I know lots of moms are interested in cloth diapers but are not sure about what their options are for the newborn stage. I had lots of one size dipes that I knew would not fit a tiny newborn- regardless of claims!-but didn't want to buy diapers I was only go to use for a few weeks. The answer for me was diaper rental. I know some people might think it is gross-but I am not someone who shies away from used items or hand me downs-even diapers If you reuse any newborn clothes chances are they were either spit up or pooped on and it isn't like they aren't washed.
I stumbled upon an online diaper store called Nell's Natural Baby after seeing a tweet. While checking out the site I saw that they did newborn diaper rentals. The diapers available for rent were Kissaluvs size zero. These are fitted diapers that require a cover. I had tried Kissaluvs with Eliza when I first started cloth diapering. Although I was happy with the diapers back then, I opted to go the one size rout. However, I remembered that the diapers were soft and absorbent and I thought they would be prefect for a delicate baby bottom.
Here is the diaper rental deal.
I rented 24 size 0 Kissaluvs for 3 months for $150. After returning the diapers I had a choice between $75 cash or $85 store credit. I took the store credit option because I can use it to pick up some Rockin Green Detergent or I might even try out the new Bum Genius Flip system.
I purchased 4 wraps (Thirsties Duo) to use with the diapers. I got by just fine with only four covers. I have two kids in cloth and do LOTS of laundry so I always had clean covers available. Changing the baby very often also allowed me to reuse the covers- they didn't get that gross. At one point I tried to use my Grobaby shells with the Kissaluvs but I wasn't thrilled with the results. You, of course, might have different results.
I couldn't be more pleased with my rentals. They came to me excellent condition and I sent them back in what I considered to be great condition. They washed well- although sometimes a few they got jammed in my dryer and would end up more crusty and dry then fluffy and dry.
I would certainly rent them again. I was really sad to pack them up and send them off. It meant my lil boy wasn't so little anymore.
Interested in renting cloth- check out...Click here for a cost comparison of the rental versus disposables!