Cloth diaper bulk doesn't have to plague you at all depending on the style of diaper you select:
Styles of diapers with more bulk:
- Prefolds (especially one-size prefold systems)
- Fitted diapers (especially one-size fitted diapers)
- All-in-Ones (if the AIO is one-sized, and does not contain removable absorbency)
If you are looking for trim fitting styles of diapers:
- FuzziBunz One-Size Elite is currently the most trim fitting one-size pocket diaper available on the market
- All-in-Two diapers, especially if the inserts are available in a variety of sizes
- Sized diapers (especially newborn diapers)
Sometimes a little extra bulk in the tush is a good thing. If you have a thin child, you will probably find that most clothing styles are designed for larger children. Your child would probably have a difficult time keeping his pants from sagging if it weren't for a little extra cloth diaper bulk.
Some tips for dealing with extra cloth diaper bulk:
- Rethink onesie sizing for young babies: Cloth diaper bulk will increase the size your child will be needing in onesies. Depending on the style of diaper, a cloth diaper can add some serious length to your child's torso measurement. Therefore, plan that your child will need the next size up to account for extra torso length.
- Stay away from baby "jeans": The stiff and thick jean fabric will be a problem to put on your baby. If you're using cloth diapers it will be especially difficult because jeans won't stretch to allow a bulkier diaper to fit comfortably.
- Consider separates: Sometimes it works better to buy tops and pants separately in order to get a great fit. You may find it easier to purchase tops in one size, and pants in the next size up.