Let's just get to the good part. The part that any cloth-diapering mother loves. The newborn stash.
Now, I am not as into this as some mamas. Some ladies make a real habit of curating the perfect beginning supply for that precious bundle. I'm a bit more utilitarian. And that presents the problem.
There are a lot of "ifs" when it comes to cloth diapering a newborn. Will my baby be huge or tiny? Will he have slender legs or thick thighs? Will he wet a lot at once or more moderately throughout the day? Will he have sensitive skin? It's enough to almost just make me put it off and make a purchase after the baby is born. But then I know it will never happen.
There's also the added layer of Vicki and her diapers. She is in one-size Fuzzibunz pocket diapers with snap closures (we also have a few Kawaiis that we got as a gift, and they are nice too - especially for overnight with a doubler). This means they are adjustable, and they still fit her quite well. I really like these diapers, and once I figured out how to properly wash them, we have had no issues with them at all. I'd like to reuse them with another baby. But that means Vicki needs to be done with them first. (Cue dramatic sigh related to toilet learning.) It also means that the new baby needs to have a similar body shape (slim thigh, round middle) - and who knows if that will happen!?
The Fuzzibunz did not fit her as a newborn, and I don't think they would fit any but the very largest newborns (like 10 lb or more). With Vicki almost at 7 lb 1 oz at almost 40 weeks gestation, I don't suspect her brother will be that much larger.
I got a couple size small Thirsties covers from a friend who didn't want them. They are pink and orange, but who cares? Not me, or my son, hopefully!
So, I have a couple of choices. I want to use the Thirsties Duo covers that I already have, and I think I only need a couple more because you can get by with not so many of those. They just need a wipe between changes, and a wash every 10 or 12 changes, unless there's a horrid blowout or something.
The big decision is what to stuff the covers with. Prefolds? We already have a ton of those, and that would be no problem. But they would be a bit bulky for a tiny one. I've been eyeing these Green Mountain Diapers (GMD) fitteds. They are kind of the best of both worlds: a prefold that they cut and sewed into a fitted.
They have options with snaps and without. I will probably go without snaps, since they will be in a cover usually. I might have to get some Snappis, which I find to be the most obnoxiously named product of all time. Just in case we want to go cover-less at home, you know. These fitted diapers are not expensive at all. The newborn size are $5.50 each. So let's say I bought twelve, or even twenty of those. It would only be $110, plus $24.50 for two more covers, and that's it! $135.50 to diaper my newborn. Can't beat it.
A note on velcro vs. snaps - I hate velcro. It never washes right, it gets crud all stuck in it, it irritated Vicki's stomach where it would come unstuck. So, I go with snaps. People tend to have strong opinions on this, so form your own!
But before I get too far down the Green Mountain Diapers yellow brick road, I stop to think about the time-honored Kissaluv. These are by far the most popular newborn fitted diaper.
They are also more pricey. $12.95 apiece, with a little bit off if you order in bulk.
If you know me, you know my legendary cheapness, so you can guess which way I'm leaning. I might do six Kissaluvs and six GMDs and see which is better after a few days, then make a full order. A bit more stress with a newborn, but it would be worth it not to be stuck with a bunch of fitted diapers that don't work for us.
Cloth mamas out there: what worked for you? How did you decide on your newborn stash? What did you spend?