Types of Cloth Diapers

Baby Cloth Diapers

Here are some clear descriptions of the types of cloth diapers available. If you review the information about each type of diaper, you'll be able to choose the best cloth baby diapers to meet your needs.

There are four main types of cloth baby diapers, with some subcategories within each main type. The main types of cloth diapers are:

  • Prefold Cloth Diapers
  • All in One Cloth Diapers
  • Pocket Diapers
  • Fitted Cloth Diapers

Different styles of cloth diapers will be appropriate for the needs of different families. Some are easier to change on the fly than others, some are less expensive than others, etc. You may even decide to stock up on a couple of different types of cloth baby diapers to meet your needs in different situations.

Prefold Cloth Diapers

Prefold cloth diapers are absorbent rectangular cloths sewn several layers thick. They are divided lengthwise into 3 sections, with the middle section being the thickest, most absorbent section. They are thicker and more absorbent than flat fold cloth diapers.

One very popular and inexpensive type of prefold diaper is the Chinese prefold diaper. Chinese prefold diapers are simple to use and durable.

Prefold diapers are normally used with a diaper cover, which helps prevent leaks and holds the diaper in place. You may also fasten your prefold nappies with diaper pins or snappis

The flat fold cloth diaper is the original type of cloth diaper and the precursor to prefold diapers. Flatfolds are square and are made from a single layer of fabric. They are quite inexpensive, and can be folded in several different ways.

All in One Cloth Diapers

All in one cloth diapers are, as the name suggests, a one-piece cloth diaper system. Also known as AIO diapers, all in one diapers work just like disposable diapers, except, of course, they are made of different material and are washed and reused, not thrown out. AIO cloth diapers diapers are extremely easy to use and require no special folding.

Quick dry AIO diapers, also known as AI2 diapers, are a variation of the all in one diaper. They are also extremely easy to use, and are more versatile than the standard all in one cloth diaper.

Pocket Diaper

The pocket diaper is made of an outer waterproof layer and an inner, soft layer sewn together on three sides, with one side left open to form a pocket. You insert the absorbent layer into the pocket. Pocket diapers are not absorbent without the insert. This type of cloth diaper is one of the more expensive cloth diapering options, but it is also a very convenient and easy to use option.

Fitted Cloth Diapers

Fitted cloth diapers are the same shape as disposable diapers. No folding is required to put on fitted cloth diapers, but they do require a diaper cover because on their own, fitted diapers have no waterproof layer.

Specialty Diapers

One size cloth diapers are designed to to fit your baby from newborn right through to toddler. Thes types of cloth diapers come in a variety of styles and allow you to avoid buying multiple sizes of diapers.

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