Cloth Diapering 101: Types of Diapers

Hi, I’m Robin. Cloth diapering: My son loves
it. My husband loves it. I love it, and it’s really been working for us. This is just a
shoutout to cloth diapering, and hopefully you’ll get some ideas along the way. So, for supplies, what you need: Diapers. Different brands fit differently on different babies.
Maybe don’t go crazy and get really expensive or a lot of diapers, and then once you find out
what you like, then you can supplement. It could be an all-in-one. That’s the diaper
that’s all one piece, and it’s really a lot like a disposable. It’s kind of a nice transition
diaper if you are either hesitant about cloth diapering or your kids are going to daycare
or a babysitter. They stay with the grandparents, something like that, and you want to make
it easier. An all-in-one is easier. It can have snaps or velcro. For the newborn stage
we had a bunch of all-in-ones, which we loved, but they do take longer to dry. If you’re
not using an all-in-one, you need a diaper that has an absorbency part, and then you
need some sort of cover or pocket diaper. A pocket diaper, it’s a pocket. You put stuff
inside. You put the absorbency inside the diaper. You can have one that fastens with
snaps or velcro. We don’t like velcro! And this is a Bum Genius. A lot of people like
this brand. A lot of people like this diaper. Not us. And, I’m convinced that our son doesn’t
like it either, although he has not complained yet. We like pocket diapers. We wanted something
that would dry quickly. Pocket diapers are really fast. Once you have them stuffed, they’re
ready to go. So, this is the pocket diaper. You stuff it like this. Boom! Done! Fast!
I was not that fast when I first started, but a few washes, you get very quick. When
my husband is playing video games, he will stuff diapers while there are loading screens,
so it does not take any extra time for him. This is a prefold. We use it as an insert.
We do not fold it onto our child. We use it like this, and we put it inside the pocket
diaper. So, the prefold is easy to wash. You don’t have to worry about damaging it at all
by using hot water. We always hang them in the sun, and if they have had any sort of
staining, they come out. The microfiber insert, because it’s synthetic, some people have trouble
with the smells getting stuck in them. I have not had any issues like that. I like how fast
they absorb. I like how thin they are. They’re not as bulky. If you do use the microfiber,
you need to have something in between. We use these in our pocket diapers, meaning,
we stuff them into the diaper, and it never touches our baby’s skin. This can create irritations
and rashes. We also have these cute little microfibers that are just nice little boosters
to put in with, maybe, a prefold over night, so that this quickly takes in the moisture
and then slowly, this absorbs it, and it holds a lot. This is bamboo, and it’s a cool insert.
It can hold a lot but it’s not as fast as the microfiber. Here’s an ugly example of
a cover. This is the only cover we have, and we never use it, partly because it’s velcro.
We don’t like velcro. A diaper cover just covers the absorbency part. So, you would
lay something in here. If you used microfiber, you would need something else on top of it,
so that your baby’s skin is not touching it. If you’re using a prefold, you tuck it here,
and then you fasten it. If you’re using fitted diapers, then you put that on first, and then
you put your cover over top. So, if you have an issue with a diaper rash, fitted diapers
are nice to use at home without a cover. It’s very breathable. All cloth diapers are more
breathable than disposables, but if you use a fitted, it’s especially breathable. Here
are some examples of fitted diapers. Now, this one I actually have folded over. A lot
of diapers give you this option, so you can fold it even smaller. Ok, so this is similar
to a prefold, but it’s fitted, meaning, it’s already to the shape of your baby. If you’re
using prefolds, you fasten that to the baby. Then, you put some sort of cover. That can
be a more modern cover. You can also use wool covers. That’s a nice natural option. It can
be cheaper, especially if you know someone or you yourself can crochet the covers. So,
the rise is how tall the diaper is, and for the one size diapers, you can adjust that.
So, the front snaps here are the rise. You could even make it larger. And then to make
it the smallest, you just snap like this. You could have also made it smaller, depending
on how big your baby is. Some of the diapers you can use practically from birth up until
they are potty trained. It can be overwhelming to think about all the different types of
diapers, but it’s just more options for you, so you can figure out what fits your lifestyle.
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  1. I grew to hate pocket diapers lol. I have gone to AIO and fitteds. My daughter was a major heavy wetter and I couldn’t stand how long it took to stuff 36+ diapers for her… Honestly, at this point I would almost rather throw a prefold in a cover than stuff tons more pocket diapers.

  2. Thank you for all this information! And I’m really glad this video wasn’t over 20 minutes long lol. I need something for my husband to sit through to learn and also I didn’t want to watch a long video either.

  3. This was wonderfully comprehensive! My husband and I are expecting our first later this year and wish to exclusively cloth diaper (or nappy because we’re Australian 😂) and this was a brilliant guide to help us understand the differences 👌🏻😀👍🏻

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