Cloth diaper covers come in two primary styles - pull on diaper covers and diaper wraps.
Pull on diaper covers are like waterproof underwear that fit snugly at the waist and leg. You pull them up on your baby just like you would pull up a pair of pants.
Pull on diaper covers are waterproof, but they are not absorbent on their own, so they must be used in combination with an absorbent layer. The absorbent layer may be a prefold cloth diaper, a flat fold diaper or a fitted cloth diaper.
If you use a pull on diaper cover, you must fasten the absorbent layer of your diaper with pins or snaps because, if the absorbent layer is not secured, it is likely to shift under this type of diaper cover. If you use a fitted diaper as the absorbent layer, it will come with its own velcro or snap closure sewn into the diaper. If you use prefolds or flatfolds, you'll need to use separate pins or snaps.Some Popular Pull on Diaper Cover Brands
Diaper wraps have velcro or snaps sewn right into them. This style of diaper cover is fastened much like you would fasten a disposable diaper on a baby.
Diaper wraps are also not absorbent on their own, so they must be used in combination with an absorbent layer. The absorbent layer may be a prefold cloth diaper, a flat fold diaper, a fitted cloth diaper or a contour diaper.
If you use a diaper wrap as your waterproof layer, you do not need to fasten the absorbent layer of your diaper with pins or snaps. The diaper wrap will fit snugly enough to hold the absorbent layer in place, and the absorbent layer will not shift while you fasten a wrap style diaper cover.
Diaper wraps normally have either velcro or snap closures. Velcro closures close at the front, while snap closures may close at the front or the side. Diaper covers that have front closures are very adjustable as the snaps or the velcro may be secured at different settings depending upon the size of your baby.
You can also find one size diaper wraps that are designed to adjust to fit infants to toddlers. These diaper wraps tend to be a little more pricey, but they are very convenient if you have more than one child in diapers, or if you want to avoid the need to restock your diaper cover stash as your baby grows.Some Popular Diaper Wrap Brands
In addition to choosing the style of cloth diaper cover that best suits your needs, you'll also want to make some decisions about the fabric you'd like to use. The article Baby Diaper Cover Fabrics provides an overview of fabrics that are commonly used in cloth diaper covers.