Sunday, August 16, 2009

Cloth Diapering 101: Types of Diapers

There are many styles of cloth diapers available, and the purpose of this post is to familiarize you with some of the basic types of diapers, as well as comparing/contrasting some different options.

The very most basic type of diaper looks like what our mothers and grandmothers used on us. It is called a prefold, and is fastened into place with diaper pins or a Snappi. The Snappi is a pinless fastener, that is T-shaped with grips on each end. They come in many colors, and are a easy, safer way to diaper your baby using a prefold diaper. Prefolds do require a waterproof cover, which are available through many companies, such as Thirsties and Bummis. The prefold method of diapering is the most economical option.

The next type of diaper to discuss is the fitted diaper. Fitted diapers are usually made out of a very soft, breathable material. They fasten with velcro or snaps instead of pins or Snappis. These diapers are easier to use than the prefolds, but they also require a cover. Also, doublers (1 extra layer) or inserts (multiple layers of absorbency) may be laid inside the diaper for extra absorbency. Because of the extra layers with the cover and inserts, prefolds and fitteds tend to be bulkier.

If you're looking for a diaper that is easier to use and less bulky, all-in-ones (AIOs), pocket diapers, or OneSize diapers are for you.
The AIOs are the closest thing to a disposables and are EASY to use. AIOs come with an insert sewn into the diaper and are fastened with velcro or snaps. No extra work is required before or after using the diaper. They work just like a disposable except for the washing part. There is usually a pocket to place additional inserts for more absorbency, however.
Pocket diapers are almost as easy as the AIOs, but they do not come with an insert sewn in. There will be a pocket (hence the name "pocket diaper") where you may stuff inserts as needed. AIOS and pocket diapers are easy to use, but they come with more cost.
If you are looking for a more economical pocket diaper, look for the OneSize diapers. These diapers are pocket diapers that are adjustable to fit your baby all the way from birth to potty training. Instead of buying bigger diapers as your baby gets bigger, you just have to adjust the snaps to a bigger size. Buying a stash of 15-20 OneSize diapers might be all you need to diaper your baby.

There are varied versions of these diapers available at many stores around the United States and online. Our store ( currently carries pocket diapers and OneSize diapers. As our business grows we hope to expand and carry all other types as well. If there is a certain type of diaper or brand that you wish we carried, let us know! We'll do our best to have some available as soon as possible.

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