June 24, 2010

Diapering a Newborn -- Do OneSize really work?

Now to answer the burning question...Do OneSize diapers really work on newborns???

Flip OneSize diaper with Flip Stay-Dry insert

Flip Diapers - This diaper is a pretty good fit.  I used the Stay-Dry flip insert folded down to the small setting.  A tad bulky in the belly area, but as you see from the picture, it's not bad.  We've been using the cover over some fitteds, too, which works great.  I do wish it had crossover snaps for overlapping, but our boy is growing fast!  Recommend for newborn?  Yes.

Softbums OS with microfiber insert

Softbums - This is a diaper that I'm testing prior to bringing into our store.  I'm using the microfiber stay-dry insert that snaps into the cover.  As far as I know, Softbums doesn't offer a size small insert, only a onesize insert that is folded down.  It's bulky, but it does work.  I can get the legs of the diaper nice and snug with the drawstring adjustment.  It's hard to fit clothing over this diaper, at least for a newborn.  Recommend for newborns?  Maybe.  Only if your kids grow fast.  If your kids stay petite for a while, I think I'd recommend a different diaper for the first weeks.

Rumparooz with small Rumparooz insert

Rumparooz - this is another R&D diaper (research & development).  We're using the Rumparooz cover on its smallest setting with the small microfiber insert.  It's bulky, but the crossover tabs help get a decent fit.  While we don't reach for this diaper first, we aren't exactly skipping it either.  It does the job, even if it's not too pretty for an 8.5 lb baby.  And the small insert helps it to fit better than some brands.  Recommend for newborns?  Yes.

Econobums with Econobum prefold

Econobums - The Econobum cover fit a lot differently than I expected.  I guess I thought it would be like a BumGenius or Flip cover since they're all made by the same company.  Not so.  The Econobum cover fit is a lot more awkward.  But it did fit okay and it didn't leak.  We used it with the onesize Econobum prefold.  The overall fit was bulky, but doable.  For the price, this is a good diaper choice.  No pins or complicated folds make it easy to use.  The snapping cover should last a while, both in durability and fit.  Recommend for newborns?  Yes, for a family on a tight budget.

GroVia Cover with preemie prefold

GroVia - I first tried the whole GroVia system of cover & soaker.  The soakers are crazy bulky on a newborn, but when I switched to a preemie prefold under the cover, it did okay.  I would never recommend the whole system for a newborn, but I would recommend buying the system and saving the soakers for a few weeks.  Instead, use fitteds or prefolds under the covers.  It saves on buying newborn covers and prefolds are always handy to have.  Recommend for a newborn?  Yes, but only the covers.

Happy Heiny's OneSize with small microfiber insert

Happy Heinys OneSize - I found this diaper to be really hard to put on properly.  We used them with our daughter before she potty trained and loved them, but they're a little trickier on a newborn.  The diaper did not leak, but it gaped at the legs and I couldn't get it any smaller.  We'll put this one away for a few weeks and try again.  HH does make a Mini OneSize for the newborn stage and we like it a lot, so HH does offer a nice alternative.  Recommend for a newborn?  No. 

Knickernappies OneSize with small LoopyDo insert

Knickernappies OS - I have this adjusted to the smallest setting and I'm using a small LoopyDo insert.  This particular diaper is a custom diaper purchased from Hyena Cart, but the pattern is the same and the fit is almost identical to the regular KN OS.  The rise was high, well over the belly button, but otherwise the diaper fit great.  I love side-snaps, so I was excited that it fit so well.  Overall fit at 8.5 lbs was super.  Recommend for a newborn?  Yes.

BumGenius 3.0 OneSize with newborn insert

BumGenius 3.0 OS - I almost didn't include this diaper since BumGenius announced this week that they've discontinued it and I have only a couple left instock.  But, since it's a diaper that many of us are familiar with, I went ahead and added it in.  The fit was a little bulkier than I expected, even with the newborn insert, but it did just fine.  I've recommended it for years for new babies and I don't regret that recommendation. 

Those are all the OneSize diapers that I've tried so far.  I still have a few more to come!  And remember, these are just my opinions based on my experiences with my son.  Different diapers fit different babies, so you may love a diaper that I haven't had luck with.  Never hurts to give it a try!

Post and Photos copyright by Heather Hicks, CDO LLC.

June 22, 2010

Tips for Fuss-free Diaper Changing

Kids wriggle, squirm, roll over and crawl and we applaud them for doing so...except for when we need to change their diaper! During changes it would be much more convenient if they just lay back and stay still (yeah right!) As a mother of two energetic babies (8 months and 23months) I have learned a few tricks on how to have successful diaper changes with minimal fuss.

Ditch the Pins – You can use pins on a newborn if you must but as soon as your baby starts to wiggle, hold your prefolds together with snappis. They are much faster and you can't hurt your precious bundle with sharp points. My toddler also can be placated during dipe changes by promising to use her favourite selected colour snappi!

Be Prepared - It makes a lot of sense to have everything you need for your diaper change close at hand before you start. However if you do forget something you can make a game out of it. I tell my toddler in an exaggerated voice 'Don't move a muscle!' She finds it a fun challenge to see if she can stay still while I go and grab that spare cover that is still hanging on the line!

Supply Entertainment - Use small books, whistles, rattles etc and spread them out on the bed within easy reach in order to entice your little on on to the changing mat. I also keep a 'secret weapon' of an adult, but safe, plaything as kids always want to have something they think is not theirs. I use a watch, a digital thermometer that beeps, a switched off mobile phone, house keys and whatever else it at hand in the moment!

Sign language – I have been teaching my oldest child sign language since she was 8 months. She has always loved to sign and so if she is extra fidgety I ask her to sign various things which keeps her hands and mind occupied while I change her.

Use your legs - I don't have a changing table so we do dipe changes on the bed. This works well with a small wiggler as you can sit up on the bed and change them between your legs to prevent roll-overs.

Sing – I have realized that the words 'stay still' mean nothing to my babies. However as soon as I burst into one of their favorite songs they become quite entranced. My girl has learned so many songs during the times we spend changing diapers and it can be a really fun and educational experience. Sometimes these days she makes a little game of it as I sing the first line of a song and she says 'Noooooo!' and I have to go through the repertoire to find the song she wants to hear...usually by that time the diaper is changed, fuss free!

I look forward to hearing your experiences for fuss free diaper changes!