Types of Cloth Diapers

You often hear parents discussing which style of cloth diapers they prefer, and unless you know the lingo, it can be confusing! Why so many? Cloth diapers are like all articles of clothing; several styles, brands, and manufacturers offer a wide selection for all preferences!

Integrated diaper systems provide absorbency and a waterproof diaper cover all together as one piece. The different integrated systems include the diaper portion which can either be snapped into place or removable for faster drying time. They can also differ in what kind of fabric is next to baby.

Two piece diaper systems have two separate parts; the absorbent diaper and the waterproof cover. This allows parents to reuse the cover several times, replacing the absorbent diaper portion as needed. This system also required less laundry because the cover doesn't require to be washed as often as the absorbent insert.

ALL-IN-ONE DIAPERS

This integrated diaper system features a diaper and a protective, waterproof cover that functions together as one unit. Each brand is different, but they all have the same concept; an All In One Diaper works exactly like it sound - the diaper is one piece, all together. Each diaper may have different fiber contents; some have cotton, organic cotton, bamboo, minky, fleece, and the list goes on. These diapers are similar to disposables in the application, meaning they go onto baby in one simple step.

Why we love them:

  • Easy to use and most convenient! Most similar to disposable diapers.
  • Many fabric varieties to choose from.
  • Size Small or Newborn Sized All In Ones are ideal for the middle of the night diaper changes.

 


ALL IN TWO / HYBRID DIAPERS

This integrated diaper system features an absorbent diaper and a protective, waterproof cover that functions together as two separate units. Each brand is different, but they all have the same concept. An All In Two / Hybrid Diaper works like it sounds - the diaper is two pieces. Each diaper may have different fiber contents; some have cotton, organic cotton, bamboo, minky, fleece, and the list goes on.

Why we love them:

  • Easy to use and still cost effective.
  • Many fabric varieties to choose from.
  • Reusing the waterproof cover/shell means less bulk in the diaper bag. You only need additional inserts!



POCKET DIAPERS

A pocket style diaper typically features a stay-dry wicking fleece interior fabric, and an adjustable, removable absorbent insert for quick laundering. The absorbent insert goes inside a pocket opening inside the diaper. Most pockets come with two inserts that allow you to add more absorbency as baby grows and needs more. Pocket diapers are a little more friendly on your wallet, however they often require you to "stuff" your pockets. This means that you have to stuff your absorbent insert inside of the pocket of your diaper. Many pocket diapers feature a microfiber insert, which cannot be put next to baby's skin, hence why it is required to "stuff" your diapers.

Why we love them:

  • More economical than All In Ones.
  • Absorbency is easily adjusted with inserts.
  • Can be more trim fitting for smaller babies and newborns.



  • Diaper Covers

    This two piece diapering system that requires two parts; one part is the absorbent diaper and the other part is a waterproof diaper cover. These must be used together to create your diaper. This system allows parents to reuse the cover several times, replacing the diaper portion as needed.

    Why we love them:

    • Two part diapering systems are generally the most economical of all.
    • Quick drying time.
    • Can be used from newborn age until potty training.


    CONTOUR DIAPER SOAKERS

    Contours are specifically designed to fit most brands of cloth diaper covers. Made of 100% cotton velour exterior, they provide a soft, luxurious feel and optimum absorbency with two interior layers of microfiber terry. Contour Soakers also feature an opening to add extra absorbency, if needed. These are a great diaper system for newborns, but they can be used all the way to potty training! These are a two piece diaper system and require a diaper cover.

    Why we love them:

    • Easiest cloth diapering option for newborns!
    • Modern form of prefolds - economical, simple, but easier!
    • Can adjust absorbency by adding additional inserts into the contour pocket.


    FITTED CLOTH DIAPERS

    Fitted Cloth Diapers are absorbent, soft, and easy to use. Usually sized, these diapers fit each stage of baby perfectly. They often feature snap or velcro closures to allow a perfect fit on baby to prevent leaks. Fitted diapers are very absorbent, and many parents use them for overnight leaking solutions. These are a two piece diaper system and require a diaper cover.

    Why we love them:

    • More absorbent!
    • Trim fitting, since most are sized.
    • Great for overnight.


    PREFOLD DIAPERS

    Prefold Cloth Diapers are a flat, rectangular diaper. They fit most covers without a problem. Prefold diapers allow you to be in control as to where the majority of the absorbency is. You can fold a prefold in numerous different ways, and some people even fold different for boys or girls to help alleviate leaks. If you decide to change your diaper system to a more integrated diaper, you can always use your prefolds as additional inserts. These are a two piece diaper system and require a diaper cover.

    Why we love them:

    • Great for newborns. You fold however you prefer, which can help with newborn leaks.
    • The most economical way to cloth diaper baby.
    • Prefolds can be used down the road as additional insets.