I’ve never been a huge user of fitted diapers. For the longest time, I thought that the negatives outweighed the positives. Lately, though, I’ve been rethinking my anti-fitted bias.
Why Fitted Diapers Are Awesome
Fitted diapers have an amazing ability to absorb. Because the entire diaper is made of absorbent materials (often bamboo, organic cotton, or hemp), they have a remarkable ability to hold moisture. When you’re dealing with a child who pees through everything, a diaper that can hold very nearly two cups of liquid is a good thing.
Why Fitted Diapers Are Not Awesome
So, fitted diapers can absorb like nobody’s business. While it’s true that they can hold a lot, they don’t wick moisture away from the skin. That’s far from awesome to me, as it doesn’t take much for Eudora to get a rash or for Norton to smell like he’s been marinating in his own urine. I’m also not keen on diapers that require a cover: it’s like diapering twice. When they’re small or when they’re nearly ready for housebreaking, it’s not too bad… but then there’s that awful, wrestling phase that often ends up with one or both participants crying or experiencing some sort of physical pain. At that point, the last thing I want to do is have to do the diapering process twice.
Cute fitted diapers really make me sad because there’s the gorgeousness… and then it gets hidden.
Working Around the Not Awesome
As much as there are those “not awesome” aspects of fitted diapers (which, really, put me off of using them for a very long time), there are ways to get around it. Don’t like the non-wicking part? I put a Best Bottom stay dry insert layer between my baby and the fitted. This makes it possible for me to get some extra absorption to go along with the wicking quality, too. Another friend of mine likes to do the same thing, except she puts a Funky Fluff insert between her baby and the fitted. More reasonable people would just put a stay dry microfleece liner in between.
Are you a fan of fitted diapers? How many are in your stash?