I was a little concerned that because Keira was just at the bottom of the size range for a medium as well as being very lean it might not fit her properly. Thanks to the crossover tabs though I found we were able to get a perfect fit. The legs and back of the diaper are elasticized to help keep messes in the diaper.
As you can see above we certainly did have to use the crossover snaps but you can see that despite how lean and tiny she is we still got a really good fit and the elastic was perfectly tight around her legs.
I wouldn’t say that The Smitten is the trimmest diaper we have ever had, as a matter of fact it definitely seems to add a bit of ‘junk in her trunk’. This is a bit of a plus for us though as it allows her to wear pants that otherwise fall down. Nonetheless I had no issue finding a cover in my stash that fit over it. This may also be due to her being so small, a larger baby may find this to be a trim diaper.
We tried it out for day use first to get a feel for the diaper. I left the tongue laying flat on the inner of the diaper and did not stuff the diaper. Keira must have had a huge pee because after three hours there was just one spot near the front of the diaper that had entirely penetrated through. There was no leakage through the cover though so that was perfect.
Next was the night time trial. Rearz states on their website that the Smitten is “suitable for night time use” so I definitely wanted to see just how suitable. They also suggest stuffing the pocket with boosters for night time. I decided to instead stuff the pocket with the tongue and lay a microfiber insert inside. This worked out perfectly, no leaks through the cover and a poop was completely contained by the elastic at the legs. The microfiber insert also helped to keep her bottom dry as it wicked the moisture away.
I threw the diaper in the wash without touching the tongue at all after the first nighttime use. I was hoping it would agitate out in the wash and was happy to find it had. Nobody really likes touching pee soaked inserts so this was great. This strategy worked so well it’s become my routine way of using this diaper. I also found that it was super quick to dry thanks to the tongue style insert.
Small 6-15lbs, Waist range: 8″-18″, Thigh range 4″-11.5″, Rise Range is 12-15″
Medium 14-22lbs, Waist 10″-20″, Thigh 6-14″, Rise 13-16.5″
Large 23-40lbs, Waist 12″-24″, Thigh 7-16″, rise 15.5-19″
X-Large 40+ lbs, Waist 16″-28″, Thigh 10-21″, rise 17.5″-24″
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