissaluvs the first week and the meconium came out with a soak in Bac Out. Wipe baby's bottom with olive oil before putting her in the diaper, it helps keep the poo from sticking to everything, including her.
We used cd from the very beginning and they didn't stain at all. BF poo sure does though. We did find taht the cloth wipes (just baby washcloths) weren't very effective at getting the tarry mec out so we did use disposable wipes for the first few days.
Just another thought. Who cares if they stain? Am I the only one who thinks this way? They go on her butt! Well we jsut use prefolds, so maybe if we had some nice pretty dipes, I'd feel differently. But I didnt care if they stained!
I never had a single meconium stain --- now breast fed poo - that's another story!
If we used your midwife's logic, we would use cloth diapers only during the meconium phase since it doesn't stain and then we would have to stop because breast fed poo definetly can stain. But we just won't use your midwife's logic.
We used sposies for the first couple of days for the meconium, but only because we were sent home with the little pack from the hospital. I wouldn't buy them myself, personally.
This time, we don't plan on staying more than 24 hours (we had a wonderful and supportive experience, I just want to get home to my other little one). So I don't know if I'd even bother with the sposies at the hospital or just bring our infant prefolds with us. I know that some cheap fleece remnants cut up are great liners now for when we need diaper rash cream - I'm sure they would work great for the mec., too.
We used disposables for the first 2 weeks because I had enough on my hands with the newborn, an almost 2 y.o. toddler and healing from a 4th degree tear. That said, if staining is your only concern, I would echo what everyone else has said. Best of luck!
My midwives always recommend using them for the first week...but I think it's because they think you may be too tired or overwhelmed to deal with cloth. I, personally haven't found that it stains. Nor would I want to put nasty chemicals on my brand new baby's sensitive little bum. If you're really concerned about stains- use liners.
I actually just cut up some old t-shirts and put those in to catch the meconium. But I forgot for a few of the dipes and believe it or not, it washed out just fine. Couldn't even tell. I had a harder time getting the yellow poo that followed out.