I might be biased, but I think Monster Pants newborn diapers are kind of special. When I designed the pattern, I wanted my newborn diapers to be small enough for those new, tiny bums but sized so they would fit longer than 3 weeks. Since I have a newborn to photograph right now, it’s a perfect time to highlight my favorite features of Monster Pants newborn diapers.
The wide spacing on the rise snaps means that Monster Pants newborn diapers are more like newborn and small both in one. Snapped down, the newborn size sits nicely under the umbilical cord. Unsnap when your little monster has lost the stump or gotten taller for a longer-lasting fit. The way I place the rise snaps means that snapping the rise down does not change the fit of the legs.
In the above photo, the rise snaps are undone.
In this photo, the rise snaps are snapped down. It gives the diaper a trimmer fit. The model, Jules, is a little under 8 pounds in these pictures. The second-tightest snaps fit well right now, leaving a set of snaps for a smaller baby and lots of room for growing.
Monster Pants newborn diapers is available in fitteds, PUL covers, pockets, all-in-pockets, and all-in-twos. My favorite styles for newborns are PUL covers (with a prefold trifolded into it) and pocket diapers. Your preferences might vary! I like pockets because they are just one step to put on and can be stuffed with anything absorbent. I like covers because I don’t need to make as many to use cloth full time. With just 6-8 covers and a couple dozen prefolds, a mama can be all set to cloth diaper her newborn. This makes the covers and prefolds system a much smaller initial cost than two or three dozen pocket diapers.
Here you can see the snug fit around the leg, even when he pulls his legs up into the typical newborn froggy-style.
A feature of all Monster Pants pocket diapers, including newborn sized, is a double pocket opening. There are pocket openings in both the front and back of the diaper so that you can remove the insert from whichever end is less messy at the diaper change. Depending on your inserts and washing machine, pocket stuffing might agitate out during washing, saving you from taking out inserts anyway! Casual surveys seem to indicate that most high efficiency washing machines do not get inserts to come out on their own. HE washers do seem to do a superb job of cleaning diapers! But without the submerged, swimming-in-water effect of standard washers, inserts will probably need to be removed prior to washing.
Front and back pocket openings. This pocket diaper is stuffed with an infant-sized prefold.
Monster Pants newborn diapers fit starting at about 6 pounds. Thanks to the rise snaps, they keep fitting all the way up to about 14 pounds. Convenient, because this is about when mediums begin to fit. Many babies can go right from newborn to medium, and then stay in medium until graduating from diapers, so you only need two sizes. If you know your little monster tends towards large, tall, or will be starting the potty training journey later on, you can go from newborn to one size. Monster Pants one size diapers have rise snaps that, like the newborn size, allow for a longer-lasting fit because of the additional rise length.
What is your favorite cloth diapering system for a newborn (covers, pockets, etc.)?