Friday, July 31, 2009

Cloth Diapering 101

What kind of cloth diapers are there?

All in one diapers are easy to use and go on and off like disposables. They have a waterproof outer layer and an absorbent inner. You may need doublers to increase absorbency. Click here to find all in one diapers!

Pocket diapers are made from a waterproof outer layer and a micro-fleece layer next the the skin with an opening for an absorbent insert. The micro-fleece next to the skin helps the baby feel dry. When a baby wets the moisture passes through the micro-fleece layer and gets absorbed by an insert or prefold that is placed in the pocket of the diaper. Pocket diapers live here

Fitted diapers require a cover. They are form fitted and go on and off like disposables attaching with snaps or velcro. Young babies and lighter wetters can wear some fitted diapers without a cover. Kushies Classic diapers come with a waterproof inner layer with flannel sewn around it. These diapers can be used without a cover for a short period of time.

There are two basic types of diaper covers - wraps and pull on covers. Pull on covers are used over fitted diapers, pinned prefolds, or snappied prefolds. Wraps can be used with many fitted diapers, prefolds folded in thirds, pinned prefolds, or snappied prefolds. Bummies make a variety of quality diaper coves.

Contours are shaped diapers that require a cover. They are basically like fitted diapers without any fastener. That means you will need to use a snappi, diaper pins, or a snug fitting wrap with this diaper. They are a more economical choice over fitted diapers. Click to find contour cloth diapers.

Prefold diapers are an economical choice. They have a rectangle shape and can be folded in thirds and placed in a wrap, pinned, or snappied. Shop cotton or hemp prefold diapers.

These days many parents are looking for one size cloth diapers, these diapers grow with the baby and can be used from birth to toddlerhood, they usually have snaps that allow the diaper to expand to accommodate a growing bum.

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