Newborn cloth

Birth – 3/4 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. 

The cord

Cloth nappies accommodate the cord perfectly. Simply move it out the way when putting the nappy on.

What nappies are the best for this stage?

Your choice really depends on your budget.

All our nappies are suitable and work beautifully. You can opt for a mix of flats, fitteds and prefolds or you can just use one type of nappy like flats or fitteds or prefolds. We do suggest having a variety if you can. If you want to cloth on a budget - opt for flats and covers.


We do suggest having some flats (and boosters) for this stage. These really are wonderful nappies as they mould a tiny frame and fit for the longest amount of time. We offer full support with the flats once baby arrives so do not let the idea of folding a nappy stress you out. It is not difficult. 


Dawn patrol day fitteds:
Sleepy dust fitteds (day or night):

All the nappies need our fleece or softshell covers (featured below). 


Hemp or cotton fleece flats?

  • Hemp is a much trimmer fabric on a small baby.
  • Cotton fleece is a lovely, soft fabric with less stretch and thicker. If using for newborns please get small sized flats as cotton is bulkier. 

Fleece or softshell covers?

  • Fleece covers are lovely and soft for all newborns and especially great for babies around 2kg/3kg. 
  • Softshell covers are 100% waterproof and a good option for winter under clothes. 
  • We suggest getting a couple fleece and then the rest softshell.
Daytime solution options:
  • A hemp or cotton flat (and booster ) and cover 
  • A Dawn patrol day fitted and cover
  • A Sleepy dust hemp fitted and cover
  • Fleece liners are optional –  they create a stay dry layer. Pee passes through fleece onto the cloth below, it doesn't absorb. They are no good for catching poop at this stage.

Why do flats need boosters?

  • Boosters are layered inserts, put in the nappy`s wetzone (see grey booster below) to provide extra absorption within a nappy.
  • They prevent the nappy from getting too saturated, too quickly which then leads to leaks.
  • They are crucial at newborn stage and are used throughout the cloth journey. Do not skimp on boosters.
  • Boosters are the key to using our system effectively.
Night time solution options

Newborns do not need special night nappies, as they are still changed through the night until about three months old.

  • A Sleepy dust hemp fitted and a cover 
  • Flats: Use two. One put on and the other padfolded and laid in the cover. Or fold two at the same time in origami fold. 
  • Fleece liners can be used if baby sleeps longer than three to four hours. These create a stay dry layer
    Best size flats to buy?                                               

    Small flats

    • Lovely trim fit on a baby weighing 2 - 3.5kg
    • Recommended for twins and smaller babies
    • Can be used until around the 7kg mark
    • One can then upsize straight to a large flat

    Medium flats

    • Can fit from 3.5kg. Watch this video to learn how. There will be a bit of extra bulk in the fabric but this quickly disappears in a matter of weeks
    • Fit up to 9/10kg using the origami hack fold
    • Upsize to a large flat at 10kg
    How many nappies do I need ?
    • Full time stash for one baby: Thirty to thirty six nappies and eight covers to wash every two days
    • Part time stash for one baby: Fifteen nappies and six covers to wash every day
    • Double the above numbers for twins
    • You need newborn sized boosters when using flats. Newborns need the extra layers. One per flat.
      How often do I change a cloth nappy ?

      Cloth nappies get wet. After one wee the nappy will be visibly wet but not so wet that it needs to be changed. A cloth nappy can generally hold enough newborn wees for a two to three hour period before being changed. It is very important that you adjust your expectation of having a dry nappy like disposable. Babies generally do not mind having a wet nappy. 

      • Day time: change the cloth nappy every two to two and a half hours. Poop nappies always change immediately. If baby sleeps longer periods, simply add a second booster to add extra layers between nappy and cover like this:
      • Night time: change when you feed. Generally anything from between three to five hours baby depending. If baby sleeps long stretches, boost the nappy as above to increase absorbency. Change the nappy before the feed.
      • One night nappy can only be worn when baby stops pooping at night (from about twelve weeks, not before).
      • Breastfed babies: poop is water soluble. You can add the dirty nappies straight in the machine however with that said, I rinsed them off under the tap before doing this.
      • Formula fed babies: rinse the nappy before storing/ adding to the machine.
      • See our washing page for videos.
      • Avoid using disposable liners - you will end up fishing it out and it can be more hassle than it`s worth. Never ever flush them even though they say flushable- they are not. Rather opt for a reusable option- fleece liners.
      Reusable cloth wipes
      • Face cloths make the best wipes.
      • Very effective and make clean up easy and quick.
      • Get about twenty, minimum. 
      • Store bought wet wipes contain chemicals and often cause horrible rashes. It also requires "ten" of these to clean a single poop and is messy.
      • Keep a water bottle at your changing station to wet your cloth wipes. A flask with warm winter is useful in winter. 
      The first morning nappy 
      • Morning output tends to be quite substantial under six months of age (newborns especially).
      • Boost the first morning nappy (add a booster).
      • Change it thirty minutes before you would any other nappy, if very saturated.
      Bum cream
      • Generally no bum cream is needed with cloth nappies. Cloth does not cause rashes unless baby is sensitive to wetness. In this case use a fleece liner and make sure the nappies are not drenched. Change regularly.
      • Use cloth safe bum cream  only (one that does not contain zinc). Coconut oil is lovely.