Thursday, October 11, 2012

Diaper Fit Testing - Round 3

My son is now two months old and weighed in at 14 pounds, 10 ounces.  I updated the reviews of each pattern with current action shots and fit comments.  My son is in the 95th percentile for weight and 75th for height, so please keep that in mind...the diapers that are getting snug on him now would probably still fit great on an average size two month old.  Overall, I am very surprised (and pleased) at how long the newborn diapers have continued to fit him.  I honestly thought that I would only get about a month of use out of the newborn diapers, but the majority of them still fit him now, and some still have growing room.  I made the fitted diapers out of stretchy fabrics, so that has helped me get more use out of the diapers than if I had used non-stretchy fabric (like flannel) or fabric that is only moderately stretchy (like PUL).  So, go check out the patterns and see how they look on a chubby two-month old! :)

19 comments:

  1. Hi!! I admire your site and your efforts so much - this is by far the most extensive guide I have seen in the diaper world! I'm a big fan!
    I have a humble request/question since I am fairly new to sewing diapers; what covers do you prefer with the different styles? Or have you found a magic cover pattern that fits all? What covers have you tried (wool, PUL, fleece, snaps/ hook&loop etc) and what did you prefer?

    Thanks for all your reviews!
    /Alexandra from Sweden

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    1. I tried lots of cover patterns...I commented on the post with info. Let me know if you have any more questions about any of the specific patterns I used!

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  2. I keep meaning to do a post about covers bc I did try several patterns and have pics of them! The baa baa baby fleece pattern was one of my favorites and fit over pretty much all of the patterns. I liked that the cover was very soft near the umbilical cord bc there was no stiff aplix or FOE on it. I also made fleece and wool covers using the Comfy Cover pattern. Those were great and seemed very comfortable. They are more of a soaker-style design, but with snaps so you don't have to pull them on. They were bulkier under clothes but still fit fine. I made PUL covers with Arfy's NB/small cover pattern. This pattern worked well after the cord fell off (I found the FOE to stiff to rub against the cord, and there is no umbilical scoop). It runs a little small so it fit well over the smaller/trimmer fitteds and fit awesome over a trifolded prefold. I made PUL coers with the bramblestitches pattern - they fit well over most of the fitteds, but I would recommend extending the tabs when using that pattern to make covers. I used the rocket bottoms in-a-snap cover pattern and I really love that pattern, but the NB size is more like premie size; and there is a big jump from the NB cover to the small cover. So, I really love that pattern once baby is a little bigger and can fit in the small size. I used the full-coverage babyville pattern to make covers, and that was alright but the rise was a little low so it didn't fit over some of the fitteds that have a higher rise. I made some pull-on fleece and wool covers and I really didn't like those at all; I found it really annoying since you change so many diapers w/ newborns and the pull-on covers are tough to pull-up when the baby is all froggied up. I had to get it started and then pick him up and put him on my shoulder so that I could wiggle the cover up the rest of the way - too annoying for my liking!
    I think those are all tthe patterns I tried! I liked aplix and snaps equally, with the exception of early on before the umbilical cord fell off...then I prefered snaps b/c the aplix is too stiff by the cord IMO.
    I liked the fleece ones a lot bc they were more breathable but easier to wash than tthe wool...tthe wool isn't hard to do but during those crazy NB days, the easier the better! I like the PUL covers for anytime he would be in the carseat or if I was wearing him bc then I didn't worry about compression leaking. I didn't make any covers with gussets, but I did have thirsties XS covers (which were great), and they really were the most bullet-proof covers I had. The Rocket Bottoms pattern has instructions for doing gussets if you like.
    I think I got all the questions! I really should get cracking on a post about covers!!

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  3. Awesome!! Thanks a lot for the detailed guidance. Now I know where to start in this jungle of patterns! I was gonna try the Rita's Rump Cover pattern but with snaps, but may try a few other ones as well.

    When you use covers made of fleece, how long does it take for them to soak through? Or do you treat them with something? I didn't think fleece added any wet protection :-)

    I will keep following your posts with great interest!!
    Thanks again!

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    1. The fleece does provide some wetness protection - it is water resistant but not completely waterproof. With compression, it will leak through faster (like in the carseat or being carried on your hip or in a baby carrier). As long as the diaper underneath is plenty absorbent, I haven't had issues with the wetness soaking through between changes (which are typically about 2 hours apart.) A lot of people say that using dryer sheets or fabric softener helps the fleece covers to repel moisture better...I've never tried b/c they work fine for me without that.

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  4. Hi there, Did you ever have any problems with foe on covers wicking and leaking?

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    1. Nope! I have heard other people mention that before, but I've never had trouble with my storebought or handmade FOE covers.

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    2. That's great, thank you. Sorry one more thing, did you ever try arfy's one size foe cover and if so what did you think of it?

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  6. Hey, are you doing any new posts or blogs for the diapers you use now or will be using now your little one is bigger. I would.love.to hear you views on other diapers besides newborn ones, thanks :o)

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    1. I am not doing anymore posts because I mostly use BumGenius one-size diapers now (I purchased a stash of those for my first baby before I got into sewing diapers!) I do make my own nighttime fitteds using the Super Front Snap pattern though...that pattern is fantastic for nighttime because it has a nice high rise. I also use the Rocket Bottoms In-a-snap cover pattern to make fleece covers; which are awesome over prefolds. So, besides those and a few fitteds using the Trimsies and Witteybums patterns, I pretty much use store-bought diapers now.

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  9. This is such a great blog, thank you! Do you have a recommended pattern for a beginner diaper sewer who does not yet own a serger? Im expecting a 7.5 lb baby. I'll keep reading through the reviews too - its a great place to soak up knowledge. :)

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    1. I think the Wazoodle pattern is good for beginners because it also has a video to go along with the instructions. Arfy's pattern is also a good choice...she actually has several patterns on her blog and lots of tutorials too. Once you've sewn a few and have the basic steps down, pretty much any of the patterns will be easy to sew up since you can use the same techniques. I really like the darling diapers free pattern, but it doesn't have instructions to go with it; so you might want to try it after you've sewn a few. Or, if you purchase the darling diaper paid pattern; that one comes with very detailed instructions.

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  10. I have been scouring and loving your site! I have been trying to find a pattern similar to the discontinued newborn sposoeasy style diaper. Do you think any of the patterns you've reviewed would be a good fit?

    http://paddedtushstats.com/2011/11/15/sposoeasy-aio-review/

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    1. Hi Martine. I'm glad you've been enjoying the blog :) That looks like a nice diaper...Arfy has a NB square tab pattern on her blog; I didn't review that one, but I think it would be a great pattern to use for this style diaper, and it's free!

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