The Best Cloth Diapers for Newborns

by Amy Sylvestre |

It is understandable if you find yourself a bit overwhelmed when thinking about using cloth diapers for your baby.  It can be a bit intimidating to commit to cloth diapers over disposable ones at first.  There are several different versions and brands to consider.  But, don’t get discouraged!  After researching and comparing different versions, I have compiled a list of what knowledgeable parents say are the best cloth diapers for newborns.  I also polled several experienced mommies for their favorites.

My top five choices of the best cloth diapers for newborns are laid out for you in a concise way so that you can quickly and confidently find the very best solution for your baby without having to pour over review after review.

Take just a few minutes to read the quick overview of our top choices plus some answers to common questions when it comes to choosing to use cloth diapers.

Best Cloth Diapers for NewbornsWhy It Is BestMom Rating
bumGenius All-In-One One-Size Snap Closure Cloth Diapereasily adjustable, no extra steps with stuffing, fits babies from around eight pounds♥♥♥♥♥

Thirsties Duo Wrap Snap

fits babies as small as six pounds♥♥♥♥
Lil Joey 2 Pack All-In-One Cloth Diapergreat for small babies, fits babies as small as four pounds, patented leak protection♥♥♥♥♥
Bummis New Easy Tots Easy Fit SNAPSfits babies as small as eight pounds all the way to thirty-five pounds, parent fave♥♥♥♥♥
GroVia One Size All In One Grapefruit Starsgood for heavy wetters and overnight♥♥♥♥♥

 

Best Cloth Diapers for Newborns

bumGenius All-In-One One-Size Snap Closure Cloth Diaper

A dry and happy baby is the main goal! So, your newborn will definitely stay dry with the six layers of absorbency in the bumGensis version of the cloth diaper. It is on our best cloth diaper for newborns list because of its stretch-to-fit design and because there is no stuffing or extra steps for optimum use. You simply place the diaper on your baby and adjust the snaps in the front for a perfect fit for your little one.  bumGenius One‐Size Cloth Diapers will fit most babies from around eight to thirty-five pounds.

Thirsties Duo Wrap Snap

If you are looking for a cloth diaper that is extremely user-friendly, you will like the Thirsties Duo Wrap Snap. I would say it is one of the best cloth diapers for newborns. The fit is trim and offers hassle-free cleaning. While being simple to use, it also has three layers of absorbency. If your baby happens to be a heavy wetter, there is a helpful insert made of microfiber and microfleece for extra absorbency. For even more peace of mind or for nighttime, there is a pocket inside of the diaper that is perfect for an additional insert if needed.

With these simple to use cloth diapers, others caring for your little one will feel comfortable and confident using them while you have to be away.  This version of cloth diapers is available in two sizes.  Size one fits babies weighing as small as six pounds and size two works well for babies around eighteen pounds.  Many cloth diapers are not suitable for babies under eight pounds so this option is great for smaller newborns.

Lil Joey 2 Pack All-In-One Cloth Diaper

Image of the Lil Joey 2 Pack All-In-One Cloth Diaper, Platinum

It can be quite a challenge to find a cloth diaper to properly fit preemies or smaller newborns. The Lil Joey fits little ones from approximately four to twelve pounds and is even designed to fit nicely around newborn legs. For your very new baby, an included snap down feature is great for keeping the top of the diaper from touching or irritating the umbilical cord.

If you are looking for a cloth diaper that offers extra protection against potential leaks or unfortunate blowouts, this one fits the bill.  This version of the cloth diaper is made with a patented leak protection technology of dual inner gussets.

Bummis New Easy Tots Easy Fit SNAPS

Many parents consider the all in one Bummis New Easy Tots as one of the best cloth diapers for newborns. With a cozy fit, it is engineered for convenience, great protection, and leak containment. Your little one will appreciate the New Easy Fit version with a wider elastic in the back of the diaper as well as the stretchy waist. I love the super cute designs and the very soft fabric.  It also dries quickly after washing.  Some parents have said it can run a little small and is a trimmer fit than bumGenius cloth diaper option.

GroVia One Size All In One Grapefruit Stars

Image of the GroVia One Size All In One Grapefruit Stars

It can be challenging to find a cloth diaper for heavy wetters that is not overly bulky.  The custom super soaker system in this GroVia cloth diaper might just be your best solution.  It has a good fit around the legs and waist of your baby. This is great for protecting your little one from leaks and even unexpected blowouts.

It is also a good option as an overnight cloth diaper for your baby.  For optimal absorbency, you have options with two different sized cotton soaker pads that snap together creating a double insert. The grooves in the larger soaker pad are helpful for maximum leak protection.

This is a wonderful option that will save you from getting stains on all those cute baby clothes.

Types of Cloth Diapers

Flats

If you are thinking about a traditional cloth diaper from generations past, then it is likely the flat version. Flats are used with a cover and often square and made of cotton that can be folded in a variety of ways to prevent messes.

Covers

Covers are used in addition to an absorbent cloth diaper. They are the outer waterproof part to be used with a fitted, pre-fold, or flat diaper.

Prefolds

This version of the diaper is a rectangular cotton cloth that is divided into three sections.  The center is the most absorbent part and it can be folded into thirds. Then, it should be used with a diaper cover for better protection and diaper pin.

Fitted

A fitted diaper cloth is similar to the all-in-one diaper without the included waterproof cover. The fabric is absorbent and there is elastic around the legs and waist to keep from leaks.

Pockets

The pocket cloth diaper version has two parts. The absorbent inserts are placed in the sewn-in pocket of an outer waterproof shell.  The absorbent pockets are often sold with the inserts. You can also use flats or pre-folds versions to keep your baby dry.

All-in-Ones

All-in-ones are exactly just that. They are a one-piece cloth diapering system that simplifies things for you and your baby.  It has an absorbent interior, a waterproof exterior, and elastic around the legs and waist.  Additionally, there will be some kind of a closure mechanism like a snap or latch. They are the closest you will get to the disposable diaper in terms of ease of use.

All-in-Twos

The all-in-two option of cloth diapers is made of two pieces. One piece is the inner absorbent layer that is snapped into the outer waterproof shell. Conveniently, a soiled inner layer can be changed and the outer shell can easily be wiped out and reused a few times instead of washing it after each use.

Frequently Asked Questions About Best Cloth Diapers for Newborns

What do I need in addition to cloth diapers to get started?

There are a few things that could make life a bit easier with cloth diapering.  Experienced parents would suggest cloth diaper safe cream, a sprayer to rinse out the diaper, additional inserts for extra absorbency, a diaper pail for soiled diapers, a wet bag for when you are away from home, and possibly cloth wipes if you prefer them over disposable ones.

How many cloth diapers do I need to buy for my newborns?

You will likely want around twenty-five cloth diapers for your little one. If you have decided to use a cloth diaper that has a cover, you may want a few more with around six to eight covers. For the all-in-one versions, twenty-five to thirty-five is probably the most you will need. Keep in mind, the fewer the cloth diapers, you more you will have to wash them which will affect how long they last.

How should the cloth diaper fit on my newborn?

Be sure your baby’s diaper fits snuggly around the waist and legs. You do not want it to be too tight for the safety of your baby and also to prevent compression leaks.

How do I care for and clean cloth diapers?

Here are several helpful washing steps:

  1. Choose a heavy or durable wash cycle and add detergent.
  2. Run a pre-rinse (shorter) cycle so that your main wash will not be overloaded with soiled water.
  3. Run wash cycle.
  4. Dry the diapers in a machine or air dry.

Final Thoughts on Cloth Diapers for Babies

After some research and talking with several other experienced mommies, my standout favorite is the bumGenius all-in-one version for the simplicity of use.  No extra stuffing or difficult folding to get effective protection from leaks or blowouts. I will say that each of the options of cloth diapers for newborns on our list has great features for your little one. Plus, many of them have super cute designs to cover your little one’s bottom!

After seeing our top five choices for the best cloth diapers for newborns, I hope that you are better equipped and more confident to select the perfect version for your baby.

Let us know your pick of the best cloth diaper for your newborn and what you think of it!

Amy Sylvestre
Amy is a writer, mom, and southerner living in the suburbs of Chicago. She has also worked for several large non-profit organizations. Amy is married to her hunky pilot husband, and they have two sons, Graham and Hudson. Graham is a hilarious, talkative, four and half year old. After a strong fight with congenital heart disease, Hudson passed away at eight months old. Amy is also in the process of growing her family through adoption.

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