Cloth or disposable? That is the question.
I can’t give you advice about which cloth diaper to go with if that’s what you decide because I did not, and, therefore, only know what I know about cloth from friends who chose that route. I will say that if you decide to go cloth, I not only want to bow down before your awesomeness, but I want to pat you on the back for adding that to your laundry duties. I was not so noble. Or maybe I’m just painfully honest about my strengths and weaknesses, where newborn poop cleanup in a cloth diaper honestly makes me squirmy.
Here’s the honest truth about cloth:
They have some super cute and much easier to use options these days. But they aren’t for the faint of heart. If you’re going to be going back to work, make sure you know that the daycare or person caring for your child is willing to use them. You don’t want to go investing all that upfront cost and then not be able to use them. They often times will not last through the night so be prepared for some leaks, added nighttime diaper changes (which you will eventually want to drop because they wake your baby up more and the goal is always quick night feeds until they are sleeping through the night), or extra precautions like using wool covers. Some people choose to use disposables at night who use cloth during the day and that’s okay. Also, cloth don’t always tend to keep moisture away from your baby as well as disposable, leading to more diaper rashes if left on too long. (Follow the link for more on diaper rashes.)
Let’s talk disposable:
We tried almost every brand out there, and almost always came back to Pampers Swaddlers for the newborns. They are just softer and more comfortable for your baby. Unfortunately, they are also more expensive. I found a great article about what your disposable diaper should cost you, PER diaper. This is important to look at when price checking your diapers. And ALWAYS check Amazon’s prices for diapers. If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can save even more by signing up for automatic monthly delivery. You can hold shipments, too, if you’re not quite ready for the next box.
As our daughter started growing and becoming more mobile, it was necessary to find a diaper that suited her movements. Nothing worse than a diaper wedgie before a poop. We went with Huggies Little Movers Plus+ (there is a difference between regular Huggies little movers and little movers plus, so be sure to look at the package. I found that Costco carries this particular brand in multiple sizes for a good price). Pampers Cruisers were great too, but again they are more expensive.
Bottom line, with disposable diapers, every baby is shaped differently and some brands fit better than others. We couldn’t use Huggies or Luvs or Target brand or Honest Company in the beginning because they didn’t fit our girl as well and leaked more. Pampers Swaddlers were the best for her in the beginning from comfort, to effectiveness, to ease (blue line wetness indicator), to preventing diaper rash by wicking away moisture. BUT, I know a lot of parents who had success with other brands over Swaddlers for their child.
My recommendation: Register or ask for small packages of multiple brands so that you can try them out. Or, if you have other new-mommy friends, swap some diapers to try out.
Finally, disposable diapers must have a diaper pail!!! Like, for real! The best one in my opinion is the Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail by Munchkin. It twists the bag when you close it, holding in the stink better than other pails and also sprinkles a bit of baking soda (easily refillable) every time it’s closed. Because, let’s face it, why have a diaper pail if your baby’s room is going to stink all the time anyway?