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Diapers

Your newborn will use about 70 diapers per week. If you use cloth diapers, you'll also need diaper wraps or plastic pants.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both cloth and disposable diapers. Self-laundered cloth diapers are the cheapest option, especially if you use diaper pins and rubber pants instead of the more expensive diaper wraps. They are, however, time consuming to wash and care for.

Diaper services are convenient, time-saving and less expensive than disposables. However, they are inconvenient when you travel, and they are more expensive than washing diapers yourself.

If you use cloth diapers, fold the diaper according to the baby's gender–more cloth in back for girls and more in front for boys. If you use pins instead of Velcro, be sure to place your hand between the diaper and your baby's skin as you pin.

Disposable diapers are the most convenient. Their disadvantages include high cost, increased chance of diaper rash, and environmental concerns. If you use disposable diapers, discard soiled diapers properly. Flush the stool down a toilet whenever possible. Do not throw away diapers in waste baskets. Take all diapers home and discard them in separate trash bags.

The best diaper choice for you depends on your time, laundering facilities, environmental concerns and financial considerations.