I started cloth diapering my children to save money – plain and simple. Sure, we reaped health benefits and we kept a lot of waste out of landfills, but primarily, we saved money. Logically, we started with some of the lowest cost cloth diapering plans that we could. For us, that meant that I sewed my own diapers using the Rita’s Rump Diaper pattern and homemade fleece covers and pants.
I was pleasantly surprised that I could use almost any pair of fleece pants and have it work well as a diaper cover. As long as the fleece was 100% polyester and fairly thick it worked well. Of course, fleece can be more prone to compression leaks, e.g. car seat leaks, but as long as my children were changed before they were heavily wet, this didn’t happen for us. In fact, even after we graduated to using mostly PUL diapers, fleece was and still is our go-to solution for night-time diapering. Fleece pants may feel cool to the touch when your little one’s diaper is wet and ready to be changed, but this is simply because fleece is breathable and the evaporation from the moisture below causes the cool feeling. It’s easy to mistake the cool feeling for wetness in the beginning, but more often than not, it’s just evaporation and not a leak.
Brands of fleece pants that worked well for us.
As I mentioned before, most fleece pants that we already had in our closet worked well as cloth diaper covers. These were our ‘top performers’.
- Garanimals. Hands down, the thick Garanimals were my FAVORITE fleece pants to use as a diaper cover. They were super affordable (less than $5 a pair) and they were really thick which meant my children stayed warm AND they had a lot of wetness protection. Because they are readily available almost anywhere and in multiple colors and styles, we could use them for day-to-day wear or at night. Garanimals also makes some fleece pants which aren’t super thick and those do work well, just not as great as they thick pants for extended wear like nap or night use.
- Carter’s. Who doesn’t love Carter’s? I think most babies have a closet full of it. While the Carter’s fleece pants generally are not as thick as the Garanimals, they still gave us great daytime wetness protection paired with our Rita’s Rump Diapers. They also last so well and for so long. I also found that many of the Carter’s fleece sleep and plays would work well as cloth diaper covers. Since they aren’t as fitted to baby’s bottom as a pair of pants, you may get some leaks, but generally they worked well.
- Old Navy. Old Navy fleece, gotta love it. It’s affordable and cute. I found the thickness generally similar to Carter’s and it performed just as well. Still not topping out my Garanimals for night, but for daytime wear, it was always great.
There were a few other various brands that we tried and honestly, as long as the fleece was 100% polyester and not super think, it did well for us.
Have you ever tried regular fleece pants or sleepers to cover your fitted cloth diapers? Which brands worked well for you?