Cleaning Out the (Cloth Diaper) Stash

Unlike his big sister, little Harvey lucked out and got to wear cloth diapers specifically sized for newborns for the first 5-6 weeks of his life because we had a 12 pack of bumGenius Newborn All In One diapers that are sized to fit babies from about 6# to 12#. Unfortunately, since Harvey came out of the womb at 9#5oz and was up to 11#7oz by his one month well child check, he didn’t get to spend too much time in them! While he did though, I loved them. They were so trim (which means they weren’t bulky under his newborn and 0-3 month clothes), and they were awesome at containing everything.

We started Harvey in cloth diapers at 4 days old (once the meconium poop phase has passed), and he wore them for the next 5 weeks. We only had 12 diapers, and we were going through 8-10 per day in the beginning, so we did supplement with disposables from time to time if they weren’t dry in time. However, it wasn’t a big deal to run a load of laundry every day or so, so we were luckily able to use mostly cloth on him for that first month before we switched to the larger One-Size diapers that we used with Stella.

Is it weird that I’m sad my baby is already too big for newborn diapers? This baby phase is all too fleeting. *sigh*

At any rate, we have gender neutral colors – 3 white, 3 clementine [orange], 3 butternut [yellow], and 3 twilight [light blue]. I don’t even see the yellow or blue available on the BumGenius website anymore, weird! We used them for a month, and they are still in excellent shape with just some very slight wear and tear from where you attach the velcro (aka “hook & loop closures”) to the laundry tab for washing. They’ve been worn probably 15-20 times each and washed with cloth diaper friendly detergent only (we use Rockin’ Green). I always did a cold rinse first, then a hot/cold wash, then tumble dry. I also dried them outside in the sun a couple of times just to make sure to get any stains out. When I originally posted this I was going to try to sell them, but it just occurred to me that my cousin is due any day now, so I’m going to send them to her! Yay for family. 🙂

These are really great diapers, and extremely easy to use since they are all-in-ones (key for my husband). I highly recommend them – I just wish I’d have bought them for Stella and gotten to use them for two kids!


  • An all-in-one is a cloth diaper with the absorbent layer integrated into the waterproof outer layer. It goes on in one step.
  • No stuffing, no diaper cover and no folding means that this is the easiest-to-use and quite possibly, the most convenient newborn diaper you can buy.
  • These fantastic all-in-one diapers are made with an outer fabric that is safe to wash in hot water.
  • The closures are hook & loop, just like disposable diapers.
  • The inner-core is ultra-absorbent.
  • The lining fabric keeps your baby’s bottom dry.
  • The tabs have that stretch that you love in deluxe disposable diapers.
  • The ultra-gentle leg elastic will keep the messes in!


  1. Cute colors! He looks a lot like Poppy in the one with the plain white, long-sleeves onesie – at least he does on my tiny phone screen 🙂

    1. I agree with you!

  2. Cotton Babies discontinued quite a few colors/prints recently, I think the blue in your picture is actually twilight, since I bought a bunch of well loved twilight 4.0s during their last used sale and they are that color. Mirror is more turquoise in color since I have a Flip cover that color. They did discontinue the yellow color though. Actually what is interesting that I found out recently is you can go to, I think that’s the site, its run by the Cotton Babies people and you can actually type in your diaper barcode from BumGenius, Flip, or Econobum diaper and it gives you the history of your diaper like where it was made and the date it was made. Useful for anyone who buys used diapers or is planning on it to see exactly how old they are.

    I went with Proraps and Litewrap newborn covers with prefolds with my daughter and loved them. Although she was a small baby and wore those for several months before switching to one-size.

    1. Oops, you’re right, I’ve updated the color above now! It was twilight.

      Neat time about!

  3. Loved this post 🙂 My fourth is now about 4 wks old and we don’t have newborn size bumgenius or fuzzi Bunz so we are using disposables now and will switch to cloth in the next few wks (his brother is 22 months so both will be in cloth just like with my daughter and my 22 month old when he was a baby!)

    I did sell off some pink and purple ones when my daughter was done with them, and he goes through 10 diapers a day so I have to reevaluate if I have enough for both….def seems like it but may have to wash much more! I have a few AIO’s also but mine are mostly pockets so stuffing takes time 🙁

  4. I didn’t know they had newborn ones! How cool! Love the colors

  5. kaseypowers · · Reply

    So tempting! But the cost of washing that often would be nuts for us. I’m really looking forward to the day C is big enough for cloth full time. Right now I only have a few that fit him.

    1. Ya, we have a washer/dryer at home and our water bill has never gone up from washing diapers / watering the lawn / etc., so it really is economical for us.

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