As a follow-up to my previous post, I thought I'd give a quick run-down on the diapers we've been using. This has been our experience on a baby born at 8 lbs, who went down to 7.5 lbs and is 10lbs at 6 weeks. Some of these are available on my site, others are WAHM brands.
The fitteds we've been using are Kissaluvs size 0 (KL0), Heiny Huggers, Blueberry velour, Thirstie's Fab Fitteds, Sandy's XS, Nanipoos, and Spoiled Rotten. All have held in the breastfed poo explosions well. I do think that our daughter's poops are not quite as explosive as other babies', so take my experience for what it is. The Blueberry nb size was the best for clearing the umbilical cord in the early days. Kissaluvs did well with that too. The Fab Fitteds are really nice and soft, and generously sized. They will last longer than most other newborn diapers. I really love the Heiny Huggers. They are really absorbent and stay nice and soft. We are using the smalls, but did not feel the need to use the newborn size. They will fit for a while, and we'll get a lot of use out of them. The Sandy's served us well, but definitely needed a doubler-the only fitted I needed one with.
While I love these more mass-produced brands, I did like the cute fabrics of the Nanipoos and Spoiled Rotten Diapers. They were both very absorbent.
We also used Green Mountain Diapers newborn orange edge prefolds. These are a great size, but we can no longer Snappi them. It's trifolding for us, which isn't my favorite prefold fold. They will have a long life as small pocket inserts and doublers though.
For pockets, we had Green Acre Designs and Knickernappies. The GADs have done well, but we have LOVED the Knickernappies. The fit is really good for us, they've held everything in, and they are not too bulky. They'll get even trimmer as our baby gets bigger. We've just had a lot of success with them.
We've used Nana's Bottoms AIOs as well. These are great, but I recommend going right to the small size if you think your baby will be larger or will gain weight quickly. They only fit in the newborn size for about 2 weeks. The small size would have been fine for us from the beginning.
For covers, we used Proraps, Bummis Super Whisper Wraps and Thirsties, all in the newborn size. The Proraps were best for clearing the umbilical stump. I would like these covers so much more if they had laundry tabs. Still, for the price, they are great. The Bummis are nice and trim, but it's time for us to move onto the smalls. Our favorites have been the Thirsties. The gussets keep everything in, and we've never had a leak with them. The PUL inside is very easy to wipe for another use. Best of all, the fit is generous. We'll get another month or two out of these.
Hope these opinions help you with your own newborn stash!
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