As I think you all know, there will be a big event coming up that has a bunch of newborn reviews and giveaways. Unfortunately there were a few products that I never got a giveaway for, so I figured that I would still write up a little bit of a review on them just to help you mamas out that are still trying to figure out what you would like to get for your newborn. Please note that these reviews were in no way sponsored by anyone, they are all products that I have purchased myself. As always, my honest opinion is given! :-) So, here we go....
Lil' Joey's Newborn AIO
These diapers are great for on the go diapers. They require that you do not have to bring two different things to change your baby because they are an AIO and just like a disposable. I have to say though that I am not completely happy with them. The absorbency is so so. I would not trust this diaper for longer periods of time. It is great for during the day and, like I already said, when you are out and about. But you really need to keep an eye on these diapers. Because they have the stay dry they are a little bit harder to realize that your baby has wet them, so just keep a good track of when you last changed your baby and you will be all set. The drying time on them are not too awful bad, especially for an AIO. They are also a bit more on the pricey side. Also, even though these are made for newborns, please do not forget about their umbilical cord. Even though it has a snap down option for the umbilical cord, when your child is in a more sitting up position (car seat, bouncy seat, etc) it does tend to cover up the umbilical cord still. So you need to make sure you check that also after your child is in those things. This diaper is less bulky than say a prefold or a fitted diaper, however don't expect it to be like a disposable that fits perfectly under clothes. No matter what diaper you choose to use with your newborn, remember that there will be extra bulk. All together, I would recommend getting just a few of these for outings, but I would not recommend building a huge stash of them because of price and the fact that, like I said, I would not trust them for longer periods of time.
Gro-Via Newborn AIO
These diapers are another great diaper for on the go because of them being an AIO. These diapers, however, are much more absorbent than the Lil' Joey's are. They are also a bit larger so they will last a little bit longer. These diapers are a bit more on the pricey side also and do have a long dry time. However, if you were to build a stash of all the same diapers, I would recommend to build a stash with these. Remember though that you will be paying a bit more than you would for prefolds and covers, but I really think it would be worth it. I purchased 6 of these for my son's stash and actually wish I had a few more. Out of all the diaper choices, these are my favorite.
What more can I say besides this is definitely the cheapest option and probably the easiest ones because prefolds are just so easy to care for. However, I am not a big fan. If you want to talk bulky, OMG prefolds are bulky!!! Now, I am talking about Chinese Prefolds...during the Virtual Baby Shower I will be reviewing another kind of prefold made of bamboo and those are TRIM TRIM TRIM...but these are not. I would recommend getting some of them to cut down on cost, but if you are an on the go mom, I would make sure to have a few AIO's in my stash so that you can at least get clothes to fit okay.
Arm's Reach Co Sleeper
Everyone, if you are planning on co sleeping, you will LOVE LOVE LOVE this. I think this was our biggest, but BEST purchase that we made with this child. I love having my son right there and tucked in next to me. Not only that, it makes for easier nights and easier nursing. I could see how this would be an even more "must have" if the mom had to have a c-section. You don't even have to get out of bed to get your baby...just kind of roll with it. This keeps your child right next to you without the normal worries of co-sleeping. All in all, I would NEVER go without this product again! So much better than a bassinet or a crib!!!