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Different types of Cloth Diapers

As soon as you start to read a little about cloth diapers you find that there are different kinds of cloth diapers. Here you will find an overview of the different types. Each type has a short description and their pros and cons. Hopefully, this helps you make a choice for a cloth diaper that suits you and your baby.

different types of cloth diapers.

Type

Description 

Pros

Cons

Pocket diaper

A waterproof diaper with an opening on the inside. This opening needs to be filled with absorbing inserts.

  • Similar in use as a disposable diaper
  • Adjustable absorption 
  • Dries fast
  • Fit is important
  • Leaks often
  • The whole diaper goes in the laundry. 
  • Inserts need to be removed before washing
  • Inserts have to be placed in the diapers before use
  • Not suitable as night diaper

Snap-in-one

A waterproof diaper with snaps. Absorbing inserts can be attached with the snaps.

  • Similar in use as a disposable diaper
  • Adjustable absorption 
  • Dries fast
  • The insert can be replaced when it is wet
  • Fit is important
  • After washing the diaper needs to be assembled
  • Not suitable for the night

All-in-one

A waterproof diaper with the inserts attached. 

  • Similar in use as a disposable diaper
  • Fit is important
  • Dries slower 
  • Absorbance is limited
  • Not suitable for the night

Terry squares/flats

A square piece of fabric that can be folded into a diaper. This is put around your baby and closed with a snappie. Needs a cover. 

  • Cheap
  • Versatile
  • Dries quickly
  • Adjustable absorbance 
  • Cover can be used again when the flat is wet.
  • More work. First diaper on the baby then the cover
  • Needs to be folded

 

Prefolds

A fabric square with extra absorbance in the middle. Can be folder as a diaper and used on the baby with a snappy. Needs a cover. 

  • Cheap
  • Versatile
  • Dries quickly
  • Adjustable absorbance 
  • Cover can be used again when the prefold is wet.
  • More work. First diaper on the baby then the cover

Fitted diaper

Absorbant fabric shaped as a diaper. Snaps or velcro are used for closing the diaper.

  • High absorbance
  • Adjustable absorbance
  • Most leak proof
  • Suitable for nights
  •  Cover can be used again when the diaper is wet.
  • More work. First diaper on the baby then the cover
  • Bulky
  • Dries very slow
Different types of cloth diapers.

As you can see, you have lots of choices. What works best for you depends on how much time you want to invest in the diapers and your budget. I started with different systems; pockets, all-in-ones and fitted diapers (I did not want to fold diapers) from different brands. By trying them out I found out what I like to use and what suited my daughter. I choose fitted diapers to use at home and I also bought a few pockets for the daycare. As those were easiest to use for them.

 

Which system did you choose for you and your baby?

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