Guys. Doing the research on cloth diapers gave me a headache for dayzzzzz.
Now that I understand it I wish I would have read a blog that was simple and to the point to help me understand! So that’s what I’m here to give you! There are five kinds and I’m going to break them down in a simple, Kassidy version.
This is a diaper. When your baby needs a diaper change you change the whole thing. It’s literally that simple.
This is a two part diaper, the outer shell and the insert that snaps in. So sometimes if baby just poops or pees and doesn’t wet the whole diaper you can just change the insert! These are my favorite!
This is an all cloth diaper with no outer layer that will keep wetness out. This diaper needs a cover or shell so the wetness doesn’t escape! These are good for nighttime wears or if the baby needs to wear it for a longer period of time.
This is a non-cloth cover. So for these diapers you need an insert or a fitted diaper underneath! You can also use a prefold diaper underneath which is just a cloth folded to fit around baby. Sometimes shells will have snaps in them so you can just wipe the cover, and change the insert! These are also a favorite because you don’t have to worry about needing a whole new diaper for every diaper change!
These are the most common because they tend to be the cheapest and come all together. This is similar to an AIO but instead of the insert being sewn inside, you have to put the insert in, through the pocket! The nice thing about these is if your baby is a heavy wetter you can stuff the pocket with as many inserts as you need! But stuffing can get.... very annoying.
This is my simple breakdown of the types of cloth diapers available! I read so many blogs that had paragraphs and paragraphs on each diaper and I read so much I confused myself! Until I had the different diapers in my hands I was confused. And once I saw each type I was so mad I was so confused! Along with different diapers there are also different inserts! There are four types! Here is the breakdown of those:
These absorb liquid the fastest but hold the least, so they tend to have the most leaks. Also microfiber shouldn’t be directly against the baby’s skin or they will get a diaper rash. The plus with microfiber is they’re the cheapest so when you have a newborn and they go through so many diapers a day, microfiber is the way to go!
This fabric absorbs more than microfiber but slower, it can also go directly against the baby’s skin without causing a rash! So sometimes you can wrap a cotton prefold around a microfiber insert so you get the fast absorbing and more liquid being held!
These hold even more than cotton and absorb slower! These are more expensive but are good for nighttime diapers or long wears.
These of course hold the most liquid and absorb the slowest. These are great for nighttime diapers but are the most expensive, but worth every penny. They barely leak!
So there you have it! My simple break down of cloth diapers to help all beginners understand! I hope this helped! I know I had a lot of questions when I first started looking into cloth diapers, so if you have any questions feel free to comment or email me!