I have been provided with a product sample for my family to review, however I have not been paid to say nice things about it. The opinions expressed here are my own, and the photos are of the actual cloth diaper we own and have all been taken and edited by me, and yes it was fun.
I was confused the first time I heard “fitted cloth diaper.” I thought this was a reference to the way the diaper fit. Perhaps a custom design for each baby, made by measurements to give a great fit…? It wasn’t until I actually had one in my hands that I realized that “fitted” is a misnomer. I’m not sure what they should be called, but they’re comprised 100% of absorbent and breathable materials (no waterproof PUL) and can be one-size or different sizes. Best part….unlike a pocket that has a stay dry liner, microfiber insert (absorbent part) and waterproof PUL….the entire diaper absorbs liquid! While I typically let my boys wear these without a cover at home, a cover is required to ensure it keeps clothing and or bedding dry. These are one of the best solution for heavy wetters and overnight diapering routines.
One major advantage to a fitted is a reduction in crotch bulk. I often find myself stuffing multiple inserts into a pocket diaper for outings, car rides and night time. This is totally unnecessary with a fitted, because the entire diaper is thicker then a cover or pocket and the entire product absorbs liquid!! In this beautiful Toosha’s fitted, the typical hidden PUL layer is replaced by the same windpro that lines the interior. The diaper is soft to the touch and has a bit of stretch to it. This one is over a year old (new in the photo here) and still going strong!
What is windpro? Windpro, the material that makes this a ‘hybrid’ fitted instead of a plain fitted, fleece is both anti-pilling and breathable. This allows the diaper to have absorbency, but to also provide air circulation to help prevent wet bottoms and rashes that are associated with moisture. It is known to actually send some wetness back into the diaper and keep the outer dryer longer. Some prefer it to regular poly-fleece, which serves a similar purpose. It’s between layers here, so I can’t show you a photo, but know that it’s in there and working!
There are many watterproof cover choices for fitted diapers including fleece, wool (prepped), and PUL covers. However, with breathability like this, leaving the diaper uncovered may be recommended when attempting to clear up a sore or reddened bum. I leave them coverless at home and change when the diaper becomes damp. Everyone has their preferences and with practice I’m sure you’ll discover the right routine for you.
Although some fitteds can be purchased in sizes, like Green Mountain Diaper’s Workhorses, this beauty is a one-size cloth diaper. It ranges from birth to 40 lbs and can be used for a long time! Instead of using rise-snaps (often the hallmark of one-size diapers), this one-size fitted can be sized by folding down the top row of snaps (FDR) to reveal a hidden area to snap the arms into. I really enjoy this feature on a patterned diaper because it doesn’t disturb the print.