Which Size Terry Squares Should I Get?Posted: March 31, 2012
This is a common question I get, either in email or posted to our Facebook wall. So, here’s a rundown on the history of the sizes. (Not a history fan, just want the facts? Scroll down past the first photo for the condensed version.)
We started off with just Terry Squares, no sizes. We made only one size, which is now known as the Toddler size. This is the biggest of the sizes, and also the most flexible in terms of types of folds you’ll be able to do. It’s the most economical choice because it will fit a small baby (but be bulky) and last all the way through potty learning. But it IS big. Way too big to use on a newborn and some small babies, and it can be bulky on the smallest toddlers.
We began getting emails asking for a smaller version and so the Infant size was born. Infant will fit from birth until 25+ pounds. Maybe longer depending on your child’s build and the folds you use. It will work on a bigger baby, probably only with the kite fold, & it’ll be super trim. Like trimmer-than-a-sposie trim. Remember though, less fabric = less bulk = less absorbency.
If you’re in search of trim, go with Infant & expect to use the kite fold on your bigger baby. If you’re in search of best-bang-for-the-buck, go with Toddler. If you’re planning on using Terry Squares at night, you’ll definitely want Toddler unless you’re buying for a small baby.
One day a long-time customer emailed me with the exciting news that she was expecting her 8th (!) child. She was a big time terry squares fan, really wanted to use them on her new baby from day one, and would I consider making some teeny tiny squares? We started with super small 14″ squares. Turns out that was just a tad too small, we added a few inches and our 16″ Newborn size was introduced.
The Newborn is a TRUE newborn diaper. Don’t expect it to fit much longer than a few weeks, as a pinned or snappied diaper. Folded into an XS or NB cover or pocket it fits much longer. They also work fantastically as doublers in the larger size Squares, in Loops, or One-Size fitteds.
Toddler-Most flexible, most economical. Will fit small babies, but be bulky, and last all the way through toddlerhood. Too big for newborn use.
Infant-Can be used from birth until 25ish pounds. Will be bulky on a newborn, very trim on a toddler. Expect to use only the kite fold on bigger babies. Less fabric = less bulk = less absorbency.
Newborn-True newborn diaper. Will most likely only fit for a few weeks as a pinned or snappied diaper. Will fit much longer when folded into a cover or pocket. Makes excellent doublers.