Welcome to the 2nd review in my Cloth Diapering Your Newborn Event! Today our focus is on fitted diapers, and there will be TWO giveaway packages up for grabs. Once again, here’s Erik – my very patient model. He’s about 8 pounds right now and a bit skinny – so very average for a newborn.
Using a fitted diaper is ideal for newborns because of the great absorbing capabilities. And like the name suggests, fitted diapers tend to fit better because they are contoured to your baby’s body. Although a pricier option than covers and prefolds or flats, fitteds are steadily growing in popularity. Mamas and babies just love them and a lot of us have at least a few in our stash. They are great for anytime, but really shine during naps and night time. And because the outside is not waterproof, fitteds come in literally thousands of fabric prints and colors – from the commerical offerings to WAHM diapers.
And now….here are the fitted diapers we’ve tried, in no particular order, and my thoughts on each:
Baby Coon Organic Bamboo Fitted: This adorable little fitted features a cotton knitted outside, a hidden layer of organic bamboo fleece and a cotton velour inner that is a deep turquoise to coordinate with the owl print. The rise snaps down to keep the fabric from rubbing the cord stump. This diaper fits Erik like a second skin – I can’t wait to get it washed and dried so I can put it on him again and I’ll be SO sad when he outgrows it! It’s extremely absorbent, too. The snap-in soaker features 2 separate petals so you can customize your absorbency level, plus it helps the diaper to dry more quickly. This diaper is soft and cushy but not too bulky, although it won’t work under every newborn cover, especially the really trim ones like the Bummis Super Lite. The gentle leg gussets have held in all of Erik’s explosions. An absolutely gorgeous WAHM fitted – no complaints here at all. And if you can believe it, these are just $12.00 at Baby Coon Designs on Etsy!! Check out all the adorable newborn fabric print choices she has!
GMD Workhorse Fitted: Green Mountain Diapers is known for its famous cotton prefold diapers. In fact, they won the Padded Tush Stats 2012 award for Prefold of the Year. They also make these great “Workhorse Fitteds” which are made from that same lovely and absorbent prefold material. They come in all sizes; I had to snag a newborn! It also included a tiny little doubler, also made of prefold material. This may not be a very fancy fitted, but it gets the job done, and for $5.50 you can’t beat the price. The absorbency level is not as high as a hybrid or bamboo/hemp fitted, but it’s still pretty darn good, especially if you purchase some of the matching Cloth-Eez doublers that Green Mountain sells. Another thing I really like about the Workhorse? It’s trim enough to fit under any newborn cover, unlike some of the other plusher, bulkier fitteds. You can buy these with or without snaps, in bleached and unbleached fabric. The unbleached is my choice because it’s softer and hides stains a bit better.
Organic Caboose Newborn Fitted: This is a lovely little organic cotton diaper which fits from about 5 to 12 pounds, so it runs a little on the smaller side of the scale. For Erik, that meant a great fit. The organic cotton is very soft and cozy and I love that Organic Caboose products are made in the USA. The newborn fitted features a snap-down rise for the cord stump. It’s not the most absorbent diaper in our stash, but it does a good job. Our Cloth-Eez doublers fit perfectly inside to boost the absorbency. If you want 100% gentle and natural for your new little one, this fitted is perfect. Little Spruce Organics has them for $15.99 each. You can get 15% off with my exclusive blog code ZH15.
Thirsties Duo Fab Fitted, Size 1: This is a hugely popular fitted diaper and for good reason. It’s made of super soft and plush cotton/poly velour fabric and is especially contoured to fit little bodies. I really like the stretchy wings – they make it so easy to get a snug fit around Erik’s waist. This very thirsty little diaper can absorb up to 18 ounces of fluid. When your baby gets older, Thirsties also has a Size 2 version of their Fab Fitted. I like that you can remove the soaker in this diaper for quicker washing and drying. It’s one of my favorites although we couldn’t buy more than a few because at $16.50 they are on the higher end of the price scale. You can find the Thirsties Fitteds at Diaper Safari with free shipping!
Kissaluvs Fitted, Size 0: The Kissaluvs fitted is an economical option among the major brands. At $14.95 Kissaluvs delivers a very basic and well-fitting diaper made from squishy cotton terry. It’s pretty cute, too (I love the stitching around the edges). There’s also a tiny microfiber soaker sandwiched inside for added leak protection. This is one I reach for a lot, and I’d love to get more colors (they come in some really cute pastels). Diaper Safari also carries the entire Kissaluvs line, and as always – they ship for free.
Tinkle Trap Prefitted: This is another great little budget diaper, similar in concept to the GMD Workhorse. Made of soft unbleached prefold fabric, the Tinkle Traps are edged in cute rainbow stitching and feature a tiny little soaker which is partially sewn inside. These need to be fastened closed with pins, a Snappi or a Boingo (my choice). The wings on this diaper are very long so I’m hoping that will mean Erik can wear it much longer, even when he chunks up a bit. You can find these thrify little fitteds at the Tinkle Traps website for $7.00 each.
Little Bear Bums Dyed Prefitted: Yesterday I told you how much I love the Little Bear Bums microfleece cover. They also sell these beautiful little prefitteds, which are like the Workhorse and Tinkle Trap diapers mentioned above. The soaker is sewn inside this one, so it’s not removable, but it still dries in a moderate amount of time. What makes these extra special is that they are sewn of soft Indian cotton and then hand-dyed in lovely colors. I love the deep blue and green! The price? Just $8.00 at Little Bear Bums.
Happy Little Llama Organic Bamboo Fitted: This an incredibly beautiful WAHM fitted made of organic bamboo with a plush petal-style soaker inside that snaps in. The outer “baby animals” print is so cute! Happy Little Llama has some amazing designer prints available to choose from. Ours is no closure so I fastened with a Boingo (it only needs one!). You can also get snap closure, if you like. These fit around 7-14 pounds, but I would venture to guess they could go even smaller. This diaper holds a LOT of wetness (there’s also a hidden layer of bamboo fleece inside). Prices at Happy Little Llama start at around $22 and go up from there, depending on size and options.
Sandy’s Fitted by Motherease, Size XS: Another soft little terry diaper…the Sandy’s Fitted has quite a following among cloth diapering mothers, and comes to us from Canada. The stretchy cotton terry feels like a very soft and squishy bath towel and is colored with low-impact, eco-friendly dyes. There are lots of fun, bright colors to choose from. The fit is roomier than the other fitteds we tried – it’s similar to the look you would get with a pair of old-school pull-on Gerber pants. Sandy’s are known for running on the bigger size; I know moms who have size small on their year old babies. So the XS or “newborn” diaper starts out pretty big. However, even though I’m all about trim diapers, the “old fashioned” look of our Sandy’s is starting to steal my heart. It just looks so cute and cozy! And I’m thinking this side-snapping, stretchy fitted would make a GREAT pair of pull-up training pants in the larger sizes. The price is right at $11.75, which is very reasonable. You’ll need to make sure your cover is roomy enough to accommodate the Sandy’s fitteds (the entire Motherease line is designed to work perfectly with them). We found our Sandy’s at Nicki’s Diapers. Nicki is giving away a free pair of BabyLegs with every order over $49; just use code BL49 at checkout!
That does it for fitteds! And there’s more to come – newborn pockets and AIO diapers. Stay tuned this week!
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