I never bothered with newborn cloth diapers. Norton was eight pounds, four ounces. Eudora was eight and a half pounds. With that in mind, I just plain didn’t see the point. However, not everyone has big babies. In fact, my friend Nikki has tiny little babies. Her babies are so very tiny that newborn cloth diapers are a must.
Meet Small Fry.
Small Fry was, at the time of this photo, 8 days old. She was a full-term birth, but still weighed under 6 pounds. My smallest baby outweighed her by a full pound, and that one was not cloth diapered.
That means that Small Fry was going to be my first chance at using newborn cloth diapers.
Nikki had a plethora of newborn cloth diapers to work with; she was one of the recipients of my cloth diaper cakes. However, Small Fry being so… well, small… made it a bit of a challenge. Everything was just too big and was gapping at the legs. And since Small Fry is an exclusively breastfed baby, she produced delightful blowouts that got everywhere.
Nikki absolutely did not want to use disposables. Not at all.
That meant that it was time for me to come over with some tiny diapers, play, and help get the right fit. (This is another reason why I love my local cloth diapering community: they let me borrow their babies for diaper tests.)
Even better? Small Fry is a somewhat cooperative model. Sure, she gets a bit annoyed with multiple diaper changes happening one right after the other, but as long as she gets frequent breaks to eat, she’s pretty all right.
General suggestions: If you’re starting with an extremely tiny baby, you’ll need extremely tiny diapers. I’m talking about diapers that are so tiny and adorable that your non-expectant cloth diapering friends will look at them and start to spontaneously ovulate from the tiny cuteness. You’ll also find that pulling up at the wings can help a slightly too big diaper fit, even if it’s not pretty. Sometimes, esthetics have to take a backseat to function. When you’re changing every hour because the little newborn will scream if there’s a drop of wetness in the diaper, that’s one of those times.
Also keep in mind that one size diapers will not fit a super tiny baby. Even ones that claim that they fit babies as small as six pounds will give a horrid fit. I’ll have some brand specific reviews of newborn cloth diapers with pictures of our little mini model all week.
Did you start cloth diapering with an exceptionally tiny newborn? How big was your baby for his or her first cloth diaper?