Types Of Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers have come a long way from a square piece of cloth. There are now five major types of cloth diaper and numerous options.

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All In One (AIO) – All in ones are most similar to disposable diapers. The absorbent material is sewn onto the outer cover. If you wash them every other day, you will need 24-36 all in ones.

  • Pros
    • Easy to use – you do not have to stuff them, use pins or add an extra outer cover
    • Can be purchased as a one size fits all diaper or in multiple sizes
    • Easy on/easy off
  • Cons
    • Take a long time to dry – because it is all one piece, the inner absorbent layers take longer to dry
    • Not as easy to clean all of the layers
    • More difficult to adjust absorbency
    • Most expensive cloth diaper system option

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All in Two (AI2)- Also known as hybrid diapers and flip diapers, all in twos have a removable soaker. To cloth diaper using AI2’s you will need 24-36 soakers as well as 6-10 outer covers.

  • Pros:
    • Take less time to dry because the pieces can be taken apart
    • Can be used with various inserts to adjust absorbency or material preference
    • Have a disposable option for easier travel
    • No need to touch a soiled diaper – just flip it into the storage bin and wash
    • Outer cover can be reused more than once before needing to be changed
  • Cons:
    • The inserts can move around in the diaper if they aren’t secured with a snap
    • Slightly more time consuming as you have to stuff the diaper before you put it on
    • Cover can get wet and leak
  • Examples: Grovia, Flip Diaper, gDiaper

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Pocket Diapers – These are most like the AIO diapers discussed above, but have a small opening in the back in which you can change the soaker for absorbency. To launder every other day you would need 24-36 covers as well as 24-36 soakers. You cannot reuse the outer shell after baby has soiled the diaper.

  • Pros:
    • quicker drying time than AIO
    • Easier to tailor absorbency
    • No pins or extra outer shell needed
    • Easy to use
  • Cons:
    • Entire diaper needs to be changed after each use
    • Stuffing takes time
    • Unstuffing insert can be messy
    • Less options for inserts
  • Examples: Bumgenious 4.0, Charlie Banana, Fuzzi Buns

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Fitted Diapers – Fitted diapers are a contoured cloth diaper with elastic around the waist and legs. They have the same shape and easy of use that a disposable diaper does, but require the addition of a waterproof outer cover. To launder every other day, you would need 24-36 fitted diapers as well as 6-10 outer covers.

  • Pros:
    • absorbent
    • contain leaks
    • easy to put on and take off
    • less messy than pocket diaper to clean
  • Cons:
    • Needs and outer cover
    • take longer to dry than an insert
  • Examples: Osocozy, Bummies

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Prefolds and Flats – Flats and prefolds are a rectangular diaper that are folded and wrapped around baby. Prefolds have an extra absorbent later sewn in to the middle of the diaper. This is a two step system, so you will need an extra outer cover. You will need 24-36 diapers and 6-10 covers.

  • Pros:
    • Most inexpensive option for cloth diapering
    • Dry fast and easy to wash
    • One size fits all
    • Can be used for other things
  • Cons:
    • Folding can be complicated
    • Require use of pins and an additional cover

What kind of cloth diaper style do you prefer?

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