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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Cloth Diapering the BIG Kids

When I first started cloth diapering, I did a ton of research and looked for the best long-term investment.   My husband crunched the numbers (he actually made a spreadsheet) and determined that since baby #2 was on the way, a system of one-size diapers was the best solution.  I began using one-size pocket diapers when my oldest son was just under two years old.  They fit him well, as he was between 25 and 30 lbs.  After my second son was born, they both wore the same style diapers for many months, but eventually my older boy started growing -- a LOT!

Suddenly he was over 35 lbs.  And TALL.  And still in diapers.  We learned that he has autism, and his development in several areas was delayed.  Toileting is one of the places where he is just not at the same place as other kids his age.  I started to panic a little as his pocket diapers slowly started to become too small.  I had to try many many different brands and styles to figure out what fits on my now 42 lb, well-over-3ft-tall almost four year old.  I see many parents worrying about what happens if their child outgrows their current diapers before potty training, so I thought I'd pass along some of the things I've learned along the way for the big kids or kids with special needs!

  • One-size diapers typically end their weight range around 30-35lbs.  For most kids, that's plenty to get through to potty training.
  • Most pants at this size (my boy is in 5T) don't build in extra room for diapers like pants for smaller children.  This makes trim fit important -- all-in-ones and pockets don't work the best under jeans.  For this reason I really like using a cover and a trim insert.

Casey is a sales associate at our Madison Retail Store and a contributing blogger. She is mom to two little boys, ages 3 and 1 1/2.


abdul said...

This helped with all the searching thanks! My son is 7, 58 lbs and diagnosed as fecal incontinet.. one of the worst the doctor has seen. He didn't get constipation at all his bowel releases themselves. I want cloth diapers because they'll be more comfortable for him and safer. Thank you!

hduran said...

Thank you for this, I am pretty much in the same place, have a son with major delays who is turning 3 the end of this month and 38lbs and growing quickly. Thank you!!!!

hduran said...

Thank you so much! My son is seriously delayed and probably always will be. He has eczema and only has issues were the disposable diapers rub (recently) and is almost 3 38 lbs and growing quickly! Thank you so much!

Tony Wu said...

For the big baby, the good methods is teach he/her how to get well potty training and wear baby cloth

ndtyre said...

My son is extremely thin. I have trouble getting the rise he needs with the tightness he needs in the waist and especially the legs. I used Bum Genius 4.0 pockets when he was smaller but now need something similar in a larger size in the rise. What can you suggest?

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