Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Baa Baa Baby Two-Size Diaper, size Small

About the pattern:
This is a free pattern for a closureless fitted diaper that is available in two sizes; size small (which folds down to size newborn) and size large (which folds down to size medium).  There is a great photo tutorial with this pattern that walks you through creating a serged fitted diaper with rolled leg elastic casings.

My test diaper:
I made a small fitted diaper, but I did not leave it closureless because I prefer fitted diapers with closures; so I added hook & loop to my diaper.  When adding closures, you can no longer fold over the rise to make it smaller, so I also added a snap-down rise.  I took pictures of my test diaper before I added the closures and snap-down rise, so I’ll start with those pictures.


Here is the diaper on the small setting:


Here is the diaper with the rise folded down for the newborn setting:


Now here are the pictures once I added the closures and snap-down rise.  The newborn settings are on the left and the small settings are on the right.



Overall opinion:
I really like this pattern and I like that you get more mileage out of your diapers by using it through two sizes.  I really like the sizing of this diaper.  When folded over or snapped down, it looks like a really good size for a newborn.  I don’t like how wide the front panel is.  Here is a picture of the diaper before the wings are folded over; you can see how wide the front panel is. I don’t like that it has to wrap so far around the baby’s tummy and then I always end up with wing droop when diapers have a wide front panel:

If I were to make more diapers from this pattern, I would probably just narrow the front panel a little bit.  I really like this pattern, and if you were to add closures and a snap-down rise like I did, this could also be used for pocket diapers or all-in-one/all-in-two diapers.

Fit update:
4 weeks old - 11 pounds:
This diaper has a nice snug fit with the rise snapped down, and it has plenty of growing room too.  I had mentioned that the front panel was long, but I haven't had any issues with wing droop despite this.  I also see that the wide front panel would be nice if you made snappiable diapers because it would provide extra layers of fabric to keep the snappi teeth away from baby's hips.

Action shots:
 

2 months old - 14lbs,10oz:
This is a great fit now!  I really love this diaper, it fits nicely on the medium waist setting and has lots of growing room (my son is still wearing it with the rise snapped down).
 


Get the pattern:

Thank you very much to the mama who provided this free pattern!

Please feel free to comment about your experience with the Baa Baa Baby two-size fitted diaper pattern or with any questions about my review!

14 comments:

  1. Thanks Mama Kat! Love this site. For the newbies, can you post what fabrics you are using and what color they are in the photos?

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  2. I'm glad you like the blog!!

    In this diaper, both the orange and the yellow fabric are cotton velour (it is 80% cotton, 20% poly). I also have a hidden layer made of an old t-shirt.

    Most of the diapers in my blog are either cotton stretch french terry or cotton interlock outer, with a hidden layer of an old t-shirt, and then an inside layer of cotton velour. That is my favorite combo because it is nice and stretchy and the cotton velour is so soft and seems very comfy!

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  3. Does this pattern include seam allowance? I'm thinking not...

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  4. Now that you mention it - the pattern doesn't say anything about seam allowance, and I didn't even think about it. I didn't add one on, and just went ahead and sewed it with a 1/4" seam allowance. The sizing of the finished diaper seemed perfect, so I guess I would recommend just assuming it includes the 1/4" seam allowance.

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  5. Thanks :-) especially since I'm trying to sew for a premie

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  6. Hi! Love your site! FANTASTIC resource!

    Would this pattern make a good cover? I am looking for a NB size to use before we jump into one size.

    On that note, did you try any one size diapers that claim to be NB size? Just wondering if any of them actually are!

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  7. Alicia - I'm glad you like the site!

    I do think that this would make a good NB cover, as long as you added the rise snaps like I did above; because otherwise it would be more of a size small.

    I didn't test any one-size patterns because when my daughter was a newborn I had a few different commercial one-size diapers and I didn't like the way any of them fit on her until she was a couple months old. So, even though they did technically work, I didn't care for the fit...so I didn't sew any up for my newborn stash.

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  8. I'm new to cloth diapers and still in the research stage before making them.
    I was just wondering if all the diapers you wrote a review on need a diaper cover to be waterproof? Or are they water/leak proof as is? Wouldn't I need something like a PUL layer in there somewhere? Thanks for writing all these reviews. I still don't know which pattern I'll choose but your reviews are extremely helpful in the process of figuring it all out.

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    1. The diapers that I make are not waterproof; I make separate covers to go over them. I find that combo very bulletproof for newborns. But, you could just make them with PUL if you prefer to not need a separate cover. I'm glad that my reviews have been helpful :)

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  9. Good blog I got information regarding baby diapers, healthgenie provides baby diapers in different sizes and style

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  10. I am very happy to read your articles it’s very useful for me, 
    and I am completely satisfied with your website. 
    All comments and articles are very useful and very good.
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  11. This blog is amazing!!
    I am exoecting baby # 4 in june and although I have been cloth diapering since baby #1, this is my first attempt at diaper making. SO THANK YOU!!
    All of your newborn diaper pattern reviews have been great. But Could you give a bottom line of your personal favorites for this baby? I am getting overwhelmed because you seem to like all of them!
    My babies range from 8-9 pounds at birth with small to medium rise. I have sewn ritas rump pocket easily. I do not have a snap press but have thought about purchasing hand pliers (although I am concerned about all the work for a stash)
    Any suggestions to narrow it down??

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    1. Congrats on baby #4!! I use hand pliers for snaps and they work well - I try not to do the snaps on too many diapers at a time...or I have my husband help with them if my hands get tired!
      I really did love so many of the patterns. This one that you commented on, the Baa Baa Baby Two-Size pattern, is one of my top choices...and believe it or not, it STILL fits my son - he is 18 months old now and is average size! The only problem with this one was that it didn't fit until after the umbilical cord fell off.

      Other top choices were Tighty Whitey Hipsters...I always reached for that one when the diapers came out of the wash :) And the darling diapers free patterns - both sizes were great; but given the size of your babies...I would go with the larger. My son was 8-8 and the both sizes fit him right off the bat, but the larger fit for longer; so I'd go with that one.

      I also really liked the Ritas Rump pattern the way I modified it in my blog posting to make it a nb/small size...that fit until my son was 15 or 16 months old! But, like the other two-size pattern; it didn't start fitting until after the umbilical cord fell off.

      Have fun sewing!

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  12. I am very happy to read your articles it’s very useful for me, 
    and I am completely satisfied with your website. 
    All comments and articles are very useful and very good.
    Your blog is very attention-grabbing. I am loving all of the in.
    turn you are sharing with each one!….

    ReplyDelete