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Newborn Cloth Diapers – My Opinions After a Month


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Mailbox Mondays 12/6/10 Fitted diapers

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It’s Monday again (How does that keep happening?  Where does the weekend go?) so it’s Mailbox Mondays time!  If you’d like your question to be answered in a Mailbox Mondays post, send an email to maria at change-diapers.com with “Mailbox Mondays” in your subject.
Courtney says:
Hi Maria,

What are your favorite fitted diapers? We only have 2 (a Thirsties Fab Fitted and a Muttaqin Baby) so far. If my Thirsties is clean, it is the first diaper I grab for! I love fitteds and covers! I am looking at buying more to replace some pockets I recently sold. I would love to have your opinion because I also have a very small 1 year old who is only 18 lbs!


Hi Courtney!  I’ll be honest, fitteds aren’t my favorite.  Mostly because I’m lazy and I might die if I have to snap 4 extra snaps (kidding).  That being said, fitteds are awesome for their absorbency.  Plus, the elastic of the fitted combined with the elastic of the cover is fantastic for containing messy uhhh…messes.

A super absorbent fitted with a wool cover is a lifesaver for a heavy wetter at night.  It’s finally what got me through the nights sane, and with my son dry!  I love my Guerilla Fluff Utilitarian.  It has two soakers with 3 layers of bamboo fleece each, with optional zorb added as well, plus a doubler with 2 layers of bamboo fleece and a layer of wool!  It doesn’t have snap closures, so I just use it at night.

My Heartland Dreams Fitted is also amazing.  It’s incredibly well made, super absorbent, and not really as gigantic as you’d think a diaper that absorbent would be.  Plus, it came with hip snap covers!

My Ellabella Bottoms Fitted is work-at-home-mom made, just like the other two.  The Ellabella Bottoms review actually has a photo of all three of these diapers stacked on top to compare thickness.  This one is also very, very absorbent, though a little bulky for daytime.

Lastly, the Little Beetle Little to Big Fitted and Wool Cover are quite different than the others, but also great.  It is hands down, the trimmest diaper I have.  Yet, very absorbent!  I wouldn’t use it at night, but it’s excellent during the day, and very cute!  The elastic is drawn a bit tighter, and I think it would fit most small babies well.  My son was 20 pounds at his 18 month checkup, but he’s also proportionately short, so he’s not super skinny like my long & lean daughter was!

I’ve only used maybe 10 fitted diapers, as opposed to nearly 50 Pockets/AIO/AI2 diapers!  I definitely need to review more fitteds, but like anyone, I tend to spend my fluff funds on my favorites.  😉  Thirsties Fab Fitteds are definitely on my “to-try” list for newborns, if I ever get to diaper one!

How about you gals?  Do you have a favorite fitted?  Are they WAHM made?

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Mailbox Mondays 9/20/10


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Every Monday I will answer user submitted questions. They don’t have to be about cloth diapering! I’ll always answer questions via email, but if you would like your question to be answered in a Mailbox Mondays post, send an email with the subject “Mailbox Mondays” to Maria at change-diapers dot com.

Please note: My intent is to get a queue of questions for the next several months, so it may be some time before your submission is posted. If you would like me to email my response so you don’t have to wait until your question is posted, let me know!

Kristina says:

Hi, I am interested in trying out Wool Covers. What can you tell me about them in terms of care and usage. Thanks!

Wool is fantastic!  I was initially a little afraid of wool, but it was so much easier to take care of than I imagined.  I have Kissaluvs, a Mobums and a Little Beetle cover.  The Mobums review has step by step photos demonstrating how I wash the covers.
I rarely have to wash them, you know you need to when they start hanging on to a urine smell (or if they are soiled.)  Otherwise, just air them out between uses. 
I use liquid lanolin that I found at my local organic store to lanolize when they don’t seem to be as absorbent, but there are any number of lanolizing products out there.  Using a lanolin containing wash (like Eucalan) will greatly reduce the frequency with which you need to lanolize.
Wool was my lifesaver (over a super-absorbent fitted) for night time, when my son was a super soaker!
Does this answer your questions?  What else do you want to know?  How about my readers?  Do you use wool?

Crystal says:


I have been having stink issues with my hemp gDiaper inserts. I have tried just about everything, including stripping multiple times, a little bit of bleach in the wash, I switched to Rockin Green detergent, and I wash at least every 2 days. And I have tried sunning (all day in Florida heat) when I have the time, which I try to find the time at least once a week. The smell isn’t ammonia, it’s just a funkiness, and it comes out of the washer and dryer smelling this way. We have no rash problems cropping up, just the smell. Any ideas on something else to try?


What have you been using to strip?  It seems that sometimes adding things make stinkies worse.  I would try running the inserts through several cycles on hot, with water only; no detergent or additives.  See if you are getting any suds or residue in the water.
I know you said you already tried bleach, but after you’ve made certain they are rinsed clean, try 1/4 cup of bleach in the bleach dispenser with only the inserts in the wash.
Do you have hard water?  It may be mineral deposits causing the funk.  Try the Rockin’ Green hard rock if you haven’t already, or try adding calgon water softener.
Sorry I wasn’t more help, you have tried most of what I would have done already!

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