Monday, June 21, 2010

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"Fluffing" the large bum

My son was born weighing 10 lb. 4 oz. and did not fit into the newborn-sized diapers I purchased for him. He has continued to be large for his age, always measuring in the 95th percentile in height and 80th in weight. Around 18 months old, we had troubles squeezing him into most of his “one-size” diapers, especially nighttime pockets that needed extra stuffing. Friends told me that he’d “slim down” and his diapers would fit well again and that he is not really chubby. He’s just tall and solid and his physique has not changed. By 20 months, diapering was nearly impossible and our son was upset that his diapers were pinching or digging in on his skin. I had to find other solutions.

My search began in our own diaper stash. I found his Thirsties large covers still fit perfectly, but the “one-size” fitteds and standard prefolds did not. I ordered large Thirsties Fab Fitteds and found this to be an EXCELLENT combo with plenty of room to grow. The Fab Fitted is so soft and stretchy and the cover is plenty roomy. Also in our home stash, we found FuzziBunz perfect fit diapers in large are also still fitting and working, though on the last hip and waist snaps. Bumkins large all-in-ones fit great and are a favorite with babysitters, grandparents and my husband. But our combined stash of all these items added up to 6 diapers, and I do diaper laundry every OTHER day usually.

Yay! Time for shopping! There are some terrific new options out there! The Sandy’s Toddle-ease fitted paired with a Mother-Ease Air Flow cover in the toddler size is incredibly absorbent and very roomy. I find this combo is a bit bulky, so works best at home with no pants, with stretchy pants like sweats, or with jammies. With a Babykicks Hemparoo Joey Bunz doubler laid inside and a wool soaker cover outside, the Sandy’s Toddle-ease is without a doubt our new nighttime solution.

The softest, most comfortable (and hands down ABSOLUTE trimmest under clothing) of our new finds is the Bamboo Baby all-in-one toddler size. My son prefers this diaper and keeps asking for it. (He says, “New softie diaper, please, Mommy!”) The Thirsties Duo diaper in size 2 is a consistent part of our new rotation and like the large Thirsties cover and Fab-Fitted, offers a soft, stretchy diaper with room to grow. One of my favorite finds and the one that will also work when potty-training is the Little Beetle Organic Velour Cotton Learners. These training pants are thick and absorbent where it matters and have worked as well as any diaper with his Thirsties, Mother-Ease airflow or wool soaker covers on top. The Little Beetle Learners are also a great option when we are at home and he can wear them alone to more easily use the potty. They pull on and off like pants, or have snaps on the hips for easy removal when wet or soiled. The Knickernappies side-snapping pocket diaper is also a true fits-to-40-pounds diaper and one my son can’t take off when he wakes up from his naps. (Bonus!)

There are a few brands of one-size diapers from our past diapering (now mostly being used on our 4 month old) that will still work in a pinch, but do exactly that - pinch. It took a bit of research and some trial and error, but keeping our big toddler in cloth that fits until he’s using the potty is the best reward.

Contributed by Kimberly P.

13 comments:

Michelle said...

Thanks for posting this! I too had a big 'un...10lbs 15oz. Diapering is ample tush hasn't been easy, but we have found what works for us and I'm thankful we found out now. We are expecting big baby #2 in Sept and I'm happy we have a solid routine down now :)

Stephanie said...

Luckily, I probably won't need these diapers. But, it is nice to know they are out there! My 2.5 yr old is able to fit into GroBaby's still, and the Econbum covers still give us lots of room to grow. She is still under 30 lbs, so I guess I am just lucky that I have a skinny little girl (10th percentile). And her brother is following in her steps...

Carlie Madsen said...

Thanks for the tips. I've been pretty worried about my baby growing out of his one-size pockets too. I'm glad to know there are bigger options. Thanks for the tips!

Tina said...

Thank you so much for this!! My LO is in the 95% for height but only 50th for weight. I can already see that our OS diapers are not going to fit forever.

Amy Matthews said...

Oh thank you thank you! You have taken the guess work out of my searching! We have big beautiful babies too :) We are sort of new to cloth and I was wondering how I would get by since the BG 1sz are already at their largest. We use Flip and have found those to fit my large toddler, he wears 2T or 3T. He is potty trained now.

Thanks again!

AshaMama said...

This is good. At just shy of 6 months my DS wears his pockets on the XL rise at night to account for stuffing. Any less stuffing and there are leaks everywhere! I wondered what we'd do when he got any bigger. He too is a very solid boy and he fits for now, but grows so quick!

Mama Campbell said...

Yay for your post being published! ;o)

And I will definitely be passing this info to my new-to-cloth-diapering friend with a 30lb 9 month old! I haven't used cloth with a bigger baby (yet???) so this is an excellent resource! Thanks!!

Amanda said...

Thanks for the info! We have a big baby girl...8.14 at birth and 20.5 at 6 months...who is consistently in the 90+ percentile in weight and height. I have been concerned about what we would do once she outgrows her FB, BG, and HH one-sizes diapers. Glad to know we have lots of options!

Lauren @ Hobo Mama said...

I hear ya! Our son weighed 11 lbs, 13 oz, at birth, and was up to 30 pounds by 6 months. Oofa. We ended up having custom wool covers made (for a great price) by a WAHM on eBay, which we used over prefolds.

girlsmom0406 said...

I've had to use cloth of all size ranges at this point! LOL When my 'little' guy was born at 5lbs 13 oz I never expected to need 'big baby' diapers so my concern was which OS diapers would fit him as soon as possible. Well he's 18lbs at 6 months old and his BumGenius, Sweet Pea and snap Haute Pockets are all fully unsnapped for length already! I think I am going to go with the Thirsties DuoDiapers and Happy Heinys OS from now on. With his chubby thighs I haven't found good luck with the adjustable leg elastic diapers like Rocky Mountain OS and Fuzzi Bunz OS; I haven't had much luck with side snapping diapers either.

kellyH said...

thanks for sharing! my son was 10 lbs. as well and at 16 months I am beginning to worry that we may run into this as well. :(

Suzy said...

I have the opposite problem, my daughter was too small for the newborns, good thing cloth comes in all sizes.

ategeler said...

thanks for sharing this! I believe my son won't stay in OS the whole way thru!