A few days ago, I explored the pros and cons of using All-in-One (AIO) diapers and mentioned that we do have a collection of AIOs in our current stash. We also had a number of AIOs in our newborn stash. The majority of the remainder of our newborn stash was made up of fitteds and covers. In our current stash we have a few fitteds and covers as well. Diaper covers are amazingly versatile and have worked great for us with our fitteds!
I’ve previously discussed the fitteds and covers we used in the newborn stage and you can read how well they worked within the first few days of W’s life! They worked amazingly well for us and I am so glad we had them as part of our stash when I wasn’t ready to figure out how to make prefolds work for us!
Our newborn stash fitteds and covers included:
- 7 Kissaluvs size 0
- 3 XS Thirsties Fab Fitteds (These are the old style. We also had 3 smalls but never used them.)
- 1 Sugar Plum Newborn fitted (Check out my review.)
- 4 Thirsties Duo Wraps size 1
- 1 Blueberry Minky diaper cover
You can also check out the list of our entire newborn stash to see what else we used if you’re interested.
Our current stash includes some fitteds and covers as well. Here is what we have:
- 2 Thirsties Duo Fab Fitteds size 2 (Check out my review.)
- Pooters Hemp Fitted (Check out my review.)
- Mother-ease Sandy’s fitted (Review will go live today at 11:00am CST!)
- 2 Thirsties Duo Wraps size 2 (Check out my review.)
- Mother-ease Rikki Wrap cover (Review will go live today at 11:00am CST!)
- Zookies diaper cover (Check out my review.)
Just as All-in-Ones have their pros and their cons, the same is true for fitteds and covers so lets take a look at them.
- Cute! Cute! Cute! If you like cute diapers, then fitteds and covers may be perfect for you! Many fitted and diaper covers are available in great colors and cute prints!
- Versatility. Sure, you can use your covers over your fitteds, but you can also use them over prefolds and flats. I’ve even used them at night over AIOs for an extra barrier against leaks! I’ve also read of people using their covers as swim diapers.
- Reusable. Sure, all of our cloth diapers are reusable, but the covers can over be reused more than once without washing them unless you’re dealing with a dirty diaper and it gets on the cover.
- Cheap. This can be a more affordable way to go (especially if you are willing to buy fitteds used) because you don’t need a cover for each diaper since the covers can be reused. If you’re willing to use prefolds and flats with your covers, then you’ve found the most economical way to use cloth!
- No cover at home? I have read of many people letting their babies just wear a fitted when they are at home. This makes it more breathable and allows more air to get to the baby’s skin. Of course, you have to watch out as it gets wet since you don’t have a waterproof layer on!
- Bulkiness. The fitteds with covers are definitely a bulkier option most of the time. We currently have that problem with our Duo Fab Fitteds. They are just a bit bulky for me right now. Of course, I never noticed this much with our newborn diapers. Maybe they weren’t as bulky or maybe I wasn’t worried about that issue back then!
- Not as friendly. These are obviously not as user-friendly as AIOs or pockets when it comes to people who might be hesitant. I wouldn’t recommend them for babysitters or other inexperienced adults. I would say they aren’t good Daddy diapers, but J loved them and was great at using them!
- Two layers = two diapers to close! This wasn’t such a big deal when W was a newborn and didn’t move much. Now that he’s trying to roll around and grab his feet and other parts of his body during diaper changes, using fitteds and covers can be a bit more challenging because I have to get two pieces closed before he rolls off to the side!
I think that diaper covers are definitely important to have on hand even if you don’t use fitteds, prefolds, or flats. They are so versatile that I cannot imagine not having a few. I would recommend that every family have one or two, even if they use disposables! I have used ours over a disposable at night to make sure W didn’t wake up with wet clothes! I also think that fitteds are good to have because there are so many great uses for them whether you’re at home during the day or figuring out your night-time solution!
As mentioned in earlier posts here at Formula Mom, I am definitely a fitteds fan. They saved my life in the newborn phase when I just didn’t have it in me to figure out prefolds. Perhaps next time I will be more prepared for the emotionally ups and downs of the early days and will be able to work on mastering the art of the prefold! If not, my newborn fitteds are packed away just waiting for when baby 2 comes in a few years! For now, I plan to continue to use the fitteds and covers we have on my quest to find a variety of night-time diaper solutions that work for us. Although I don’t grab them first during the day, it’s nice to have them as back ups if we get low on laundry day! I would recommend everyone try a few different fitteds and see what they think! Do you use fitteds? What are you favorite brands and how do you use them? Are they your everyday diapers? Night diapers? I would love to hear how other families use them as part of their diaper stash!