The fit of your baby’s cloth diaper is critical in determining how well it controls leaks. Parents that are new to cloth diapering may be uncertain as to what the ideal fit may be. For those parents, here are some tips on how you can tell whether your baby’s diaper is fitting correctly.
To determine how well your baby’s cloth diaper fits, the first thing you are going to want to do is to pick up your baby. Then inspect the diaper to make sure there are no gaps and that it doesn’t slide down your baby’s body as they move. If this is the case, you might want to make some adjustments like tightening the diaper more securely around the waist or moving the rise, so the diaper fits more securely around the legs. Or in FuzziBunz case, adjusting our elastic system for the perfect fit!
Leaks can also be caused by many factors. If your baby’s diapers are leaking out of the top, make sure the insert isn’t pushing the lining fabric against the baby’s clothing. The top edge of the diaper should be flat against your baby with the soft fabric against your baby’s skin.
If your diaper is leaking around the leg openings, you may need more absorbency like an additional insert or hemp.
If the diaper is leaking out of the back, make sure the insert and all interior fabrics are tucked in completely. If the insert is sticking out from the top of the diaper, it can cause moisture to get onto the baby’s clothing.
The One Size Fits All Diaper
When thinking of fit, one may wonder whether the one size fits all diaper is ideal. Can it fit your baby through every stage? Well, the truth is, these diapers do this surprisingly well with the only exception being the newborn stage. Because newborns are so tiny, getting a one size fits all diaper to fit them will be challenging. It is best to opt for a diaper that is specially sized for your newborn, or deal with leaks that may occur.
Other than that, one size fits all diapers can be a convenient, money-saving option and can even work to fit two babies that may be in diapers at the same time. However, because these diapers will be used so often, even the most durable ones will start to wear down and look less attractive.
Tips on Cloth Diapering
To get the best fit for your baby’s diaper, and control leaks, here are recommended steps to take:
- Lay baby over diaper so that the top of the diaper is at its hips. Take the bottom of the diaper and fold it over your baby’s crotch, so the cloth is at its belly button.
- To ensure a snug fit, take the left tab and pull it over the front of the diaper. Snaps all snaps together.
- Snap the right tab and finish, then snap cover over the top.