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How to use a Fitted Cloth Diaper

Posted by Becca on 7/16/2012 to Cloth Diaper How-To
If you want to use cloth diapers but don’t want to deal with folding, wrapping or pinning, then using fitted diapers may be one, good cloth alternative to prefolds or flat diapers. Fitted diapers are used and fastened with the ease of a disposable diaper, with snaps or Velcro that can be secured at the front or the sides of the diaper. They aren’t like disposables in that they require a cover, and obviously, they don’t get thrown into the trash.

Fitted cloth diapers are easy to use. You fasten the diaper as you would a disposable diaper, and then cover it with a diaper cover. Diaper covers come in many different varieties and styles—wool, fleece, and wraps to name a few, but we’re going to show you how to use a fitted diaper with a pull-on diaper cover. We recommend pull-on covers because they offer great coverage and have less bulk at the waistline. A fitted diaper coupled with a pull on cover is great underneath snug-fitting jeans or other non-stretchy pants.

Specifically, we’re using a Kissaluvs Fitted Diaper with a Bummis Whisper Pant for this demonstration.


1. You will be using one fitted diaper and a pull-on cover per diaper change.

2. Open your fitted diaper and lay it out flat. When laid flat the closure tabs or “wings” of most diapers will be in the back, but in case you’re not sure, or you’re using a side snapping diaper, the back of a diaper will always be wider than the front.

3. Lay your baby on top of the diaper so that their waist lines up with the top of the diaper, and the closure tabs stick out on either side. Pull the front of the diaper up through your baby’s legs to their waist.

4. Pull the closure tabs at either side of your baby’s back around their waist to fasten securely at the front panel of the diaper. Fasten it snugly enough to keep mess inside, but not so tightly that your baby will get red marks at their waist and thighs. Remember that at this point your baby is laying down and if the diaper is fastened too snugly, it will be too tight when they sit up. Also, keep in mind that as your baby grows, the waist settings will eventually widen.

5. Once the fitted diaper is fastened to your baby, grab your pull-on cover and put it on the same way you would a pair of underwear or pants—one leg at a time.

6. Do not pull the thigh openings of a pull-on diaper into the crease where a baby’s thigh meets the body. This may cause leaking. Keep these openings about an inch or so below the crease. It may eventually work it’s way up to the crease, but it need not start there. Also, make sure that all of your fitted diaper is tucked inside your cover—both at the legs, and at the waist—to prevent leaking.

*If you’re using a front or side-snapping diaper cover or wrap, rather than pull the cover on after attaching the diaper, you will simply lay the baby ‘s cloth-diapered bottom over the open cover, and fasten the cover in the same way you fastened the diaper, making sure that the waistline and leg openings of the cover come past the waist and legs of the fitted diaper.

Please check out the great selection of brands and styles of fitted diapers that we offer in our store. If you feel that fitted diapers aren’t the right option for you, you may find that All In One or pocket diapers are an easy-to-use, no hassle option.