Types of Cloth Diapers
- Prefolds - Rectangular pieces of fabric, usually cotton, with a thicker portion running down the middle. These are very versatile, your cheapest option, and can be used in a variety of ways on any sized baby. I personally have had the most luck using simple pre fold diapers with a cute Thirsties cover (or other waterproof cover)
- Prefolds can be folded into a diaper around the baby and pinned or snapped together before being covered by a waterproof cover. They can also be folded into thirds and then tucked into a waterproof cover. Thirsties seem to have the most protection against leaks, but this and many more brands can be found at www.cottonbabies.com.
- All in One (AIO) and All in Twos (AI2) - These are more expensive but pretty straightforward. You don’t have to worry about an insert, etc. because everything is already built in. The legs are usually surrounded by elastic and there is a button or velcro closure on the front of the diaper. These are very convenient because there are no extra pieces.
- Some examples include BumGenius Freedom, GroVia, Blueberry, and Swaddlebees
- Pocket Diaper - Similar to the AIO but they require an absorbent “doubler” or extra piece of fabric to be placed inside of the diaper before use. In my experience, these are the most difficult to use, although I know some moms who love them.
- An example of this would be FuzziBunz
- Fitted Diaper - Much like a pre fold but it contours to the shape of the baby instead of being a square piece of fabric. It still requires a cover.
- An example of a fitted diaper is the brand Kissaluvs
- Hybrid - These diapers include a waterproof cover and can either hold a disposable insert or a fitted or pre fold diaper insert.
Dirty Diaper Pails - because even the cutest of cloth diapers is still a diaper!
- Dry pail method - Use a medium sized trash can with a liner. You can buy a cloth liner that you wash with your diapers or you can use a disposable one such as a garbage bag.
- Wet pail method - Fill pail halfway with water and make sure it has a tight fitting lid to prevent infant drownings. Place dirty diapers in pail to allow them to soak before washing.
Washing Dirty Cloth Diapers - Some tips
- Newborn poop is water soluble and actually does NOT need to be rinsed prior to washing. (Great news!) You can literally just throw the whole diaper into your diaper pail, no muss no fuss. This changes once you introduce solids into your baby's diet. At that point, the contents of the diaper must be dumped into the toilet and rinsing or dunking(if you wish) can be helpful for clean up.
- Always follow the directions for your specific diapers. Each different type of diaper will have a different method that works.
- Using baking soda in the wash and vinegar in the rinse can help with odor and stains
- Use a non-soap based, gentle detergent. Cloth diaper specific detergent is even better.
- Hang inserts to dry in the sun when you can, otherwise dry on gentle/low. Covers should always hang to dry so as not to ruin the waterproofing.
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