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Cloth Diaper Basics: Cloth Diapering A Newborn Baby in 2023
March 3, 2023 6:29 pm | by
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Curious about the best way to cloth diaper a newborn baby? While disposable diapers are a popular choice, many parents chose cloth diapers. Not only are they more eco-friendly, but they can also be more cost-effective in the long run. In this post, we’ll go over some cloth diaper basics and tips for how you can be successful using cloth diapers with newborns.

Choose The Right Cloth Diapers

There are many different types of cloth diapers available, so it’s important to choose the right ones for your baby’s needs.

Look for diapers that are specifically designed for a newborn’s small size. bumGenius Littles 1.0 Newborn Cloth Diapers are a popular choice, as they are easily adjustable with hook and loop closures. Hook and loop closures are popular because the diapers go on quickly. This diaper has a front panel that folds down for use when a baby is extra-tiny. That panel allows for a little bit of extra growth room as baby gets bigger. bumGenius Littles 2.0 Newborn Cloth Diapers are also popular choice. They are made with a cotton interior, include a booster, and feature an umbilical dip, and snap closures. These tiny diapers are designed to fit babies weighing between 6 and 12 pounds.

You’ll also want to consider the type of fabric used in the diaper. Cotton and bamboo are popular choices for their softness and absorbency. However, some parents prefer fabrics like suedecloth for its wicking and quick-drying properties.

Preparing Cloth Diapers for Use

Before using cloth diapers with your newborn, you’ll need to prep them to ensure they are clean and absorbent. If you’ve purchased new cloth diapers, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for prepping. Most cloth diapers are ready to use after being washed and dried once.

If you’re using pre-owned diapers, you’ll want to sanitize them before use. You can do this by washing clean diapers in hot water with bleach. Be sure to add an extra rinse to that wash cycle.

Using Cloth Diapers with Newborns

When using cloth diapers with newborns, it’s important to change them frequently to avoid leaks and keep your baby comfortable. Newborns may need to be changed every 1-2 hours, depending on their feeding schedule and how often they go to the bathroom. Every baby is different, so pay attention to your baby.

To use a cloth diaper with your newborn, first, lay out the diaper and adjust the snaps or Velcro to the appropriate size. Then, place your baby on the diaper and fold the diaper up between their legs. Pull the front of the diaper up and fasten it securely. Be sure to check that the diaper fits snugly around your baby’s waist and legs to prevent leaks.

A regular washcloth folded into thirds can be used as a diaper booster if your newborn baby seems to be experiencing diaper leaks.

Caring for Cloth Diapers

To keep your cloth diapers in good condition, it’s important to follow proper care instructions. Avoid using fabric softener, which will reduce absorbency and cause leaking. To preserve elastic, lay the diapers flat to dry, or use a low heat setting in the dryer.


Using cloth diapers with newborns can be a great way to save money and reduce your environmental impact. To ensure ongoing success, be sure to change your baby’s diapers frequently and follow proper care instructions to keep your cloth diapers in good condition.

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About the Author

Jenn is the founder of Cotton Babies & creator of bumGenius, Flip, and Econobum, worldwide leading cloth diaper brands. She has four children (Andrew, Oscar, Elsie and Louis) and holds an MBA from Washington University. When she's not working full time, she enjoys teaching business leaders how to implement sustainable economic & social change.


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