Posted by KarenC on March 14, 2004 at 12:16:01:
In Reply to: New Born and CDs posted by Rebecca on March 14, 2004 at 03:04:37:
I didn't use cloth right after my two kids birth but I would with a third child. I would personally probably use the X-small Sandy's just because they're so darn cute and more convenient than dealing with a more bulky One-Size or small Sandys. But I will say that we're fortunate enough to be able to afford that (the fact that we could resell them for a very good price afterwards does help justify the expense though). But the x-small Sandy's is really a luxury unless you're expecting a preemie or really small baby. A regular sized baby would probably only wear them a few weeks before outgrowing them. I'd say it's one of those 'nice to have but far from a necessity' items.
If we couldn't afford it or just didn't want to spend them money, then I'd probably use either the One-Size or Sandy's (I prefer Sandy's so it would probably be those). If the diapers are really too bulky at first you can always use liners inside a velcro cover. Just use one (or maybe two) liners inside the cover as a lay-in dipaer and shut the cover. I did that with my son when he was a few weeks old and it works well enough. Not as well as fitted diapers though, more poopy leaks. But still works well.
As for liners, you probably won't need those at all until the baby is at least a few weeks old and has stopped pooping at night. At first they poop so often (night and day) that you have to change their diaper so frequently that they're never in a wet diaper long enough to benefit from a stay-dry liner. Once the baby stops pooping at night then you can start using extra absorbancy and stay-dry liners and stop changing at night.
If you mean disposable liners to help with poop clean-up then you'll only need those when your baby is either on solids or drinks formula. As long as he/she is exclusively breastfed the poop is soft enough (and water soluble) that you can just throw it in the pail as is (no fear of really gross odors either, breastfed baby poop doesn't smell very much). Then come wash-day you just throw them in the washer and do a pre-rinse to get the bulk of poop out and then wash as usual.