When I decided to switch to Cloth Diapers I knew it would be important to start with a little research. At first I was overwhelmed by all the different types of cloth diapers. I wanted to make sure that I would be investing in the right kind of cloth diaper. I want to make this easy for anyone else out there making the transition from disposable diapers so I made a simple list with pictures of the more popular types of cloth diapers (in North America). Hopefully it can help you chose the best cloth diaper for your lifestyle.
Types of Cloth Diapers
These are the style of diaper most people think of when they think Cloth Diaper. They are the style of Cloth Diaper my mother used – large squares of absorbent single layer cloth that need to be folded and pinned. These are the cheapest style of cloth diaper and are also the easiest and quickest to wash and dry. The problem with flats is that they need to be folded before use. Some people use covers with Flats but that is not necessary if the baby is changed often and depending on the material used.
Pre-folds are similar to Flats except that they are multiple layers of absorbent cloth. They also need to be folded and pinned to use and are also very inexpensive to use. These may require waterproof covers to help prevent leaks.
Fitted Cloth Diaper are similar to Pre-Folds except they are contoured and have elastic around the edges to achieve a snugger fit. They usually have a built in closure system such as snaps or Velcro.
Pocket Diapers are also contoured and have closure systems built in. The outer layer of a pocket diaper is waterproof with the inner layer sewn in such a way as to create a pocket which is then stuffed with an absorbent liner.
All in Ones are the simplest Cloth Diaper to use as they are most like disposables but can take significantly longer to wash and dry than other styles. All in Ones have a waterproof outer layer with an absorbent inner layer sewn in with snaps or Velcro built in.
All in Twos consist of a waterproof diaper cover with an absorbent insert which can either snap into the outer layer or lays inside the cover which ban be removed when soiled and requires only the insert to be changed throughout the day.
One-size diapers use snaps to adjust the fit to cover sizes from birth to potty training and can be either all-in-ones/twos or pocket diapers. This is an economical option due to how long they can be used.
If you already cloth diaper, what type do you prefer? I’m currently trying out Pocket diapers and loving how quick they are to wash and dry not to mention ease of use!