cloth diaper fit

tips to get a better cloth diaper fit

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How to Properly Fit a Cloth Diaper

This video that Jays Nest did is another fantastic resource on how to get cloth diapers to fit better. 

How diapers fit at 30lbs

I have a few of htese blog posts showing cloth diaper fit at 30lbs and other weights to show the verstality and fit function.

I’ve been going through old pictures to digitize for the Instagram feed and I found these of my babies. The baby in green is my son, and the baby in purple is my second child, my daughter.

Do you notice the difference in the fit of the diaper?

Yes! The purple is much trimmer fit and it’s less about the actual diaper itself but the practice and experience of 20 months of diapering that influences that.

Fit tips for cloth diapers that help you get a trim cloth diaper. 

🧚‍♀️ Use the right size insert, prefold or flat. Swapping microfibre inserts for cotton prefolds in my pocket diapers gave a much better fit on small babies than that long and wide microfibre. But even medium size inserts, or flats would do the trick.

🧚‍♀️ Make sure you get those leg elastics in the crease of the leg just like underwear. If you’re on the right rise setting, and you still have gaps, pull on the edge of the waist band to create a wing or bunny ear and tighten it along the leg crease.

🧚‍♀️ Start the diaper higher up. For most diapers (exceptions apply), if you start by placing the back elastic at the belly button, itll give a snugger fit to the body of the diaper and not have this saggy jean look. This changes with diapers and age, but starting higher up can help.

🧚‍♀️Adjust that rise setting! Not all diapers need it to be pushed up, but if it’s buckling around the thighs after an elastic tug, then push it up or down and get it to crease not buckle.

Some of these tricks don’t apply to all diapers, but some of them will. What are some of your favourite fit tips to share with others?

Frequently Asked Questions

How should a cloth diaper fit?

Cloth diapers should fit snug and close to baby’s body. There should not be any gaps or sagging. A cloth diaper fits more like underwear than a disposable diaper. 

Here’s a few great posts with visuals on cloth diaper fit

Are cloth diapers one size fits all?

Many cloth diapers are sold as OS (One Size) with the ambition of fitting babies 8-35lbs. This range varies depending on the brand.

And many brands are now using the term OSFM – one size fits most – because one size diapers don’t fit all kids. There are always exceptions.

You can cloth diapers in a size 1 and size 2 system. You can buy toddler and big kid cloth dipaers. Lots of options.

What is the trimmest fitting cloth diaper?

Cloth diaper fit and design has a lot to do with the trimness of a diaper. Yes, some inserts will give you a more trim fit, but for the most part, a well designed diaper, with snap settings in place, can be just as trim as the trimmest cloth diaper – which I think might be the GroVia AIO. 

How do I know if the cloth diaper is too tight?

If the diaper is hard to do up or leaves angry red lines, it might be too tight. Cloth diapers should fit snug, but comfortable. Many families can easily slide a finger into the waistband without difficulty.

Any lines that your diaper leaves should fade like a sock compression. There should be no redness.

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