Reusable Cloth Nappy Options For Newborns

Reusable Cloth Nappy Options For Newborns

Why not start with OSFM (One Size Fits Most)?

The main reason (and it’s a very important reason!) is because you can get a perfect fit on your newborn using specialised newborn cloth nappies. And a good fit means that everything is more likely to stay contained inside the nappy (instead of all over you or your baby’s bed!).

My first baby was small (2.6kg at birth), and his little chicken legs and skinny waist did not fit well in OSFM nappies at all, so any of those delightful explosive poos would shoot right out the side which is really not what you want to deal with all day long. Newborn nappies on the other hand saved the day as it was so easy to get them fitting around his legs and waist, which is right where you need it.

You're also saving a lot of wear and tear on your OSFM nappies by using dedicated newborn cloth nappies. Those hundreds of nappy changes over those first couple of months means a lot of washing of cloth nappies, so spreading the wear over more nappies means that your cloth nappies will last a lot longer.

 

So what are good cloth nappy options for newborns?

Keep in mind that you want something that fits well (so there’s no sagging at the legs or gaping at the waist) and has really good protection from blowouts, which tend to happen at the legs and out the top of the nappy.

Prefold and cover

Prefolds are a really great economical option for newborns. Prefolds are sized, so you can usually buy them in newborn, infant and toddler sizes. Team them up with a good fitting gusseted PUL cover to help contain any explosive poo. Prefolds also tend to dry really quickly, and covers can be air dried and reused for a later nappy change provided they’re clean.

Flat and cover

Traditional flat nappies are another economical option for newborns (and beyond). Again, they need a gusseted PUL cover to provide a waterproof layer and help with containment. There is a bit of a learning curve involved with flat nappies in working out how to fold them.

Bamboo Prefold Newborn Cloth Nappy

All In One (AIO)

All In Ones are the easiest type of cloth nappy to use – they are most like a disposable nappy, so there is no folding, securing or adding covers. This is helpful if you’re new to cloth nappies or you want others to help out with nappy changes. As the name suggests, all parts of the nappy (absorbent and waterproof layers) are sewn together so they’re also easy to wash and reassemble.

Fitted nappy and cover

This is our favourite cloth nappy combination for newborns. The whole fitted nappy is absorbent, and the elasticated waist and the legs helps to prevent explosive poo from escaping. And if it does happen to escape, there is an extra layer of protection with the gusseted PUL cover that goes over top of the fitted nappy. It is also really easy to adjust the fit of fitted nappies to suit the ever changing size of your newborn, without compromising on reliability.

All In One Cloth NappyFitted Cloth Nappy


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