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I am having the worst time with my skinny 17 month old and prefolds. He is 31" tall and somewhere around 20 lbs. I have been using premium prefolds but am having the worst time with gaping at the legs and bulk in the front (angel wing fold). Yesterday I was frustrated and grabbed an infant prefold instead and gave that a try. For the FIRST time there was no gaping at his legs, it was nice and tight. The infants are just a wee bit too small tough--I can't quite get them around his midsection enough and the rise is just a tad short.<br><br>
I can't sew worth a DARN and I don't even own a sewing machine. Any other ideas??
 

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How about the rainbow shorts from GMD? <a href="http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/diapers.htm" target="_blank">http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/diapers.htm</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">How about the rainbow shorts from GMD? <a href="http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/diapers.htm" target="_blank">http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/diapers.htm</a></div>
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Oh! Thanks for the link. I have never seen those. Gosh, I don't know if they would work. I like the length but the width is the same as the premium...Does anyone know? Has anyone used them? Any advice? On one hand I wonder if not having the bulk from the folded down front would assist with the tightness around the thighs but on the other hand I feel like having such a wide diaper in between his legs will continue to cause it to gape. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I think I'll check the TP and DS to see if anyone has an fs I can try...
 

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I would also either recommend trimmed premiums - eliminating the bulk in the front will definitely help getting a tighter fit. Or, I would fold down the extra in the back ... it too makes a big difference in the fit. Once in a blue moon I'll forget to fold down in the back and the fit difference is very noticable when folding down excess in the front.
 

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My daughter was 20 lbs at 18 mos and I had the same problem. I ended up buying some 4x6x4 prefolds and it helped a lot. I now have the Rainbow Short PF for my 22 lb 12 mos old, and they are great- they do help with the bulk and gapping at the legs, as you don't have to fold the front or back down, yet they are still about as absorbant as the premiums. Maybe you could try both? I think I bought my 4x6x4 PF from GMD, but that was 5 yrs ago, so I don't know if they still have them.<br>
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Have you tried regular sized prefolds? If I remember right, they are like one layer less than premiums and a tad smaller. I remember liking them for DS when he was too big for infants but swam in premiums. You could also look for stretchier type material used in prefolds, I found I got a better fit with some t-shirt type material prefolds that I used to have.
 

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Thanks for the tips! I do notice a slight improvement in fit folding the excess in the back but not enough to REALLY solve the problem. I haven't tried regular prefolds; I think they are only 1" smaller than the premiums so I wasn't sure if that would be small enough to make a difference. I'll see if I can score one and give it a try as well. I hope I can figure something out for my skinny boy!
 

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Trimmed PF work for us. Also I have some Jamtots hemp inserts that are the same size as the folded trimmed PF when folded in half that I use as PF.
 

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When I had that problem with DS I found that either using a trimmed premium or using a regular (4x6x4) prefold helped out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'd try some standard 4X6x4 prefolds those made the big diffrence for us.
 

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How about using flats and folding it to the exact right shape you need? Or would that stretch your diaper-folding abilities too much?
 

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THe GMD pfs are good for that (Rainbow shorts)....my son is really skinny too and they fit him great. An infant pf isn't wide enough (just by a tad) and the premiums are so long on him....but by not having to fold down the length with the shorter premiums ones, it does help get a tighter fit. You can also find a place that trims prefolds for you and send them off if you don't want to buy new ones. Are you using a snappi or pins? I can get a tighter fit with a snappi too. Also....I just got some prefitteds from Grow Me a Rainbow....they had some seconds on sale for $6 each and I got the infant size because it said they had extended tabs on the width and they fit GREAT! The rise is perfect with a bit of room to grow and the extra tabs help solve that an infant pf isn't wide enough....AND they have elastic in the legs to help contain messes....I use my snappi to close the dipe and it's really simple. Last night, I put a prefitted on him with a doubler inside and then put another preffited on top of that one with a doubler inside and it did great....the damp was damp on the outside by morning but not so soaked that it was super wet and it wasn't as bulky as trying to double up with 2 premiums pfs either.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would also either recommend trimmed premiums - eliminating the bulk in the front will definitely help getting a tighter fit. Or, I would fold down the extra in the back ... it too makes a big difference in the fit. Once in a blue moon I'll forget to fold down in the back and the fit difference is very noticable when folding down excess in the front.</div>
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Does anyone know if there is somewhere that will trim my prefolds for me? Like I said I am NOT a sewer and I don't even have a machine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: I wonder what the cost would be to have something like that done. If I have to buy new pfs and pay someone to trim them I'd probably rather just sock the money toward some more Haute pockets.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">How about using flats and folding it to the exact right shape you need? Or would that stretch your diaper-folding abilities too much?</div>
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I have never tried a flat, not sure if I can wrap my mind around all the origami that seems to be involved! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I thought about it though.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Are you using a snappi or pins? I can get a tighter fit with a snappi too.</div>
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I am using a snappi right now, good to know that you got a tighter fit with the snappi because I was thinking of switching to pins to see if I could get a tighter fit that way.<br><br>
Thanks for all the ideas, It doesn't look like I have a really good chance of scoring any Rainbow Shorts on DS or TP but I'm going to keep my eye out for those and also trimmed pfs FSOT. If I can't find any maybe I will break down and try to find a couple new or convince my mom to trim mine for me. In the meantime I'm going to follow the suggestion to fold down in the back and see if that doesn't tide us over until we can figure something out.
 

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I had a local seamstress trim mine...
 

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Yeah, I bet you could find someone to do it locally for you....it's not hard at all and if you had a machine yourself, you could do it even if you aren't "good" at sewing.<br><br>
I know that little lions will do it for you and I'm sure you can find other sites that will also....not sure what little lions charges for the pfs that you send in....I had some trimmed for $1 each but I bought them from little lions....the site doesn't say how much if you send in your own pfs so you'd have to email her. You might be better off finding someone local though because you would have to pay shipping if you send them off and after all is said and done, you might have as much $ in them as if you had bought some GMD Rainbow shorts. If you find a local person to trim them for you, ask if she/he can stitch around the edge of the part they cut off as well so it doesn't fray....you can use that part as a doubler inside.
 
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