One of the most popular cloth diapering questions is, “What do you recommend to diaper a newborn?” Cloth on a newborn can be fun and ADORABLE, but also tricky. Many don’t want to waste their money on a diaper that isn’t going to fit from birth, will aggravate the umbilical stump, or is going to leak.
Bummis Tots Bots Tini Fit Diapers (spelled both Tini and Tiny depending on retailer) are a wonderful choice. They are a perfect size newborn diaper, sized for babies 5-14 lbs. Tini Fits are an ideal choice for preemies and newborns. They are relatively trim when used without an additional insert. When the additional booster is used, the diaper will get a bit bulkier. Gapping around the legs can occur when fully stuffed, especially with those little newborn chicken legs. Although, I did not experience any leg leaks, this is something to keep an eye on when adding absorbency.
Hook and Loop closure makes this diaper easy to use as a disposable. The aplix provides a bit more adjustability than snaps, allowing an easy, snug fit on your little one. It’s an excellent diaper for dads, grandparents, sitters and parents who are new to cloth diapering.
The Tini Fit is very absorbent on it’s own, with no extra inserts. Added bonus? Each diaper comes with a booster insert, to add absorbency. For daytime use, I have found the booster isn’t necessary. At nighttime it can buy about 5-6 hours of sleep, without needing a change. Once baby is a few weeks older, and output increases, the booster will most likely get more use.
Certain diapers are more dependable than others. The Tini Fit is definitely one of the dependable ones. It’s one of the first I grab for, and a trustworthy choice for outings. I would rate the Tini Fit a five out of five when it comes to absorbency.
The soaker on the older version is made from microfiber and bamboo. This version is not stay-dry. The newest Tini Fits are made from three layers of soft, stay-dry minky fabric. Both versions have attached soakers that are a long piece of fabric, which folds into a pocket. This style insert is nice because you can’t lose the soaker. There is also no confusion of which insert goes with which diaper. I know in our house, my husband has trouble remembering which insert is paired with what shell. Tots Bots eliminates this problem! This diaper gives the ease of an All-in-One system, with the quicker drying time of a pocket style or two part diaper. The best of both worlds!
Tots Bots Tini Fits retail at $18.95 each. They are a bit pricier than some newborn All-in-Ones. Yet, there are other brands of newborn diapers that retail for $25 and up. So, although Tini Fits are more expensive than some, they are not the most costly option. As they say, “You get what you pay for.” These are a quality made diaper. They are made by a respectable company with good business practices. Their value will hold up fairly well. Meaning, if you choose to sell later, your resale value should be about 40-60% of what you paid.
The encased leg elastic provides a great fit at the legs, and prevents wicking. Back waist elastic prevents blowouts. This is very important when dealing with newborn poo. Containment is key.
Personally, I like that they are made in Glasgow, Scotland. It’s nice knowing a product is made sustainably, ethically, and manufactured in their own local factory. Overall, I would highly recommend Bummis Tots Bots Tini Fits to anyone looking for a reliable newborn diaper. They have worked on our little guy from birth, and I anticipate they will be our go-to dipe until about three months of age. My only complaint? I don’t have more in my stash!
Drea is a Montessori Primary teacher turned Stay at Home Mom. She has three boys: Alister age four, Silas 21 months, and Guthrie 3.5 weeks. She found a passion for cloth diapering with her first son four years ago, which has continued and grown with each child. Visit Drea over at her blog Owl Be There