Birth – 2/3 months
Newborns pee and poop a lot. You may feel like all you doing is changing nappies- that’s because you will be changing a lot of nappies.
A baby`s output DOES stabilize after the initial couple months or so. Nappies that wrap around a baby work the best because they are fully absorbent.
1. What nappies and covers?
Best newborn nappy?
Your stash depends totally on your budget. All our nappies are suitable for each stage and are sized.
1.Hemp or cotton fleece flats (+ boosters) + covers OR
2.Hemp or cotton fleece flats (+ boosters) + day fitteds + covers
3. Hemp or cotton fleece flats (+ boosters) + hemp prefolds + day fitteds + hemp fitteds + covers.
Hemp or cotton fleece?
Both are great and suitable. Get a mix if you can.
Why do I need boosters?
Boosters are layered inserts, put in the nappy`s wetzone (see pic below) and provide extra layers within a nappy.They prevent the nappy from getting too saturated too quickly which then leads to leaks. They are crucial at newborn stage.
Get a mix of hemp and cotton fleece.
Ideally, trying all the nappies is first class prize. I recommend aiming at your stash to consist of 50 - 60% flats and if you can, the rest prefolds and fitteds.
Or just all flats, boosters and covers. This is easily done.
2. Best size flats to buy?
- Get 50 x 50cm flats for small newborns (3.5kg and under)
- Get 60 x 60cm flats for newborns around 4kg up.
3. How many do I need ?
- Full time stash: 30 - 36 nappies and 8 covers to wash every 2 days
- Part time stash: 15 - 18 nappies and 6 covers to wash every day.
- You need NEWBORN sized boosters on hand when using flats. Newborns need the extra layers (and these are used until potty training). 1 per nappy is needed. Have a stash of 10 - 12 to begin with and you can always buy more.
Example of an ideal full time stash idea for a newborn (Birth - 7kg) (double for twins):
- 20 - 25 flats
- 12 - 15 hemp boosters
- 5 elasticated NB prefolds
- 5 hemp fitteds
- 10 fleece liners (optional)
- 8 covers (PUL and fleece)
4. How often do I change a cloth nappy ?
Cloth nappies get wet. After 1 wee the nappy will be visibly wet but not so wet that it needs to be changed. A cloth nappy can generally hold enough wees for a 2 - 2.5 hour period before being changed. It is very important that you adjust your expectation of having a dry nappy like disposable. Cloth nappies are not disposables. Babies generally do not mind having a wet nappy. See section 5 for what combo of nappies to use in the day and night.
- Day time: change every 2 - 2.5 hours. Poop nappies always change immediately. If baby sleeps longer periods, simply add an extra booster to add extra layers. Add a hemp or cotton booster between the nappy that is on and the cover like this:
- Night time- when you feed. Generally anything from between 2.5 – 4 hours baby depending. If baby sleeps long stretches, boost the nappy to increase absorbency. Change the nappy before the feed.
The entire hemp cloth nappy is washed. The cover can be reused.
See how to boost (add extra layers to increase wearing time) flats here.
5. Daytime solution options:
- A flat (+ booster ) + cover (fleece or PUL or wool) OR
- Elasticated hemp prefold + cover (fleece or PUL or wool).
- Dawn patrol day fitted + cover (fleece or PUL or wool).
- Fleece liners are optional – they create a stay dry layer. Pee passes through fleece onto the cloth below, it doesn't absorb.
- Watch our videos on flats and prefolds.
6. Night time solution options
Newborns do not need special night nappies. I do however suggest having some hemp fitteds as they are suitable for longer stretches.
Some options are listed below.
- Hemp fitted + cover (fleece or PUL or wool)
- Elasticated hemp prefold + fleece liner + cover (fleece or PUL or wool) OR
- 2 hemp flats folded as one + fleece liner + cover (fleece or PUL or wool).This is a bulkier solution on a small baby.
- Fleece liners are a must for night time if baby sleeps longer than 2/3 hours, see pic below.
7.What covers are best?
Winter: Fleece or PUL covers day and night.
Summer: Fleece or wool for day and nights. PUL for day and outings.
A note on fleece: Fleece is water resistant and pushes moisture back into the nappy making an effective water resistant layer between nappy and clothes. If the nappy beneath is not absorbent enough, moisture can be pulled through resulting in damp clothes. If dampness occurs- add a booster to the nappy. Avoid closing baby grows tightly over fleece covers.
- Breastfed babies: poop is water soluble. No need to rinse before storing or adding to machine.
- Formula fed babies: rinse the nappy before storing/ adding to the machine.
- See our video
- I don`t recommend using disposable liners at NB stage- you will end up fishing it out and it can be more hassle than its worth.
9. Reusable cloth wipes
- Very effective and make clean up easy and quick.
- Get about 20 – 30. They last until potty training.
- Store bought wet wipes contain chemicals and often cause horrible rashes.