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Fitted Diaper Love

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Fitted Diaper Love

When I first realized what a "fitted" diaper was, I was more than a little baffled by the concept.  For the uninitiated, a "fitted" is a diaper that is entirely absorbent and that requires a cover to be waterproof (versus a pocket diaper or all-in-one that has just an absorbent insert in the "pee-zone" but has a PUL cover).

I thought, "OK, these things are really cute, but are you telling me that I'm supposed to put *two* diapers on my baby every time I change her??"  Because that's all I could see - a cute diaper (they are cute, my can find them in the most adorable prints!) that would need to be covered (meaning, you couldn't see the print anyway...), thus requiring extra work and extra money and extra time.

But one day, as I was changing Claire's diaper and noticed her bottom was red, I thought to myself that it would be really great to have a couple of completely breathable diapers on hand that she could chill in whenever she had a bit of a rash.  I use Lollidoo Overnight Eco-pockets at night, and one of the main reasons I use these is because they are completely breathable; in fact, if Claire goes to sleep with an irritated bottom, she wakes up with clear skin - that is the beauty of this keeps everything in, and allows air to circulate, as well.  So, I found myself putting her in a Lollidoo during the day, which was fine and all except that I only have a few and for laundry's sake, needed to save them for nighttime.

So, I soon found myself online researching fitted diapers.

I bought a couple of "big-brand" fitteds and they did the trick.  If Claire had a red bottom, I just stuck her in the fitted and let her cruise around the house until the diaper felt damp, at which point, I changed her.

And then I discovered another amazing use for them.  NAP TIME.  Even my favorite pocket diapers will occasionally leak during naps (the result of odd sleeping positions that usually end up leaving a little gap around the leg).  This DRIVES. ME. NUTS.  My kids don't sleep as it is...the last thing I need is nap time being interrupted by a rogue diaper leak.

So, I started putting her in a fitted with a Flip cover for naps.  And ***VOILA!***  No more leaks.  Not even close.

At this point, the "need" to have more fitted diapers took over, and late one night, armed with a big glass of wine and the Etsy app opened on my phone, I went to town and bought a nice little stash of WAHM fitted diapers.

And friends!  I have been pleasantly surprised.

I love things that are unique, cute, and high quality.  And by luck (or my penchant for reading all the reviews of every product I even kind of consider buying), these diapers have all turned out to be absolute gems.  And so, I'd like to spread the fitted love and share with you my new favorite mom-made fitted diapers.


My first purchase was from Rumpeez.  I had already bought a couple of doublers awhile back, and I was so pleased with the quality that I wanted to try a diaper, as well.

These are cute, well-made, trim, easy (just two snaps!) and absorbent (bamboo and zorb).  I add the Rumpeez insert I bought and use a Flip cover, and we've got nap time all under control.  And to make them even more fabulous, they are very reasonably priced ($12.95 each!).

If I were going to have another baby, these diapers would make up the majority of my newborn stash.

Cheeky Cloth

My next stop in the Etsy diaper-spree was Cheeky Cloth.  OK, I'm not going to lie...I bought these for the cute factor.  And seriously...look at them!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar?  Are you kidding me?  How could I pass that up!

This is a one-size diaper, shown here on the medium setting.
And then, there's the ice cream and candy print...

You can see the squishiness!
These are so cute, it's ridiculous.  They are one-size diapers, and fit my 10-month-old (who is about 20 pounds) on both the middle and largest setting. They are soft, soft, soft!  They're not the most absorbent diaper I own, but when I need a little more absorbency I just add a doubler and problem solved!  These are pretty, sturdy diapers and also fall into the easy-to-use category (with just two snaps around the waist - seriously, too many snaps and Claire is over it).

Zany Zebra

One of the things I love about Etsy is that not only do you get something handmade and one-of-a-kind, but you get personal service from the person behind the product.  In the case of my Zany Zebra diaper (rainbow guitars! fun!), I got the diaper, a thank-you note, and a free wipe.  I love that personal touch!

This diaper has hip snaps, which make for a smoother look (no bulk across the tummy).  It's also very absorbent and has the cutest soaker (it has a sweet little flower stitched into it).  This diaper is a size medium and fits Claire on the smallest settings, but she has a tiny waist (uhhh, not that it appears that way in this Buddha-belly picture...) and this is a common issue.

Meg A Roos Design

I was confident that my diaper stash would not be complete without this blue and brown heart Meg a Roo's one-size fitted diaper, and I was correct.

This diaper is the most absorbent of the bunch (just based on the diaper itself...they can all be made more absorbent with a doubler, but this diaper's soaker is nice and long and can be folded to make extra layers).  It also has a pretty soaker with a stitched-in design.  It's a one-size diaper and Claire wears the rise on the middle setting, but the waist gets snapped as tight as it goes - and it has eight snaps, so it's a little bit of work (I usually just snap six of them...if I snap any less, there is wing droop).  It's so cute and so absorbent, I imagine I'll add more when she gets a bit bigger (if I were going to add any more now, I'd try a sized diaper - I just think the one-size is a teensy bit large for Claire right now).

So there you have it!  My new favorite fitted cloth diapers, all made by WAHMs.  You now have my permission to go shopping and add a fitted diaper (or two, or three...) to your stash.  :)

PS - I was not compensated for any of this...I just really liked these diapers and wanted to share!

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