Types of Cloth Diapers
If you are like most parents in India (or even us 3 years back), you either know about the traditional nappies, which need to be changed after every pee or the disposables that are available in every nook and corner and guarantee your baby a "Full night's sleep".
However, modern cloth diapering is quite different and offers you leak-proof protection, keeps you baby's bottom dry and looks cute :) You dont believe us ! then read more... And we forgot to add that the same diaper works from birth to potty training !
Cloth diapers have come a looongg way, baby. These days, there are nearly a dozen types of cloth diapers, from the more traditional flat and prefolded squares of absorbent material that lay inside a diaper cover to hybrid diapers with washable outer covers and disposable inserts.
"There are so many options -- no matter your baby's body type or activity level, there's a style on the market that will work for him or her," says mom blogger Erin Odom, author of Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert: A Simple, Comprehensive Guide to Using Cloth Diapers.
Here are a few common types of cloth diapers
A pocket diaper has a pocket opening between the outer waterproof shell (or cover) and the inner layer that touches baby's skin. You can place the absorbent material (insert) inside this pocket opening. The pocket diapers (diaper + insert) need to be changed every 2-3 hours. There are many different kinds of inserts available. We will talk about them later
These are waterproof, breathable shells that you can put on absorbent material (flats, prefolds or inserts). Every 2-3 hours you can change the absorbent material and reuse the cover after wiping. You can also alternate between two covers during the day, and leave the unused one for drying between changes.
AIOs as the name suggest have the outer water proof layer, inner stay dry layer as well as the insert stitched-in together. They are similar to disposables - easy to use, remove the entire diaper after every change. There are different kinds and styles of AIOs and every brand differs in the material and absorbency.
These are basic absorbent material like organic cotton or hemp, which is pre- stitched so that you can directly put it on your baby. They can be used like inserts or can even be wrapped around your baby. However, they are not waterproof unless used with diaper covers.
Fitted diapers, also known as Fitted, are ingenious cloth diapers which combine ease of use and flexibility. They are almost the same in size as disposables. They are usually made with natural fabrics like organic cotton, hemp or bamboo. These diapers are not waterproof and need to be used with covers to provide a leak-proof diaper. However, many parents use them without covers during summers or when you want to give your baby a diaper-free time.
They are ideal for new-borns specially in the first few weeks. And great for side & tummy sleepers :)
Reusable cloth swim diapers are more comfortable and contain messes much better than disposables. Cloth swim diapers consist of a waterproof cover and a very thin mesh-type liner on the inside. They are not intended to be absorbent, rather to keep solids from entering the pool. The biggest advantage is that they are so light, that your baby wont even know she is wearing one!
Training pants, as the name suggests, are used to make your baby's potty training journey more smooth. You can use them when you start potty training your kid. These diapers 1-2 pee (or accidents), are not feel dry ( so that your baby can feel the wetness and tell you) and may/may not be leak proof.