Hybrid Fitted cloth diapers are in a dead heat competition with my Ragababe Easy AIOs right now. Ragababes are my go to any time we leave the house and about half the nights.
But, for daytime use (and the other half of the nights) I reach for my squishy, uber cute print hybrid fitteds.
A hybrid fitted cloth diaper is a fitted which means it is not waterproof. However, with the addition of a hidden polyfleece layer it is not necessary to put a cover on it during 90% of the time you use one.
The polyfleece layer pushes the moisture back up into the absorbent soaker keeping the outside of the diaper dryer for longer periods of time.
Does this mean you can cut down on your diaper changes to 3 or 4 a day?? NO!! It simply means that your child can wear a breathable diaper around without having to worry about getting your lap or furniture wet.
For naptimes and nighttime I add 1 or 2 Ragababe doublers (any thin hemp or bamboo doubler will work) to a hybrid fitted and I may or may not put on a pair of longies on top. In the morning the outside of the hybrid fitted is not wet. BUT, Camden has no liquid intake at night so his output is lighter.
Over the last couple of months I have amassed a variety of hybrid fitted brands. In the following video I will show you what the insides look like and special features that each have.
The video is lengthy at almost 18 minutes but you will have a good understanding of each brand displayed. I include websites below each brand along with any special notes.
Brands in the video include (in order of appearance): Narabums, Monkey Rumps, Tangerine Baby, Dolce Baby, Macaroni Baby, Bouncy Bums, Little Fancy Pants, Muffins n Mayhem, Little Seedlings, Twinkie Tush, Dillicious Dipes, 4Ward Thinking, Southern Comfort, Little Boppers, Short Rounds, Wiggles, Baby Doll Diapers.
Below the video you will find a few comments on contrasting features shown and personal fit findings.
Most of the diapers are one-sized with a Fold Down Rise (FDR).
Why is a FDR more common than a Snap Down Rise (SDR)?
Because of the amount of material on a hybrid fitted having a SDR can add a significant amount of bulk to the front of the diapers. A SDR is much trimmer when you are considering a simple PUL cover or pocket diaper.
FDR also adds bulk though. The bulk is at the waist. FDR can also cause a problem if the snaps are exposed (not covered by the soaker) and leave red marks on the baby.
We’ll see when the baby comes how the one-sized diapers with the different rise options fit. At this point with Camden I don’t need either.
Another feature that can cause bulk are front-snapping closures. The vast majority (almost all) of hybrid fitted brands close in the front. This allows for great cross-over ability.
The alternative is a side-snapping diaper. Side-snapping diapers are almost always sized diapers and give baby a trim, “like a glove” fit. As mentioned in the video, side-snapping diapers are great for baby’s that need a different snap setting for thighs and waist.
Our 3rd child, Paisley, was a perfect candidate for side-snapping diapers. She had a smaller waist (tighter snap setting) and big chunky thighs (loose snap setting).
Noteworthy fit comments: Macaroni Baby and Dolce Baby are smaller one-sized choices, Narabums has a very narrow crotch at 4 1/2″, Tangerine Baby has more rise than most of the others, serging provides better containment but is not as gentle as turned and topstitched.
Why do I choose to use Hybrid Fitteds?
- I love the variety of prints.
- Cotton and bamboo fabrics are soft and natural.
- Gentler on thighs because of #2.
- More freedom with laundry due to absence of PUL. Less likely to “ruin” the functionality of the diaper.
Which is my favorite?? Little Fancy Pants by far.
Which is most absorbent? Southern Comfort or 4Ward Thinking.
Check out my bloggy friend’s extensive review of hybrid fitteds that she conducted over the month of September. Adventures In Fluff: September Fitted Diaper Event.