I thought we'd kick the week off by going back to the basics of cloth diapering. Especially since I almost always hear, "I'm so overwhelmed!" by new cloth diaper users.
Types of Cloth Diapers
|Simplex OS AIO|
The outer shell, insert, and inside lining are all sewn together. These are very simple to use and are good for people that might be intimidated by cloth diapers. Some AIOs feature pockets so the user can add extra inserts for more absorbency.
|GroVia Hybrid Shell|
All-in-Twos (AI2) or Hybrid Diapers
These are basically a cross between an AIO and a Pocket Diaper. Usually an AI2 consists of a waterproof outer shell and an absorbent insert that snaps or lays in the shell. The shell can be reused by snapping or laying in a new insert when the other insert become soiled.
|Charlie Banana Pocket Diaper|
Pocket Diapers feature a pocket in the back or front of the diaper between the waterproof outer shell and inner lining. This pocket allows the user to stuff the diaper with an absorbent insert. Pocket diapers are so popular because they allow the user to customize the amount of absorbency by adding additional inserts.
|EcoPosh Recycled Organic Fitted|
These diapers are not waterproof and require a cover. Although, many babies are able to use fitteds for 1-2 hours without leaks. These diapers come in a variety of styles with some featuring snap-in inserts or pockets.
|Sweet Pea Prefolds|
These are the traditional diapers that many people are familiar with. Flats are large square pieces of fabric, usually on layer of birdseye. Prefolds are made of multiple layers of fabric with extra layers sewn in the center. These diapers are the most economical choice and require some type of fastener like a Snappi or diaper pins and a diaper cover.
Diaper covers are made with a variety of materials.
- PUL diaper covers are made of the same type of material used as the waterproof layer in Pockets, AIOs and Hybrid Diapers.
- Fleece and wool diaper covers provide a breathable cover option that is water resistant.
Sized vs One Sized (OS) Cloth Diapers
- Sized diapers usually come in X Small (Newborn), Small, Medium and Large sizes with a few brands also offering X Large or larger sizes. These diapers have less bulk than OS diapers, but you will need to purchase larger sizes as your child grows.
- One Sized (OS) Cloth Diapers usually fit from 10lbs to 35lbs. OS diapers are usually adjusted by snaps on the front of the diaper or by adjustable leg elastics. These diapers are bulkier on smaller babies than sized diapers, but are more economical as you usually do not have to buy larger sizes.
Depending on your baby's age, we recommend at least the following diaper changes per day:
- Up to 8 weeks: 12-14 diapers per day
- 8 weeks - 3 months: 10-12 diapers per day
- 3 months - 6 months: 8-10 diapers per day
- 6 months - 1 year: 6-8 diapers per day
- Over 1 year: 5-7 diapers per day
- Up to 8 weeks: 26-40 diapers
- 8 weeks - 3 months: 22-36 diapers
- 3 months - 6 months: 18-30 diapers
- 6 months - 1 year: 15 - 24 diapers
- Over 1 year: 12-21 diapers
Accessories you may need:
- Wet bag or pail liner to store your dirty diapers
- Cloth friendly diaper cream
- Diaper Sprayer
- Cloth wipes & wipes solution