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Workhorse in certified ORGANIC cotton. Note: This is a diaper. A diaper cover is needed over it. There is no cover shown in the picture. The picture is beautiful and shows the diaper, but if Mom holds baby like this for too long without a diaper cover, Mom's shirt would get damp soon enough after baby wets so please use a diaper cover. Workhorse diapers work with many brands of diaper covers.

Also available in conventionally grown white cotton. Our white cotton is optical brightener-free and chlorine-free.

Why choose a fitted diaper instead of an all-in-one with the cover built in? 3 reasons.

  • 1. Washability. Water washes all the way through the fabric so the diapers clean more easily and dry well.
  • 2. Cost. You can re-use the same diaper cover through several changes.
  • 3. Fewer leaks. When the the diaper and cover are actually two separate pieces there is less chance of wicking. Also the cover provides a second layer of defense. Should anything happen to escape past the diaper, the cover will catch it. Wonderful!

tag organic workhorse diaper brown edge workhorse in basket XL workhorse on toddler in field Unbleached Organic softness

It's the same 100% cotton fabric as our beloved prefolds. Because of the nature of the prefold fabric, these will also vary in shrinkage somewhat, just like prefolds do.

8 layers of cotton in the body and 8 layers in the flap for sizes medium, large and XL for a total of 16 layers! Size newborn and small have a 6 layer flap which is a more appropriate thickness for a younger baby. As with any diaper, you can add a doubler or a preemie diaper for additional absorbency for long outings, naps or nighttime as needed.

newborn workhorse snappied newborn baby8 pounds 10 ounces, 7 days old in size newborn no closure. The front is folded down. There is plenty of growing room.

newborn workhorse diaper no closure front folded and pinned 1 day old, 8 pounds, 5 ounces. The front is folded down.

newborn baby in workhorse no closure diaper 8 pounds 0 ounces, 4 days old

Do you prefer stay-dry? Turn it into a stay-dry diaper by adding a Stay-Dry Liner or small Stay-Dry Doubler. For those who use synthetics and prefer a stay-dry fabric, having the fleece liner as a separate piece is best because it works as an easy liner to get poop off, and since the fleece is one layer and separate, it washes easily and doesn't get stinky like the pocket kind or kind with sewn-on synthetics often do. Separates are much less likely to get bacteria problems (stink and rash issues) than sewn-on synthetics. However, you quite possibly we start to not bother to put the stay dry liner in and discover that baby is completely fine with cotton next to skin and end up preferring the cotton. Either way is fine. Do what works for you.

Pure 100% cotton next to baby's skin does not cause rashes and has been proven safe and effective over many generations. Cotton also absorbs faster than other diapering fabrics so it is very unlikely to leak and does not repel. Cotton is king of cloth diapering, and organically grown is even more wonderful! I know that big companies have convinced people that wetness causes rashes, but in reality that is not true. Urine is sterile when it leaves the body and it does not cause rashes. Moisture next to skin for a little while is not a problem. Going much too long between changes or having diapers not clean enough after washing (bacteria) causes rashes. Thus, it's important to choose fabrics that wash up cleanly. Clean-washing 100% cotton is best. Plus, with 100% cotton you do not need any special detergents. You can use anything you like when you use cotton (but please no fabric softener or dryer sheets). 100% cotton diapers keep cloth diapering, and washing the diapers, simple.

newborn baby in workhorse cloth diaper4 days old, about 6.5 pounds

workhorse newborn on 8 week old 9 pound baby8 weeks old, 9 pounds

 

small organic workhorse on 10 pound baby2 months, 10.5 pounds

size small no closureBaby in Tigers shirt in size small no closure and snap closure for comparison of closure styles.

snap closure diaper on baby size small

workhorse small diaperWhite size small on 13 pound baby

3 months 12 pounds1 pin size small 12 pounds 3 months old3 months, 12 pounds in white size small. The first one is snap closure and the second one is pinned with just 1 pin. She has a small, petitie bottom.

organic workhorse small on 3 month old 12 pound baby3 months, 12 pounds, size small Bummis Super snap cover

workhorse small2 months old, 13 pounds 10 ounces (big boy!) in size small

There is a size difference between small and medium but it is not a huge jump up. Medium has 2 more layers of absorbency in the flap (8 layers) whereas small has 6 layers. Fast growing babies may want to skip a size.

medium on 13 pound 10 ounce 2 month oldSame baby as above, 13 pounds 10 ounces also is starting to fit size medium already. At 2 months old, he is growing quickly. A fast grower like this baby can skip size small and go newborn to medium then large.

6 mo size medium workhorse organic6 months, 15 pounds, size medium

front view medium Workhorse organic diaper on 6 month old6 months, 15 pounds, size medium, same baby as above

no closure diaper20 pounds in white medium no closure

medium red edge organic workhorse on 20 pound babyA different baby, 7 months 20 pounds, size medium. 5 pounds heavier and broader hips than the baby above. Medium still fits and is trim but I'd purchase large at this point for this baby to get more coverage in the back. Compare to large on this baby below. The wings are longer on the no closure version so this baby is wider than the fastening position makes it seem. I wish I had taken a picture of this baby in a snap version to compare it more directly.


There is a big size jump between medium and large, especially in the rise

medium workhorse on 9 month old 15 pound baby front 15 pound 9 month old in medium Workhorse Medium on a petite 9 month old 15 pound baby. Broader, fuller-shaped babies will size up to size large brown edge to get more rise sooner. Read more below to choose your best size.

workhorse medium on 9 month old 18 pound babyMedium on 18 pound 9 month old, snap closure

medium 16 pounds 5 months oldmedium on 16 pound 5 month old. He fits either a medium (red edge) or a large (brown edge)

5 months in red edge workhorse diaper large on 16 pound 5 month oldSee the rise is much higher on him in the large brown edge (look closely at where his belly button is) so you will need to use a cover big enough to cover it (Thirsties Cover size Medium or other medium cover would work on him).  Mom could have folded down the rise on the large brown edge before pinning it for a snugger fit in the legs.  It can be ok to skip a size in Workhorse. You can go newborn to medium. Or if you have a big newborn, you can go small to large and skip newborn and medium. Skipping a size is a choice but it can work. It is easier to skip a size with the no-closure version because it is more adjustable but it can work with the snap version too. If the diaper is too big and the rise is too high, the legs will gap.  So if you choose the snap version and the diaper is too big on baby, then you can pin (or Snappi fasten) the snap version so that the rise fits and ignore the snaps until they fit snapped.  The snaps are in the way somewhat but it could still be done if needed.  Pinning will always give you the best custom fit.  Of course, getting the size that fits now is best, but I just point out these things along the way in case it is helpful to someone.

front view workhorse organic size largeSame baby as above, 7 months 20 pounds, There is a noticeable size jump between medium and large.

large organic workhorse7 months 20 pounds, size large. It's a little big but works fine with plenty of growing room. On a narrower or trimmer baby with a flatter backside this large would really be too big, but this baby has broad hips and a high rise so large works already.

large on young baby A young chubby baby almost one year old might need size large. A medium would not have enough rise to cover all the roundness of this full shape, so large is needed on her.

large outside2 years, 25 pounds in large brown edge white Workhorse diaper

back of workhorse xl diaper on toddlerXL Workhorse on 2 yr old 30 pound  2 years old in XLarge, 30 pounds. Plenty of rise in the back and growing room. This toddler is big and broad. Notice the body shape difference between this child and the 25 pound 2 year old above in the size large.

newborn workhorse with flap All sizes come with a built in flap. Newborn and small have a 6 layer flap. Medium, Large and XLarge have an 8 layer flap.

newborn snap diaper small snap workhorse medium snap large snap xl snap newborn no closure small no closure diaper medium no closure large no closure xl no closure

White is chlorine and optical brightener-free

white workhorse medium workhorse diaper size comparison

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Note: This is a diaper. It does require a cover.

Newborn, orange edges fits preemie to 10 pounds.

Small, yellow edges fits 9 to 15 pounds.

Medium, red edges fits 14 to perhaps 23 pounds.

Large, brown edges fit 21 to 30 pounds for average babies (or starting at 18 pounds for rounder, full-shaped babies)

XL green edges, 26-36 pounds, or age 2-3

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