Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cloth Diaper Q&A #2 - What diapers do you like the best?

Cloth Diaper Q&A #2 - What diapers do you like the best?

Personally, I prefer prefolds with covers and pocket diapers.


Let me explain....
Prefold Diaper
L to R:
infant size bleached Chinese prefold
toddler size unbleached Indian prefold

Prefolds are the original cloth diaper and the style of diaper my grandmother boiled in a big pot on her stovetop.  They are exactly what they look like:  super absorbent natural fiber towels.  They earned the clever name 'prefold' because it must be folded before you put in a cover.  While there are several different folding styles, I use the beyond-simple "trifold"
Fitted Diaper
fitted diaper with snaps

In essence, a fitted diaper is like a prefold that snaps or velcros directly onto baby.  They are not covered in waterproof material and must be used with a cover.  
cover with velcro

If Liza is wearing a prefold, this is usually the cover she has on top.   I fold the prefold, lay it in the cover and then put it on like any normal diaper.   This is a super cute girly cover made of PUL, a waterproof material.  You do not need a new cover with every diaper change, unless it gets poop on it.
L to R:
one size wool diaper cover with snaps
wool longies

Wool also makes great covers, as it naturally absorbs up to 30% it's weight in liquid.  My friend, Mandi, is going to explain the 'ins and outs' of wool in Cloth Diaper Q&A # 7 .
Pocket Diaper

pocket diaper with snaps

L to R:

unstuffed pocket diaper
pocket diaper stuffed with microfiber insert

The outer layer of a pocket diaper is waterproof PUL and the inside layer that touches baby is fleece.  The fleece wicks away moisture from baby's skin keeping her dry.  See the 'pocket' cut into the fleece?  Hence, the name "pocket diaper".  I really like the versatility the pocket provides:  microfiber insert, prefold, hemp, double stuffed for nighttime, etc.

L to R:
all-in-one diaper with velcro
all-in-one with a stuffable pocket

While the prefold and cover might be the "classic" cloth diaper, the all-in-one (AIO) is usually considered the easiest to use.  As the name explains, this diaper contains everything you need in one little package.  The outer shell is waterproof and you can see the absorbent liner built right into the inner-fleece lining in the 2nd photo.  Some AIOs, like the BumGenius pictured, feature a pocket for double stuffing making it friendly for superwetters and nighttime use.  This style is super easy to use but takes a long time to dry, which is a major con in my book.

I didn't include any hybrid styles with flushable liners because I don't really get those kinds of diapers.  The covers are going to get pooped on because that's what happens with covers, especially if you feed your kids a high-fiber diet.  So, if you are going to wash the covers, why not wash the inserts too?  It really seems like quite the money making racket they've created for themselves.....

If you use cloth diapers:
What is your favorite style?
Do you have lots of different styles or just one?

If you are considering cloth:
What style is the most appealing to you and why?


TheDearmanFamily said...


I have no idea why Blogger hates me today but I can't get that huge space to go away.


Like I said, I prefer prefolds and pockets the best. For some reason, fitteds never really clicked with me and we have a ton of AIOs but they irritate me every time I have to turn the dryer on a second cycle.

Comments? Questions?

Bethany said...

My whole stash up until today was AI2s which I loved until my little guy started rolling during diaper changes. Now they are a total pain- especially at night. I got some AIOs today that I'm going to try for nighttime and if they are easier then I'm putting my AI2s up for sale! :-P

So the thing with AI2s that I really liked was having the snap-in soakers. That way, I can use the same cover for 3-5 different wet diaper changes. On a busy day all I have to do is carry 2 covers and a bunch of soakers for easy diaper changes. I love 'em!

TheDearmanFamily said...

Bethany, very funny you mentioned a style I didn't mention! Are they WAHMies?

Bethany said...

Sometimes I think they are referred to as AIOs as well. I use SoftBums' Echo system. I'll take some pictures and post them on my blog!

TheSandersFamily said...

I love them all!!!

Kidding, sort of;)

If money was no object, I'd have fitteds and wool of all shapes and sizes!

Seriously though, I like different types for different things. If we're out and about, then I prefer pocket stuffed a little extra and/or aio's. Easy to deal with and neat and organized in the diaper bag. Around the house, I use fitteds and wool or fleece covers (longies right now since it's so dang cold!) and prefolds inside a Weehuggers cover.

Nap/night times are generally a fleece lined pocket stuffed with hemp.

Mollyandollie said...

I basically use prefolds with a Mommy's touch one-size-fits-all cover. I'm not super happy with the covers as they don't last as long as they should for the money. I think if money was no object, I'd go in for wool wool and more wool. I just don't have time to make for etsy and make all those covers for the little one. I would like a better travel diaper for now though. Oliver is so big now that if he pees I have to change him immediately or he's soaked through. Thank goodness we've started potty training!

TheDearmanFamily said...

Bethany, the liner snaps in and it kind of flaps around? That is what I picture to be an AI2.

If money were no object, I would have a ton of custom WAHM pockets with ridiculously cute prints and hemp as a stuffer.

Hey, Jessie's sister!