*This post is part of the Cloth Diaper Carnival VII: Newborn Cloth Diapering at Dirty Diaper Laundry*
So sorry about the very long absence… But it was not for a better reason – I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Rafee 1 week ago! So imagine the hectic-ness I have to undergo for this while, I hope Cloth Diaper Malaysia readers would understand
Just so you know, one of the many reasons I started Cloth Diaper Malaysia, apart from wanting to promote and encourage Cloth Diapering to Malaysians, was to also prepare myself with the knowledge to Cloth Diaper my newborn baby. I researched, read and wrote articles related to Cloth Diapers for myself, and also to share with the others about Cloth Diapering.
UNFORTUNATELY, I learnt that theory and practical were two VERY different things. Despite the preparations I made, my Cloth Diapering journey with my newborn wasn’t so smooth sailing and easy.
Here were some of the problems about Cloth Diapering a newborn that I have encountered, which were oh-so frustrating!
1) None of my bought cloth diapers seem to fit my small newborn!
Apparently I was too cautious, not wanting to buy Extra Small sizes because I thought “they wouldn’t last too long.”
2) My prefolds and diaper cover plan to cloth diaper my newborn was a failure.
How silly of me, I have a stash of prefold diapers that were Regulars (again, I thought buying Infant size would be a waste) which did not fit my newborn at all, NOR did they even fit in ANY of the XS or S sized diaper covers that I had.
3) Leaking problems!
Again, this was a sizing issue, even with a small sized Fitted Diaper. I was breastfeeding one time, and my boy leaked all over my lap, grr!!
4) My little boy LOVES pooping on freshly changed diapers.
Happened so many times after I put on a clean diaper, to find out that minutes later he “felt” like the diapers were just too nice not to poop on immediately!
5) My social support system wasn’t really so “supportive”.
My husband was joking with me that I put so much effort in wanting to Cloth Diaper, but apparently so many things tend to go wrong! And I don’t think my mother in law was into the idea of Cloth Diapers too much either!
6) The cloth diapers were so bulky!
On a tiny newborn, almost everything I put on makes my baby an awkward sumo wrestler on his crotch (which didn’t look too comfortable). I was critcized again about this by my social support system, heh.
7) Could I even be bothered with laundry right now??
Cloth Diapering requires ULTIMATE care, but seriously, with a million other things to do with the baby the first month, should I really put so much effort in it?
8 ) I couldn’t figure out how to Snappi lampins (or prefold for that matter) properly.
In the end I gave up. Needs more practice. Sigh.
9) My “one sized” pocket diapers were not really “one sized fits all”.
It certainly did not fit on too well on my newborn. Even at the smallest setting, it was still huge and left gaps at the legs.
10) My apartment laundry area had no direct contact with the sun.
So the stains on the diapers couldn’t benefit from the sunlight. Also, they take ages to dry. Sigh….
So I guess my cloth diaper start was bumpy indeed. Will it stop me from trying? Of course not! After all is sorted, I’m ditching those darn disposable diapers! But now with breastfeeding, identifying baby’s needs and wants, trying to get enough rest, being a zombie during the day…. It’s going to be tough indeed!
But never mind, the good news is, my little baby is born healthy and happy!
(Thanks Adriana for making the birth announcement! )
*UPDATE! One month after I got used to the craziness of becoming a new parent, my Cloth Diapering journey was more successful… Read about how I did in this post: My Newborn Prefold Experience. Yay!!!