Types of Cloth Diapers
Types Modern Cloth Diapers
Modern Cloth diapers are re-usable diapers which are made using natural & man-made fibers and are made with waterproof outer layer of PUL , TPU Mink or any other waterproof material. These diapers are very easy to use and are very pocket & eco-friendly too. There are different types of cloth diapers available.
Prefolds and Flats: Prefolds and Flats are the most traditional style of cloth diaper and remain the most economical option. They are most similar to the cloth diapers of previous generations, though they have been updated with some modern modifications. Pins are no longer needed to fasten prefolds. Instead you can use a Snappi or Boingo and another option is to just fold a prefold into thirds and lay it inside a diaper cover, which means you don't need to fasten the prefold itself at all. Whether you fasten it or simply fold it, a separate waterproof diaper cover is needed. Prefolds can also be used as boosters in other styles of diapers for added absorbency.
Fitted Diapers: These are shaped like a disposable diaper and have hook and loop (velcro) or snaps to fasten them. Fitteds are made of absorbent materials, but are not waterproof on their own so they do require the use of a separate diaper cover. They have elastic at the legs and back to keep them in place on baby and therefore will contain messes very well - because of this you will be able to use your covers several times before washing, by simply changing the fitted diaper itself and reusing the cover. Some fitted diapers have stay dry inner and some don't. So choose what suits you best.
All-In-Ones (AIO’s) - These diapers are very easy to use. This style has an absorbent layer (insert) sewn directly in to a waterproof outer layer with a stay-dry fabric like microsuede, charcoal bamboo or microfleece lining to keep your baby feeling dry. That means there are no extra steps for using this diaper, you simply put it on the baby just like a disposable - except you wash it when you're done instead of throwing it away! Some AIO's also feature a ‘pocket’ behind the absorbent layer in case you’d like to add a booster layer, for naps, night time, or long car rides.
Pocket diapers -They have a waterproof outer layer sewn to an inner layer of fleece, charcoal bamboo or suede cloth, which creates a ‘pocket’ for an insert (the absorbent layer) to be stuffed into. The insert absorbs wetness while the stay dry cloth layer wicks moisture away from baby’s skin, leaving them feel dry and comfy! Because they come complete with a waterproof outer layer you do not need a separate diaper cover. They also feature your choice of hook and loop (velcro) or snap closures. Pocket diapers come in a variety of sizes, as well as one-sized options.
All-In-Twos (AI2's) or Hybrids. They feature a waterproof cloth diaper cover with lay-in or snap-in reusable inserts...and some also feature a disposable insert option. Using a disposable insert can be a great solution for times when using 100% reusable diapers may not be possible or convenient, such as when travelling without easy access to a washer. The disposable inserts are dye and fragrance-free, and are typically made from materials such as wood pulp.. The reusable inserts are typically available in both stay-dry and organic options. These systems feature some of the convenience and ease of use of AIO's and Pockets, but are more economical because you are able to reuse the cover several times (unless it gets soiled) and simply change out the inserts.
Diaper covers- These are used over prefolds, flats, inserts and fitted cloth diapers to keep your baby’s clothes dry. The most common style is made out of PUL fabric, which is waterproof, though they can also be made of fleece or wool, which are both water resistant. Most will have either hook and loop (velcro) or snap closures on them, though some will be a pull-on style. You will typically be able to use one cover multiple times before it will need washed, unless it gets soiled. Wool covers do need to be hand-washed, separate from the rest of your diapers/covers, but will only need to be washed once every 2-3 weeks because of its naturally antibacterial properties.