How to Cloth Diaper a Newborn

If you’re expecting a baby soon and are looking for an eco-friendly way to diaper your newborn, then cloth diapering can be a great choice! Cloth diapers have come a long way since their inception, offering better absorbency and comfort than ever before.

How to Cloth Diaper a Newborn

In this blog post, we’ll discuss the basics of cloth diapering newborns – from material choices to inserts (or boosters), and learn why so many parents consider it the best option out there. Plus, get tips on how to cloth diaper a newborn easily and efficiently – even with all that extra sleep deprivation!

When Can You Start Cloth Diapering a Newborn?

It is safe to start using cloth diapers on a newborn baby as long as the diaper fits properly and securely. However, be sure to check with your healthcare provider for their specific recommendations.

Depending on the size and weight of your newborn, you may need different sizes or styles of cloth diapers in order to ensure a comfortable and secure fit. Be sure to always double-check the fit of a cloth diaper before putting it on your baby for maximum safety.

Newborns need to be changed more frequently than older babies, and you may find yourself needing to change diapers 8-10 times per day. For newborns, it is best to use an absorbent fitted diaper or a pocket diaper with a newborn insert, as these will help keep your little one dry and comfortable.

If using pre-fold diapers, you may want to fold them in thirds so that they are not too bulky for your tiny baby.

Use an Absorbent Fitted Diaper

When shopping for cloth diapers for your newborn, take into account the different sizes available and look at reviews from other parents who have used that particular diaper style on their own newborns.

It is also important to consider the absorbency level of any diaper you purchase, as this will be key in keeping your baby dry during the night or after long stretches of time between changes. Finally, make sure you have enough cloth diapers on hand to get through the day without having to do a load of laundry each evening.

8 Methods on How to Cloth Diaper a Newborn

1. Folding the Diaper.

There are several ways to fold a cloth diaper, but the most common is the origami fold. This involves folding the diaper in half lengthwise, then folding it in half again. Once you have a long, narrow rectangle, you can fold it into a triangle and tuck it into your baby’s bottom. If you’re using a diaper cover, make sure the diaper is tucked in all the way around. To make sure your baby is comfortable, you may want to use a liner for extra cushioning.

2. Snapping the Diaper Closed.

Once you have folded the diaper, you will need to snap it closed. This can be done with either snaps or Velcro. If you are using snaps, be sure to line them up so that they are easy to open and close. 

If you are using Velcro, be sure to attach it so that it does not come undone easily. There should be three sets of snaps or Velcro on each side of the diaper. Once you have snapped it closed, your diaper is ready to be used. While there can be some variation in how each diaper is put together, the basic process is the same.

3.  Putting on the Diaper Cover.

Once you have snapped the diaper closed, you will need to put on a diaper cover. This helps to keep the diaper in place and prevents leaks. There are many different types of diaper covers available, so be sure to choose one that fits well and is comfortable for your baby.

Need to Put on a Diaper Cover

When putting on the diaper cover, it is important to make sure that it is not too tight. You should be able to fit two fingers between the cover and your baby’s skin. If it is too tight, it can cause irritation and discomfort.

Once the diaper cover is on properly, you will need to make sure that all of the edges are tucked in securely. This will help to ensure that there are no gaps where leaks could occur.

4.  Putting on the Pants.

After you have put on the diaper cover, you will need to put on pants for your baby. This helps to keep everything in place and provides an extra layer of protection against leaks. You can use any type of pants you prefer, but it is important to make sure that the waistband and leg holes are not too tight.

This will help to ensure a secure fit and prevent discomfort for your baby. If necessary, you can roll up the legs of the pants so they don’t bunch around the diaper cover. Just make sure that you check that the pants are not too tight and that the diaper cover is still securely in place.

Once you have everything in place, it’s time to put on your baby! Make sure that everything is secure and there aren’t any gaps where leaks can occur. If everything seems secure, then you’re ready to go. Congratulations – you have just successfully cloth-diapered your newborn!

5.  Changing the Diaper Regularly.

It is important to change your baby’s cloth diapers regularly in order to prevent leaks and skin irritation. Depending on how often your baby urinates, you will need to change cloth diapers anywhere from every two hours to every six hours.

Change Your Babys Cloth Diapers Regularly

6.  Washing the Diapers Regularly.

In addition to changing your baby’s diapers regularly, you will also need to wash them regularly in order to keep them clean and free of bacteria. Most cloth diapers can be washed in your regular laundry cycle using detergent and hot water. However, some manufacturers may recommend using a special cloth diaper detergent or washing them by hand in order to extend their lifespan.

Be sure to check the instructions on your diapers before washing them. Additionally, if you are using a diaper sprayer or liner, be sure to follow all cleaning instructions for those items as well. After washing the diapers make sure to air dry them outside in the sun whenever possible. This will help to ensure that they are 100% bacteria free and keep them looking their best.

7.  Drying the Diapers Properly.

After washing your baby’s cloth diapers, it is important to dry them properly in order to prevent leaks and skin irritation. Most cloth diapers can be dried in your regular clothes dryer using low heat or air-dry settings; however, some manufacturers may recommend hanging them up to dry in order to extend their lifespan.

If you do hang them up to dry, be sure to do so out of direct sunlight, as this can cause fading. Additionally, you may need to pull the elastic back on the diapers in order for them to dry properly. Finally, be sure to avoid using fabric softeners and dryer sheets, as these can irritate your baby’s skin.

8. Storing the Diapers Properly.

When not in use, it is important to store your baby’s cloth diapers properly in order to prevent leaks and skin irritation. Most cloth diapers should be stored in a dry, cool place out of direct sunlight. However, some manufacturers may recommend storing them in a special storage bag or container in order to extend their lifespan.

Cloth Diapers Should Be Stored in Dry

If you do store them in a bag or container, be sure that it is breathable in order to prevent mold and mildew growth. Additionally, be sure to regularly clean out any residue or build-up that may accumulate in the storage container. This will help ensure that your baby’s cloth diapers remain effective for as long as possible.

Should I Cloth Diaper My Newborn or Wait?

For many parents, the decision to cloth diaper their newborn can be a difficult one. On one hand, cloth diapers offer numerous benefits such as reducing skin irritation and helping to reduce our environmental impact. On the other, there are some drawbacks that must be considered- often times they require an initial investment in materials and time spent on laundry duty.

The answer to this question really depends on each parent’s individual preferences and lifestyle. Some parents are comfortable with cloth diapering their newborn right away, while others may prefer to wait until they’re older or until they have more disposable income. There is no right or wrong answer- it all comes down to how you want to handle the situation.


Whether you opt into pre folds or pocket diapers, a strong detergent and frequent washes will keep everything clean and tidy. We hope this guide has given you a better understanding of how to successfully cloth diapers for your newborn! 

If you need any additional support or have any questions on how to cloth diaper a newborn – don’t forget to reach out for help from friends who may have tried it before or check your local diaper service for assistance.

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Loren Jones

Hi, my name is Loren. I live with my husband and 4 lovely kiddos in the Eastern part of San-fransisco. I have a smart beautiful,curious 6 year old daughter, a handsome 11-year-old son, an intelligent and tech geek 15 years old son and a creative, artistic 12-year-old stepson. With each of my kids being five years apart, I feel that I’m now continually phasing in and out of each stage of parenting! I’ve learned a lot about the way children learn and behave, especially in a school setting with regards to curriculum. I enjoy sharing that insight through my writing and hope that it can help others.

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