Saturday, June 05, 2010

Styles Of Cloth

I don't know about you but when I was first introduced to cloth diapers I was overwhelmed with the many different styles of cloth diapers. I wasn't sure what I wanted, what worked best, or what was easiest. There were simply too many to choose from and too many to research.

I've done many and many hours of research on this subject and here's what I've found on the many different styles of cloth diapers.

Flat Diapers - This style looks more like a towel or flat piece of fabric. These are made to be folded up and pinned using safety pins or snappi's.

The good thing about these diapers is that they are extremely economical and they are very easy to clean.

The con to using these diapers is that they're not very user friendly and they have to be used with an outer shell to prevent leaking.

Prefold Diapers - This style is exactly as it sounds. It is already pre-folded so you don't have to worry about layering up a bunch of flat diapers on top of each other to get the thickness and absorbency that you need.

The good thing about these diapers is that they are very cheap and economical, they absorb very well and they are very durable.

The con to using these is that they're not very user friendly and they ad quite a bit of bulk. They also need an outer shell to prevent leaks.

Contour Diapers - This style is a little more user friendly as you don't have to fold, fit and cover. They come pre formed so you don't have to spend the time layering and folding, which is a huge bonus!

The good thing about these diapers is that they are very economical, they dry fairly quickly and their quite durable.

The con to using these diapers is that they quite bulky, you still have to attach fasteners and you still have to cover them with an outer shell to prevent leaks.
Fitted Diapers - This style is a great middle of the road kind of style. They're not as difficult to use as prefolds or flat diapers but they're not as expensive as pockets or all-in-ones.

The good part about using these diapers is that they're preformed and the fastening system is already attached. They're also quite economical and provide an array of sizes to fit your little ones needs.

The con to using this type of diaper is that they're not waterproof so you still need to use some type of cover to prevent leaks. This style of diapers is also less durable than some other styles, such as prefolds.

Pocket Diapers - This style of diaper is a designed for ease of use. It's a two layer system that has a waterproof layer on the outside and a super soft lining on the inside. It also boast a pocket in the back that you can stuff with anything you'd like to use to absorb any moisture. Most often than not, these diapers will come with one or two inserts that you can stuff them with to absorb any mess.

The good thing about using these diapers, as I said, is the simplicity of them. There's no folding, not fitting, no outer shells to use. (code pocket) They come in an array of sizes to suite your little ones needs OR they come in a One-Size diaper that grows with your child and can be used from infancy to potty training, depending on brand.

The con to using this type of system is that they are usually the most expensive cloth system.

All-In-Ones (AIO) Diapers - This style of diaper is designed specificlly for ease of use. There's no folding, no fitting, no nothing. It's essentially the same as using a disposable diaper, in terms of use.

The good part about using this system is that all you have to do is open it up and put it on. You can add as many absorbent pads to the liner of the shell and it's not as expensive as some pocket diapers.

The con to using this type of diaper is it's still a bit pricier than other diapers and they're a bit more difficult to clean.

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19 comments:

  1. excellent intro to cloth!

    code is pocket! am i supposed to do my extra entries by commenting "code on "styles of cloth" #1", etc? or are you adding them, or?

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  2. Thanks for the break-down of the different types and their individual pro's and con's. Very helpful to mama's new to cloth diapers!

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  9. Not sure if this works for international readers - but POCKET and email is laurenpoulin AT Gmail.com

    Perfect timing too as I've just started considering cloth diapering - though my baby is almost a year...too late...?

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  13. Hi there! New to your blog. I saw the code {pocket} there in the post and wanted to leave you a comment. :)

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  14. Code is pocket!

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    Question: I guessed the code word in another entry (fluff) as well. Do I get a total of ten extra entries or does these five just apply to the next giveaway? Thanks!

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  15. I hope you enjoy my blog as much as I have yours. Very interesting. I am now a follower.
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  16. So I think this is already closed, but I'm behind on my reading so - code pocket.

    BTW, I loved this article. I've been completely confused and befuddled about cloth diapers and I love the extra info. I still think they're a bit intimidating, but I'm really glad for the info.

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