Newborn babies can be difficult to diaper because they come in so many different sizes – my 5 pound baby certainly did not fit into the diapers handed down by my friend’s 9 pound baby, even though they were both “newborns”. Many newborn diapers target babies who are “average” size, and do not offer the ability to size them down further (as the assumption is that they won’t need to wear them for very long before they will fit into standard one-size diapers). That leaves a definite gap in the market for preemies or babies (like my own) who are simply a bit smaller and slower to gain weight. The Tiny Tush One Size Mini Newborn Diaper Cover is the only newborn diaper cover I’ve seen that addresses that fact by having four rise settings, to accommodate babies as small as 4 pounds. In this review I’ll further explain the features of this cover, and discuss how it worked on my baby girl.
This is a diaper cover, which means that it is meant to provide a waterproof barrier over something absorbent (it is not intended to be used on it’s own).
Tiny Tush sent me a square of organic cotton fabric to trifold and use as an insert with this diaper cover, but I also used it over traditional cotton prefolds, hemp prefolds, and fitted diapers.
It has a wipeable interior, which means that you can reuse it multiple times before washing it. Because it is not lined with fabric, it dries quickly and doesn’t hold onto odors.
The legs are lined with a soft elastic (which is designed to be extra gentle on the sensitive skin of a newborn baby) and features double gussets to help keep messes contained.
Double gussets are great for any age, but particularly great for newborns (as their poop can be extra messy). It also allowed the cover to accommodate bulky fitted diapers but still maintain a good fit around the legs.
This diaper comes in snap (not pictured) and hook and loop closure.
Both types of closures can be overlapped, in order to provide a snug fit around tiny waists.
While I had the hook and loop closure, I was pleased to see that the snap closure diapers also have the ability to be crossed over. This isn’t always the case, and it is disappointing when a diaper can get small enough at the rise and legs to fit a tiny baby, but the waist cannot be fastened tightly enough.
This diaper is currently available in 13 solid colors and 15 limited edition prints (though as the name implies, the number and selection of prints may vary).
This diaper is advertised to fit from 4-15 pounds and has 4 different rise settings, which can be adjusted using the snap-down rise on the front of the diaper.
It’s unusual to see a one-size diaper with 4 rise settings, and I’ve NEVER seen a newborn cover with that many options before! We received this diaper when Emily was 3 weeks old and 7.5 pounds (so I can’t attest to how it would fit on an even smaller baby) and she outgrew the rise of the diaper (with plenty of room in the waist) at 28 weeks and 14.5 pounds.
Diaper on it’s smallest rise setting:
Diaper on it’s tallest rise setting (the final row of snaps are not visible):
This diaper is made in the USA from USA milled fabrics.
Here is how I would fill out a Padded Tush Stats Covers survey based on how it worked on my little girl, who is a normal to heavy wetter. Scores were averaged across the time period that she used the diaper (e.g., a diaper that received a 4 for fit at 2 weeks old but only a 2 for fit at 6 weeks old would receive an overall score of 3).
Notes on my responses:
- With four rise settings, I found that this diaper cover was able to get very small in terms of the height of the diaper. It was, however, one of the widest newborn covers I’ve tried. While that made it great for use over bulky nighttime diapers, it meant that even when Emily outgrew the rise of the diaper entirely, the wings still felt unwieldy when trying to tuck them around her waist and towards her back. However, there have been a few other brands whose products also seemed exceptionally wide on Emily when compared to the height of the rise. My guess is that every brand has to cater to a certain range of baby shapes, and Emily was simply built differently than the target baby shape. In addition, as she got taller, it became difficult to fasten the waist tightly enough without the legs being too tight. A baby of the same weight but different proportions (shorter rise and larger waist) would likely have been better suited to the shape of this diaper. With that said, the diaper cover always performed it’s job perfectly (no leaks!), it simply felt awkward to use.
- The cover received average scores for “would recommend to a friend”, “liked by cloth diapering skeptics”, and “worth the price”, and was influenced by the fact that Emily did not seem to be the particular shape that the cover seemed best suited for. It is on the higher end of the price spectrum for a newborn cover, though it does accommodate a wider range of weights that most covers do. Scores would likely be higher for those with shorter/chunkier babies than those with taller/skinnier babies.
- Score for “trim” reflects the fact that on it’s smaller rise settings, there is a lot of fabric on the cover that is folded up or wrapped around, which slightly increases the overall bulkiness of it. On larger rise settings the diaper was more trim.
7 weeks / 9.5 pounds
Where To Buy
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When not blogging about cloth diapers, Carolyn can be found blogging about health and wellness at Simply Sisters Health & Wellness and her life as a SAHM at Making It Work. She is also an Independent Health Coach for Take Shape For Life.