Prefold? Pocket? AIO or AI2? As if it isn’t enough to learn about all of the potential dangers in pregnancy (deli meat, really?), one thing you need to understand before embarking on a cloth diaper journey will be the different types of diapers. I will briefly go into the different kinds of diapers, as well as where you can find them.
When you think of cloth diapers, you probably think of these. These are a few layers of cloth, in a rectangular shape, that you fold around the baby, then secure with a pin, or Snappi. Prefolds have more layers of cloth in the middle, where as flats are the same amount of layers, all over. Contour diapers are shaped to fit the contours of the baby. Fitted diapers are like contour diapers, but have elastic around the legs, and sometimes have snaps for easy fastening.
This method is not waterproof, so you will need a cover for wetness protection.
- Less Expensive, usually $18 a dozen without covers
- Easier to clean-wash, hang dry, bleach if necessary
- Tons of options as far as how to fold, which material or what brand
- There is a learning curve-it will take a bit of trial and error
- People are afraid. Many fathers and parents will prefer to just use a sposie since its more user friendly.
- Leakage. You will see and feel wetness quicker, which could be a good thing for some.
Pocket diapers look like a disposable diaper, made with cloth instead. The outside layer is waterproof, while the inside layer is microfleece. You then stuff an insert, looks like a feminine pad made out of microfiber, bamboo or another absorbent material, into the diaper to catch the wetness. AIO (or All In One) diapers do not have a pocket and AI2 (or All In Two) have an insert that is directly against the baby’s skin.
- More wetness protection
- Ability to double up on inserts to additional wetness protection
- Cute patterns/colors
- More expensive, some range fro $7 to $30 each
- Bulky-especially when using on premature or small babies
- Harder to find purely organic, easier to find synthetic materials