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What to Look for in a Cloth Diaper

Posted by Amanda on 11/11/2013 to Baby Wearing

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.
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!
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.
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!
Nicole Feldmann
Date: 3/2/2015
Great information since I am just starting my cloth diaper journey. I like the pocket diapers so far :)
Amy Moore
Date: 4/1/2015
I cant wait to start cloth diapering once little one gets here.
breanna d
Date: 5/31/2015
great info super helpful
Danielle G
Date: 6/29/2015
I think we need to add AI2 and hybrids to this list! Flips and Best Bottoms are our favorite :-)
Darcy Koch
Date: 6/29/2017
Just like breasfeeding, cloth diapers are becoming the trend. Think of all the money you can save by using cloth diaoers. And, not to mention all the pretty designs.

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