Posts Tagged ‘one-size diapers’

How to Upsize Onesize Diapers

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

10-14-16-upsizing-diapers-2One-size diapers usually offer several rows of snaps on the front of their diaper so that you can best customize fit for your child. A number of variables exist for when to size up and down. I’ve always just gone with my baby’s gut. As in, I take a look at my babe to assess when I change rise settings. A few things to consider when you assess your babe’s individual needs:

Each brand varies and fits each babe differently.
Most brands have three settings though a few have a third row of snaps allowing for a fourth, smaller size. Some brands have rows of snaps that may change the fit around the leg of babe when compared to brands with one row of snaps. Some brands are cut more trim or generous, both in their width and length (rise). If that was all gibberish to you, simply know that each brand is uniquely cut and so you may change the rise setting on one brand before you need to on another.

Consider weight.
Some brands have, specific suggestions based on weight or rise measurement (usually in inches), usually listed on their website within the diaper listing’s specs and sizing details. Every babe is built differently, but generality is helpful. The lowest rise setting usually is for a babe 8-15ish pounds. And medium rise setting(s) usually fit babes 15-25ish pounds. The largest rise setting (not snapped down at all) covers baby 25ish pounds and beyond. I use the “ish” because each brand varies as does each baby. I say to consider weight because if your baby weighs 14 pounds it is very unlikely (though possible) that you’d be on the largest setting.

10-14-16-upsizing-diapersOther size matters.
A tall slim baby and short plum baby can both weigh the same thing but the diaper fit very differently on the same settings. Height matters. Other particulars of a baby can make a difference in rise as well, like a babes particular bum size (large or flat, adequate or plump… whatever words you choose to use).

Make room for absorbency.
Diapers you use with increased absorbency (for night or naps) may require more space for the additional inserts. One easy way to get that extra space is by upsizing the snap setting.

Leaky baby?
If you are getting leaks around the legs you might be too tight (causing compression leaks) or too loose (allowing mess to leave the diaper before having the chance to absorb). You may need to size up (for compression) or down (for a diaper that’s loose).

Red lines.
Not unlike the red line on that pregnancy test you took months ago, red lines on the babe’s thighs let you know your babe is a growin’. While lines do not typically mean your baby is uncomfortable, a red line across the top of the thigh can mean the diaper is hitting low on him or her. Adjusting the rise to a larger size allows the diaper to sit higher on your baby’s body.upsize

Gaping front.
If the diaper gapes open under the belly button in spite of your attempts to close the diaper snug, it may be time to size up.

After considering all of the above particulars, if you still aren’t sure try changing the rise on just a few of your diapers and see if the fit just seems better.  Sometimes there is no clear answer as there are so many ways you can customize fit (rise, waist, and hip snaps). Generally you want to check that the waist and leg elastics are snug but not too tight, with the diaper sitting just under the belly button. If the fabric is droopy or excessive between the legs, you may be able to size down. The child shown in the diaper at each size setting could wear the diaper at two of the rise settings with success.

If you make it to the largest rise setting and your babe isn’t even walking yet, do not fear! Many babes “thin out” as they become more active. You may find you eventually need to size the rise down, though as a child gets taller the rise generally continues to grow longer.

(Side notes: Baby in photo is 6 months old, 18 pounds, and 28 ½ inches long. A few brands, like Fuzzibunz and Smart Bottoms utilize adjustable elastic to ensure the best fit on their one-size diaper options. Other brands put the snap size system in the interior of the diaper, like Bottom Bumpers that employs a snap method in the back interior.)

Lynette is a mom of three children from 6 months to age four. She has cloth diapered all three since birth and enjoys all things eco-friendly and mindful living.

Cloth Diapering 101 Video Series: Sized or One Size Cloth Diapers?

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Welcome to Episode 2 of our Cloth Diapering 101 Video Series! Today we are going to talk about Sized Cloth Diapers versus One Size Cloth Diapers.


Cloth Diapers: How Much Will They Cost Me?

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Often when people are considering using cloth diapers, the main question is how much will it cost me to get started? (What do I do with the poop? is the second most popular question). The answer to this question can vary greatly depending on what type of diaper you purchase and how many diapers you purchase. However my best guesstimate is that in order to get a decent stash and adequate accessories you would probably spend somewhere between $250 – $500. Yeah, I know that probably sounds like a large chunk of money, but remember that cloth diapering is WAY cheaper than using disposables!

I recommended having at least 25 diapers in your stash, 3 travel wetbags, and 2 pail liners. You can pay as little as $10 per cloth diaper or as much as $25+ per cloth diaper, again depending on the type of diaper you select. While cloth diapers can range in price significantly, there are more factors to consider than just price tag when selecting a diapering system.

The first main decision is do you want/prefer a two-step or a one-step diapering system? Then the second main decision is do you want/prefer sized diapers or one-size diapers? Okay, I know that sounds like a foreign language when you are new to fluff.  So let me briefly explain….

A two-step system would consist of an inner absorbent diaper (options are pre-fold, flat, fitted, or contoured) and a separate outer waterproof cover. Generally this is the least expensive route when building your diaper stash. For example, an Econobum trial pack that includes 1 cover and 3 pre-folds retails at $11.95. Keep in mind you can often re-use the same cover through several diaper changes. Basically you remove the soiled inner diaper and replace it with a fresh one. Then as long as the outer diaper cover is clean/dry you can continue to re-use it. That being said you typically need far more of the inner absorbent diaper (ie- pre-fold, flat, fitted, or contoured) than you do of the diaper covers. Hence the reason the Econobum trial pack includes 1 cover and 3 pre-folds. Econobum is a great option to build a diaper stash very inexpensively!

The other option is a one-step diapering system. In a one-step diapering system the inner absorbent diaper and the outer cover are essentially “attached” so there is only one step when diapering baby. Pocket diapers and all-in-ones fall into this category. Many people enjoy the convenience and ease of cloth diapering with a one-step diapering system. Generally cloth diapers that fall into this category are going to cost a bit more per diaper than you would pay for a two-step diapering system (even when you add the cost of the inner diaper and the cover together).

The next consideration is sized diapers versus one-size diapers. A one-size diaper means it is adjustable and developed to fit baby from newborn to potty training. A sized diaper means it comes in sizes such as small, medium, large, etc or size 1, size 2, etc. Once baby outgrows a size, you would need to purchase the next size up. While one-size diapers cost more up front, you generally end up spending as much or perhaps even a tad more if you purchase sized diapers. Although the benefit to sized diapers is that they usually provide an overall better fit, particularly in the newborns stage of diapering.

Okay now, bear in mind you do not have to be a purist when it comes to cloth diapering. You can build yourself an eclectic stash that includes a wide variety of cloth diapers. This is especially beneficial if you have the ability to build your stash over time and take advantage of all the incredible deals as they become available.

Still confused and unsure about where to start and what kind of diapers to purchase? Well then a Cloth Diaper Trial Package might be a good option for you! You’ll get to try out 13 NEW cloth diapering products for 30 days for only $20! Check out the details here!

What was your start-up cost to cloth diapering? What did you start with in your stash? Would love to hear from you!

-Sarah 🙂

Monday Funday Giveaway: GroVia All-in-One, One Size Cloth Diaper

Monday, October 1st, 2012

As I was washing our cloth diapers this weekend, I thought to myself, “mmm, I think we could use a few new dipes in our rotation”. Trying out new fluff is so much fun! Right now I have my eye on the GroVia All-in-One, One Size Cloth Diaper. I admit it is usually the cute fabrics that catch my attention first and this diaper is no exception. I love, LOVE the owl print!

So in addition to the cute colors and designs, the GroVia All-in-One, One Size Cloth Diaper is truly an awesome diaper choice. I don’t know about you, but right now I am hooked on diapers that don’t need any stuffing. I go in phases with diaper preferences and for a long time pocket diapers were my top choice. However I currently am throughly enjoying the simplicity of the all-in-ones. The cool thing about this diaper is that there is the option to snap in a soaker for added absorbancy for a heavy wetter or to use as an overnight diaper.

My son’s current habit of randomly removing his own dirty diaper drives me crazy, so the side snap design works perfectly to prevent him from doing so. As much as I love hook and loop closures for quick diapering, snaps seem to work better for us these days. You can adjust the rise of the diaper to 3 different settings to fit babies 10lbs to 35+ lbs. The adjustable snaps along with the stretchy side panels help ensure a trim fitting diaper for your wee one from birth to potty training!

Some cloth diapering mamas stay away from All-in-Ones for fear that they take too long to dry, however the GroVia All-in-Ones have a unique quick dry design! The inner body of the diaper is made from 100% organic cotton and the outer layer of the diaper is made up of 100% Water Resistant Polyester TPU.

Would you like to win a FREE GroVia All-in-One, One Size Cloth Diaper to add to your stash? Enter this week’s giveaway below for your chance to win! Winner will be announced on Sunday, October 8, 2012. Winner will be notified via email and is asked to respond within 48 hours in order to
claim prize. Good luck mamas!!




Video Review: bumGenius Freetime One Size All In One Cloth Diaper

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Thinking of adding some new fluff to your stash?

bumGenius Freetime All-In-One One-Size Cloth Diapers feature a patent pending butterfly closure system to provide a comfortable, trim fit. This simple design makes cloth diapering as easy as using disposables. They are available in a hook and loop or snap closure.

The “no-stuff” system with semi-attached inserts is an ideal solution for families with a child in day-care or family members resistant to cloth diapers! Using the snaps on the front of the diaper, adjust the size if needed, put the diaper on your baby, wash, dry and re-use. No extra steps. No stuffing. No cover required. Our one-size diapers are designed to fit most babies weighing between 8 and 35 pounds.

Check out my video review of the bumGenius Freetime One Size All In One Cloth Diaper!