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The Best Newborn Cloth Diapers – Choosing the Best Style for Your Family

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This is part two of my Cloth Diapering with a Newborn post–click the link to read the first part! This post, we will look at the best newborn cloth diapers that you could get for your baby.

We left off in the last post understanding that some of the best diaper styles for cloth diapering with a newborn were prefolds and covers, fitteds and covers, and all-in-ones. But within those styles, there are so many brands to choose from. Which brands are the best?

It’s important to clarify up front that some babies get a great fit with one particular diaper or cover, while other babies may not get a great fit with that diaper/cover. It depends a lot on the baby–especially on the sizes of those little legs and thighs! They can vary so much. This post will showcase some of the most universally loved newborn options.

Prefolds

OsoCozy Prefolds are a popular option for many families. They are 100% cotton, absorbent, quality, and economical. One thing I love about prefolds in general is that they have awesome around-the-house uses after your baby is out of diapers. I use mine for cleaning rags now since I don’t use as many prefolds with my 18-month-old anymore. These come in a variety of sizes to get the best fit for your growing baby.

grovia-prefoldsGrovia Prefolds are another fabulous option. They are very trim and soft. These prefolds are 55% Rayon made from bamboo and 45% cotton, which gives them the potential to be a little more absorbent than other prefolds made from 100% cotton. These are an excellent choice for max absorbency and a trim fit. There are several sizes to choose from if you wish to use prefolds as your baby grows.

Green Mountain Diapers also has some of the most popular prefolds around!

Fitteds

imagine-baby-fittedImagine Baby Newborn Fitteds 2.0s are an awesome choice for an economical fitted for your baby. They are made from 100% bamboo viscose and are very soft. The newborn size fits babies from 5 to 13 pounds, and there are many colors to choose from.

The bamboo soaker can be unsnapped from the diaper while it’s being washed and dried for a quicker drying time, which is always a perk! Sometimes drying time can get long with fitteds.

You can get this fitted in both hook & loop and snap closures. The snap closure version has a snap-down area for the umbilical cord, making these awesome to use right away from birth.

happy-little-clouds-fittedSustainablebabyish Happy Little Clouds is another popular fitted option. This brand is high quality, extremely absorbent, and made from bamboo and cotton. For as trim as they are, they are also really absorbent. The size 1 fits babies from 7-15 lbs, and diaper’s soakers also snap in and out to speed up drying time.

The only downside is these are a little more expensive than some other fitteds, but I have a few fitteds from this brand myself, and they are certainly worth the cost.

One last very popular fitted choice is the Cloth-eez Workhorse Fitted Diaper from Green Mountain Diapers. These have a fabulous reputation and are competitively priced. If you love them during the newborn days, they come in many sizes so you can continue to use them as they get bigger. This diaper secures with snaps and is made from 100% cotton. The inner soaker is again a flap that can help ease drying time. These are definitely a solid choice!

Covers and Accessories

The prefolds suggested here will also need a Snappi (recommended) or pins.

Snappis replace diaper pins are quick, easy and awesome to use. They will last a long time–one pack should be sufficient. They are easy to do one handed, which is why many moms and dads love them!

All fitteds and prefolds will need a diaper cover as a waterproof layer.thirsties-duo-cover

For newborn sized covers, the Thirsties Duo Wrap Diaper Cover is a very popular choice for many families. Size one fits babies from 6 to 18 lbs, so you can get many months of use out of these covers. You can get snap or hook & loop closures, and they are very economical compared to other covers. Bonus with this cover is that is corresponds with an insert and can be used as an all-in-two system–so you can use the cover with the prefolds, fitteds, AND inserts–they are very versatile!

rumparooz-newborn-coverAnother great newborn cover is the Rumparooz Newborn Diaper Covers. These diapers can come with snap closures or hook & loop. They can be adjusted to fit babies as small as four pounds, making them an excellent choice if you know you tend to have small babies with chicken legs (like me!) They will last up until 12 lbs and come in a wide variety of colors and prints. They are economical and receive top ratings. You can’t go wrong choosing this cover!

 

grovia-newborn-aioAll-in-Ones

Grovia Newborn AIOs are a fabulous and convenient choice for a newborn all-in-one diaper. This diaper fits babies from 5-12 lbs. The internal soaker has two layers of hemp & cotton, the external soaker has 3 layers of hemp/cotton topped with microfleece for moisture-wicking, and an outer waterproof layer of TPU. The Grovia Newborn AIOs also have many colors and some prints to choose from. There is a reason this brand is regarded so highly!

bumgenius-littles-aio-2BumGenius Littles 2.0 Organic All-in-One is another great all-in-one choice. They are economical and adorable. The cotton lining is absorbent and soft against baby’s skin. The front of the diaper dips a little to allow room for the umbilical stump and not rub against it. These diapers work best for babies 6-12 lbs.

I love them because I was able to get a really good fit on my small baby, however they did out-wet the absorbency a little before 12 lbs. It is probably not the most absorbent all-in-one, but they are economical, you can get a great fit on those tiny babies, and they will usually get you to a point where you can start using your one-size diapers by the time they start out-wetting them.thirsties-aio-newborn

Thirsties Newborn All in Ones are one of my favorite newborn diapers I’ve used. They are very absorbent and I got a great fit on my skinny babies. It works best for babies 5-14 lbs, which is a pretty wide range for a newborn diaper! It’s available in both snap closures and hook & loop.

There is a belly-button snap down that you can utilize while the umbilical stump is healing. This diaper has four layers of microfiber-terry, a microfleece liner for moisture-wicking, and an outer waterproof layer. They are such a comfortable diaper–I loved putting them on my baby. There are many colors and prints to choose from!

One-Sized Options to Try

If your baby is big enough and you want to see if some one-size will work, the following brands run smaller and may be good to try.

Get Going on Your Stash!

If you are planning to use cloth diapers during the newborn weeks, you will want to get going on your stash! I recommend getting a variety of different diaper styles because it is hard to predict what will work best for your baby. I ended up loving some newborn diapers I didn’t think I would, and some diapers I thought were going to be great just didn’t fit my skinny babies.

The diapers represented here all have great reputations and would be solid choices for your stash. You will do just fine to try any of them.

Which diapers sounds the best to you? Which would you like to try on your newborn? Let me know in the comments!

Holly Lee

I'm Holly and I'm the mom of two awesome young boys with a girl due summer 2020. We have been cloth diapering for 6 years. My family and I live in Minnesota with our dog, Ruby, and cat, Gherkin. Outside of Rocking the Cloth, I am also a middle school teacher. Thank you for visiting Rocking the Cloth--feel free to email me at holly@rockingthecloth.com if you have any questions or concerns. I'd love to help!

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10 Comments

  1. Tommy Potter says:

    Thank you for this thorough review of different kinds of diapers. I’m curious to know how long you can keep a newborn with a diaper of the characteristics of those you treat in this post? And do you know if there is any class particularly recommended for very sensitive or allergic skin?

    1. Holly Lee says:

      Hi Tommy! Babies can wear newborn sized diapers for as long as 2-3 months, depending on weight. They should be changed every 2-3 hours.

      If a babies skin is very sensitive, I’d first want to figure out why. If it is a wetness sensitivity, I would definitely choose diapers with a microfleece or suede liner to wick moisture away from the skin (the Grovia AIOs and Thirsties AIOs would be good for this) to keep them as dry as possible. If they are sensitive to synthetic fibers, they will want to use all natural fibers, and maybe the prefolds or fitteds would be a good choice.

  2. Sujandar Mahesan says:

    My uncle just had a baby. I was thinking of getting them a gift this Christmas. Diapers doesn’t seem like a good gift but I think It is going to be really helpful to them.

    This article has lots of collections which I looked through and they are all awesome.

    The price also seems very reasonable. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    1. Holly Lee says:

      If your uncle is planning on using cloth diapers, I think he would really appreciate some as a gift! Good idea!

  3. These look great and really cute.  

    What a wonderful product.  I would definitely be interested if my children were still in diapers.

    Disposable diapers are way more expensive, since you pay for the convenice of being able to just throw them away and not have to wash them.  

    These would come in handy when my daughters have babies one day.

    1. Holly Lee says:

      Glad you found it helpful, Shy! 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  4. Brenda says:

    Hi Holly Lee,

    I really enjoyed reading this 🙂 I have not had to worry about diapers in years, my son is now 17! When I had him, cloth diapers were only starting to take a hold, however, I am amazed at how far they have come along in the years since.

    If I was to have another baby, I would no doubt choose cloth diapers based on all the options that are available. It is so much more exciting than just a piece of cloth, and pins LOL

    PS: The baby in your picture is absolutely beautiful! 

    1. Holly Lee says:

      Thanks Brenda! 🙂 Cloth diapers are certainly much easier to use now than they have ever been before!

  5. Taylor says:

    You’ve given so many great options! I had heard of people using cloth diapers before but I always thought they would be so leaky and messy. I hadn’t realized that they would need an out layer, but now that I do, it makes so much sense.

    I think I like the Thirsties all-in-one the most. It seems like the easiest to use and the comfiest for the baby.

    Thank so much for this great review and all of these amazing options!

    1. Holly Lee says:

      No problem, Taylor–glad you found it helpful. The Thirsties are a great choice!

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