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Cub was a big baby. By the time we tried our first AppleCheeks, he was plenty big enough to wear their Size 2 envelope cover, and he wasn’t even a year old! When he finally stopped wearing diapers earlier this year, our Size 2s were one of the only options that fit him nicely and had enough room for the necessary absorbency. He was over 35 lbs and just shy of 40 inches tall. Being my only child, Cub’s size had always seemed very normal. By the time we started trying pocket diapers, we didn’t even need to use the rise snaps. I’d seen some AppleCheeks users finding Size 2s too big at my son’s age, and I was incredulous!
Even before I got pregnant with our second baby, I was not-so-secretly collecting Size 1 AppleCheeks covers. I was happy with the fit of Size 1 AppleCheeks right from birth, but despite my love for the brand, it’s never been my first recommendation for most families because sized diapering naturally costs more money up front. (The resale value of AppleCheeks truly does compensate for the initial investment, but not all families want the hassle of “flipping” their diapers when it’s time to size up.)
As you probably know, AppleCheeks recently released a one-size version of their ridiculously popular ruffled envelope cover!
Designed to fit babies from 6-35 lbs, when the rise snaps are undone it falls smack-dab in the middle of the Size 1 and Size 2.
Snapped to its shortest rise, the one-size AppleCheeks is shorter than a Size 1, making it more likely to fit on teeny tiny newborns. Fully unsnapped, it’s quite a bit shorter in the rise than a Size 2, but comparable to other one-size diapers in our collection. Many moms with average-sized toddlers never get a good fit with Size 2s, so the rise of the one-size version will be more than sufficient until most children potty train!
Let’s take a look at the anatomy of this pocket diaper (which can also be used as an All-in-Two by placing the insert on top of the pocket):
AppleCheeks makes bamboo trifold inserts in 2-ply and 3-ply versions, as well as a less expensive micoterry insert. I actually destashed my 2-ply AppleCheeks inserts because I just didn’t find them absorbent enough. However, The Cloth Diaper Source sent me a 3-ply, and I lurrrrrrrrrrrrrrve it! Super absorbent and perfect for three-hour stretches!
Little Miss weighs just a touch over 20 lbs and is 28 inches tall. She’s wearing her one-size AppleCheeks on the middle rise. She’s currently in the awkward spot for families who ONLY own AppleCheeks: Size 1s are really quite small on her, and Size 2s are a bit big.
The one-size fits her perfectly!
Even using the 3-ply insert, which is thick when folded, the fit is trim and adorable:
I’m a big fan of this new addition to the AppleCheeks line up, if you haven’t already noticed. I’m really excited for them to add more colours and prints to their line up, as you can currently only get the one-size diaper in white (Storm), red (Cherry Tomato), aqua (St. Lucia) and yellow (Lemon Zest).
When talking with parents building their cloth diaper stash with a baby on the way, the one-size AppleCheeks will definitely be one of my top recommendations. The thing is, even if your baby does turn out to be larger-than-average (aka: Cub Size), you won’t need to move on to Size 2s until well past their first birthday. You can cross that bridge when you come to it!
What I love about the one-size AppleCheeks Envelope Cover:
- Made in CA-NA-DA!
- This one-size option is a huge savings for parents not interested in the two-size system.
- The smallest setting will fit even smaller babies than the Size 1.
- As with the other sizes, the front waist ruffle is great leak protection for tummy sleepers.
What I love less about the one-size AppleCheeks Envelope Cover:
- In theory you can use an AppleCheeks as an AI2, but the fleece is usually damp by the time you change the diaper, and personally I want to change the whole cover when the fleece has urine on it.
- As with the other sizes, the pocket opening is awkwardly placed in the middle (poop zone), meaning it can be gross to pull the insert out. This is intentional: it helps the insert agitate out when washing in a traditional top loader. Most families now have washers without agitators, however, and need to pull the insert out before tossing in the wash.
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