Reusable Nappies for Newborns
Whether you need newborn specific nappies is like a lot of things with parenting- it depends! But if you do want to use cloth nappies from day one, you'll probably need to think about having some newborn nappies on hand.
If you are expecting a small baby, multiples or if you have a premature baby, you will almost certainly need some newborn size nappies.
You'll need around 25-30 nappies for the newborn stage if you're planning to wash every other day.
Cloth Nappy types suitable for newborn babies
Muslins and flats can be a cost effective choice in the early weeks. You don't need lots of absorbency at this stage (and will be changing often!) so these can work well. You will need to team these with a waterproof cover.
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Newborn shaped nappies are are small nappies that will fit your newborn until they grow into standard one size nappies. These nappies usually fit from around 5lbs/2.5kg up to around 12lbs/5.5kg. Shaped nappies have a waterproof layer built in, so you won't need a separate cover.
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One Size Nappies
If you are expecting a big baby, you may well be able to go straight to the one-size nappies. These typically fit from about 10lbs/4.5kg and although they will look enormous on a newborn, as long as you can get a secure fit at the leg, then they should work fine. Some one size nappies do come up smaller than others, such as Tickle Tots and Pim Pam.