One of the biggest questions I see people asking when they are looking into cloth diapering or working on building up their stash is whether they should buy one size diapers or sized diapers. The question is a bit more complicated than just making this decision. Many of the popular one size diapers are pockets while many of the sized diapers, especially in the smaller sizes, are all-in-ones. As with every type of cloth diaper, one size diapers and sized diapers both have their pros and cons.
Let’s take a look at a few key issues and see where each diaper comes in.
One size diapers have a leg up in terms of how often you will have to buy for your child. As your baby grows, your one size diapers with grow too. This saves time and sometimes money because you don’t have to worry about buying the next size up or selling your old diapers to fund your new ones.The fewer times you have to shop for diapers, the more likely you are to spend less money. On the flip side, if you only buy once and you’re the type who likes to shop for all the new colors and prints, you could get bored which leads us to…
2. Getting Bored
If you decide to use sized diapers, you will need to size up as your child grows. This provides the opportunity to purchase new colors and prints or to try new diapers or new designs. If you like variety, you might be better off going the sized route rather than one size. If you’re concerned about spending more money then you should consider…
3. Money Savings
Sure, the smartest option in terms of money is going to be one size. You’re going to be able to purchase your stash and use it from the time your child fits in the one size diapers until potty training. You won’t have to worry about buying new diapers when you need to size up. You won’t have to worry about selling your old diapers to help fund the new diapers although this is an excellent way to fund your stash of sized diapers. Still, no matter what diapers you choose, you will be saving money in the long run, so don’t forget that! Another thing you should not forget is that fit is important and you should think about…
4. Getting a Good Fit
The claim that one size diapers fit from birth to potty is rarely accurate. Many one size diapers do not fit until the baby is nearing 10 pounds or more. W didn’t fit his one size diapers until he was 3 months old. With the different ways you can adjust one size diapers, you can often find a fit that works for your child. Unfortunately one size diapers can be bulky on smaller babies or when your child is younger. You rarely get a super trim fit with one size diapers. With sized diapers you can get a much more trim fit. Our Bum Genius XS AIOs fit just like disposables did when W was a newborn! After fit there is one more issue to consider and that is…
One size diapers can be used for more than one child at a time which makes it seem as though you would get the most use out of a stash of one size diapers. If you have a newborn and an older child in diapers, one size diapers can be adjusted to be used for both. You may be able to get by with fewer diapers but in return you will be washing the diapers more often, especially if using them for more than one child. This can lead to them wearing out more quickly. Then you will need to purchase more diapers. With sized diapers the diapers may last longer and be in better condition when you are finished using them because they will be washed less often. If you are thinking of trying to sell your used diapers, this is something to consider.
The Bottom Line
No matter what you choose, it’s about finding a system that works for you. We have a huge variety of diapers that include both sized and one size diapers although the majority are one size. It’s just important to find the type of diaper your like and that works well for your family. Then go with it and remember that you are saving money while doing great things for your child and the environment!