Cloth Diapering a Newborn – Plus Great Discount Codes for Green Diaper Demos!


I was thrilled that Michelle, owner of Green Diaper Demos, agreed to write this AWESOME post on cloth diapering a newborn, since she just gave birth to her adorable son, Mavick and since she is such a total pro when it comes to diapers. If you are about to have a baby, I highly recommend buying from her because she is fantastic about helping people troubleshoot issues.


Read below for her feedback on cloth diapering a newborn and check out the end of this post for some great discounts!

On February 29th, I gave birth to my second son, Mavick. I was very excited to start cloth diapering from birth this time since with my first son Michael, I found out sadly that my entire stash of one size diapers did not fit him at birth at all.



The Stash


I have a variety of diapers for Mavick (including of course all the diapers his older brother used). In his “newborn” stash I included: SoftBums Echos, Mini Bamboo, and Mini Dry Touch pods; Thirsties Duo Wraps, Duo Fab Fitteds, Duo Diapers, and the new Duo AIOs; itti bitti d’lish AIO, d’lish SIO, and boos; ones&twos AIO; Heiny Liney’s newborn Versa diapers; Oh Katy One-Size Pocket; Mother-ease newborn Sandy’s; and a bunch of prefolds and flats too.




Softbums Echo, Thirsties Fab, Softbums Echo



Thirsties Duo Pocket, Thirsties Duo AIO



Hiney Liney, Oh Katy, Itti Bitti Boo







First Impressions


I already knew the SoftBums Echos, a one-size diaper, would fit right away from seeing pictures on other babies but it was awesome seeing it first-hand since this had been my favorite brand in Michael’s stash. My husband and I decided that it would make a great first baby diaper since we didn’t know how big Mavick would be and the cover is lined so the only fabric of the diaper touching his skin would be soft. I was pleasantly surprised with how the Oh Katy diapers fit right away since we had trouble with our other “one size fits all” pocket diapers with Michael. Those newborn hip snaps are pretty cool! I was also surprised as the days passed how much I really liked using fitted diapers under the SoftBums Echos and Thirsties Duo Wraps since I had never really been a fitted kind of person with Michael. The Mother-ease Sandy’s fit wonderfully beneath the cord stump as did the Thirsties Duo Fab Fitteds and itti bitti boos but since the Thirsties are velcro, I think I like them more! (I am TOTALLY a velcro kind of gal). I love the versa-tility (he-he, get it?) of the Heiny Liney’s Versa diapers since they can be used as a cover, an AI2, pocket diaper, or AIO (we used it mainly as an AIO).


I am sad to say however at one month old and somewhere around 11 lbs, Mavick is outgrowing his newborn diapers. The Thirsties diapers are all still at the middle rise snap but the Mother-ease and Heiny Lineys are on their way out to be retired. I now either double up on the SoftBums mini pods at one usage or use a full sized bamboo pod.


I am happy to say that so far little Mavick has not experienced a disposable diaper. That may not always be the case, but I like being able to say that for now. We have only had a couple of leaks out the leg with a full diaper but no up-the-back or out-the-leg “blow outs.”


Let’s Celebrate


On April 1st 2 years ago, I opened Green Diaper Demos to help others experience the joy of cloth diapering that I had discovered. Help me celebrate with a sale!! Code “YEAR2” will get you 10% off of most items in the store. In addition, most items are already marked down on sale (so in reality most items in the store will be marked down for a total of 10-25%!!!). On through 4/7/2012.


Oh Katy is also offering their own special of buy 5 get 1 free for the entire month of April!! Put 6 Oh Katy diapers of your choice in your cart and enter coupon code “KATY” to have the value of the 6th one deducted!





Tara Porter

Tara Porter

Tara Porter began using cloth diapers in 2011 when she felt that using disposable diapers was costing too much money. The problem was, a lot of the highly recommended diapers weren’t working for her baby. What she finally discovered was that her baby was skinny and a heavy wetter, and that diapers worked differently for those baby types. Because of her professional work with survey design and statistics, she designed Padded Tush Stats as a way to determine how different cloth diapers worked on different babies.

Tara moved on to other career endeavors in 2014 but can still be found online blogging about health and fitness at Fit Baby Steps.
Tara Porter


  1. Laura P says

    I really want to start cloth diapering early, but I’m so hesitant to spend money on newborn diapers that she’ll just outgrow so fast. I have some Softbum Echos, which I think will grow with her nicely. Any other suggestions for diapers that will last beyond newborn stage? (I guess Thirsties size 1 and Oh Katy OS, from this post… any others?)

  2. says

    It’s a relief to see that my Thirsties size 1 will last a nice long time considering it makes up the majority of my newborn stash, lol. I started CDing with my toddler and he is in a size 2 Thirsties Duo Wrap and I *love* them!

  3. Hayley Stevens says

    My only question is what was a number that you felt comfortable with?!?! 20? 30? I have a 19month old already being CDed and she will be 21 months when this babe arrives… Any thoughts on numbers… She is in OS for all of hers BG, Econobums, Flips, HH…

    • Tara says

      I had two about 18 months apart and my stash was about 25. The thing is, you only really need as much as fits into a load… getting double for two just doesn’t really help because you can only wash so much. Does that make sense?

  4. Marissa says

    So I am due in May with my first, which means first CDing experience!, and I was very nervous about the fit of diapers on my newborn. After researching, I figured SoftBums Echos would be best for me/her. Thanks for the post because this makes me feel so much more secure that when my little one is a really little one, she will still have a comfy, cloth tooshie!

  5. Brittney says

    How big is this little cutie? Just wondering for reference. I know sometimes the diapers fit little babies better than big ones. Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Brittney, Mavick was 8lb 12oz when born. He was 8lb 11.5oz at 5 days old so he didn’t dip much in weight. Most of the above pictures were taken during the first week (with the exception of the very top photo which was during our newborn shoot on day 11)


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