There are many different types of cloth diapers on the market, but finding the right one for you and your baby doesn’t have to be overwhelming. If you know a few cloth diapering terms, you will better understand the cloth diaper lingo and feel empowered to purchase the right diapers for you and your baby.
Cloth diapering lingo
Cloth diapering is a world all its own! Thankfully you don’t have to know every single thing about cloth diapering to start using cloth diapers. Instead, if you understand the differences between the types of diapers, you can make a wise purchase and begin learning as you go. Below are the most popular diapering terms.
Types of Cloth Diapers
AIO (All in one): All in one diapers are just that: an outer shell and the padding sewn together as one unit. The entire diaper must be removed once soiled.
- Pros: There is no stuffing involved. This is basically a disposable diaper that just has to be washed. This diaper is great for daycare because workers don’t have to touch any soiled part of the diaper.
- Cons: It takes longer to dry after each washing because it is one large piece sewn together.
Pocket: A pocket diaper is a shell with a pocket. You can stuff your prefolds (padding that catches the pee and poo) into the pocket. These diapers are like the AIO’s. Once soiled, they must be placed in the pail and washed.
- Pros: Since this diaper has two pieces, it dries much more quickly than the AIO. This is a great diaper for daycare because it functions like an AIO for the daycare workers. Remember, you will need to take the prefold out and wash the diaper once you get home.
- Cons: There are more steps the putting together and taking apart this diaper. When it is soiled, remove the prefold from the pocket. Then, place the diaper and prefold in your diaper pail. Also, after you have washed and dried your diapers and prefolds, you should then stuff the prefolds back in the diaper before placing them on your baby.
Cover: A diaper cover is just what it sounds like – a water proof cover. You must have separate prefolds to place inside the covers.
- Pros: You can reuse covers throughout the day unless the prefold leaks onto the cover and soils it. *If the cover gets a little wet on the inside, I will just wipe it down with a cloth and then add another prefold. I only change the cover when poop happens to get on the inside. *Cheap option. Purchase 5-7 covers and 20 pre-folds (if you wash every other day) if you are on a budget.
- Cons: If you want to reuse the covers throughout the day, you have to touch the soiled prefold and place it in the pail. This is also not normally an option at a daycare because they will not want to touch your child’s soiled prefolds.
Flats: Think: Grandma’s kind of diapers. A flat is a large piece of (often) cotton cloth. Some people cover the entire bum with the prefold; others just use it as a strip to catch pee and poop. You then must place a cover over it. This is very similar to the diaper cover, except it completely covers your baby from front to back (like a disposable) and then you still must add the water resistant cover.
- Pro: Cheap option. You can fit it to your baby almost perfectly.
- Con: more work to place on baby. Not an option for daycare, as most daycare workers will not know how to fold the diapers correctly.
As you begin searching the internet and stores for cloth diapers, I hope this helps you know what people are selling.
I currently have used all types of cloth diapers except AIO’s. My favorite are the covers with the prefolds, but for daycare and friends to use, the pocket diapers are definitely more convenient and user friendly.
What diapers have you tried that you like? Don’t like? I would love to hear from you!