Penn and Jude were both diapered in the modern-traditional way...disposables...and aside from cringing from the amount of money we spent buying pack after pack, I didn't really consider anything else. Then, when Jude was 17 months old (or so...I can't exactly remember), I made the switch to cloth diapering 24-7. We used gDiapers (not the most economical choice for cloth diapering, but I was able to score all of my diapers used on Craigslist and only spent less than $200 for all of my supplies (covers, liners, cloth inserts, and detergent) to last me until he was potty trained (which, as it turns out happened about three months later)...AND they are still in great shape to use again when Anna is big enough! We were really happy with the choice and I was shocked at how simple cloth diapering really was and how nice it was to not have to worry about ever running out of diapers. I was so excited about them, I even wrote a review here on the blog!
So anyway...Baby #3 is on the way and I haven't considered that I would do anything else besides cloth diaper this little girl. But since I've never cloth diapered a newborn before, I need a little advice from some veterans...
- Do I need to buy "newborn" cloth diapers or will "smalls" be sufficient assuming I have another 8lb baby?
- How many diapers will I need to have on hand?
- Are there any "issues" with cloth diapering a newborn that I should be prepared for?
- Considering that I'll probably have some disposables that I received as gifts, would it be too rough on a newborn's skin to switch back and forth (I only ask because I had problems with Jude's little hiney breaking out whenever I switched back and forth)?
- Finally, since one of the huge factors in me cloth diapering is the "frugal" quality, what are your best tips for scoring great deals on cloth diapers? I've had good luck on Craigslist for gDiapers, but I'd be interested in some other sources as well. They don't have to be super cute or girly...but I do want them work well.
- Is there anything I'm missing???