23 February 2015

Newborn Cloth Diapering - Size Comparison (Part Two)

This is Part Two of my Newborn cloth diapers size comparison and in this post I will focus on prefolds and covers - still my favourite newborn cloth solution and the one I recommend most as they're easy to wash, affordable and you can customise the fit around your newborn's legs. 

So without further ado, let's check out how the different brands fit J as a newborn. 

Imagine Indian Cotton prefold - size preemie

Imagine Indian Cotton prefold - size preemie

Left - 2 weeks old and weighing 2.4kg, Middle - 3 weeks old and weighing 2.6kg, Right - 7.5 weeks old and weighing 3.9kg

These prefolds were our workhorses for the first 2 or so months. They formed the bulk of our newborn stash and we used them underneath a variety of covers (see below). I love how trimly these fit J from the start, due to having fewer layers overall than most other prefolds. They are 2x4x2 whereas newborn prefolds are typically 3x6x3 and regular prefolds are 4x8x4. So literally half the thickness of a regular prefold which makes a big difference in bulk on a smaller newborn. I used these even on A who was born fullterm and we only switched to the size small prefolds around 2 months when we needed the extra absorbency. 

Because these are thinner they also dried a lot quicker than other prefolds, so they were perfect for those times when your newborn poops during every single feed. I consider both my kids to be average wetters as newborns and these prefolds (even though they were fewer layers) was enough absorbency-wise for the first 2 months. 

Imagine Indian Cotton "smart-fit" prefold - size small
Imagine Indian Cotton Smart-Fit Prefold - size small

Left - 8 weeks old and weighing 4.2kg, Middle top - 10.5 weeks old weighing 5.2kg, Middle bottom - 12.5 weeks old and weighing 5.5kg, Right - 14 weeks old and weighing 6.3kg

Around two months we switched to the size small prefolds as the absorbency on the preemie prefolds was no longer enough. At that point my kids were a little bigger and the extra bulk not as noticeable. These prefolds were super absorbent and in fact I still used them trifolded in covers on A as a toddler or stuffed into pockets. Paired with a good cover, prefolds are pretty much a leakproof option for newborn cloth diapering. I used angel wing and jellyroll fold the most. Jellyroll fold is excellent for containing the explosive newborn poop. 

Applecheeks Envelope Cover - size one
Applecheeks Envelope Cover - size one

Left - weighing 2.7kg, Middle - 10.5 weeks old and weighing 5.2kg, Right - 6 months old and weighing 7kg.

This is a two-size diapering system, with size one meant to fit from 3.2kg to 9kg. It can either be used as cover or as pocket (with an insert stuffed into the opening in the middle), however since it has a fleece interior lining it is not wipeable and I prefer to wash it after each use. For that reason I used it mostly as a pocket or with an insert laid on top. We only started getting a really nice fit with these around 5.5kg and even closer to 6kg, before that point the cover bloused quite a bit on J due to no rise snap adjustments. At just shy of a year and weighing 9.3kg, this cover still fits him though (using a single insert; it won't fit over a prefold at this stage). 

I think this is a good option for that in between stage where your baby has outgrown the newborn covers but the one-size covers might still be a little bulky on him/her.
Blueberry Mini Coverall
Blueberry Mini Coverall

Left - 2 weeks old and weighing 2.4kg, Middle top - 7 weeks old and weighing 3.7kg, Middle bottom - and weighing 5.3kg, Right - 14 weeks old and weighing 6.3kg

This was my favourite cover out of all the ones I tried for the newborn stage. It is stated to fit from 2.7kg to 8kg and I would say it fits pretty true to size. While the cover did blouse a little bit initially, it was a perfect fit around the legs and waist and by the time J reached 3kg, the blousing was gone as well. We used this cover over both the size preemie and size small snappi'd prefolds and the Imagine newborn fitted and it fit beautifully over all these options. I even used it with a lay-in insert a few times and it held it in place perfectly too.


Bummi's Super Lite - size small
Bummi's Super Lite - size small

Left - 7 weeks old and weighing 3.7kg, Middle top - 9 weeks old and weighing 4.5kg, Middle bottom - 10.5 weeks old and weighing 5.2kg, Right - 14 weeks old and weighing 6.3kg

The size small Super Lite is stated to fit from 3.5 - 8kg and while it started fitting at 3.5kg, J outgrew the cover around 7kg. We were not able to use this cover from the start with J, however once he grew into it, I found myself reaching for it a lot. I really liked how thin and soft the PUL is, the wide elastics around the legs and waist and the look of the velcro tabs on the front. I found this a good fit over snappi'd prefolds and fitteds. If I had another newborn I would go for the newborn size to be able to use this cover from the start, however if you have average to bigger sized newborns, the size small is definitely the option to go for. 

Bummi's Super Whisper Wrap - size small
Bummi's Super Whisper Wrap - size small

Left - 5 weeks old and weighing 3kg, Middle top - 9 weeks old and weighing 4.5kg, Middle bottom - 12.5 weeks old and weighing 5.5kg, Right - 14 weeks old and weighing 6.3kg

The Bummi's SWW is stated to fit from 3.9kg to 5.8kg, though I would say it runs a bit bigger. At over 4kg there was still a fair bit of blousing happening with this cover, and only started fitting well for us at over 5kg. However J was still able to wear it until close to 7kg. We used this cover mostly over prefolds, but I do think it would be better suited for use over fitteds as it's nice and roomy. I enjoyed using this cover once J got a bit bigger and think it's a good option for the stage where baby is too big for newborn covers but still a little too small for the one-size covers. My only gripe is that the cover doesn't have a wipeable interior. 

HSH fleece soaker - size newborn

HSH Fleece Soaker - size newborn

Left - 7 weeks old and weighing 3.7kg, Right - 10.5 weeks old and weighing 5.2kg

I used this cover mostly at night over fitteds and loved how soft it was and how comfy J looked in it. It fit him from about 3.2kg to around 5.5kg, although that does depend a lot on the type of diaper used underneath. If you used it over a snappi'd prefold or flat it might fit beyond 5.5kg. 

Imagine Newborn Cover
Imagine Newborn Cover

Left - 2 weeks old and weighing 2.4kg, Middle top - 7 weeks old and weighing 3.5kg, Middle bottom - 12.5 weeks old and weighing 5.5kg, Right - 14 weeks old and weighing 6.3kg

The Imagine newborn cover is stated to fit from 2.3 - 6kg, though it still fit J comfortably on the middle rise at over 6kg, and continued to fit until around 7 - 8kg. We got a good fit around the legs and waist from the start at 2.2kg and I found that the binding around the edges was super soft, along with the rest of the cover. The PUL is also very stretchy making this a great option over both snappi'd prefolds and fitteds. An excellent value for money cover. 
Pokkelokkie custom wool soaker

Pokkelokkie wool soaker

This was a custom soaker (preemie/newborn size) made for J  by Jolani from Pokkelokkie and I just wanted to show the great fit we got from the start at 2.2kg. This little wool soaker was absolutely adorable and a very nice newborn option if you prefer all natural fibres on your baby. As with the fleece soaker, we used this one mostly at night time. For daytime use I preferred using PUL covers. 

Rumparooz preemie/newborn cover
Rumparooz Preemie/Newborn Cover

Left - 1.5 weeks old and weighing 2.2kg, Middle top - 7 weeks old and weighing 3.7kg, Middle bottom - 12.5 weeks old and weighing 5.5kg, Right - 14 weeks old and weighing 6.3kg

The Rumparooz cover is stated to fit from 1.8 - 5.5kg. J was born at 2.2kg and it fit him well at that stage and up until just over 6kg (so a little over the upper limit). This cover lives up to its name as Preemie/Newborn cover as it fit snugly from the start (no ballooning or blousing here), but on the other hand J also outgrew this cover quicker than some of the other newborn covers featuring rise snaps. Having said that we still got a good amount of use out of this cover - as you can see in the photo on the right above, J could still fit into it at 3 months old over a snappi'd prefold. If you think you might be having a smaller baby or possibly a preemie, then I would highly recommend getting a Rumparooz cover.


Thirsties cover - size x-small
 Thirsties cover - size x-small

Left - 1.5 weeks old and weighing 2.2kg, Middle top - 7 weeks old and weighing 3.7kg, Middle bottom - 10.5 weeks old and weighing 5.2kg, Right - 14 weeks old and weighing 6.3kg




Thirsties Duo Wrap, size one
 Thirsties Duo Wrap - size one

Right - 1.5 weeks old and weighing 2.2kg, Middle top - 7 weeks old and weighing 3.7kg, Middle bottom - 10.5 weeks old and weighing 5.5kg, Right - 14 weeks old and weighing 6.3kg

The Thirsties Duo Wrap is stated to fit from  3 - 8kg and I would say that it fits pretty true to size at the lower end of the range, but both my kids outgrew it before they reached 8kg (around 7.5 kg). We were able to use it on J from 2.2kg due to the fact that this specific cover has custom snaps which allowed me to overlap the tabs to fit around the waist and reduce some bulk. The cover fit well over snappi'd prefolds as well as fitteds. 

Thirsties Duo Wrap - Full Review

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