Bummis Super Brite and Newborn Prefolds

When my friend Nikki had her tiny, tiny little girl, she found that a lot of newborn diapers were just plain too big.  That meant I got to problem solve: I came over to help her get the right fit.  Nikki had plenty of newborn size Bummis prefolds to work with, and she’d already decided that she really loved the bikini twist fold for containment.  However, her covers (which were mainly Blueberry Capri newborn size) were far too big for Small Fry.  I came over to experiment with some diapers and we started with the Bummis Super Brite.

About the Bummis Super Brite

The Bummis Super Brite newborn cover is smaller than other Bummis covers.  The Super Whisper Wrap, Super Whisper Snap Wrap, and Super Lite newborn covers fit newborns starting at six pounds.  The Bummis Super Brite starts at four pounds.  It was the perfect size for Small Fry.  Even better?  Bummis covers are made in Canada.

Bummis Super Brite - Cloth Diaper Addicts

As you can see, the Bummis Super Brite fit Small Fry without any weird tugging or adjusting.  It simply went on and fit.  Granted, because the Super Brite newborn size cover is so small, it will be one of the first things that Small Fry outgrows.  However, during this time, it’s perfect.  Even better?  It has double gussets to contain the messy of runny newborn poo.

Would I Recommend It?

If you’ve got a tiny newborn and you really want to start cloth right away, Bummis Super Brite is your best shot.  It’s absolutely worth it in the newborn stage, and when you’re in the bigger sizes, you’ll get more longevity out of those covers as their growth slows.

Pros: Perfect fit, reasonable price.

Cons: Shorter life span, doesn’t have great resale value.

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US)

Newborn Cloth Diapers – Get the Right Fit

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.

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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?

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Blueberry Mini Coverall

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Blueberry Mini Coverall (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Today’s cute little fluffy bum is little Kay.  She’s wearing a Blueberry Mini Coveralls diaper cover in the ever popular Monkeys print.  The Mini Coverall is a newborn cover designed to fit little tiny ones from 6-18 pounds, and it comes in all the great Blueberry patterns.  While little Kay is wearing snaps, hook and loop closure is also an option!

Where to buy: Kissed by the Moon (US/Can), Nickis’ Diapers (US/Canada)