What is a Fitted Cloth Diaper? How to Cloth Diaper a Heavy Wetter

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.

     The absorbency in this fitted is very customizable. Not only is the diaper itself absorbent, but this also offers the organic bamboo-fleece/cotton velour snake-style Toosha’s soaker and an extra soaker pad for maximum absorbency. With this level of wicking, plus the breathable windpro, cloth diapering a heavy wetter and overnight is easy, right?!

     When selecting a cover for your fitted, there are several factors to consider. Do you want the fabric to be breathable? Cost considerations…and….how do you lanolize wool?! Wool covers are very popular for night-time diapering and heavy wetting needs, but possibly the most expensive option. Both breathable and waterproof once treated, wool covers are ideal for night-time needs. This waterproofing process called lanolizing, is necessary to prevent leaks. With a little preparation, this is an easy process, and if you follow the link you can bookmark expert instructions.

     If you’ve been cloth diapering for awhile, you may already have some PUL (polyurethane laminate) covers perfect for your fitteds. Although PUL isn’t as breathable as wool, and is not made from natural materials, they are often lower in cost and easy to care for. Many can be wiped clean or laundered and require minimal preparation for use. The third cover option is fleece. Often a stay/dry but breathable fabric, fleece choices are numerous in color, style and offer an more economical option to wool and often available in lots of patterns and colors. 

     If you follow my blog, then you know I love our Toosha’s diapers! Toosha’s is a work at home Mom (WAHM) shop run by a spectacular Mom! She is the proud Mama to 3 babies and a cloth diaper is the first thing she ever sewed. Can you believe that? Amazing right! Please give her a ‘like’ on facebook and in her ETSY shop; click on the little ‘favorite’ heart to see new products as she lists them!

     I hope this has answered some of your questions about fitted cloth diapers! As always, I always appreciate a follow on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and love to network on Google and LinkedIn. Companies care about these numbers when deciding which bloggers to select to review products etc so follows are very much appreciated. Also, make sure to check out my ever growing index of posts and Cloth Diaper Reviews and Articles.
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