Lots of cloth diapers and covers are marketed as fitting from “birth to potty training.” Is that really true? It all depends on the size of your newborn and the brand of diaper. Some run big and some run small. And even the smaller one-size diapers won’t be as tiny or as trim as newborn diapers. But some do work in a pinch.
I was curious about some of the one-size diapers and covers we have in our stash, so I tried them on Erik to see what the fit was like. He was 7 pounds 9 ounces at birth and is just over 8 pounds in these photos.
Here is Erik in a Flip one-size cover with a bamboo prefold inside. It gapes a little around the leg openings, which means newborn poo possibly escaping. Not a bad fit, but certainly not as snug as I would like. Because of the extra fabric, it looks kind of saggy. And the rise is on the high side.
And now here’s the BumGenius 4.0 one-size pocket diaper. This one is a lot bulkier in the front and the back. And the rise is even higher than the Flip. However, the fit around the legs is more snug.
Here’s Erik in the Imagine one-size pocket diaper from Nicki’s. This one runs even larger than the BumGenius and once again I noticed gaping around the leg gussets.
My conclusions? I definitely prefer our little newborn stash. It’s perfectly sized for Erik, and as you know – sizing is extremely important when you’re trying to keep leaks and blowouts contained. If you decide to start building a newborn stash (click here to see my reviews of more than 60 different newborn diapers and covers!) and are on a tight budget, you can get free shipping at Diaper Safari with no minimum purchase required. Nicki’s also offers free shipping on covers, pockets and Imagine-brand products.
This photo helps to show the significant difference in size, even with the one size diapers on their smallest settings:
And now you can see a couple of newborn diapers on Erik to further illustrate how they are tailor-made for tiny bodies. And they are OH SO CUTE! At left…the Bummis Super Brite newborn cover. At right….a Fuzzibunz Perfect Size pocket diaper in extra small:
Have I found any one-size diapers that DO work pretty well on a newborn? Yes! My two favorites are Buttons Diapers and Funky Fluff. That’s my little Ingrid in these photos (the second baby I’ve cloth diapered from birth).
Happy Diapering 🙂