Hi. I've been lurking here off and on. My baby is due in January. After researching online and talking to some co-workers, I went ahead and ordered some FuzziBunz One Size diapers to get me started on my CD journey. I've read a few people say that they've had issues with leaking when using onesies and CDs. Is this because the tighter crotch of onsies causes the CD legs to gap? I've bought a couple of onesies thinking they were a good clothing staple and am now wondering if I should be rethinking baby's wardrobe if I want to have more success with CDs. Any other tips to keep in mind as I get baby clothing?
I have not had any issues with onesies and cloth diapers. However, I have never tried FuzziBunz. No issues with the pockets I have, flats, prefolds, fitteds, etc. He does move up in onesie sizes way before separate pieces though (for example yesterday he wore an 18 month onesie and later on pants in 6-9 month and a shirt that was a 12 month).
Onesies and cloth diapers generally don't mix well, it causes the diaper to wick because of the compression against the diaper. I don't always have a problem but you'd definitely want to size up on the onesies so they aren't pressing into the diaper.
I definitely choose clothing differently with my cloth diapered babies than when I was using sposies. I used to put onesies on under everything during the winter and now I try to find lap shirts that don't snap at the crotch to go under clothes. Carters had a lot of outfits for babies without onesies when DS1 was a baby, haven't seen as many this year yet but hopefully!
DD1- July 2004
DD2- April 2006
DS1- December 2009
DS2- August 2011
I have never had an issue with onesies and cloth for my DS. I haven't even sized him up much earlier than separates. I haven't used Fuzzibuns though so it may be more of an issue with that brand. All mine are china cheapies, though I am lovin my Babyland ones right now, I only have 4 of those though.
we never did onesies because of compression/tightness.
DD--Elliott Frances 3-2-10
I've never had a problem with wicking/compression due to a onesie. I mainly use prefolds and covers or WAHM pockets. DD still wears a few onesies now and then and the ones we have are quite tight in the crotch. So long as the onesie fits I don't see why it would be any worse than any other form of clothing. If you're getting compression leaks then there's something wrong with your diapers, not your clothes, IMO. The only issue I've had with clothes when CDing is that yes, you have to size up before you would if you were using sposies. Also, I've had to avoid pant/shirt sets as the pants never ever fit when the shirt does. My DD is in 18-24m pants and can still fit in 12m shirts. Oh, and jeans that fit are nearly impossible to find.
As far as "sizing up" goes, I found that the next size up onesies were too long in the sleeve, the neck hole was too big, and they generally looked sloppy. We did lots of dresses, sleepers, and separates. Babies don't need nearly as many layers of clothing as most people think. (like a onesie under an outfit is generally unnecessary--babies have remarkably good systems for making themselves warm and terrible systems for cooling themselves down).
I also disagree that compression from a onesie (where I could generally only snap the center snap because of the diaper), would be the fault of the diaper. Maybe it's the difference between using O/S vs. sized pockets? There's a lot of bulk in a O/S on a small child, and even with an extender, the onesies tend to be very tight in the crotch at very specific pressure points, hence, compression leaks. We did have leaks with onesies or sleepers that were too tight in the crotch with diapers that were otherwise fine, which is why we quickly abandoned onesies and any sleepers that you needed to "stretch" a little bit to snap the crotch.
Good luck. There's a lot of trial and error and what works for one person may not work for another.
FWIW--we loved the cross body t-shirts from Gerber!
DD--Elliott Frances 3-2-10
I haven't had any issues with FB and leaking regarding onsies. I do have trouble with outfits like everyone mentioned because of the size difference with a cloth diaper.
Ethan - June 21, 2009
Olivia - December 5, 2010
5w3d - October/November 2012
My Ovulation Chart
I never had any issues w/onesies and cloth diapers either.