Putting on a Diaper

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Line the back of the diaper up with the belly button general area.  Pull the front of the diaper up between baby’s legs and fit it up in the leg creases.Putting on a Diaper | bittybuns.com

If you’re using rise snaps, fold the “pocket” upwards and tuck the wing a bit so the crease makes a nice line all the way across the front of the diaper.  This will make for a nice, neat fit.Putting on a Diaper | bittybuns.com

Snap the diaper so it’s snug around the legs and waist, but you should be able to fit your fingers inside without too much trouble.  On diapers that have two vertical snaps, the bottom snap is for the legs and the top is for the waist.  These snaps don’t have to be in line – you can stagger them (does that make sense?) if you need the waist tighter, but the thighs looser.  On diapers with two horizontal snaps, the inner snap is for the legs and the outer snap (closer to the tips of the wings) is for the waist.Putting on a Diaper | bittybuns.com

Check and make sure the diaper is in the leg crease where undies would go, and that all the diaper innards are inside the cover.Putting on a Diaper | bittybuns.com

Check the back to make sure diaper innards aren’t coming out.Putting on a Diaper | bittybuns.com

FuzziBunz

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FuzziBunz is a pocket diaper with a microfiber insert.

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I see these pocket diapers for sale on Amazon, but I don’t know where else to get them.  They’re part of a really big company called CottonBabies who make BumGenius, Flip Diapers, EconoBum and some others.

I don’t know much about FuzziBunz – I don’t hear a lot of chatter about them.  A positive is that it’s really easy to switch out the leg elastic if/when they wear out.  You can also adjust the length of the leg elastic with a little button, which is nice if your baby has super chunky legs or Dobby legs.

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In this video, the reviewer explains the leg elastic adjustments.

Where to buy: Amazon

Wink Diapers

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Wink Diapers are a work-at-home-mom (WAHM) product.  Their waterproof layer is made of TPU instead of PUL.  A winning point for these is that even the All-In-Ones (AIO) have double gussets.  Their lining and AIO material is bamboo, which makes them trim, but they take ages to dry.  (I only have a newborn size AIO, so I didn’t include one in the package.)Wink Diapers | bittybuns.com

 

This orange diaper is a pocket diaper.  Wink Diapers come with microfiber inserts.  I don’t love microfiber, but you can stuff anything you like into the pocket.  You have to remove the stuffing from most pocket diapers so they will get clean in the wash.Wink Diapers | bittybuns.com

The purple diaper is just a regular cover.  It has flaps in the front and back to help hold in your stuffins’.  It also keeps the wetness from creeping up on baby’s belly and back.

 

Where to buy: Wink Diapers, Zulily

Accessories

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This is a (very) small wet bag just in case you wanted to go out with cloth.  I included some doggy poo bags just in case.  If I forget a wet bag or run out of room, I’ll use a poo bag in a pinch.

Blueberry Simplex

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The Blueberry Simplex is an All-In-One (AIO) and is a pretty great diaper overall.

The diaper is lined in cotton and has a long cotton tongue with fleece on top.  The tongue can be laid over top to take advantage of the moisture wicking layer, or you can fold it inside.

You can also stuff the pocket with doublers.  The great thing about Blueberry Simplex is that you don’t have to empty this pocket before washing.  Because the diaper pocket is open on both sides, the doublers work themselves out in the wash.

Something to be mindful of with AIOs is that there are no double gussets.  You also need to make sure that the inner fabric cannot be seen when the diaper is on you baby.  If you can see the inner fabric, you can get leaks.

Stuffing a Diaper

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A small yellow-edge prefold folded in thirds.

A small flat diaper, folded in half and then thirds.

You can use a snappi to fasten a prefold around your baby.

There’s a whole category of fitted diapers.  Green Mountain Diapers (GMD) makes the most economical fitted – it’s simply one of their prefolds sewn in the shape of a fitted with a doubler tongue added.  It’s called a Workhorse, and comes with or without snaps.

You can add extra absorbency into a diaper by stuffing it with doublers.  Below is a pad folded cotton flat with a newborn size prefold.

Hemp is very absorbent, and this little doubler from GMD is so soft and thin.  Hemp is slower to absorb than cotton, so it’s usually put at the bottom of the diaper, but wrapped inside something else is good, too.

You can even add fleece to the top to wick away moisture.  The blue edge of these Malden Fleece Liners face baby.

 

Buttons Cover

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Buttons Diapers covers are excellent quality.  Buttons have a double layer of stretchy, waterproof PUL and double gussets around the legs (useful for keeping stuff inside).  They’re an All-In-2 (AI2) system that has a snap-in insert feature.  This particular insert is hemp/cotton (very absorbent) topped with fleece (moisture wicking).

Buttons sells a microfiber insert, but I never recommend microfiber; it tends to develop a stink that won’t go away and doesn’t tend to last more than the diapering life of one child.  Buttons also has a night-time insert.  Additionally, Best Bottoms inserts are interchangeable with Buttons (they are very nearly the same diaper).

Some people complain that inserts like this (as well as pad folded prefolds and flats) bunch up in the middle on mobile babies and absorbency is lost.  But, you can use Buttons covers with any type of innards, not just snap-in.

A review by a Babycenter mama gives Buttons 4 out of 5: Great Covers Comparison Buttons

Where to buy: Buttons Diapers, Diaper Junction, Sweet Bottoms Baby, Amazon, and some others.

Prefolds

Prefolds are a multi-use item.  We use the next size up as burp cloths and the newborn size as a doubler (added absorbency) in any diaper.

Save yourself some grief and don’t get Gerber prefolds from Target.  They’re not 100% cotton and aren’t absorbent.

Where to buy: Green Mountain Diapers (GMD) – Cloth-eez Prefold Diapers
Good prefolds can be purchased at virtually any online cloth retailer, but the quality and price of GMD can’t be beat.