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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Types of Cloth Diapers

There are many things to consider and take into account when choosing whether to cloth diaper you child or not. If you choose to cloth diaper, no matter your reason, getting started can be quite intimidating. So, to help you get started, we’ve gathered some information for you.

There are four basic types of cloth diapers.

1. All in One Cloth Diapers (AIO’s) - I recommend these diapers for first-time users. They are easy to use and most like a disposable diaper regarding how they are put on. They have a built in diaper cover sewn into the cotton or fleece layer. They fasten with snaps or velcro. You do not need a separate diaper cover.

2. Fitted or Contoured Cloth Diapers - These diapers are fitted with snaps or velcro. They DO require diaper covers.

3. Pre-Fold and Flat Diapers (old-school diapers) - Pre-fold and flat diapers can be used for a variety of reasons (washing your car, cleaning, burp cloths, etc). These diapers are some of the cheapest options available (if you go for the plain-jane variety). Of course, these come in a variety of fabrics and colors...or you can go with plain white. They must be fastened with pins or other diaper fasteners. They DO require diaper covers.

4. Pocket Cloth Diapers - Pocket Cloth Diapers are a three piece diapering system, consisting of a waterproof material sewn to a moisture-wicking material (to keep baby’s skin dry), which makes a pocket. The third “piece” is a removable absorbent insert which is “stuffed” into the pocket to increase absorbency.


Princess Di said...

What a GREAT post! I did a bit of research myself on cloth diapers and I may have been reading Chinese. I could not figure them out. You have explained it very well. Thank you!

Emilee and David said...

I've been researching these for a couple of months now off and on and it's so overwhelming that I get discouraged. Your post helps me realize it's probably not as bad as I'm making it out to be. Great job explaining everything, that's a huge help!

Jose said...

I didn´t know such clasification existed.