About the pattern:
This is a free pattern that has very detailed instructions. If you've never sewn a diaper before, this would be a great pattern to start with. The pattern comes in 3 sizes (newborn, small and medium), has 2 closure options (front hook & loop or side snapping), and has several insert options available.
My test diapers:
I made two fitted diapers from this pattern; one with hook & loop closure and the other with snap closure. Both diapers are made with stretchy materials (stretch terry outer, hidden layer of knit, cotton velour inner).
I really like the way the hook & loop is done because it allows the tabs to cross-over and I think it looks nice. The pattern did not say to put laundry tabs on the diaper, but I would definitely recommend doing so. The pattern also says to sew the front loop tape on before diaper assembly; which resulted in some slightly wonky loop tape on my diaper. Also, I didn't like that there was no reinforcement for the loop tape, so I would recommend putting an extra layer of fabric behind it for reinforcement; or just sewing it on after the diaper is completed (if you are making a fitted diaper). I like that the hook & loop version offers a lot of adjustibility.
The side snapping diaper only uses a single row of snaps, which should make for quick diaper changes; however it also means a less secure and adjustable fit when compared to diapers with 2 rows of snaps. The side snapping version does include front elastic to provide more adjustibility. I made my diaper with hidden snaps; but the pattern directions state you can leave them exposed if you prefer.
This is a very cute diaper with great instructions, but I feel that the leg openings are probably too large for most newborns. I would expect that this diaper would start fitting once the baby plumps up a little bit. For someone trying to decide between the two closure styles, I prefer the hook & loop version of this diaper because I really like the way the tabs are constructed and I think it would provide a more precise fit for a newborn.
Before umbilical cord falls off:
At 8lbs,10oz the snapping version of the diaper fit nicely, except that the legs were just a little bit loose. I was able to tuck down the front of the diaper so that it didn't irritate the cord stump. I couldn't try the hook & loop version yet because that one rubs against the cord. I think this diaper will fit nicely once his legs chub up. I would be concerned that it wouldn't fit well on a baby much smaller than my guy due to the large leg openings.
4 weeks old, 11 pounds:
This diaper now fits on the snuggest settings. The aplix version had a small gap at the legs; but not bad enough to cause leaks, and the snapping version fit snugly on the legs. Now that my son is bigger, I like this diaper.
2 months old, 14lbs,10oz:
This diaper is a nice trim fit on the medium setting.
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