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.
- A few brands/styles run significantly bigger. The ones I've found are:
- Blueberry/Swaddlebees/Weehuggers: The covers have lots of room to spare
- Best Bottom Diapers with Extender Tabs: I can make my younger boy's diapers work on my big guy in a pinch with these.
- Flip! covers (to a lesser extent): I like the trim fit, but they're at the end of their range.
- Fuzzibunz Perfect Size Pocket Diapers XL: Lots of room in these, great for really big kids!
- Tweedlebugs: Surprisingly generous fit for an economical price.
- 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.