Reusable Nappies for Newborns
Whether you need newborn specific nappies is like a lot of things with parenting- it depends! You may have a baby who is born at a weight of 9lbs+, in which case you can probably get away with going straight into one-size nappies, without the need for a specific newborn nappy size option. But if your baby is expected to be, or is born on the smaller side and 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. Fortunately, modern cloth nappies can fit from around just 5lbs, and they really are the cutest! We particularly love the Close Newborn Nappies for their fit on tiny babies.
You'll need around 25-30 nappies for the newborn stage if you're planning to wash every other day. Remember, you're going to be changing 8-10 nappies per day in those early days and weeks!
Newborn stage cloth nappies don't need to have huge amounts of absorbency to them, because of how frequently you will change them, even over-night. This is a good thing though because it means that as the nappies aren't made up of lots of layers or absorbency, they will take less time to dry, so your nappy rotation in terms if use, wash, dry, is quicker.
You can have a watch of our handy Nappy Guru® guide to newborn nappies here:
Cloth Nappy types suitable for newborn babies