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Old 02-27-2013, 07:46 AM   #1
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Diapering a small newborn

Tons of newborn threads out there but what about the mamas with the less than average sized newborn? With two babies under 6 & 7 lbs, a lot of newborn diapers just did not work on my girls. When you have a 6 pound baby, you deal with very scrawny legs and short rises a lot of the time. Leg gaping and cord stump rubbing were a big issue for us both times. And my girls kept their cord stumps for 3 weeks.

So what worked for you on your below 7 pound newborn(s)? I'm hoping to get together a helpful thread for mamas who specifically need to know what works and what does not when you don't have that average 7-8 pounder.


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Old 02-27-2013, 07:47 AM   #2
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DD1 born 6 lb 10 oz, home at 5 lb 14 oz
Had a very limited stash & knowledge of CD
Worked-
Tiny gDiapers although they left gigantic, deep red marks in her scrawny little legs. They fit under her cord and were trim stuffed with a preemie prefold.

Didn't work-
Happy Heinys Mini. Gaped so much poop just flew out of the side and rubbed her cord.

DD2 born 6 lb 15 oz came home 6 lb 10ish oz
Worked-
Lil Joeys
BG XS with the front folded down
Preemie prefolds & GMD orange under Bummis Super Lite & Brite & ProWraps
GMD orange WH
Pull on covers, went way above the cord

Barely worked-
Nana's Bottoms AIO NB, just barely rubbed the cord
GroVia NB AIO, leg gaping but fit them well by 7.5-8 lb which she reached before 2 weeks old

Didn't work-
Fluffy's XS covers
Sandy's XS
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:12 AM   #3
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Re: Diapering a small newborn

DD #1 born 6lbs even 18 inches I had a huge stash of gerbers for her (flats prefolds covers ect... EVERYTHING was huge I could not fold the flats down enough or rather when I did the material around the legs and tummy was thicker than she was. forget the prefolds and her whole body fit through one legs on the nb sized covers.. I didn't know their was other cloth choices so we did disposables (also really big) till around her 3-4th month..

DD#2 born 5lbs 7oz 18.25 inches long
we had a good mix of stuff to try including some popular NB choices such as Kissaluv 0, bumgenius NB, softbums, nanabottoms, and various prefolds as well as several cover choices thirsties Bummi proraps flips etc... most were way too big

What worked
preemie prefolds
NB birdseye prefolds
nana bottom preemie AIOs and the NB were doable but did cross the cord )but good leg fit)
bummi superbrite covers (carefully put on)
bummi orginal NB covers (best)
handmade wool soaker by a DS mama.
snappi worked but pins were too big
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:18 AM   #4
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Re: Diapering a small newborn

DS2 7lbs got smaller before we came home

worked
bg xs (3 weeks)
orange edge gmds
KL0s
BSWW NB
xs thirsties
Eco mini nappi

did not work
FBs
little beetles fitteds--to big at 1st worked later
infant sized pfs


DD 6'13 went to 6

Worked
FLATS!!!!! Loved them no bulk
orange edge pfs but they seemed so bulky compared to flats
bsww nb covers
xs thirsties
thirsties duo size 1
xs sbish (used at night or day coverless)
snickerfritz nb (used at night or day coverless)

For nb due in April no idea size but my babies get smaller and smaller

I will use
Flats
thirsties xs and duo size 1
emotibums fleece nb and sm
swaddlebees nb aios
Hopefully orange edge pfs--I lent mine out and have not get them back yet.
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Re: Diapering a small newborn

8 to9 were ok for my baby were fbos 8 snaps.
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Great thread!

DS was 7 lbs 5 oz and 21 inches long when he was born. He was jut under 7 lbs when he came home.

Worked:
DR nb pfs (bulky but they worked)
Nb Proraps

Didn't work/too big:
Thirsties xs (I'm intrigued that these worked well for so many mamas because they swallowed my little guy for a long time unless we used them with fitteds...they were way too big for use with pfs)
BG xs AIOs
KS0s
Bummis Super Whisper Wraps

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Re: Diapering a small newborn

DS born 7lbs 7oz went down more than a pound before we left the hospital, close to 6 lbs.

What worked:
Orange Diaper Co XS Loops
KL0's
Jenn Cats Meow NB diapers with cord snapdown
GMD Orange prefolds
Blueberry Mini Coveralls

What rubbed cord, but then worked with small baby:
BG XS
Bummies Super Lite and Brites
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Oh I forgot prowraps! I added then to my worked list. Loved them!

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Re: Diapering a small newborn

My last was 6lbs 4 oz and lost to just under 6lbs. We loved newborn prefolds with proraps covers. Also used nb mutts and a few other nb fitteds with cord snap down.
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I actually have a whole thread with photos from DS at 6 lbs!

Worked:
Fitteds I made from the LaDiDa pattern with Bummis Super Brite or some tiny wool a friend knit for me
GroVia newborn AIO
Ikea flats
Newborn prefolds
Tot Bots Bamboozle Fitteds size 1

Didn't work:
BG XS
Fuzzi Bunz XS
Infant prefolds
All one size diapers
ProWraps because there was no cross over tab
Bummis SWW was too big too, only the super Brite worked
Tiny Gs ... Even at 6lbs DS got wicked red marks and the design is just illogical
Bambino Mio cover in NB size was huge, but when he grew into it it was really nice

Next time, if there is a next time, I will do 24 LaDiDa fitteds instead of 12, we were always running out of them, they were awesome!
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