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Is It Time To Size Up

Is It Time to Size Up Your Cloth Diapers? Here’s What You Need to Know

As much as we wish our little ones could stay tiny and adorable forever, the fact is, babies grow fast! And that means at some point, their cloth diapers are going to start getting a bit snug. But how do you know when it’s actually time to size up? Let’s break it down!

Newborn Diapers: The First Few Months

According to my research on how long do babies use newborn cloth diapers, the data tells us the average breastfed baby gains 4-7 oz per week in the first month, then around 1-2 lbs per month after that. Based on those numbers, most newborn diapers will fit from birth (or around 6 lbs, using average weights) until somewhere between 4-7 months of age depending on the brand and style. Larger babies would of course be able to wear them for less time, and smaller babies getting longer wear from those same diapers.

Cuddle Bear Bottoms’ newborn covers are estimated to fit from about 4-10 lbs, which would fit premie babies right away and for quite some time. For average babies that the would fit from birth to about 3 or 4 months of age.

Of course, every baby is different, so take these estimates with a grain of salt! You’ll know it’s time to move up to a larger diaper when you start struggling to get a good fit around the legs and waist. If the dreaded blow-outs start happening on the reg, that’s a dead giveaway.

One-Size Diapers: The Bulk of the Diapering Years

Once your babe outgrows those tiny newborn diapers, it’s time to move on to a one-size (OS). Most OS diapers are designed to fit from around 8 lbs all the way up to 30-35 lbs or more. So in theory, one set of OS diapers could last you from the end of the newborn stage until your kiddo is ready to potty train.

In practice, of course, it’s not always that simple. Some babies are chunk masters and outgrow the upper limit of OS diapers well before potty training. Others are so skinny that they can rock an OS diaper until age 3 or 4. It really depends on your kid’s unique build.

The Cuddle Bear Bottoms OS pocket diaper is a great choice for this stage, fitting from approximately 8-36 lbs. The hip and rise snaps let you adjust the size as your baby grows.

If you have some other cloth diaper brands and are wondering how Cuddle Bear Bottoms OS pockets measure up, check out the comparison article here.

When to Size Up: Trust Your Gut

In my experience, most parents start to get antsy about sizing up somewhere around the 9 month mark. And I get it – when you see those chubby little belly rolls squeezed into a maxed-out rise setting, it’s tempting to assume you need a bigger diaper ASAP.

But honestly, very few babies truly need to move up to a bigger size before 18-24 months.

That’s because when baby starts gets mobile — crawling and walking — their shape changes. Chunky baby thighs and tummy rolls most often turn into long toddler legs and torsos. You may even find yourself needing to adjust the snaps backwards and bringing in the rise long before you need to get

If the diapers are still fitting comfortably around the legs and waist and you aren’t dealing with constant leaks, you’re probably fine to stick with your OS stash a while longer. That said, there’s no harm in having a few larger diapers on hand just in case, especially if your kiddo is a heavy wetter as a larger diaper will offer more room for inserts. Cuddle Bear Bottoms Bigger Pocket Diaper is a nice choice because they can fit from 28 lbs (overlapping the one-size version) all the way to 45 lbs and up.

The Bottom Line

So when can you expect to size up your cloth diaper stash? Here’s a general timeline:

Newborn: Birth to ~10-16 lbs (around 2-4 months on average)
One-Size: ~8-36 lbs (from the end of the newborn stage up to 2-3+ years)
Bigger sizes: ~28 lbs and up (a few toddlers and older kids)

Remember, every baby is different, so use these estimates as a loose guide, not gospel. When in doubt, trust your gut! If your diapers are consistently leaking, leaving red marks, or feeling too snug, it’s probably time to size up. A comfy, clean baby bum is always the goal.

Author Bio:

April is the founder of Cloth Diapers for Beginners and author of The Cloth Diaper Wash & Care Handbook. Since 2015, April has helped well over 95,000 parents and caregivers cloth diaper their children through the Cloth Diapers for Beginners website, the handbook, YouTube, and the Cloth Diapers for Beginners Facebook Group. Her Complete Cloth Diapering Course is set to be released in 2024.

Cloth Diaper Brand Comparison

Cloth Diaper Brand Comparison

Something I’m always asked is how do CBB diapers compare to other brands? I have purchased a pocket diaper from a few of the top selling brands, including a couple that recently shut down. I will list them from smallest minimum weight to largest, as their websites advise.

Sweet Cheeks

Sweet Cheeks weight range is listed at 6.6-33lbs. These diapers retail at $11.25 and have tan AWJ, thick back elastic, tummy panel, 4 rise configurations and cross over snaps.

Photo of CBB on top of Sweet Cheeks Diaper, they are the same size.

Alva Baby

Alva Baby weight range is listed at 6.6-33lbs. These diapers retail at $5.69 and have white microfleece(AWJ available), 3 rise configurations and cross over snaps.

Photo of Alva Baby diaper on top of CBB diaper, CBB is slightly wider then Alva Baby.

Happy Flute

Happy Flute weight range is 6.6-33lbs. These diapers retail at $16.50 and have white microfleece and 3 rise configurations.

Photo of Happy Flute diaper on top of CBB diaper, CBB diaper is about 1/2 an inch wider.

Bum Genius

Bum Genius 5.0 weight range is listed at 7-35lbs. These diapers retail at $21.50 and have white microfleece liner, pocket flap, 3 rise configurations, snap or Velcro closure and mostly solid colors.

Photo of Bum Genius Diaper on top of CBB diaper, CBB is slightly wider.

Squshy Tushie

Squshy Tushie weight range is 8-35lbs. These diapers retail for $10.25 and have white microfleece(AWJ available), 3 rise configurations, and cross over snaps.

Photo of Squshy Tushie Diaper on top of CBB, CBB is 1/4 of an inch wider.

Cuddle Bear Bottoms

Cuddle Bear Bottoms AWJ weight range is from 8-36lbs. These diapers retail at $8.50 and have white AWJ, thick back elastic on some, tummy panel, 4 rise configurations, cross over snaps, and some charity themed diapers

Cuddle Bear Bottoms Microfleece weight range is 8-36lbs. These diapers retail at $7.75 and have white microfleece, 3 rise configurations, and cross over snaps.

Little Bear Tushies

Little Bear Tushies weight range is listed at 8-40lbs. Sadly, this store is closed but they feature gray AWJ, tummy panel, 4 rise configurations, and cross over snaps.

Photo of Little Bear Tushies Diaper on top of CBB diaper, CBB is 1/4 of an inch wider.

Mama Koala

Mama Koala weight range is listed at 8-40lbs. These diapers retail at $8.75 and have white microfleece liner(AWJ also available), pocket flap, and 3 rise configurations.

Photo of Mama Koala Diaper on top of CBB diaper, CBB diaper is slightly longer and about an inch wider.

Vida Mia Cloth

Vida Mia Cloth weight range is listed at 8-50lbs. These diapers retail at $12.55 and have printed AWJ, tummy panel, pocket flap, thick back elastic, 4 rise configurations, and cross over snaps.

Photo of CBB diaper on top of Vida Mia Cloth, Vida Mia Cloth is slightly wider than CBB.

Gordis Tela

Gordis Tela weight range is listed at 8-65lbs.  Sadly, this store is closing but the diapers feature white AWJ, tummy panel, 4 rise configurations and cross over snaps.

Photo of Gordis Tela on top of CBB diaper, CBB diaper is slightly wider than Gordis Tela.

Texas Tushies

Texas Tushies weight range is listed at 10-40lbs. These diapers retail at $9.95 and have white AWJ, tummy panel, pocket flap, 3 rise configurations, and cross over snaps.

Photo of Texas Tushies On top of CBB diaper, Texas Tushies is about an inch wider.

Suga Bums

Suga Bums weight is listed at 10-55lbs. These diapers retail for $12.50 and have gray AWJ, tummy panel, thick back elastic, 4 rise configurations and cross over snaps.

Photo of Suga Bums on top of CBB diaper, CBB is slightly wider than Suga Bums.

Arcadia

Arcadia weight range is listed at 10-65lbs. These diapers retail for $11.50 and have white AWJ, tummy panel, pocket flap with elastic, thick back elastic, 4 rise configurations, and cross over snaps.

Photo of Arcadia on top of CBB diaper, Arcadia is slightly smaller than Arcadia.

Veteran Baby Brigade

Veteran Baby Brigade, this site is currently under construction so weight range and price is still to come.  These diapers have colored AWJ, thick back elastic, tummy panel, front elastic, 4 rise configurations, and cross over snaps.

Photo of Veteran Baby Brigade on top of CBB diaper, CBB diaper is 1/8 of an inch wider and slightly longer.

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