Cloth Diapering Series - Part 2

Now that we've discussed a few of the pros and cons, let's continue by talking about all of the types of diapers, covers, and accessories that are available to choose from. I've used most of them, and made some of them, so I'll give you my 2-cents about what worked best for us.

Types of Diapers
  • AIO (All-in-one)/AI2 (All-in-two)/Pocket diapers

Thanks to Handmade-Adelaide-Baby for the great illustrations!

Perhaps the easiest diapering choice if you want to stick with something similar to a disposable. These are the choice of parents who need to keep their children in daycare and have a cloth diapering friendly daycare available. These are also very "dad, grandma, babysitter-friendly". AIO diapers include an outer waterproof layer, soft inner absorbant fabric and a hidden "in-between" layer of some type of super absorbant material. A common issue mentioned with AIO diapers is that they take a long time to dry since they are so think.

AI2/Pocket diapers are the same except they have a "stuffable" pocket where you put the absorbant layer. These are nice because you can stuff them as much or as little as you need to.

Some examples of these types of diapers are BumGenius, FuzziBunz, Mommy's Touch, Happy Heiny's, Thirsties, and Imse Vimse.

  • Fitted Diapers (require a waterproof cover)

Thanks to Handmade-Adelaide-Baby for the great illustrations!

Fitted diapers are the same concept as AIO/AI2 diapers, except they require an additional layer in a cover. Why do this, you may ask? Well, the covers do not need to be washed every time you change the diaper and there are limitless options in the fabric and style you can get a fitted diaper in. Some of the most popular that I have seen are Bagshot Row Bamboo, Mutts, Goodmamas (careful, these are PRICEY), and Thirsties Fab Fitted. Fitted diapers can sometimes turn into collector's items, which makes the "higher end" brands a little pricier at times. They're still great diapers!

  • Prefold Diapers (require waterproof cover)

Thanks to Handmade-Adelaide-Baby for the great illustrations!

Ok, I'll admit it. These are my FAVORITE type of cloth diapers!! *In my opinion* these are the most economical, versitile, and economical diapers there are. Most people are intimidated by these because they require (what seems) extra steps in the changing process. Prefolds look nothing like a regular diaper and so at first glance, they don't make sense. Here is an easy step-by-step tutorial for folding using the "Angel Fold". The only difference I'd advise is folding the diaper excess in the back and laying the baby on top of it instead of folding the excess down in the front.

What do you use to fasten prefolds... you can use pins if you like. I use a snappi. It's simple!

When you need extra absorbancy, you can add another prefold (infant sized prefolds are good for this) or a doubler. I've made my own doublers using microfiber cloths I purchased at Walmart, folded into a triple, and sewed with a zig-zag stitch. I also added a layer of soft cotton flannel as a topper, but this isn't necessary.

There are several types of prefolds, but most often you choose between Chinese and Indian prefolds. Both are good, although Indian prefolds are MUCH softer and hold up better in washings. You can also get prefolds "bleached" or "unbleached". Depending on your feelings, both are fine, but again, I prefer the "unbleached" as I feel they are softer and hold up longer since the fibers have not been strained in a bleach solution.

Here are some good places to purchase prefolds. You can get a dozen for about twice the cost of a single AIO or more pricey fitted diaper. (Yet another reason I love them!). Green Mountain Diapers, Cotton Babies, Soft Coth Bunz.

Whatever brand you choose, make sure you get DSQ (diaper service quality) diapers.

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