Regardless of whether you use cloth nappies or disposable nappies, the main thing that the nappies are easy to use, and do not leak.
You are going to be changing nappies every 3 or 4 hours. When baby is newborn, you’ll get into the routine of feeding from one breast, burping, change nappy, and then feeding from the other breast. So that will be around 4 hourly during the feeding cycle – and extra if they poop.
When they start sleeping through the night, luckily nappy changing frequency will reduce. And when they get older too, the time is reduced. But there will be a lot of nappies!!!! For a couple of years!!!!!
Cloth nappies have been modernised nowadays so you don’t need big flat squares nor pins. These days its all about convenience and ease of use. Nappies have really been re-invented with improvements in fabrics and snap systems rather than pins. There are a couple of systems you can go for:
- Breathable waterproof overnap, which you put in Prefolds (folded up absorbent cotton layers)
- Pocket Nappy (which you stuff with absorbent prefolds)
- All-in-One (this has the waterproof layer and the absorbent layer all sewed together. This one looks most like a disposable, but they do take longer to dry.
There are a number of different brands available, and it can get quite confusing when you are researching. But all the nappy options and brands will come down to the 3 functions described above. We now stock the Bambino Mio range – see here: Cloth Nappies
A great place to do research is http://www.thenappynetwork.org.nz This website also has a really good forum with thousands of helpful mums to answer your questions.
The advantage of cloth nappies is that you can reuse them all again and not have to purchase when you have more babies.