They are made up of the absorbent part and an outer waterproof cover, and the absorbent part is usually made from natural fibers, such as cotton, hemp or bamboo. They are very similar to Prefold or Flat diapers, but the main difference is that there’s no folding involved.
I have personally used fitted cloth diapers for both my daughters, particularly at night, and I have been so happy with the results. They last so long and I never have to worry about diaper changes at night.
That said, not all fitted diapers are the same and they definitely don’t all have the same performance. They all have different features and come in a wide range of prices.
So, I have rounded up here my list of the best fitted diapers that you can choose from for your baby, taking into consideration their price, features and pros and cons. Note that this post doesn’t cover waterproof covers though – only the absorbent part!
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Features of Fitted Cloth Diapers
Like I mentioned above, fitted diapers come with the absorbent part which is separate from the waterproof cover, and they are usually made of natural fibers (bamboo, cotton, hemp), which are more absorbent than synthetic ones. However, sometimes they also come in a combination of synthetic and natural fibers or just synthetic.
The greatest thing about them is also that they absorb all the way around, not just through the crotch area like other diaper options. Plus, you can add boosters if you find the need to increase absorbency. So, they can be the perfect solution for heavy wetters or at nighttime, as they are incredibly absorbent.
There’s also no folding involved: they are ready to put around your baby’s bum and close with either snaps or hook & loop. And they come in either different sizes or “one size fits all”: one size fitted diapers have snaps so that you can adjust them to fit nicely around your baby.
Finally, the waterproof cover can be made of PUL (Laminated Polyester), fleece or wool.
Pros and Cons of Fitted Cloth Diapers
I personally don’t really like the idea of such a bulky diaper during the day, plus the waterproof cover. So, I have mainly used them at night with a wool cover. However, lots of people like this type of cloth diaper for its simplicity and really need that extra absorbency even during the day.
Either way, here’s all the pros and cons of fitted diapers!
Advantages of Fitted Diapers
- Very “poonami” proof. They perform very well when babies are little and making huge poops so many times a day that often results in diaper blowouts.
- No folding required compared to Flat or Prefold diapers.
- You can still reuse the outer waterproof cover if only the fitted nappy got dirty.
- Incredibly absorbents, particularly if buying the ones made of natural fibers, so perfect for nighttime or heavy wetters.
Disadvantages of Fitted Diapers
- They can be quite bulky. Once your baby is wearing the fitted nappy with the cover, the bum will look huge.
- I prefer smaller inner inserts to the big fitted nappies during the day.
- They are slow to dry.
- They are not waterproof on their own, so you need to use a waterproof cover as well.
- Once you buy the diaper, plus the cover, they can be quite expensive.
The Best Fitted Cloth Diapers
Without further ado, here’s a list of the best fitted diapers, taking into consideration price, quality and pros/cons. The list also includes some video reviews.
Choose the right one for you and happy diapering! 🙂
Why the best?
1) Sloomb Multi Fitted
The Sloomb Multi Fitted cloth diaper is an incredibly good fitted diaper. It is made from heavy weight organic bamboo/cotton terry and it includes two 3-layer bamboo fleece doublers to add and customize your absorbency.
This means that it’s incredibly soft and absorbent. It could be the perfect solution for your night diaper.
It also has a narrower body, which makes it very comfortable for baby in the crotch area. And the long wings allow you to secure the diaper with one diaper pin (not included).
I don’t particularly love the idea of a snapless diaper but, if you don’t mind, the advantage is that you can really get the perfect fit for your baby.
It is a one size diaper for babies 10 lbs+. So, for newborns, you can buy the Sloomb Mini Fitted, which fits babies 5-15 lbs.
A perfect fit would be to pair this up with the Sustainablebabyish Knit Wool diaper cover.
2) Nicki’s Diapers Fitted Diaper
The Nicki’s Diapers Fitted Diaper comes in either 100% cotton, or a mix of bamboo and organic cotton. It is also very soft and comfortable like the Sloomb Multi Fitted diaper.
While I love that the price tag is amazing ($10 per diaper), you need to consider that it doesn’t come with boosters for extra absorbency at night and it is not a one size diaper, so you will need to buy more diapers as the baby grows. In fact, this diaper comes in 4 sizes:
- Xsmall: 4-10 lbs
- Small: 7-17 lbs
- Medium: 12-25 lbs
- Large: 15+ lbs
You can cover them with any diaper cover for a leak-proof option. However, Nicki’s diapers also sells some cheap, cute and colorful diaper covers here.
A lovely extra? The cute range of colors and patterns to choose from. I mean, you won’t see it with the waterproof cover, but if you let your child run around the house with just the fitted diaper, it nice to see 🙂
3) Twinkie Tush Fusion
The Twinkie Tush Fusion Fitted Diaper is a top of the range cloth diaper and it does come with a bit of a high price tag. However, it does come with many advantages:
- One size: 12+ lbs. You will need to buy another diaper for when you have a newborn.
- Super absorbency thanks to the 2 soakers (included in the price!) that are made of several layers. The top layer is made of cotton velour and the back is made of absorbent organic bamboo fleece. The back layer of the booster soaker is also made of hydrophobic poly fleece to add a mild liquid barrier. These are perfect for night time!
- One soaker snaps onto the fitted diaper, the other one snaps onto the other soaker. This keeps them both nicely into position.
- Snaps for easy closure, compared to other fitted diapers that require a pin or a fastener (how annoying!).
- Nice range of colors and patterns.
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4) EcoPosh OBV
The EcoPosh OBV (Organic Bamboo Velour) is another relatively expensive diaper. However, this also comes with many advantages:
- One size: fits most babies from 6+ lbs. You may need another diaper for a small newborn, but 6 lbs is good! Usually one size diapers only fit from 8-10 lbs.
- Snaps for easy closure and to adjust the fit to baby’s size. Even better than the Twinkie Tush Fusion.
- Dual inner gussets to hold in messes and prevent leaks. This is a great feature specific only to this diaper!
- It comes with a 6-layer bamboo soaker to increase absorbency, so it is amongst the best cloth diapers for heavy wetters and for night time.
- It has a pocket where you can stuff the soaker in to keep it in place. I personally really like this extra feature.
As per all the fitted diapers, it is not waterproof and does require a waterproof cover!
The Mother-Ease one size fitted cloth diaper fits all babies from newborn to potty. They don’t specify the weight, but they don’t really fit small newborns! I would use these from 10+ pounds and still buy smaller diapers for my newborn.
I like the fact that you have the choice between 4 different fabrics:
- Cotton with a stay-dry fabric made of polyester sewn to the inside. The stay-dry fabric wicks moisture away from baby’s skin. Only white available.
- 100% organic cotton. Only white available.
- Bamboo touching the baby and a polyester knit into the base of the fabric to provide durability and strength. Only white available.
- Cotton touching the baby and a polyester knit into the base of the fabric to provide durability and strength. Available in different colors.
It is very affordable for its performance: the perfect solution if you are looking for cheap fitted cloth diapers However, be mindful that it doesn’t come with any extra booster soaker, nor with a cover. The Mother-ease Snap In Liners are sold separately for extra absorbency and are also available in four different fabrics.
6) Thirsties Natural Fitted Diaper
The Thirsties Natural Fitted Diaper is one of the few fitted diapers that also offers a newborn size. While the bigger one fits babies from 8+ lbs, the Thirsties Natural Newborn Fitted Diaper is for babies that are 7-13 lbs.
It still doesn’t fit very small babies… so you might want to have a look at other options for a small newborn.
I like that this diaper comes with snap-in soakers to keep them in place. The only disadvantage is that the 2 soakers are sawn together (why?!). Both the body and the soakers are made of multiple layers of bamboo cotton for extra absorbency.
Another bonus is that it comes with snaps to easily close the diapers or to fit it nicely to baby’s size.
The cover is not included as usual. However, Thirsties sell their own cover here.
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Best Fitted Cloth Diapers: Final Thoughts
Here it is mama, my list of best fitted diapers to choose from. I hope you found this list and reviews helpful and gave you the confidence to embrace fitted diapers with your little one!
I was honestly so pleasantly surprised by how well they can perform at night when I first started using them with my daughter. I was instantly converted.
If you’d like more information on cloth diapers, also check out these related articles:
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- Top 10 Tips on How to Wash Cloth Diapers
- The Best All-In-Two / Hybrid Cloth Diapers
- The Best Pocket / Modern Cloth Diapers
- The Best All In One Cloth Diapers
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