Welcome to my Cloth Diapering Your Newborn Event! Today’s review of newborn covers is the first in this series; plus, there will be a giveaway package up for grabs. And here’s the star of the show – our sweet little model and guinea pig – the very patient Erik. He will soon be 4 weeks old so we’ve had lots of time to try out our diapers. Erik was 7 pounds 8 ounces at birth and a bit on the skinny side – which is probably average for most newborns.
Using a cover is one of the easiest and most economical ways to diaper a new baby. Anything can work as an insert – newborn prefolds, small flats, inserts made of microfiber, hemp, bamboo or cotton, or even trifolds made by AppleCheeks, Little Weeds, Thirsties, AMP and Snap-EZ.
What are we using for Erik? A couple of things: Eco Dia flats from My Tajos and Osocozy flats from The Nest Natural Parenting and tiny bamboo trifolds from Lovely Orchard. All of these can be folded to fit perfectly in newborn covers.
And now….here are the diaper covers we’ve tried, in no particular order, and my thoughts on each:
Thirsties Duo Wrap, Size One: This is an extremely popular cover for newborns and smaller babies because it is lightweight, economical and adjustable. There is an extra set of snaps on the rise so your baby can wear it past the newborn phase. This ended up being one I didn’t reach for as much for Erik; he’s skinny and I found there was was some sagging and extra bulk, but nothing major. However, when he was wearing something really bulky like a squishy fitted, this cover fit better so it’s definitely very accommodating. And I do like that Thirsties offers both snap and aplix options. You can find these Duo Wraps in sizes 1 and 2 for discounted prices at The Joyful Giraffe – they are prepped but not used – just $9.99 and up!
Thirsties Diaper Cover, Size XS: I liked this Thirsties cover even better than the Duo Wrap. It’s a sized cover, so we got XS for Erik and it fits very nicely around his skinny waist and legs. It also retails for less; brand new it’s $11.00 versus $12.75 for the Duo Wrap at Diaper Safari (free shipping!). The sized Thirsties covers also have gentle double gussets – these are great for keeping leaks at bay, even around my newborn’s little bird legs. I like the aplix version because it takes mere seconds to wrap around my son, and it holds in prefolds just fine without pinning. It also works great over fitteds.
Swaddlebees Capri, Size One (pictured first from left): You all know how much I love Swaddlebees diapers. Wish the prices were a little lower, but I have to admit they are well worth the extra dollars. Our newborn cover is no exception. I LOVE this cover for the same reasons I love the size two Capri’s we use for Susanna and Samuel – the PUL is soft but extremely durable, the double row of snaps on the waist delivers a snug fit with no sagging, and these covers easily wipe clean to re-use. The leg and waist casings are very soft. And this trim-fitting cover does well over bulkier fitted diapers, too. Plus, Swaddlebees has a HUGE collection of colors and prints! When I’ve got a little extra spending money, I pick up my Swaddlebees at Dearest Diapers, where Rana offers free shipping.
Sweet Pea Newborn Cover (pictured in the middle): I admit…I’ve been using this cover more than any other I bought. Completely fell in love. I ordered TWO more within a week! It’s simply the best-fitting cover in our entire stash – tiny, trim and so so cute! I’m SO glad that Sweet Pea introduced newborn covers last year; I have always been a huge fan of the one-size Sweet Pea covers. And the newborns retail for under $10.00. Aplix is the only option offered and it’s fine by me. That means it’s quick to get on and off and ensures a perfectly snug fit. I’m not worried about the fact that aplix wears out faster than snaps; this is a newborn cover and will only be used for a short time; it will still be in great shape for the next baby! Because they are so new, you have to look a little to find a retailer. But I know my friend Erica over at Green Baby Goods just got more of these in stock in some really cute colors – and they are just $9.95.
Rumparooz Newborn Cover (pictured third from left): Although the fit around Erik’s waist and legs is snug, there is just way too much bulk with this cover for me to love it. In the photo you can see how much extra fabric there is. I would bet this cover performs better on bigger/chunkier newborns, and the adjustable rise means it will fit past the newborn phase, but it just wasn’t one of my favorites. The Rumparooz newborn covers retail for $10.00 over at Diaper Junction.
ProWrap Newborn Cover (pictured first from left): This is a lightweight cover with no bells and whistles. A true economy cover and a good choice for families that are on a budget and aren’t choosy about prints or colors. I didn’t really like the huge aplix tabs on the waist, but I guess that’s a cosmetic complaint; it didn’t affect the performance. The value for the money can’t be beat; in fact, they are on sale right now at Nicki’s Diapers for the bargain price of $6.65.
LiteWrap Preemie Cover (pictured second from left): I was told these run a little big so we purchased the preemie size. However, I found that the waist actually runs small, even with the back elastics; I could barely fasten it around Erik’s waist and he’s not chunky. But the rise runs big; it was much higher than our other covers. For these reasons, I found this cover didn’t do well with most of our fitteds; I couldn’t get everything covered. My gripes aside, though, I do know that these are a very popular budget cover and fit many babies well. You can also find these at Nicki’s Diapers, but they are only available in white. LiteWraps retail for about $8.50.
Baby Monkeys Newborn Cover (pictured third from left): This is a really cute little WAHM cover made of PUL with snap closure. I like the fit and the fact that you can buy these at Baby Monkeys for just $5.00 and also choose from 14 different colors (with contrasting fold-over elastic covers). Pretty much unbeatable! I’d love to see how an aplix version would fit, but overall I’m pleased with this cover and use it quite a bit, especially since the inside can be wiped clean to re-use. It’s big enough to hold in prefolds and fitteds, but still trim-looking.
Little Bear Bums Newborn Cover (pictured first from left): Another favorite! I want to order some more in the small size for Erik when he outgrows newborn. This is the only fleece cover that we tried and I love it. Little Bear Bums uses microfleece which is soft and smooth, and finer than other fleece covers/soakers. And the natural color is so lovely. We haven’t had any issues with wicking or leaking. I’m totally sold on these cozy little covers. What could be more perfect for keeping a newborn warm and dry? These beautiful WAHM covers start at just $8.50 in the Little Bear Bums online shop.
Tiny Tush Perfect Fit Cover XS (pictured second from left): Our Tiny Tush cover sagged a little more than I would like, and sometimes we had gaping around the leg openings. The single snap closure at the waist might explain the sagging. Once again, this cover might better suit larger or chunkier newborns. And it did fit a little better when I put a bulkier diaper on him. If I bought another Tiny Tush cover, I’d like to try the aplix closure to see if that offered a better fit. Tiny Tush sells their Perfect Fit cover for $11.95 and has recently added another newborn option called a Mini One-Size cover which has extra snaps on the rise and retails for $16.95. Like the Swaddlebees Capri Size 1, it’s meant to fit longer than a standard newborn/extra small cover.
Bummis Super Brite Newborn Cover (pictured left and top): And yet another winner! I also ordered two more of these because we love them to pieces. Besides our wool cover (below) this is the only other one I dared to use at night. The PUL is thick but not too stiff. You might be wondering why we didn’t try the Bummis Super Whisper Wraps; this cover appealed to me more because it’s lightweight and has inner gussets AND the exposed PUL on the inside means you can wipe it clean. The Whisper Wraps have a knitted PUL that gets damp. But some moms like this against their baby’s skin better; it just comes down to preference. The Super Brite has nice stretchy wings for getting a perfect fit and really soft and snug leg casings. Nothing escaped this cover! You can find these for $12.65 over at Diaper Safari, with free shipping to boot.
Bummis Super Lite Newborn Cover (pictured bottom right): For $11.00, this is Bummis’ most economical cover. And it’s gotten great reviews. They are trim and cute and very lightweight. There were two small problems I encountered: the aplix strip is so wide and long on the waistband that it sometimes directly touches the skin on Erik’s thigh, causing red marks and irritation. I tried angling the waistband and wings upwards to avoid this, as Bummis suggested, but the problem persisted. But I know most moms haven’t had this issue. It just goes to show that even the most popular covers don’t always work for every baby. I should also mention that because it’s such a trim cover, it doesn’t completely cover some of our fitted diapers. But I love everything else about this cover, and I think as Erik fattens up the scratchy velcro issue will go away. Diaper Safari also carries this line for $11.00 each.
Organic Caboose Newborn Wool Cover: This is a beauty and completely reliable day and night. I love that we rarely have to wash it because every mother of a newborn baby could use more time, right? Wool is breathable and naturally antimicrobial and not hard to care for at all. In fact, we did not even have to lanolize it first before using and haven’t had any issues. I love that this wool wrap has easy aplix closure. It works great paired with our Organic Caboose fitted, as well as with prefolds. It features fold back laundry tabs and is made in the USA. Another thing I love about wool? Like fleece, it can also keep your baby warm and not just dry. Amazingly, when summer comes, wool also keeps them cool because it’s a breathable, natural fiber. Pretty sweet! Organic Caboose is very reasonably priced for a high quality wool cover and is just $30.99 at Little Spruce Organics. (You can get 15% off with my exclusive blog code ZH15.) This is an investment you will pat yourself on the back for time and time again. It’s generously sized, too, and baby can wear it past the newborn stage. If you’d like to read more about cloth diapering a newborn with wool, check out this great blog post at Little Spruce!
AppleCheeks Envelope Cover, Size 1: AppleCheeks are such cute diapers and they have a unique look all their own. Plus, the inside is constructed like a pocket diaper with a wide “envelope-style” opening, which means you can choose to stuff inserts inside or just lay them in the cover. Our AppleCheeks fit great on Erik and came with two insert options – a trifold bamboo insert and a microterry insert with red edges. I absolutely love the bamboo insert – it’s soft and supple and thirstier than a standard prefold. The microterry insert was on the longer side so I had to fold it down to fit Erik, which created some extra bulk in the front. AppleCheeks are higher on the price scale at $19 just for the envelope cover, but this brand has die-hard fans and I can see why. The diapers are adorable, well-fitting and very soft and comfy. One of my favorite places to find AppleCheeks diapers is The Nest Natural Parenting shop. They are a small family business and always have great sales and promos going on.
Weehuggers Cover, Size 1: The look and fit of a Weehuggers is very similar to the Swaddlebees Capri, and like the Capri you can purchase either a size one (6-18 pounds) or a size two (15 to 35 pounds). The Weehuggers have handy inner gussets and flaps at the back and front to better hold inserts in. Weehuggers are made in Knoxville, Tennessee and come in 12 adorable colors and prints. I love the contrasting trim on this cover, and it’s very soft on Erik’s waist and legs. The double snaps on the waistband work great to get a nice and snug fit. I like that pretty much any fitted diaper will fit inside this cover, but it’s not bulky at all. We found some Weehuggers at Nicki’s Diapers with free shipping!
That’s a wrap! And there’s more to come – newborn pockets, fitteds and AIO diapers. Stay tuned this week!
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