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(Part I) Cloth Diapering Newborns: A Beginner's Guide

Updated: Sep 26, 2019

The key to successful cloth diapering is having a convenient system in place when you start. Despite all of the research I did ahead of time and all of the products I had ready to go, I was woefully unprepared when my first Filia was born. So, I have gathered for you here the products you'll need (Part I) and the system that we have in place (Part II) so that you can get off to a great start and feel confident in cloth diapers!

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If you've done any research at all, you know there are tons of options when it comes to cloth diapering. I chose these products because they are the most cost-effective option for our family needs. If you have different priority, you might choose differently.


  • Disposable Diapers: We use these for the first two weeks, because 1) meconium, 2) umbilical stump, and 3) sleep deprivation. I would rather pay for a pack of disposables than try and get meconium out of a cloth diaper, but maybe that's just me.

  • Prefolds: These are so versatile: I use these for burp cloths, too. I got three twelve packs, and this brand comes with snappies, so you don't have to buy those separately.

  • Rubber Pants: You will use these at first to go over your prefolds, unless you have a nine- or ten-pound baby, in which case you'd skip directly to diaper covers. They might not be the cutest look, but boy are they good at containing everything inside the prefolds! I got four packs of two.

  • Diaper Covers: These are the cute covers you can use once your baby is around ten pounds (it varies based on your baby's build). I fold the prefolds and put the cover over them: there are several ways to use them, but I find this keeps most of the poop in and allows me to reuse the cover over several diaper changes. I have two packs of six.


  • Changing Pad: I use this one on my kitchen table, because that's where I am most of the time. Our house is currently too small for a changing table, and I haven't missed it. I don't pay for a changing cover; I just alternate muslin blankets.

  • Wool Pad: This pad is my life saver for night-time diaper changes because I can throw it on my bed. It's self-cleaning too: an absolute must for us! When I'm pregnant and not using it for diaper changes, I put it under my sheet to protect my mattress should my water break.

  • Cart: This is what I use in place of a changing table. I put all of my diapers, prefolds, snappies, diaper rash cream, etc. on it. The rolling function means I can take it with me wherever I am in the house, and use the same station for diaper changes in the kitchen during the day and changes by my bed at night. So convenient!

  • Sprayer: This connects to your toilet and makes cleaning a poopy cloth diaper completely hands free. Just spray the solid pieces off and let your washer take care of the rest.

  • Diaper Pail: You need a place to store your dirty diapers until you're ready to wash them, and this bin works great.

  • Diaper Pail Liner: These liners go in the bin, and they're totally washable.

These items are great things to add to your registry. We were blessed to have most of these gifted to us, making our up-front cost minimal. I also found it kept people from gifting us a bunch of disposables (as is common) that we wouldn't use. I highly recommend making an Amazon Baby Registry, which you can do easily by clicking here.

Now that you know what you need, head on over to Part II to see how to implement everything!

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