There are lots of great reasons to put cloth diapers on your baby: reducing your environmental impact, saving money, healthier skin, and don’t forget how cute and chic cloth diapers are! But it’s not all kittens and rainbows. There’s the extra laundry and the poop scraping (I know, I know, you’re supposed to dump and flush the poop out of disposable diapers too, but how often does that happen?). And then there’s the frustration of trying to find pants that fit those adorably fluffy bums. Most pants are made to fit over disposable diapers, and I know we often have to go up a size to fit over Kay’s diapers. Unfortunately, that means the pants often end up gaping at the waist and/or dragging on the ground.
Clever cloth diapering moms have come up with a solution for this problem! Maxaloones are stretchy pants specially designed to fit over fluffy cloth diaper bums. Not only do they fit perfectly over cloth diapers, but they adjust to fit from 3/6 months all the way up to 3 years! Just adjust the size by folding up or down the contrasting leg cuffs and tummy band. You can also find these pants in Miniloones (3-12 months) and Monster Maxaloones (1-5 years).
I’ve seen adjustable pants before, but I’ve never had the chance to try them until now. I’m officially sold! We’re big fans of these Maxaloones from Harp Diapers, a local business run by single mom Deborah. The gorgeous Thai-inspired elephant print knit is made from 95% cotton and 5% Lycra. The bum, tummy, and leg cuffs are made from a 95% organic cotton and 5% polyester red knit. The fabric is very soft and stretchy, and not too heavy even for summer wear. The stitching is tight and even, and all the raw edges are serged for a nice finished look.
Kay loves her comfy new pants. She really enjoys pointing out her elephants to anyone who will look. “Efoo, Mommy! Efoo!” I love how much room these Maxaloones have for even the fluffiest of bums. These pants will definitely grow with your child. You can see how much fabric is left to unfold at Kay’s waist and ankles. She’ll be able to get at least another year of use out of these, probably more. How many items of baby clothing can say that?
For fun I tried the Maxaloones on my four-year-old to see how they’d fit her. Of course there’s a little extra room in the bum as she isn’t in diapers anymore, but rest assured that these will easily fit the tallest toddler in diapers. In fact, while Maxaloones are described as fitting from 3/6 months, I’m not convinced of that. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a 3 month old, but I’d say the pants probably won’t stay on very well until much closer to the 6 month mark.
Another bonus! If you’re a babywearer like me, you know how annoying it is to have to be constantly tugging your baby’s pant legs down when she’s sitting in the carrier. Maxaloones are fantastic for babywearing because they’re so soft and comfy, there’s nothing to rub against delicate baby skin, and you can easily adjust the leg cuffs to fully cover little legs hanging out of the carrier. Just unroll the cuffs to keep those chubby legs warm in cool weather, out of the sun in the summer, and safe from bug bites.
One of the best parts of owning a blog is that I get to showcase hardworking and creative work at home moms and the amazing products they make. Besides Maxaloones, Harp Diapers makes custom cloth diapers and accessories, often using awesome vintage fabrics. Here’s just a small sampling of the amazing goodies you could find over there. I LOVE those Serenity and unicorn fabrics!
Harp Diapers makes AIO, AI2, pocket, and hybrid fitted diapers, plus diaper inserts, Maxaloones, mama cloth, wipes, nursing pads, bibs, and even dog clothes! Custom orders are always welcome!
Disclosure: I received a sample item for review. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.