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How to Use Fitted Cloth Diapers

Fitted cloth diapers hug your baby's shape to hold in messes and ensure your baby is comfortable without too much bulk where it isn't need. Fitted diapers stay closed with snaps or hook and loop.

Rule #1 with a fitted cloth diaper: YES! You need a cover.
  • Every cloth diapering system includes a way to absorb moisture and a way to contain moisture. With a fitted diaper, you only have halfs of that equation. You still need a diaper cover.
Rule #2 with a fitted cloth diaper: Easy close
  • Fitted diapers can close with snaps or with hook and loop closures.
  • Snaps are very easy to open and close.
  • Hook and loop is very easy to get a custom fit because you can make small adjustments, but the ripping sounds can be loud enough to alarm a newborn or an especially sensitive baby.
Rule #3 with a fitted cloth diaper: Not too loose, not too tight, just right
  • The point of a fitted cloth diaper is to fit and adjust to your child's shape, not to force a fit.
  • Not too loose. To avoid leaks, check fit at legs leaks. You should be able to fit two fingers in the leg opening, but it should be snug around the top of the leg so moisture and messes don't leak right out. Also check the fit at the back waist. If you have to loose a fit at the waist, especially with a newborn, you can get a blow out straight up the back that means changing all of the baby's clothes and having a quick bath.
  • Not too tight. For comfort and safety, make sure the fit at the legs isn't so tight athat it pinches or makes red marks. For especially chubby bellies, you might want to use a diaper that goes under the belly to avoid tightness at the waist.
Rule #4 with a fitted cloth diaper: No peeking!
  • Once you have the diaper cover on over the fitted diaper, don't let the diaper peek out at the edges of the legs or waist. A peeking diaper can wick moisture onto clothes. All you need to do is tuck the diaper back in at the edges.

PROS

  • Over prefolds: a fitted diaper means the absorbency goes exactly where a baby needs it without bulky spots you can get with prefold diapers or flat diapers
  • Over one size diapers: a fitted diaper in multiple sizes means you are adding a lot of unneeded bulk to a newborn and putting your toddler in a bikini
  • Over all in one diapers: it is easier to keep a diaper clean without the added moisture resistant shell of an all in one diaper
  • Over all in one diapers: because you wash the diapers and covers separately, you need fewer diaper covers than diapers, which saves you money

CONS

  • You do need to either start with one-size diapers or buy a new size of diapers once your baby grows. You will need multiple sizes of diapers, so your costs will be higher than with one-size or flat diapers.

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