Once you’ve decided to plunge to the cloth diapering, the next thing to decide is which types of cloth diapers you want to use. The modern diapers should include both a waterproof cover and a stay-dry insert/lining. Other typical features of modern cloth diapers are flexible closure, the hourglass shape design, the use of an inner elastic band for better fit and containment of waste material.
1. Cover without lining – hybrid diaper, smaller laundry load
They come with a washable cover, and you can use either a biodegradable disposable insert or a washable cloth insert. I like the convenience that the cover can be wiped or simply rinsed for reuse before laundry. Laundry load with hybrid diaper is significantly smaller when compared to diapers with lined covers. I have used mainly this type of diaper on my son, and we both loved it.
This type of diaper is the most flexible type of cloth diaper. You may choose inserts made with either microfiber, cotton, bamboo or hemp; choose an insert liner from microfiber, suede or wool; add more absorbency layers as needed. I used microfleece topped insert at daytime, and add one layer of hemp at night. It is important to remember to choose a stay-dry liner or stay-dry insert to prevent diaper rash.
Wool diaper cover is a special type of diaper cover. I will discuss it in my later post.
2. Cover with lining- this type of diapers usually causes larger laundry load.
- Pocket diapers – most popular microfleece/ suede lined diaper. This type of diaper comes with a stay-dry material lined pocket that needs to be stuffed with an absorbent insert. You may choose an insert made with either microfiber, cotton, bamboo or hemp.
I used Charlie Banana pocket diapers it worked well, but my complaint is it’s smaller than Flip diapers.
- Sleeve diaper – similar to pocket diaper but with 2 openings. The openings are at each end of the cover lining.
- All-in-Twos – Diaper cover is lined but without opening. Insert is snapped on the cover. This type of diaper almost works the same way of a pocket diaper; the only difference is pocket diaper needs to be stuffed with an insert, this type has inert outside diaper lining. Ideally, you may only change the insert and reuse the diaper cover when the cover is not soiled. However, I found it is impossible to save this cover for a second use as the lining get soiled mostly at the same time of insert does. I tried all-in-2 diaper but didn’t like it.
All-in-one – all in one piece. They can be used just like a disposable. They require no covers or stuffing. The most significant disadvantage is they take a really long time to lay-dry. It is more practical to put all-in-ones in the dryer to speed up their drying time.
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