*UPDATE* Diaper Rite has changed the sizing of these pre-fitteds; instead of newborn to large, they are now available in either Size 1 or Size 2. New review coming in 2017!
Cotton prefolds appeal to me greatly, but since I don’t have the time or patience to do special folds, and I prefer something a little more absorbent, the Diaper Rite snapless pre-fitteds caught my eye. They are made of that same lovely prefold fabric but are contoured to fit your baby and have elasticized legs.
The different sizes have different thread colors around the edges. I have a small and a medium:
Here are the basic features of the Snapless Pre-Fitted:
- Four sizes available: newborn or 6-12 lbs. (natural stitching) is $5.95, small or 8-18 lbs. (purple stitching) is $6.95, medium or 14-30 lbs. (green stitching) is $7.95 and large or 26-40 lbs. (orange stitching) is $8.95
- Made of the same 100% Indian cotton that you find in Diaper Rite prefolds
- Eight layers of cotton in the diaper plus four extra layers in the semi-attached soaker
- Elastic at the back and the leg openings
- Requires a fastener to close (i.e. pins, Boingo’s or Snappi’s)
Diaper Rite suggested 4-5 washes before using this diaper, since it’s natural/unbleached cotton. I used during the day after 3 washes, and then tried overnight after 5 washes. It continues to get softer and more absorbent with every wash.
Sizing and Fit: I tested the small (8-18 lbs.) and a medium (14-30 lbs.). Ingrid is eight months old and just over 15 pounds and she fit much better in the medium. The rise on the small was too short for her. If your baby is near the end of one of the size ranges, I would definitely suggest going up a size (i.e. if your baby is 26 pounds, go for the large and not the medium). Covers that worked well over this fitted diaper? I found that Sweet Pea, Diaper Rite, Kawaii, Thirsties, Imagine and Best Bottoms all cover the diaper adequately.
Here is Ingrid in two different sizes so you can see how the medium fits her better:
These pre-fitteds are very soft and cozy. The wings stretch far enough around to give you plenty of fabric to work with no matter which fastener you are using. Both Snappi’s and Boingo’s worked just fine with this diaper. I didn’t like the two tags sticking out on the back of the diaper so much; one is a tiny size tag and the other is the brand tag. You could remove these very easily if you wanted, although I’m not sure if that would affect re-sale value. I do like that the tags don’t touch baby’s skin, though.
One of the best things about this diaper is the leg elastic; paired with a good cover (esp. one with double gussets) you get excellent poo containment. Much better than you would get if simply trifolding or pad folding a diaper. I would LOVE to have a little stash of these fitteds for a newborn baby; one dozen would only be $60.
This diaper is bulkier than a standard prefold since it has the partially attached doubler and wings around the side. If you use prefolds regularly, you’re probably not going to stress about the extra bulk, though. If you’re used to AIO diapers or pockets with just one insert, the bulk might bother you.
Absorbency: With 12 layers of heavyweight 100% cotton twill, this diaper is more absorbent than one prefold alone (which generally has 8 layers of fabric in the wet zone). Ingrid cannot wear a prefold diaper for her 3-hour nap, but this diaper is more than up to the job. With a Diaper Rite cotton doubler (just $1.69 each) added on top, she can wear this overnight. Ingrid is a normal to moderate wetter; I can’t speak to how this diaper would perform on a heavy wetter or an older toddler.
Value: With the semi-attached doubler included, you get 12 absorbent layers of fabric in this little fitted, making it the most affordable and most absorbent budget cotton fitted on the market! Boosted with a Diaper Rite cotton doubler (which costs $1.69) I now have a workable nighttime diaper for just $9.64.
If you love prefolds but want to try something a little different, I think the Diaper Rite Pre-Fitteds would really make you happy! Or, if you’re curious about fitteds, but can’t spend $15 or $20 right now, this might be an affordable way to get your feet wet.
I would like to send TWO Diaper Rite Pre-Fitted diapers (choose your size) to one lucky winner! This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only. Good luck and I hope you had a blessed Easter!