to Cloth Diapers?
off by saying that, thanks to all the creative moms out
diaper choices are so extensive now, that ANYONE will find
that they love! Cloth Diapers today are vastly different
our moms and grandmothers were used to! There is no more
in the toilet, plastic or rubber pants, hand rinsing your diapers, boiling your
diapers or getting stuck with pins those are things of the past
parents today (including myself) would not be willing to
There are a few general Cloth Diaper
The Pocket Diaper System:
Imagine a diaper cover that consists of a layer of
fabric and a layer of fleece sewn together with an opening
at the top. Now slide an absorbent diaper/insert into
and you have a great fitting diaper, that has an absorbent
core for the urine, an outer waterproof layer and and
layer that wicks all the moisture to the insert and
your baby nice and dry! It just doesn't get much better
Examples: bumGenuis! and Fuzzi Bunz.
Diaper/One Piece System:
All-In-One Diapers have the absorbent layers and the waterproof cover sewn together. The diaper
with hook-&-loop closures (Velcro) or with snaps.
These diapers are perfect for parents who want the ease of
without the cost or the harmful chemicals that those
are also ideal for working parents (day care)! Many
use Prefolds and Covers will get a few of these to use
out, for baby sitters (or for the husband!). All-In-One
NOT require a cover. Examples: GroVia AIO and bumGenius! Elemental
The All-in-Two Diaper/Two Piece Diaper System:
The All-in-Two Diaper System, just as the name implies,
of two separate pieces - a waterproof diaper cover on the
and the soft, absorbent cotton diaper, absorbent microfiber topped with stay dry fleece, or hemp fibers on the inside. This
offers various cover and diaper combinations. The inner
can be a Fitted Diaper, Prefold Diaper, Contour Diaper, or snap-in or lay-in inserts. Covers can be
laminated polyester covers, fleece covers or wool covers
make for an effective waterproof layer. Below we give you
of the different covers and the cloth diapers that go with
these. Examples of All in Twos: Best Bottoms, GroVia, and Flip.
Outer Waterproof Cover
Diaper Covers provide the waterproof barrier for Prefolds,
Diapers, Contour Diapers, Flat Diapers, and Inserts. The majority of
Covers are Wrap Style Covers that close with
or Snaps. There is no need for pins when using Wrap Style
you simply pull the Wrap/Cover around the diaper and
Velcro Panels or Snaps. A few covers are side snap covers
covers. When using these covers you will need to fasten a
or Fitted Diaper, but thanks to our easy-to-use Snappi
there is no need for pins here either. Examples are Bummis
Covers, Thirsties Covers, Prorap Covers and Wool Covers.
(Inner) Cloth Diaper
The inner cloth diaper provides the absorbent core inside
the cover. Indian Prefolds are used by most diaper services and make
inexpensive, soft and very absorbent diaper. A Prefold has
shape with 2 long panels on either side that get folded
onto a thicker
middle panel. The diaper is then placed on a cover and
the baby. I like to fasten the Prefolds with a Snappi
The Fitted Diapers are super easy to use!
looks a little like a disposable diaper that closes with
or Snaps, but unlike All-In-Ones, Fitted Diapers do not
have a waterproof
cover attached to them and thus need a cover. Examples:
The Contour Diaper has an hourglass shape
can easily be folded around the baby before the cover is
You can choose to fasten those with the Snappis too, but
it is not
neccessary. Example: Kissaluvs Hybrid One Size Contour Diaper.
Inserts can also
into any Wrap Style Cover, (especially for small newborns)
of a cloth diaper. In my experience this has worked really
well. **Please don't use microfiber directly against baby's skin, as it can be too drying and lead to redness/irritation!**
when choosing your Cloth Diaper System:
Can you function when sleep deprived?
How do you deal with change?
Do you need a routine and find it hard to have it
Do you find the thought of being responsible for a Newborn
If the above factors have a
on your life, I suggest that you consider using all or
half All-In-One (AIO) Diapers or All-In-Two (AI2) Diapers so that you keep things as simple
for yourself. I think the key to successful cloth
of course more importantly, to an enjoyable start of
is to respect your personality and make things as simple
as possible. Many parents find using Prefolds during the
months a breeze, but there are just as many parents who
trying to adjust to all the new changes, feeling extremely
and exhausted and for those parents.
I hope that all
will be helpful to you when deciding on which route to go
your baby. Please remember: Do what feels right to you,
friends and relatives have a different opinion. This is
... enjoy every second that you have with your sweetheart
anything that you can off until a later time.