Mar 22, 2015

Adding to My Diaper Stash - Newborn "Daddy Flats" and Covers

 After reading in several places that one-size diapers really aren't suitable for newborns, I decided to add a few smaller covers and such to my stash.  I've got a few packages of 'sposies for the first couple weeks, but after I run out of those I want to delve full-time into the world of cloth diapering, and I'd hate to find that I haven't got anything which fits well enough to use for the first couple months.

The white diapers are sort of a cross between fitted diapers and prefolds - you can find the tutorial I used here:

The covers are both AI2-style and they both have snaps.  The one on the left was made with regular elastic, and has gussets, a double row of snaps, and an umbilical cord snap.  The one on the left is simpler, being made with FOE and a single row of snaps (and no gussets or cord snap).

You can find the pattern for the cover on the left here: although it doesn't include instructions for gussets - those I added myself after browsing a couple tutorials online to get an idea of how they work.

And the pattern for the cover on the right:

Here's a photo of both covers snapped at the largest settings.  (The top photo has them at the smallest.)  It looks to me as if the cover on the left will have too short of a rise long before the widest snap setting would be needed, so if I make another like it I might leave off the snaps on the very edges.

In terms of sewing time, the FOE diaper definitely was faster and easier -- but I'm thinking that the double row of snaps and the gussets might make the other diaper more functional.  I guess I'll find out for sure in a matter of weeks... it's hard to believe that tomorrow marks the start of week 36 of pregnancy!

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