Cloth Diapering Basics - The Main Types of Cloth Diapers

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Cloth Diapering Basics - The Main Types of Cloth Diapers

This is the first blog in a series that we will be posting over the coming few weeks. 

There are five main styles of cloth diapers:

Prefold: a flat diaper that has been prefolded and stitched in such a way to be thicker down the middle. Can be wrapped around baby and secured with diaper fasteners or simply be tri-folded and placed inside a diaper cover. To make this style of diaper waterproof, a diaper cover is required.

Fitted: Usually refers to a diaper that has elastic at the waist and leg, snap or Velcro closures, but no waterproof layer built in. When paired with a diaper cover, these are very absorbent and virtually leak-proof.

All-in-One (AIO): A diaper whose absorbent inserts are permanently attached to the waterproof cover. The inserts may be sewn in various flap styles to dry faster. This is commonly considered the easiest diaper to use, especially by child care providers.

Pocket: Has a pocket opening between the waterproof outer layer and the inner lining, allowing you to customize the diaper’s absorbency. The absorbent inserts come completely out of the diaper—no absorbency is sewn in.


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