Fitted cloth diapers are an excellent option for nighttime, newborns and poo containment. They are easier to strip than a cloth diaper with PUL and when necessary can be softened up with the use of a natural fabric softener (as long as there is no stay dry fabric).
Many amazing WAHMs produce high quality, super absorbent fitteds often with exquisite fabrics that bump the price up to a level out of reach of many cloth diapering parents.
However, there are options for parents wishing to use fitteds that won’t break the bank.
One of my favorites is Pooters hemp fitteds. Pooters are also available in bamboo. I have used Pooters off and on over the last couple of years with different children at different phases of growth and the absorbency has always held up.
Another affordable fitted is Mother Ease. You can choose between the Sandy’s or One Size version. Sandy’s are a side-snapping, sized fitted while the one size is a front snap. Both are made of a soft cotton terry cloth. I’ve never found Mother Ease products to be absorbent enough on their own. Purchasing doublers increases the price of these diapers.
These are great bargains on their own but none compete with the Green Mountain Diapers (GMD) Workhorse fitted.
We have made our beloved prefold diapers into a handy fitted diaper. Convenient, durable, 100% cotton. I love cotton! Covered snaps inside, loose flap style inside for quick drying (newborn size does not have flap).
It’s the same 100% cotton fabric as our beloved prefolds. Because of the nature of the prefold fabric, these will also vary in shrinkage somewhat, just like prefolds do.
8 layers of cotton in the body and 8 layers in the flap for sizes medium, large and XL for a total of 16 layers! Size small has a 6 layer flap which is a more appropriate thickness for a younger baby.
Fitted cloth diapers require a cover to be waterproof. My favorite cover to put over a fluffy bum is the Sweet Pea One Size Cover. I also like Flip covers and Thirsties. All are PUL.
When it comes to wool, Wild Coconut Wear makes a phenomenal interlock soaker. Aside from the great performance of interlock, WCW are absolute works of art.
You may also choose to use a fleece soaker over a fitted diaper. Fleece is more affordable than wool, machine washable and breatheable.
Do you have any good cheap fitteds you would recommend?