Trying to Figure Out Cloth Diapers? Start Here! May 23 2016

Welcome to the World of Cloth Diapers!  We're here to help you avoid feeling overwhelmed!  There is a lot of info out there and a lot of words and concepts you may be totally unfamiliar with.  Not to worry!  Start here with our guide on the different types of cloth diapers starting at the beginning and working our way through how cloth diapers have evolved.  The main thing that makes every kind of cloth diaper the same is that they all have a part that is meant to absorb and another part that is meant to be waterproof.

  • The original diapers!
  • The absorbent part is a large square of cotton that is folded into the shape of diaper  to fit your baby
  • The diaper used to be secured on the baby by using a diaper pin but now you can use a Snappi or Boingo
  • The waterproof part is called "rubber pants" that are a separate underwear-shaped item with elastics that slide up and over the pinned diaper and come in different sizes
  • Now instead of rubber pants there are waterproof covers available that attach with either snaps or velcro or are one piece made of wool
  • These are the cheapest option but tend to be more work with folding, pinning or attaching with a device and using separate rubber pants or covers for waterproofing

  • Similar to flats but the fabric is folded and sewn so that there are extra layers in the middle of the rectangle of cotton
  • The absorbent part is rectangle of cotton that can be found in different sizes depending on the size of the baby
  • The pre-fold needs to be folded into the shape of diaper
  • The diaper is secured on the baby by using a device that adheres to the fabric with teeth such as a Snappi or a Boingo
  • A diaper pin can also be used to attach the diaper
  • The waterproof part is called a cover and it is a separate diaper-shaped item with elastics and velcro or snapps that can be different sizes or one-size.
  • Pre-folds are another cheap option but with unlike flats, you need to buy the different sizes of pre-folds as the baby grows
  • Pre-folds tend to be more work with folding, attaching and using a separate cover for waterproofing

  • The absorbent part is contoured and shaped like a modern diaper and can attach onto the baby with snaps or velcro without an extra attaching device
  • Fitteds can be made out of cotton, bamboo or hemp 
  • The waterproof part that is used with most fitteds is called a cover and it is a separate diaper-shaped item with elastics or velcro that can be sized or one-size.
  • These are more expensive than pre-folds and tend to be bulky but also still have two parts that need to be separately attached on to the baby to form a complete system

  • Called an AIO for short
  • The absorbent part and the waterproof part are sewn together in one diaper with elastics so that everything you need is "all-in-one"
  • The diaper is attached using velcro or snaps that are all a part of the diaper
  • The absorbent layers of the AOI can be made out of cotton, bamboo, hemp or microfiber
  • There may or may not be a lining layer that is made of stay-dry material to keep the baby's skin dry
  • The waterproof layer is made of polyester or cotton that is laminated with polyurethane
  • AOIs are the most expensive diapers and they tend to take a long time to wash and dry because of all the attached layers

  • Called an AI2 for short
  • The absorbent parts are removable pads that are snapped in to the waterproof cover
  • The pads can be kept in place and the whole diaper can be changed to use it as a AIO or the just the pads can be changed to use it as a cover
  • The diaper is attached using velcro or snaps that are a part of the cover that can be sized or one-size
  • The absorbent pads can be made out of cotton, bamboo, hemp or microfiber.
  • There may or may not be a lining layer on top of the pads that is made of stay-dry material to keep the baby's skin dry
  • The waterproof layer is made of polyester that is laminated with polyurethane and may have a stay-dry lining sewn inside
  • AI2s are about as expensive as AIOs and they tend to take a bit more practice to get used to using them

  • Most modern cloth diaper users prefer pocket-style diapers
  • The diaper is like an AIO but the outer waterproof part and the inner stay-dry lining are sewn together except for one opening and the absorbent part is not attached and placed in between these layers in the "pocket"
  • The diaper is attached using velcro or snaps and can be sized or one-size
  • The absorbent part is called an "insert" and can be made out of cotton, bamboo, hemp or microfiber and you can use as many inserts as your baby needs
  • The waterproof layer is made of polyester or cotton that is laminated with polyurethane
  • These are cheaper than AIOs, easy to use and are quick to wash and dry

  • Like a pocket-style diaper but with two openings called a sleeve-style diaper that is easier to stuff and adjust
  • The outer waterproof part and the unique SlimDry lining are sewn together along the sides and the openings are in the top and back but are covered by waterproof flaps to prevent leaks
  • The inner lining has a special patent-pending round elastic feature called a 360 gusset that traps mess in the center of the diaper to prevent blow-outs
  • The diaper is attached and adjusted using snaps and is one-size from 7 lbs - 35+ lbs
  • The newborn crossover snaps on the tabs get the diaper really small for tiny newborns
  • The additional hip snaps on the tabs help to keep the diaper from drooping on active babies
  • The inserts attach with snaps so that the diaper can be used as either an AIO or a pocket
  • There are 3 different insert options; bamboo, microfiber and overnight/heavy wetter Mr. Clock contoured 4 layer inserts
  • Glow Bug Cloth Diapers are sold either in packages with 12 diapers, 12 bamboo or microfiber inserts, 6 Mr. Clock inserts and 1 waterproof wet bag or in Sample Kits with one of each item to try
  • The waterproof layer in the diapers and the wet bags are made of polyester that is laminated with polyurethane
  • The packages are available in 3 collections of prints that change every year and hold their re-sale value
  • Glow Bug Cloth Diapers are cheaper than AIOs, AI2s and most pocket diapers and are very easy to use, are quick to wash and dry, have less blow-outs and are very trim

 

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