Cloth diapers can be tricky to figure out, especially for first-time parents because there are many more terms to learn, factors to consider and categories of products to understand. This is different from disposable diapers, which generally take a more one size fits all approach. However, while cloth diapers may be unfamiliar to some at first, they are fairly easy to understand over time. And the diversity and variety mean that you can truly choose the products that are right for you. Newborn cloth diapers, in particular, will have a number of additional factors to consider.
For example, some cloth diapers offer the option of velcro as a way to more easily put the diaper on, in a way that fits your baby well. Velcro is convenient because it can be easier to lock than snaps or similar fixtures. However, when it comes to newborn cloth diapers, it’s important to check if the rough surface of the velcro might end up rubbing against your newborn’s skin and particularly your baby’s umbilical stump. Velcro isn’t a deal-breaker, by any means. It just means that it’s important to check that the velcro is where it should be, and not liable to result in any skin irritation.
Fit is going to be one of the key things to watch out for in any newborn cloth diapers. This is because newborns can be relatively tiny, so it’s much easier for an improperly fitting diaper to leak. In addition, a newborn might have more watery stool compared to a baby who is older, so any loose edges or areas could allow that stool to slip out. Velcro and snaps are some ways to keep things nice and snug, but there are other design aspects that improve fit. For instance, you could choose to go with fitted cloth diapers.
In addition to fit, the ability of the newborn cloth diapers to absorb liquids is also important. Some diapers are not meant to be able to absorb much at all. Instead, the actual absorption is left to a second layer or cover. Other diapers are more of an all in one solution so that the diaper itself is already able to absorb a lot. These kinds of diapers will generally be made of cotton or some other similar material. This is something that can be very convenient for parents because it means that they won’t have to deal with wet bedding or clothing as much.
Another thing to keep in mind is that parents don’t need to use the same newborn cloth diapers or combinations all the time. After all, different situations may require different tools. At home during the evening, the parents may be more concerned with the diaper’s ability to absorb liquid so the parents could choose to go with cloth diapers that are bulkier but more absorbent. When the parents are outside with their baby, however, they might want something that is less bulky and easier to change while out and about.