If you're cloth diapering your newborn using prefolds, flats, fitteds or contours, you'll also need to invest in some waterproof covers as well. When it comes to newborn diaper covers, some of the key features to look for are an umbilical cord cut-out, overlapping tabs for fastening and double gussets around the legs to hold in messy newborn poos.
To use cloth full-time, you'll need about 8 covers and 24-36 prefolds or fitted diapers. Polyurethane laminate (PUL) covers can be reused if they're not soiled but they should be washed every 2-3 days, while wool covers can be washed every 1-2 weeks if they're not soiled.
Below are some trusted favorites for cloth diapering newborns:
Made from a polyester knit with a urethane barrier to stop leaks, this diaper cover features double gussets around the legs to stop leaks. It includes hook and loop closures, an umbilical scoop on the newborn size to avoid irritation of the cord before it falls off, and elastic in the back to ensure a snug fit.
ProServices recommends washing these covers in cold water in the shortest wash cycle possible, and fastening the diapers and turning them inside out to wash.
The covers are available in white, yellow, blue or green. The newborn size fits babies from 6-10 lbs.
With a hook and loop closure that overlaps, double gussets around the legs and an umbilical cord cut-out in the XS size, these diaper covers have all of the most important features you'll want in a newborn diaper cover. Made from 100% polyester with a urethane coating, they can also be wiped clean between uses and they have fold-over laundry tabs to prevent the covers from getting attached to other items in your wash.
These covers are free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), phthalates, lead and latex. They come in 8 solid colors and 2 prints and the XS size is designed to fit infants from 6-12 lbs.
In addition to manufacturing eco-friendly cloth diapering products, Thirsties is committed to operating a green business and has taken steps to reduce its environmental impact. For example, the Thirsties warehouse is powered completely by wind energy and the company offsets the carbon created in the transport of Thirsties products with Renewable Energy Certificates. Additionally, all the fabric and components of their products are sourced as locally as possible, and the cutting and sewing of their products is done locally as well.
The Super Brite features double leg gussets with lycra binding that promise to wrap around baby's legs with less bulk than other gussets and no elastic to leave marks. The hook and loop closures overlap to ensure a good fit even on skinnier babies. The covers also include laundry tabs to prevent the covers from getting attached to other items in your laundry.
The newborn size comes with an umbilical cord cut-out and fits babies from 4-9 lbs., while the small size fits babies from 8-16 lbs. It comes in 4 prints and solid white.
Bummis recommends machine washing and drying this cover at regular temperatures or hanging it dry to extend the cover's life. It is made from a layer of polyester with a PUL interior that allows the cover to be wiped clean between uses.
The Super Brite is made in Montreal and includes fabric and components that are all sourced in North America and guaranteed to be free of lead, phthalates and bisphenol-A (BPA).
Made in Japan of felted 100% merino wool, this cover is a great pick if you want to use a diaper cover made of natural materials on your newborn. It is very breathable, so it is also a great choice for babies with sensitive skin, eczema or diaper rashes.
This cover features hook and loop closures and double leg gussets to help prevent leaks. The newborn size fits babies from 7-13 lbs., and the cover is only available in a natural color.
To care for the cover, ImseVimse recommends rinsing it immediately after it becomes soiled. It can be machine washed on a medium setting, but hand washing is recommended. The cover should be hung to dry and lanolized once or twice each month.