Have you ever seen a Rumparooz Lil Joey Newborn Cloth Diaper in person? If not, look out! It was love at first sight for my husband and I! Well, before our baby and dog arrived (pictured above)! These were the cloth diapers that made me want to start this business! If you are pregnant or thinking about buying cloth diapers for a newborn, these are the ones for you! You have to see and touch them, trust me! You really will fall in love with them! They really are the brightest, cutest, and softest little things I have ever seen! They fit my 7 lb. 4 oz. newborn perfectly from the beginning and are geared to fit babies 4-12 pounds, so this pretty much covers most newborns. I loved the snap down option in the front for her umbilical cord, so it did not irritate her. Plus, they were trim and easy to use. I also loved the double gussets to trap her breastfed poop. I never had a leak, but I was a bit over the top on changing her. I know that I, personally, would never want to sit in anything wet or get a rash, so why would I let my daughter? Plus, my midwife wanted to know how many wet and dry diapers she had. The great thing about cloth diapers, in general, is that they let more air reach your little one's bottom and you can wash them and use them over and over again. I never felt guilty about throwing away money each time that I changed her. Some parents spend about 25 cents per diaper and average 12 diaper changes per day with a newborn. 12 diaper changes with disposables would be (12 x 25 cents = $3 per day/$60 per month). I know I averaged well over this because Oral was always wet when I checked her diaper and I swear she peed or pooped every time my husband or I changed her. Ask my husband, Brendan!
I also bought a few other newborn cloth diapers because I wanted to be able to try them out and compare them to other top brands to give my customer's the best advice and to be sure I was using the best ones on Orla. In additiona to the Lil Joeys, I tried the bumGenius Newborn Cloth Diapers, gDiapers tiny gPants, Happy Heinys Mini One Size Pocket Diapers, Best Bottom One Size Diapers, and the Happy Heinys One Size. The bumGenius Newborn Diapers were too wide between her legs and leaked. Orla was a typical newborn baby, not a chunky chubber. I did like the velcro enclosure though. All the one size diapers were too big at the beginning. I wanted a more trim fit for those early weeks and for her to be able to fit into her cute, tiny newborn clothes. I also tried the tiny gPants. I thought they would be ideal because they have the umbilical cord snap down and are teeny tiny, but I did not like to velcro them to the back and she grew out of them practically the day I got them. They are perfect for preemies and you will use them for much longer. However, my gut instinct was right about the Lil Joeys.
I would recommend using 24 Lil Joeys, which would retail for $360. With the cost in mind, parents can also purchase them gently used, borrow them from friends, or rent them to save money. There is always the option of selling them right away afterwards on Craigslist or Ebay for half of what the original retail price is ... or use them for their next child or other children on the way. This is where you really see the savings! In addition, using cloth wipes will also save you money because families spend an average of $500 on disposable wipes (from birth to potty training). The interesting thing is that I was using about 2-3 disposable wipes per change and only needed one cloth wipe with Happy Heinys Spray and barely used the whole wipe. I thought it would be the exact opposite. Yeah, newborn cloth diapers are an extra cost, but this can partially be offset by using cloth wipes (especially homemade ones) since you are washing the diapers anyway.
Nonetheless, cost is important, but there are many other reasons to cloth diaper a newborn. Long story short, I did not want to put disposable diapers on Orla because she would potentially be exposed to harmful chemicals like tributyl and chlorine as well as sodium polyacrylate (SAP). The thought of doing this to a helpless newborn who has to sit in them for 24 hours a day did not appeal to me. For Orla, I would be willing to pay extra or find a way to do what I thought was best for my daughter. If there is a will, there is a way, right? Plus, I felt empowered knowing I was not putting this extra waste in our local landfill that would sit for 500 years. Yes, I had extra work of washing every other day, but that only consisted of dumping the cloth diapers in my washing machine and pushing a few buttons. Well, my husband and I did rinse them after every change using a diaper sprayer, but some people skip this step. I am thankful that he doesn't mind changing Orla's diapers or caring for them. He really is a hands-on Dad. You may call me weird, but I love washing my cloth diapers and seeing them come out of the dryer pristine. For me, Lil Joeys really are adorable and all the benefits for using them made me want to care for them that extra more, especially when my infant daughter would be wearing them.
Here is a picture below that I took of a few Lil Joeys hanging on a clothesline drying in the sun.