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Quest for the perfect diaper cover
Ever since I discovered how easy it was to tri- or quad-fold a prefold and lay in a wrap, I've been searching for the perfect diaper cover. At first, I thought it was Bumkins, but lately, these have fallen out of favor with me. FIrst of all, they don't fit Julia very well anymore -- she's between sizes in the M and L. Second, they are just 'rough around the edges.' The sides of the velcro tabs are really sharp, the corners on the front of the cover are really pointy, and I'm not so fond of the nylon-y material. Sure it's lightweight and trim, but I don't really like the feeling of a windbreaker directly on my skin, and Julia didn't seem to either, judging by the way she was always tugging at her diaper when using these covers. Also, even though I was positioning the tabs as low as possible, all of Isaac's 'bicycle kicking' was causing the velcro to scratch his belly.
So far, Proraps have been the closest to a perfect diaper cover for us. The material is much softer, the gussets are really deep to accomodate a quad-folded premium prefold, and they fit both kiddos really well. The only things I don't like are the plasticky inside (although it doesn't bother the kids), and the boring whiteness. Although I do vacillate on that one. Sometimes white seems boring. Other times it seems pure. Guess it depends on my mood. The Proraps never leak unless the diaper is totally saturated, and they are nice and trim. One other thing I have to be careful of when using this cover is pinching Julia's skin where the wings overlap the front of the cover. She never complains, but sometimes when I take her diaper off, she has red marks on the fronts of her thighs.
I've recently been experimenting with Bummis wraps. Unfortunately, they don't fit Julia well, but they fit Isaac fine, and satisfy some of my 'cute print' desire. They do tend to get stinky quicker than Proraps, and sometimes wick at the leg binding if the diaper is really wet. Still, I like that they have knit material on the inside rather than slick PUL. I'm planning on using these as swim diapers for Julia over the summer.
I also tried breathable poly Nikkys recently (from Babyworks.com). I love the material on these. It is trim, soft, and breathable, but reasonably waterproof (I even used one overnight on Isaac once, and although it felt a little humid on the outside, his jammies were dry). I just wish they fit better. The corners on the front part of the cover (underneath the wings) drooped out, and the gussets weren't deep enough to stay against Julia's legs as she moved. I also don't like the vertical velcro strips -- Bumpys are also like this. If someone would come out with a cover made of this material, but using the Proraps pattern, I'd be set.
I've also now tried the poly Nijis and the fit is much better on my kids. Also, since I trimmed my prefolds, the shallow gussets worked better as well. I do really like these covers, but I've found that the lack of breathability in the Bummis and Proraps hasn't been a problem. The kids don't seem excessively hot, and they don't have diaper rash, so I've just stuck with what we have. It's simple, it works, and it's easy to care for.
Main page | Types of cloth diapers and covers | My search for the perfect cover | A note on detergents | My repelling fleece saga | Pics of Isaac in cloth dipes | Pics of Julia in cloth dipes | My experiences with diapering a newborn | Nighttime diapering | Diapering on the go | Prefold folds | My recommendations for getting started | Step-by-step diaper change pictorial | Knitting soakers | Trimming prefolds | Homemade pockets | Other earth-friendly choices
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