When I was accepting newborn diapers to review, I never in a million years would have guessed that 9.5 months after the birth of my daughter we’d still have any of them on rotation in our stash! And if you’d told me that one of those diapers would also have been one of the earliest to fit AND one of the sturdiest AND most economical, I’d have wondered what planet you came from. But it’s all true! The Imagine Newborn Diaper Cover fit Emily from 2 weeks old to 9.5 months old, looks and feels like it’s still brand new, and is a great price! In this review I’ll further explain the features of this diaper, and discuss how it worked on my baby girl. Materials/Features
This is a diaper cover, which means that it is intended to be used as a waterproof barrier over another diaper which will provide absorbency.
It has a wipeable interior that allows you to reuse the diaper multiple times and won’t hold onto odors between washings.
The diaper has generous elastic along the back and front of it, which dips slightly to fit snugly against the belly but underneath the umbilical cord stump as it heals.
The elastic around the entire waist was one of my favorite features of this diaper cover, as it meant I never had to worry about the fitted diaper or prefold beneath the cover poking up and wicking onto Emily’s clothes. It also meant that no matter what shape Emily was in (from a scrawny newborn to a much larger infant) the fit around the waist was always snug against her skin and over whatever was underneath it.
There is also generous elastic in the double leg gussets, which helps ensure messes stay contained.
I was very impressed at how well this diaper fit around the legs, even during the super scrawny newborn phase (which has, historically, been the most difficult phase for my children and cloth diapers. Newborn poop is fairly explosive, and if you don’t have a fantastic fit at the legs, the mess can be catastrophic!) The double gussets ensured that, even with a bulky fitted diaper, there was plenty of room for the cover to expand around the diaper and still provide a snug fit at the legs.
This diaper comes in both snap closures (not pictured) or hook and loop. The hook and loop closures can be overlapped to provide a snug fit around tiny waists.
As of 12.5 pounds/19 weeks we were still overlapping the tabs of the diaper. As the snap closures cannot be overlapped, I was thankful that we were sent the hook and loop to review, and would recommend that closure option for most people.
The hook and loop closures have generously sized laundry tabs, which keeps the diaper from snagging or attaching to other diapers in the washing machine.
I’ve mentioned it before in my reviews of the Imagine Newborn Bamboo Fitted Diaper and the Imagine Newborn Stay-Dry AIO, but it’s worth saying again – I am an incredibly huge fan of the size of the laundry tabs that Imagine products have. Diaper changes should be about getting your child clean and dry, not meticulously trying to line up your laundry tabs so that they don’t later damage other diapers. You can see that the square of “loop” fabric is much bigger than the “hook” tab, which means that you can usually press it down quickly without having to line anything up precisely.
The diaper cover comes in 5 solid colors, and has recently become available in 3 prints as well.
I’m not generally a sucker for prints, but I adore the ones that were recently released and think they would have been adorable on a newborn. For those who weren’t previously very excited about the colors that the Imagine products come in, this might make the product line a lot more appealing.
This diaper is advertised to fit from approximately 5-13 pounds.
This diaper fit Emily from 7 pounds (2 weeks) to 17 pounds (42 weeks, or approximately 9.5 months), though it fit best from about 10-15.5 pounds (10-33 weeks). This diaper was one of the soonest to fit and was among the last that she grew out of.
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:
- I have noted in previous reviews of the Imagine newborn products that they tend to be rather wide, and this cover is no exception. When used on the smallest rise setting, it looks to be wider than it is tall. However, while the fit looked awkward, that width and deep hip/thigh coverage meant that it could be used over the bulkiest of fitted diapers or other nighttime solutions without difficulty (and that meant I could get by with fewer nighttime diaper changes!) It also fit well over fastened prefolds, which is one of my favorite newborn diapering options. As Emily got older and larger, the diaper stopped being so wide and was perfect over trifolded prefolds or other inserts.
- Though scores for “worth the price” were based on the listed retail price of the diaper, Imagine products (based on my observation) tend to be on sale quite frequently, which can help give you value at an even more affordable price point.
- Scores for “fit” and “liked by cloth diapering skeptics” both reflect how wide the diaper was during the earliest stages of use, and how awkward it looked initially. It should be noted that the fit at the legs and waist was always perfect, and that Emily never seemed to be bothered by the width of the diaper (while the photos below make it seem as though her legs are forced into a splayed position, that’s simply a poor camera angle. She never had difficulty moving or having her legs together).
4 weeks / approximately 8.5 pounds
Where To Buy
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