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Cloth 101: Rise setting for One-Size diapers and covers
August 29, 2011 5:12 am | by
Cotton Babies pioneered cloth diapers featuring three rows of snaps, three snaps in each row. This 3×3 snap down design gives each diaper a small, medium and large size setting. We have some weight guidelines to help you know which size should fit your little one.
  • To use the small rise setting, snap the rise snaps to the top of the three rows of snaps. This small size setting is used from approximately 8 to 16 pounds.
  • To use the medium rise setting, snap the rise snaps to the middle of the three rows of snaps. This medium size setting is used from approximately 17 to 22 pounds.
  • To use the large rise setting, unsnap the rise snaps to expose all three rows of snaps. This large size setting is used from approximately 23 to 35 pounds.
Sometimes there are signs that indicate that you need to adjust the rise. These can happen outside of the suggested weight guidelines.
If you are experiencing leaks, you may need to go down or up a rise setting. This sometimes happens once babies become mobile (i.e. learning to crawl or walk) and slim down a bit.
If you are adding several extra doublers to your pocket style diapers for nap time or overnight and are experiencing leaks only during these times, try going up a rise setting while over-stuffing the diaper. Adding extra inserts to your pocket style diapers changes the fit of the diaper and sometimes the rise setting needs to be adjusted to allow for the extra bulk.
As your baby grows and changes, it is common to have to decrease your waist setting (especially for snaps) when you increase your rise setting to get a great fit.
The Cotton Babies customer service team is always glad to assist you in getting the right fit for your one-size cloth diapers on your little one. For a personalized fit troubleshooting session, please give us a call at 1-314-892-1855 or live chat with us at We’ll ask a few questions about your baby to give you personalized suggestions for your cloth diapers.


About the Author

Heather is mom to four, born within 40 months (single, twins, single). She writes transparently about her chaotic household to encourage others through the twists and turns of parenting.



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  • Kelly said...
    September 2, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    This is great info! I know with my little girl, who is about 14.5lbs, that I have been using the middle rise settings… but she is pretty “tall” for her age (just 4 months) and I do double up the inserts at night.

  • Anonymous said...
    August 29, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Great post, thanks! The weight range can vary a lot, though. My daughter potty trained before she weighed 23 pounds, but we definitely used the large setting some.

  • angryuterus said...
    August 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Thanks for the information! DH and I would argue about the rise settings with DS. We plan to CD our next one too, and this will help us fiture it out. 😉

  • jmbrooks said...
    August 29, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Wow! I was searching for this very information all weekend. Thank you, Cotton Babies!