I love covers and prefolds on a newborn baby, but my experiences with Erik proved to me how well fitteds work for newborns – especially after the first few weeks when they are growing fast and eating more and really soaking their diapers – especially overnight. In fact, fitteds are the only thing I use at night for several reasons:
- They stay put and don’t wiggle and shift as much as prefolds
- A fitted diaper (especially one made with bamboo or microfiber) is more absorbent than a prefold
- A fitted diaper alone is as absorbent as 2 newborn prefolds. Doubling up prefolds creates more bulk.
Was I nervous about diapering a newborn at night? You bet! Erik wakes up to nurse a couple of times and I feared that he would leak or explode onto his clothes (and our bed sheets). I’m so glad that we found an easy solution. It’s a great feeling to be greeted each morning by a smiling baby in dry pajamas!
To make wearing a fitted diaper that will be saturated by morning more comfortable for Erik, I lay a thin Hipkiddo “stay dry” fleece liner up against his skin.
Ok! Here are my four favorites. Erik is 10.5 pounds in these photos.
Tinkle Traps Economy Prefold Fitted
Why It’s a Winner: At $7.00 each the Tinkle Traps prefold fitteds come with an economical price tag. The fit is excellent because of the soft, extra-long wings that wrap around your baby. I can use one Boingo fastener to easily keep the diaper closed. And because the cotton is unbleached, it’s softer than the white/bleached version. I like how this fitted looks – the natural color with rainbow serging is very appealing. And there’s a miniature doubler sewn inside for extra protection. This is my favorite “daytime” fitted.
Thirsties Fab Fitted, Size 1
Why It’s a Winner: This is one of the thirstiest fitteds I have in my stash for Erik, so it certainly lives up to its name. The soft terry and velour fabrics are so cozy and the fit is terrific and super trim. I bought the snap version for durability since I plan to pack them away and use for another (future?) newborn baby. At $16.50, the Fab Fitted is pricier, but still less than other competitors. However, Thirsties offers periodic discounts through its retailers of 15% or more, so just be patient and you can grab them at the right time for around $14.00. Plus, the Fab Fitted has adjustable snaps on the rise which means your baby can wear it long after his newborn days are over. That, plus the dependable Thirsties quality, and the fact that they are made in the USA, makes it worth the price. I use our Fab Fitteds overnight with a GMD workhorse doubler tucked inside the “tunnel” (exclusive feature of the Fab Fitted); this combo keeps Erik leak-free until morning.
Baby Coon Newborn Bamboo Fitted
Why it’s a Winner: I don’t know where else you can find a beautiful, WAHM-made bamboo diaper starting at just $12.00. And the print choices are so varied, since they are customs. Erik’s owl-print fitted is adorable and gets lots of compliments! This diaper features two soft “petal-style” soakers made of luxurious bamboo velour. On our diaper, they are turquoise to match the outside fabric, and the diaper closes with snaps. It also features a snap-down rise to avoid the cord stump in those first days. The Baby Coon fitted works just as well as the Thirsties overnight. I’m hoping to order a few more!
Imagine Newborn Bamboo Fitted
Why it’s a Winner: This is another great everyday fitted. Imagine baby products are an exclusive line from Nicki’s diapers. While I found some of the Imagine newborn products to be too wide for Erik (esp. the covers and snapless fitteds), this beautiful bamboo diaper was perfect. I opted for aplix closure so changes would be quicker. The bamboo terry is very soft and squishy; it works well overnight but only if I include an extra doubler. They do take a long time to dry. At $13.95, they are very reasonably priced, and Nicki puts them on sale from time to time. NOTE: Right now ALL of her Imagine diapers are up to 38% off!
I’d love to hear about how you diaper a newborn or nursing baby overnight!