Cloth Diapering Mailbox Mondays

Cloth Diaper Advice – Mailbox Mondays 7/30/12 – Cloth Diapering Boys vs. Girls

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Do you have a question about cloth diapering? Every Monday, I answer a question, and ask you to give your opinion too.

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Another suggestion for a topic to address was how cloth diapering a boy vs. a girl is different.

I have cloth diapered 2 boys, but my oldest child, a girl (now 7 1/2) was disposable diapered (shame on me!)

The big difference is that (generally) girls will need more absorbency in the middle, while boys need more up front. Similarly, boys may not do as well with really “low rise” diapers, and might do better with a sized up diaper that sits closer to his belly button.

On the other hand, girls sometimes need absorbency up front, especially if they are tummy sleepers!

Have you cloth diapered both a boy and a girl? What differences did you notice?

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Maria Moser
Maria is the mother of 3, writing about cloth diapers & going green. You'll often find her juggling her preschooler and typing 1-handed in between sips of cold coffee. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development and other services.
  • Caitlin
    July 31, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I’m having a girl and have heard to make sure the middle and back are well covered. I guess it all depends on your little one! I will just have to learn fast!

  • sus vandil
    July 30, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I only cloth diaper our third child. he is a boy and i fold doublers in half and put them into the front of the diaper. We are ok with low rise diapers, as Thirsties AIO or Grovia AIO with that method, even for naps. For night time we only use fitteds and have no problems. He also sleeps some time on his belly.

  • July 30, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I have had a lot more leaking with my boy. I almost never had any leaks with my daughter. I find myself going for the more bulletproof fitteds with him instead of my trusty pockets. Sometimes I’s take an extra insert and fold it in half to place up front in my son’s diapers. He is a pee machine.

  • Beth
    July 30, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I have to agree, the only real difference is where to put the absorbancy, otherwise the difference is the color of the diaper!

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