Prefold- usually made of cotton, hemp, or bamboo, prefolds are probably what you think of when you
Pros: Cheapest way to build a stash, easy to care for, double as burp cloths
Cons: Some people think they are tricky, you will have to buy bigger sizes as child grows, not as absorbent as alternatives
Pros: Inexpensive, easy to wash and dry, some very luxurious fabrics are often used
Cons: Trickiest type of diaper requiring more effort than others, works better with pins, harder to find
Pros: Easiest in terms of putting on and changing diaper, usually trim under clothing, no need to buy extra diaper accessories
Cons: Longer drying times, less ability to modify absorbency, may wear faster due to extra drying time.
Pros: Easy to use, faster dry time due to insert snapping in and out
Cons: Somewhat harder to find, usually can't use shell with clean insert after 1st use.
Pros: Some think it contains heavy wetters/poo in better, works with a variety of covers, covers can be used multiple times, generally easier to use, drying time varies
Cons: Must buy covers, may require snappi or pins
Pros: You have control over absorbency, simply add more or less stuffing, quick drying, easy to use
Cons: Only one use before washing, have to stuff during changing, need to be prepped/stuffed to be sent to daycare.
Pros - less expensive than most fitteds, slightly better fit than prefolds, generally quick dry
Cons - requires a cover, requires pins or a snappi, not as fitted to body so may allow for more leaks
Prefitted - fitted diaper made from a prefold
Pros - inexpensive, often easy to DIY, fairly easy care
Cons - not as absorbent as some other fitteds, requires a cover, may require fasteners
Pros - great for travel, versatile, may be more convenient for some families
Cons - more expensive, constant purchasing of inserts, may need several more covers because inserts don't always contain blow-outs, contributes to waste
Covers - waterproof or water-resistant cover that is used over prefolds, fitteds, and other non-waterproof diapers. In the past they were made out of thin plastic. Most modern covers are made from PUL (polyurethane laminated) fabric, a stretchy fabric that is coated with a very thin waterproof layer. Other covers are made of fleece or wool.
Cloth Diaper Accessories
Snappi -the modern alternative to diaper pins, a snappi is made of stretchy plastic that hooks into the diaper. They look tricky, but they are not.
Wet Bag - small waterproof bag to store wet diapers in when you are out.
Hanging Pail - large waterproof bag that can be used as an alternative to a diaper pail. Generally takes up less space and can be washed with diapers making it less stinky than a pail.
Diaper Pal - like a medium trashcan to throw dirty diapers in, diaper pails can be lined with waterproof liners or unlined. Some people fill with water and vinegar or baking soda, so diapers soak until washed. This is the wet pail method. There is a danger of drowning associated with the wet pail method.
Dryer Balls - alternative to dryer sheets. Dryer Balls can be made of plastic or wool and reduce static as well as soften.
Liners - made from thin paper or fleece, liners can help protect diapers from staining. Fleece liners can help baby feel dryer.
Inserts - pads made from microfiber, hemp, bamboo, and more used to increase a diapers absorbency.
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