I’m renting cloth diapers for the first three months before the baby is big enough to fit into the all-in-one/ all-in-two cloth diapers we’ve chosen. (Renting = awesome.)
Facts for the non-newborn havers around here: newborns can require 12 (or more!) diaper changes per day. Per day! So to have enough diapers to not have to do laundry every single day (only every other day, like that’s such a difference, except I suspect it totally is), you need a billion of the tiny diapers. And of course, though you need a billion, the baby outgrows them pretty quickly. Heck, some babies are born at the lower limit and don’t use newborn diapers at all!
I expect our kid to be kinda small, though. We were both small infants and kids; I was under 6 pounds when born (at full-term!) and he was in the low 7’s.
After much back-and-forth, I finally decided which diapers to rent and from whom. Score! Then just before I pulled the trigger, another company emailed me back that they had a new offering. So, I need some help deciding.
Option A: 24 BumGenius XS all-in-one’s (for 6 – 12 pound babies).
Option B: 9 BumGenius XS all-in-one’s, 9 S (8 – 16 pounds), 3 BG one-size elemental all-in-one’s (these are the bigger “regular” diapers for 10+ pounds) and 3 BumGenius 4.0 one-size diapers (these are regular pocket diapers).
Option A is easier but (s)he might outgrow them before 3 months. Although really, I don’t expect our genes will give us a child that weighs 12 pounds within three months.
Option B is more flexible but if (s)he is born at less than 8 pounds (totally possible), we’ll have less than one day’s worth of diaper changes. No bueno.
My husband is a bit fed up by my endless decisions on cloth diapers (although c’mon, it’s not like he’s doing any of the research). What would you do? I’m leaning toward option A. If I’m wrong and (s)he is bigger than I think, we’ll just put him/ her in the regular-sized cloth diapers we’ll have bought by then.
If it helps, I’m 5’0″ and about 118 normally, was always a small mini-kid. My husband is about 5’8″ and average weight, though his family talks about what a tiny kid he was.