One Size fits some but not ALLAs I peruse different brands of diapers and read the reviews left by different customers, I'm always amazed to see such a dichotomy of opinions about a particular brand. One reviewer says things like, “This diaper is awesome! We love it! Great fit, never leaks, etc.” while another says, “This was a terrible diaper. It leaked all the time and squeezed my baby's chunky legs. I'll never buy another one.” Now that I have two kids, I understand better why that is.
Different babies have different body types and different elimination patterns. Though she was born fat, my daughter thinned out quickly and became a thin baby with a tiny waist and legs who peed very frequently and wasn't a heavy wetter at all. After a few months diapering her and a few different types and styles of diapers I decided that I liked Fuzzi Bunz the best on her. They were well made, the fit is so customizable, and I don't ever remember a leak. But honestly, all of the diapers we used for her were awesome--Happy Heinys, Rump-a-rooz, Babykicks, Grovia, Knickernappies, and of course, BumGenius.
Then, along came our son and even as a newborn, he leaked through everything except the Rump-a-rooz. I was flabbergasted. We were using the same amount of absorbency we'd used on Bunny, and it was as if he had no absorbency at all. We switched the newborn insert for the one-size or large inserts that come with all of these pocket diapers and it improved the problem during the day but didn't help it at all during the night. We used only Rump-a-rooz at night and for awhile, that contained the wetness, but soon, we even had a couple of leaks with those. It was then that I knew I had to approach things differently. I was doing things with Baby Bear exactly the way I'd done them with Bunny and since they are two different babies, it just wasn't working. I started re-evaluating the fit of the diapers and the absorbency. We added some Joey Bunz to our night diapers and that really gave us a boost in absorbency. Baby Bear can now go through the night with only one or two diaper changes, which means more sleep for my exhausted husband and I and better parenting during the day. Then, we re-sized all of our pocket diapers and traded out the microfiber inserts for flats which are surprisingly absorbent when pad folded. I still change Baby Bear's diaper every hour or so (when he's awake), but the flat diapers can absorb much more than he can dish out in an hour. If we happen to go on a drive or he takes an extra long nap, I don't have to worry about leakage anymore.
There were a few brands that currently just aren't cutting it for our little guy that worked so well for Bunny. The Grovia AIO became my favorite diaper for her--especially towards the end of our diapering days. I used it on Baby Bear as soon as he grew into it, but it just isn't made for his brand of chunky thighs and belly. In fact, none of our side-snapping diapers work on him. I'm holding out that they might work when he's a bit bigger, so they stay in storage, waiting for that day. During the day, I'm shocked to find that Fuzzi Bunz aren't as wonderful for him as they were for Bunny, and that all three types of bumGenius always work perfectly--even the ones that are now four years old. What have I learned from all this? Well, just because a diaper doesn't work for your baby doesn't mean it doesn't work for all babies. It's for this reason that I buy 2-4 different kinds of cloth diapers at baby showers. Just because a brand is your favorite doesn't mean it will be your friend's go-to diaper. You not only don't know which kind of diaper will work for a couple's budget and preferences, but you don't know which will be best for their baby.
If you bought a specific type of diaper and it's leaking try adjusting both the fit and the absorbency before calling it quits. If it still doesn't work, then it may be a diaper best suited for another body type, or one that your baby will “grow into” as he or she starts crawling, walking, or thinning out/fattening up. One Size diapers are not one size fits all, they are one size fits most. Most of them will work just fine for you, but there are always those exceptions where you use a very trusted brand and sadly discover that just doesn't suit.
Have you discovered that some diapers you loved for one child absolutely don't work for another?