Are Cloth Diapers for You?
AUTHOR: TYISHA ROBERTS FOR CONFIDENT MOTHERHOOD
Pockets. Snappis. AIO. Wet bags. Inserts. If you're sitting there thinking "what in the world is she talking about?” Don’t worry, because you're not alone. LOL, I was there too.
Those are just a small part of the terms used for cloth diapering. The world of cloth can seem big and scary with all the different types of diaper styles, brands, securing the right wash routine, and worrying about the best fit. Don’t worry because I’m here to help!
First things first, let’s figure out if cloth diapering is right for you! Do you want to save money in the long run? Do you want to reduce your carbon footprint? Is using reusable products important to you? Do you not mind having to deal rinsing/ scraping poop into the toilet? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you are ready to dive into the wonderful world of cloth diapering! If you answered no the cloth may not be the best match for you now but, I’m sure I can try and convince you otherwise.
Let’s talk about the different types of cloth diapers:
Pockets: These are the most cost-effective diapers; they require an insert to be stuffed inside to absorb pee.
AIO/AI2: These are the more expensive diapers; they come with the soaker sewn in and additional snap-in absorbency soakers; are more beginner-friendly as they did require any additional steps to use
The next diapers I’m going to mention are 2 part sets, a cover and the absorbency part.
-Pul/TPU covers- These are the only waterproof ones out of the 3; come in tons of solids and prints, can have cotton or monkey outer; must be worn over an insert as they have no middle.
– Fleece covers- These aren’t waterproof but are water repellent because they push all the liquid back into the absorbency insert; must be replaced after they are soiled.
– Wool covers- These are required to be lanolized to be waterproof; they are worn over an insert.
The diaper covers wouldn’t be completed without absorbency!
– Prefolds- are usually trifold pieces of cotton that are held together with either snaps or diaper pins; they require a diaper cover to go over them; this is one of the most cost-effective.
– Flats- are a piece of cotton or bamboo that is usually folded and held together with snaps or diaper pins; they require a diaper cover to go over them; this is one of the most cost-effective.
– Fitteds- are an absorbency diaper that is worn with a cover on top of it.
– Flour Sack Towels- can be found at any superstore and are the cheapest option for absorbency; they require a diaper cover.
– Microfiber/Charcoal/Hemp/Bamboo- are a type of insert that is stuffed inside of the pocket diaper.
These are all based on my own personal experience and knowledge. I will definitely be doing another blog post on cloth diapers, it will be much more detailed.