Cloth diapers have come a long way in recent years which has greatly increased their popularity. There are hundreds of designs to choose from and many different styles too. There are some tips you can keep in mind when you are shopping for cloth diapers to help you in making sure that you choose the right ones for you and your baby.
Prefold Cloth Diapers
These are the cloth diapers that have been around for decades and they are versatile, inexpensive and long-lasting. They are usually made from a hemp or cotton material, making them very absorbent. You will need to learn how to properly fold them and secure them with pins, but this is not difficult to do.
Contoured Cloth Diapers
These are similar to prefold diapers, but they have an hour-glass shape to them so that you do not have to do as much folding. These are also inexpensive, but you will need pins to secure them. You can find these in different colors and they tend to absorb well.
Fitted Cloth Diapers
These are a type of cloth diaper that require no folding as they are made to fit a baby's body. They will have Velcro or snaps built into them so there is no need to use pins to secure them. These come in a variety of materials and designs and can be found for varying prices all over the Internet.
Pocket Cloth Diapers
This is the cloth diaper that has become most popular in the last few years. It is shaped like a regular diaper and it has a pocket that allows you to add additional absorbent materials. The outside of the diapers are waterproof so you will not need to use any additional shells. These are easy to use because they secure with Velcro or snap closures.
Maggie Martin Date 11/11/2013
Great info. I just wanted to point out that prefolds don't have to be secured with a pins. Simply trifold the prefold, place it in a waterproof diaper cover and put on the baby. There are also flats that are wonderful too. they're one big flat single layer piece of ( usually cotton or other natural fibers) material. they're extremely cheap, easy, and versatile.
Hope Hunter Date 11/16/2013
I also think it's important to remember your lifestyle and think about how different styles fit into your lifestyle. I hate stuffing diapers, but have no problem with Prefolds and covers. It also helps they are the cheapest. :-)
Mary S Date 11/25/2013
I really want to try contour diapers. I don't think there are as available as say fitted diapers.
Mary Date 11/29/2013
I love my pocket diapers; they are definitely my favorite.
Tannis W Date 11/30/2013
Thanks for the info on different types of diapers. I'm working on building my stash for when baby arrives, and the info is always good!
Crystyn haun Date 12/5/2013
Thanks for the info! I hope this helps me decide the way I want to cloth diaper :) so many ways!
Fatimah Grimes Date 12/6/2013
Ive been on the fence about AIO becasue of the drying time.... But I think I will try one out!
Tracy S Date 12/22/2013
Great info for us mamas just starting to venture into the crazy cloth diaper world!
Sarah Hayes Date 1/10/2014
I have looking for a post like this to send a friend that needs some good basic info. Its great to have this when first learning about the kinds of diapers. thanks!
Mary Date 1/15/2014
This is very helpful for new moms and those who are curious about cloth!
Tara S Date 2/28/2014
Thank you so much for this post. I'm completely new to cloth diapering, so this is really helpful information!
Katie Mullen Date 3/14/2014
I love posts that simplify things like this!
Tara Cockrill Date 6/13/2014
Thank you for the info. We are new to cloth and have a boy and girl. 2 under 15 mos means different body types, gender, and wetters to consider.
Bree Date 6/20/2014
I love the simple breakdown of cloth diaper types. It feels so overwhelming when first starting out because it seems like there are so many types of diapers. It took me a while to finally try cloth because I felt overwhelmed, but I've found pocket diapers to be a really inexpensive option and are easy to use.
sandra Nelsen Date 7/10/2014
Used cloth diapers for all my children, and LOVE using pocket diapers when babysitting my grandson. My youngest daughter can see the difference between putting a baby in a nice soft cloth diaper as opposed to a disposable. She says when she has a child, she is going for cloth diapers as well. I love the pocket diapers, as can take the insert out, and everything gets clean, and I hang the covers up to dry and put the inserts in the dryer. I put them all back together, and ready for the next day with our little guy. I have some emergency prefolds, but just use those for burp cloths, as love the pocket diapers so much.
Jessica Haynes Date 12/9/2014
Good info! The basics are all so essential to us newbies I like reading them on the different blogs!