CLOTH DIAPER 101
Categorize Different Types of Cloth Diapers?
Prefold Cloth Diapers
cloth diaper is essentially a rectangular flat piece of fabric consists
of several layers. These layers are sewn together creating three panels, one
in the middle and two at the sides. The reasons making prefolds so popular
are they are inexpensive but moderately easy to use. It is much less
complicated to fold it to fit compared to "grandma style" old fashion flats.
Prefolds are widely used by cloth diaper services in Canada due to its
durability and ease of washing.
Prefolds do require
cloth diaper covers. They can be fastened by diaper pins or Sanppi
diaper fastener, but with modern designed cloth diaper covers, you can just
simply lay it in the cover and good to go (e.g.,
One-Size Diaper Cover & One-Size Prefold).
It is a good choice for parents with tight budget, and at the same time not
afraid of learning and doing some folding. It is also great for newborns
because most of the one size diapers do not fit newborns well, and many
people do not want to spend several hundred bucks on relative expensive
newborn pocket diapers for a short 8-week newborn period.
Contour Cloth Diapers
Contour diapers are shaped like regular disposable diapers but made of
several layers of absorbent fabric like sherpa, hemp, or cotton. The beauty
cloth diapers is their terrific fit over a wide size range. They are
highly flexible and can be customized to achieve best fit to your little
ones. The design make
contour diapers very easy to use and an economical alternative to
fitted diapers. Please aware that contour diapers might not have elastic
around the waist and thigh, it requires diaper pins or Snappi diaper
fasteners to keep the it in place.
cloth diapers covers are required for contour cloth
Kissaluvs one-size and multiple-size contour cloth diapers at our
cloth diapering store, available in unbleached or 5 other lovely colors.
Fitted Cloth Diapers
Fitted diapers are
contour cloth diapers
but they have built in snaps or velcro fasteners, which makes the diaper
changes almost as easy as the disposable diapers. In addition, they have
elastic at the waist and legs to offer snug but comfortable fit, provide
extra protection to hold the babies waste better. With this more
advanced cloth diapering system, you are able to do the
without sophisticated diaper
folding skills. Generally speaking, fitted diaper offers perfect fit,
therefore, it is definitely a wise choice for newborns.
The fabric used for fitted cloth diapers could be hemp, cotton, or sherpa.
beginner, you should be aware that fitted cloth diapers do require separate
Pocket Cloth Diapers
Pocket cloth diapers are brilliantly designed
modern cloth diapers, which is a two part diapering system consisting a
diaper cover and an separate insert functioning as an absorbent core.
Pocket cloth diapers are getting more and more popular because they are
easy to wash, as easy to use as disposable ones, and most importantly, they
keep the babies dry, and minimize the irritation to the baby's skin. There
is a "pocket" between the outside cover and the inner layer for inserts or
Insert goes into the pocket is made of absorbent materials like cotton,
hemp, fleece, micro-terry or micro-fiber to keep babies dry.
Dozens of fantastic colors and prints are available for the pocket diapers.
Hybrid Cloth Diapers
Hybrid cloth diapers are the best combination of the traditional
disposable diapers and
reusable cloth diapering system. It consists of a washable outer shelf
diaper cover and an inner liner, which could be either disposable or
reusable. It offers the most convenience while help you on savings. Gro Baby
cloth diaper, called
GroVia now, is a good example of hybrid diapering system that allows you
to use the one-size diaper shell paired with
organic soaker pad or biodegradable soaker pads while the baby is on
vacation with you or at day care.
Flip cloth diaper is another popular hybird system that makes cloth
diapering never be so easy! TOSS the used
insert into your
diaper pail, REPLACE the insert with a clean one, and REUSE the cover.
That is how simple it is. The outer cover can be used with reusable
stay dry or cotton organic inserts, or with disposable inserts.
One Size Cloth Diapers
One size fits all.
By offering potential big savings and providing perfect fit to your little
one by the snap or aplix diaper size adjustment system,
one size cloth diaper
becomes one of the
hottest choices of parents. Generally they are extremely durable and built
to last since it will be used for more than 3 years from the time your baby
is born until the time they are out of
The snap-adjustable one size cloth diaper is the best solution that
satisfies your babies' needs from
birth to potty-training.
AIO Cloth Diapers
- All In One
It you are looking
cloth diapering system with the most convenience,
AIO is the one to go after. It has everything you need in one diaper. No
folding, no extra cover, no wrap, no inserts, no extra stuffing, and no
extra steps. It operates in a similar fashion to disposable diapers except
it is reusable, more economical, and environment-friendly. It is at the high
end in terms of price among different types of
cloth diapers, but considering no needs for separate purchase of the
inserts or doublers, it is
definitely worth what you pay.
Categorize Different Types of Cloth Diaper Covers?
If you are
fitted cloth diaper,
you will need
cloth diaper covers.
Cloth diaper covers are normally made from waterproof or water-resistant fabrics
to prevent leaking and help hold in mess. Cloth diaper covers available on the
market are typically made of Polyurethane Laminate
(PUL), Wool, or Fleece.
Wool Cloth Diaper Covers
Wool Diaper Covers are the most expensive covers, it is always the first
choice of parents due to the followings:
absorbency. It can absorb roughly 30% of its own weight before starting
leaking. It is more than just a
diaper cover, it boosts
the soaking capability of the total diapering system. If you little one is a
heavy wetter, you should definitely go with wool diaper covers. It is also a
good choice for night time sleeping.
It is soft,
all natural, extremely breathable, which makes your babies more comfortable
anti-bacterial itself and does not retain moisture or liquid.
No need to
wash each time after use due to its self-cleaning feature. Simply dry it in
the air between uses. 10-15 days wash frequency is recommended.
Easy to wash
Fleece Cloth Diaper Covers
Fleece Cloth Diaper Covers could be an alternative option to
wool diaper covers if your
budget is limited. The fleece
diaper cover is easier for
manufacturing and, therefore, less expensive, but it shares similar features as
wool covers: extremely breathable and highly absorbent although not as good
as wool. The moisture held by the cover can be easily removed with good airflow
in an open area. It requires more frequent wash, every 2 - 3 uses on average.
The good news is unlike wool covers, it can be machine washed and air dried.
Enfant Style Cloth Diaper Home for different brands of cloth diaper covers.
PUL Cloth Diaper Covers - Polyurethane Laminated Diaper Cover
PUL diaper cover is a layer of cotton or other types of fabric laminated
with a thin layer of Polyurethane. This type of
diaper cover is:
remain breathable. Less breathable compared to
wool diaper covers or
fleece diaper covers.
little care and can be wiped clean and air dry between uses.
small and easy to carry even in your wallet. Good choice for travel.
all types of diaper covers, it can hardly be notices under the baby's
and lasts for a extremely long time. It won't get yellow or crack over time.
Types of Accessories I need for Cloth Diapering?
Liner - A
thin layer of fabric used between the bottom of the baby and the diaper. It
is set against the baby's skin to keep the solids and
diaper rash creams
off of the
cloth diapers, making it easier for cleaning. Both reusable
liners (e.g., Happy Heinys fleece liner) and
flushable/biodegradable liners (e.g., Kushies flushable diaper liner) are available in the market. The flushable
liners make your cloth diapering easier since you may simply flush it down
the toilet along with the waste.
be added onto the cloth diaper to increase absorbency. It offers extra
protection and especially useful for
nighttime sleeping and heavy wetters.
a prefold cloth diaper (e.g.,
organic hemp prefold diaper)
can be used as doubler as well..
- Absorbent material goes
into the pocket of the pocket cloth diaper to achieve better absorbency.
Many fabric options are available, including
organic cotton inserts
A piece of fabric used to clean the
babies' bottoms. It can be used with bottom cleaner (e.g.,
Happy Heinys Heiny wash) to achieve better
result. Save money and help the environment.
Diaper Changing Pads -
super soft. Keep your precious little one from the elements. Fits nicely to
protect car seats or bassinets. Try it for mess-free.
Diaper Wet Bag OR Pail Liner -
Diaper wet bags or pail liners are waterproof bags used to store dirty
cloth diapers and keep any unpleasant odors inside. Diaper tote bags are
designed for travel or when you are away from home. It is smaller than pail
liner, and can usually hold 4-6 cloth diapers. The pail liners are much
bigger and can easily hold 2-3 days worth of diapers. They can be put in a
pail or just hang on any hook or doorknob without the need for a pail
diaper wet bags and
cloth diaper pail liners have many other uses you might not be thinking
* Take to the pool for your wet swimsuits or
* Makes a great lunch bag for the kids
* Use as a shoe bag for those muddy soccer shoes or when traveling.
Both tote bags and pail liners can be removed on the laundry day and washed
along with dirty diapers. For family traveling, we recommend 2 tote bags,
one for dry diapers and
cloth wipes, and one for wet diapers and cloth wipes. At home, we also
recommend 2 pail liners for rotation in case one of them is in the wash
your diaper pail
liners or wet bags not smell like a diaper pail (e.g.,
Rockin Greeen diaper pail freshner).
Cloth Diaper Odor
the odors from cloth diapers and
diaper pail liners (e.g.,
bumGenius cloth diaper odor remover).
- Helps you to fight stinky diapers and make them refreshing (e.g.,
Rockin Green cloth diaper detergent).
Helps clean and refresh the diaper area of your babies without harsh
chemicals, 100% natural.
The diaper sprayer
is a fresh way to clean soiled cloth diapers. Its high-pressure spray rinses
clean even the messiest diapers (e.g.,
bumGenius diaper sprayer).
Rash Cream - Gentle care for
to protect, prevent, and heal diaper rashes (e.g.,
Grandma El's diaper rash cream,
Baby bottom better diaper salve, GroVia