Newborn Cloth Diapering, Tips and Resources at Abby’s Lane

by shethinksmedia

The past few weeks have covered some recent newborn favorites, umbilical cord notches, and nighttime diapering tips for newborns. We conclude this week with a great article on our website covering the best in newborn diapering across all systems.

Newborn Cloth Diapering Systems


It is worth a read for a new mama to cloth, and has helped many decide on which brands to sample with their baby.
The most common question I get with newborn diapering is in regards to prefolds, parents wondering if they can work through the extra steps of using them because of their frugal appeal, also their ability to be the custom fit for any newborn, since you wrap them around their belly and legs yourself. I always suggest trying a few to see if you love them. Now, some of our parents know right off the bat they don’t want to deal with a multi-step system, so using prefolds with the idea of wrapping, fastening and a cover is just not the best choice.

For a page on some prefolding tips, take a look at our Prefold Folding page.

Our article highlights several other diaper choices that are perfect for a one piece option. However, if you are open to the idea of prefolds, buying 1-2 won’t hurt, Snappis can be used down the road for toddler diapering if you need prefolds for nighttime absorbency, and are fabulous for picking lint out of aplix diapers. Prefolds have a myriad of uses other than newborn diapering, and can be used as great doublers for bigger diapers as well, so they aren’t a lost investment. Your covers can also be used with fitted diapers, which are great for newborns as well.

Take a peek at the article, and let us know what questions you have about your new baby!


Stephanie’s Newborn Diapering Tip for New Moms or Moms-to-be

by shethinksmedia

Last week we went over some of my personal favorites for newborn diapering, based on my experiences with my most recent newborn this past summer.  We have an article on our blog worth a read for parents-to-be, I wrote it last year based on customer feedback and my own experiences with my previous babies.  You can find that article here.

What I did want to go over this week is a few other “how to’s” with newborn diapering, if you are a first time user of cloth stephaniediapers. My first baby, now 10 years old, was not in cloth diapers until about 4 months. When my second daughter was born, I had been doing diapers for about 2 years, but had never handled a newborn in them. It was a bit daunting, but over the years and subsequent babies, I have picked up a few tips and hints I would like to pass on, all personally tested and also appreciated by our customers.

Many of our first-time-moms we meet intend to have their babies changed at a location other than their own bed. Whether in a nursery, or a changing table in mom’s bedroom. Now, some will do this, taking the time and energy to change the baby at a location that requires standing up, being coherently awake and walking. However, if you find yourself taking power naps at red lights while driving with your newborn, and decide that diaper changes may take place closer to your pillow, here is what I advise.

  1. Set up a mini diaper station on your night stand. It is a very simple set up, 2-4 diapers, a stack of a few dry cloth wipes, hand sanitizer, a dish of water, a small plastic bag or wet bag and a light source.
  2. You could pre-wet the wipes to avoid having to wet them down, but toss whatever you don’t use in the morning in with the dirty diapers so they don’t get full of mildew.
  3. Baby changing can happen in the bed, one tip I do like is placing a large prefold or changing pad under the baby, in case of a surprise tinkle or poo-burst from the little darling on the clean sheets.
  4. In a perfect world, mom would wash her hands in the sink, then go back to bed to clean off after a change. For those of us living in a far-from-perfect world, I see enough science to suggest wiping your hands down with a clean wipe and water, than a dab of hand sanitizer is perfectly sufficient for what tiny residues may be left behind on your hands until the next time. And although this may be pushing the “TMI” envelope, if you are like me and postpartum nights bring night sweats, the usual postpartum rushing of fluids, some baby vomit running down your neck and some tears for good measure, a little baby poo added to the cocktail was the least of my worries.

Don’t be scared by that last sentence if you are a mom-to-be, not everyone has that experience, and even if you do that gorgeous newborn staring back at you has no idea you are a hot mess, and he/she will look so deliciously cute you really won’t notice it…much.

Next week we will continue with our conclusion of newborn tips and tricks, let me know if you have any questions.


Newborn Cloth Diapers: TIPS from a mama who has cloth diapered FIVE newborns!

by shethinksmedia

After a very lengthy series of posts the past few weeks on washing, we are switching gears and chatting about cute, squishy newborns and the cloth diapers they love.
My little Ollie was born in late June, so he is now just over 2 months and right at the 16 pound mark (a happy, very chubby baby-LOL). Ollie is my 6th baby, but my 5th newborn in cloth diapers, as my oldest didn’t go into cloth until the 4 month mark.

Next week we will go over a more detailed newborn overview, but below are some of my highlights.
As a refresher, take a peek at a previous article regarding newborns and the umbilical cord stump, and why it isn’t a worry with cloth diapering.

I had a chance this time around to test some of the newer newborn diapers on my little lug, and here is my take on some of them:
Newborn Simplex, and Newborn Basix (by Swaddlebees/Blueberry): I loved these for Ollie when he was first born at about 8 and a half pounds. They fit right away, I especially loved the Basix for the stay-dry inner (but that is a personal preference, if you like natural fibers than Simplex is your diaper). Everything stayed contained, no red marks left on his legs.

Bummis Tini Fits: One of my favorites, fit right away, had a longer size range as he put on some weight, and easy to stuff with their booster for extra “oomph.”

Tiny Tush Minis: My overall favorite. Fit from birth, lasted until about 14 pounds. Great for accommodating two small microfiber inserts for heavy wetting. They were the bulkiest option of the newborn diapers, but for the cost lasted the longest size wise.

Now, for many babies we see one small insert holding a newborn until they poop, which is usually pretty frequently. Diaper changes are occurring under that 2 hour mark, unless at night, so absorbency is not usually an issue. However, if you have a particularly heavy wetter, and your standard AIO absorbency, pocket with one small insert, newborn fitted or infant prefold is leaking out, here are some tips:
-For prefold users, double up! You can do this by trifolding your prefold, or folding a preemie prefold in half, and laying it in the middle of the bigger prefold to wrap around the baby. Flip the one in the middle up over the belly before you twist/fold the second prefold underneath, so the one in the middle doesn’t get twisted up in your folding style.
-For fitted users, upsizing to a bigger size may help, however if your baby is very tiny still, a small joey bunz on top, or a stay dry doubler may be a good fit for what your fitted is. If your lay in is too big, put the doubler or insert under the fitted, between the fitted and cover.
AIOs users, see above for the fitteds 😉 Since you can’t lay them underneath, you are limited to what you can fit on top, email us if you have specific combinations you are curious about and we can troubleshoot how they will fit
Pocket users, double up on your small microfibers first, before moving to a small/big microfiber combination. The big ones you have to fold can cause wonky fits, or you can try moving up your size rise settings an notch to accommodate the larger size range.

My biggest piece of advice to my newborn users, don’t be afraid to move up a size. Some babies will outgrow their newborn stashes very fast, especially if they are tall/at a bigger size range. If your newborn is a heavy wetter, you may need the extra length of a bigger rise to catch everything. To show how this works, at about 4 weeks, my Ollie moved into a Flip cover fully opened up, and a size 2 Thirsties duo fab fitted, only snapped down one setting. It was up to his nipples, but it worked great, and no leg gaps. Also, little boys need to be pointed down, or they will out-wet the top of the diaper and leak before you have a chance to absorb downward.

Let me know what questions you have, at

Diaper Chatter: Getting Started with Cloth Diapers and a Newborn Baby.

by shethinksmedia

I know on our Facebook page, we have lots of pregnant families who are excited to start using cloth diapers with their little one. Many of them have older children, but this is their first baby in cloth. I am going to go over some tips that helped me through the years with my 5 littles, and hints we have found helpful to customers both online and in our store over the years.

The first thing I tell new parents is to not be overwhelmed by trying to start cloth diapers right away. Is it feasible? Sure, for many families it is, but for some it isn’t going to be, and you should not have a shred of guilt about spending a few days or even weeks in disposables. If the thought of bringing home a new baby and cloth diapering from day one is causing any anxiety or worry, put it on the back burner. I would much rather see a family take 2-3 weeks to get the hang of the “we have a new little person running our lives” system, and when they are ready, be energized to use cloth for the next two years.

Many relatives and friends will give you disposables at your shower. Hold onto them, if you need them they are there, if you don’t ever use them, you won’t have any trouble donating them to a local women’s shelter. That being said, the newborn phase is a great time to try a few fluffy cloth diapers. Because newborns don’t roll, twist or try to claw your eyes out during diaper changes (oh yes, that precious newborn will be a feisty toddler someday), they are a sitting duck for any attempts at prefold folding, fitted snapping, cover adjusting or pocket securing you want to do. Newborns also tend to sleep. A lot. If you have the luxury of a partner or family member keeping up the house when you are recovering, take advantage of sleep time to play with the diapers, you will gain confidence using them for longer periods, and learning your baby’s wetting habits and what fits best.

Newborns will poop at night for the first 4-8 weeks, whether using cloth or disposables you will be changing at nighttime, so you will need a little bedside station to do these nighttime changes. We have found some of our customers will get up or ask their partner to use the changing table with the full setup, and I did this with my first as well. Baby number 2 and on did not have that royal treatment, mama was too tired to lug out of bed, and daddy was too busy getting a glass of water and taking the older toddler potty all night.

What I found to work best, on my nightstand I hang a wetbag (I hung mine on the edge of a small drawer that pulled out, the Rumparooz wet bags are great for this with their loop that snaps, as are the large planet wise or Wahmies wet bags). I also kept a small basket of dry wipes, and a small bowl of water. Add some hand sanitizer and 4-6 clean diapers, and you are set. I changed my babies in the bed, I did like having a little changing pad to lay under them (the Planet Wise ones are perfect, thin and don’t take up much space), little boys especially love to tinkle on you, and sometimes sleepy mom didn’t catch it before I felt a warm dribble running down my hand. Change baby, wipe off hands with fresh wipe and water, then use hand sanitizer to cleanse any germs. Baby goes back to bed, dirties go in wetbag, everyone can stay put.

My last little tip this week is in regards to wipe warmers. I tend to advise against them, many are not designed for cloth wipes they are just too small for the quantity you need for the day. If you decide to use one, make sure you clean it out every day. If you leave cloth wipes in, they will mildew, and a warm,wet environment is perfect for breeding any bacteria that may be present. Also, make sure they stay wet, as you could also have a potential fire hazard with the fabric being stored inside. With newborn cloth wipes, if you have room temperature water, and squish it in your hand a few times, it warms up just fine to use on baby.

Next week we will chat about some more tips, as always if you have questions email me at AbbysLane(at)!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Cloth Diapering a Newborn: Umbilical Cord Notches, Do you need one?

by shethinksmedia

Through 5 babies of my own, and working with/testing diapers with thousands of customers over 8 years, the official Abby’s Lane stance on umbilical cord notches is….don’t worry about them!

If you have a newborn diaper that you love, but it doesn’t have an umbilical notch, OR, you are waiting until the stump falls off to start using cloth diapers, we say don’t sweat it and jump right in.

Here is why:
Any diaper that has an umbilical notch, cloth or disposable, will still rub on the bottom of the stump. Whenever I used my Lil Joeys, folded my prefolds below the cord, or used newborn disposables, you will always see the top of the diaper is covered with dried blood and the stump may have some as well. Is this harmful? Not really, but any rubbing/chafing does slightly open the door to infection as the stump heals.

In my experience, laying a cloth diaper gently over the stump is less irritating:

  1. Bowel movements never go up the front of the diaper, they will always shoot out the legs or travel up the back, so you do not risk fecal contamination on the stump.
  2. You change a newborn’s diaper pretty quickly. He isn’t laying in it for 8+ hours at night like a toddler will, for those first few weeks of stump time, you are changing every 90 minutes to 3 hours, so there isn’t a lot of time where urine is going to sit on the stump.   PLUS, a newborn’s urine is very “pure”, they aren’t eating dirt, worms and steak like a 2 year old is, input is minimal and pure, output will be the same way, not very irritant laden.

When you have a diaper over the stump, it keeps it covered and holds it in place very nicely, sleepers, onesies and clothing doesn’t knock it around, and when you lay the baby against your belly or chest to wear them/hold them, nothing is pushing up on the stump.

In years of doing this, we have never heard of one customer run into any infections/irritations with their baby, but we do hear from customers who had stump issues with using diapers that fit under them. (Also, remember even if your fitted fits nicely under the stump, by the time you put a cover over it, it will likely rub on it).

This isn’t to say many people use cord notch diapers and are problem-free, most are, but it is enough for some babies to cause problems (again, not on many, but a few), or hold new parents back from using their newborn cloth that we wanted to chat about it a little :)

Stephanie, Abby’s Lane

Abby’s Lane Lil’ Buns Giveaway, Cover those tiny bums in cloth! Ends 04/20/2012

by shethinksmedia

This giveaway is for those teenie tiny little bums in your life or for the little ones on the way!  You’ll be in awe of just how tiny these great cloth diapers are.

We’re giving away

  • (1) bumGenius XS AIO in Butternut
  • (1) Thirsties Duo Wrap with Aplix, Sz 1 in Meadow
  • (1) Kissaluvs Natural Fitted Sz 0

Many many ways to enter and you have two weeks!

Open to the USA only.

Enter via the Rafflecopter form below and come back each day, there are some entries you can complete more than once!

Good Luck!

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Heavy wetters

by abbyslanehype

Today we are chatting about heavy wetting newborns. Most newborns are not heavy wetters. We have found from chatting with a lot of mamas, most newborns follow the usual route of needing to be changed every 1.5-2 hours during the day, minus cluster feeding/pooping time, and at nighttime the same schedule for the first 4-8 weeks while they are still pooping at night when they feed (hint here for the first time mamas, change the baby after you feed/nurse them, they always poop after a good burp, if you change them first then feed them, you will be doing it again 10 minutes later.

If you have a hard-to-wake baby and need to feed them disregard what I just said and change them first, it will wake them up, you can feed them than change again, just get a few extra diapers for this-LOL). If you are using prefolds and covers exclusively, and find those 2, maybe 3 if you are lucky, hour stretches at nighttime are oversaturating your diapers, an easy way to optimize absorbency is to trifold a second prefold, and lay it in the middle of the prefold you wrap around the baby. If you do this, you may need to size up your covers earlier than expected, especially if you are using newborn covers and infant prefolds. If you have a 5-7 pounder and you need this, use a preemie prefold as a doubler, for 2-3 dollars you can get one and try it, see if it helps solve the problem at nighttime. For the fitted mamas, same thing, an economical way to double up is by trifolding a prefold with your fitted. If you are using natural fibers, lay it in the middle of the fitted. If you have a stay dry fitted, lay the prefold outside the fitted, between the fitted and the cover, so you have the absorbency but do not lose the stay-dry feature of your fitted. This is an easy way to solve this problem, once the baby stops pooping at night, most have beefed up enough to use some pockets or extra small pockets if you need to boost absorbency again, or have enough leg chunk to use some of the thicker fitteds, even some of the one size fitteds you can snap down for huge absorbency.

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