Recently a couple of fellow bloggers have had babies that were born at a lower than what is considered average birth weight and they have been very interested in using cloth nappies. Trouble is many brands don't fit smaller babies. But as Petit Girl decided to enter the world early and was born at 6lbs 4oz (then of course lost some birth weight we got to see what nappies do work and what to avoid. Here are the nappies we tested and recommend for smaller babies.
The gNappies gTiny - I cannot tell you how much I loved these. The front can be fastened down for the cord (a bit of cord will stay attached for a while then fall off) and thus won't hurt the baby or create a place for leaks to happen. You can buy a newborn pack but often you can buy gTiny second hand very cheaply. I also recommend using the gRefill for the first month to help you get into the idea of cloth nappies but also allowing you to not have to rush around washing inserts and instead enjoy time with your new babies PLUS they biodegrade and wet ones can go in the compost bin.
The Tots Bots Teenyfit – very easy to use, soft and lovely fit too. Only downside I found was it didn't last up until try daughter could move on to the Easyfit so there is a gap between Teenyfit and Easyfit. Again check out second hand groups these sell fairly cheaply.
Bambooty – the smallest sized nappy they do fits fairly small babies. I could use ours at birth, it fit just fine though may be not so great for preemies. Very absorbant too and no fiddling with stuffing.
I did try others but they failed and I never like to recommend nappies that failed. But I will say DO NOT use the Bumgenius newborn nappy. Poorly made, barely hold a newborn wee and after a few washed look like they've been in a war zone. Don't waste pennies on badly made nappies.
And don't worry they will soon grow and fit one size and other cloth nappies after lots of love, sleep and feeds. Hope this has helped you out!