Welcome to Part Three of When Cloth Diapers Leak.
All-in-Ones, Fitted, All-in-Two, Pocket, Prefold, Flat, One-Size, Sized cloth diapers… the types of cloth diapers available today is mind boggling! It seems that every time I turn around, there is a new brand or an updated version, it’s hard to keep up! But with all these different types out there, it can be hard to pick the perfect diaper for your little one. And if the diaper isn’t a good fit, then you will have problems with leaks.
Diapers that are the wrong size or are not the right fit can cause problems with leaking. The most popular style of diapers available right now are what are known as One-Size diapers. One Size diapers typically fit from 8 – 35 pounds. FuzziBunz, Happy Heinys, BottomBumpers and bumGenius are a few of the brands we carry that come in both a one size and a sized option (meaning small, medium, large). One size diapers are great because you can adjust them as you go and you typically only need to buy the one set. However, the important thing to keep in mind is that one size doesn’t fit all. Your little one will also go through phases with these diapers where they go from fitting perfectly to being “between” sizes and back to fitting well again.
Now if you know your little one is on the petite size, or your husband is 6’8″ and you can tell your little guy is going to be super tall, you might want to look at sized diapers over one size. Sized diapers are a much more custom fit (small, medium, medium long, large) and are not as bulky as a one size diaper. The less bulk is perfect for a more petite baby and the extra rise you see in sizes such as Monkey Doodlez Medium Long is great for the tall ones. With sized diapers, you don’t need to invest in as many as you use them for a shorter period of time. However, it is important to keep an eye on size. If you put your little one in the next size up, because they’re “close enough” you may have problems with leaks too.
So how do you know what to pick? I always recommend talking to your favourite cloth diaper store owner 🙂 We see a lot of different diapers and different babies and we try out a lot of diapers. We get feedback from customers and we talk to other cloth diaper store owners too for feedback. Another important thing to do is read reviews. Reviews will give you a really good idea of what a diaper is like from other parents that are using it.
Also, if you’re starting out for the first time, I always recommend to try one diaper of a brand first. Picking up a few different ones is always a good idea. Make sure the fit is good and you like the style. Once you find a diaper you like, then it’s worth buying a bunch.
So how do you know if a diaper fits properly? You don’t want any big gaping around the legs or waist area. However, you want to be able to fit two fingers easily (but not too easily) between the elastic and your baby. If you can get two fingers in comfortably, it’s not too tight and it’s not too loose. Usually if it’s too loose, you will see some gaping. And let’s face it, pee takes the path of least resistance!
It can be very tempting to go with the most popular or heavily marketed brand, but it doesn’t mean that particular brand is the best fit. As a cloth diaper store owner, I want all my customers to be happy and to find the perfect diaper. Finding the perfect fitting cloth diaper is a lot like finding the perfect pair of jeans, sometimes you have to try a few because not every diaper will fit every baby perfectly.