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Parents who use cloth diapers have more choices than ever. Learn about traditional systems, all-in-ones, all-in-twos, hybrids, and pocket diapers.
Featured expert Ariel Gold is based in San Francisco. She has certification as an Eco-Maternity Consultant from the International Maternity and Parenting Institute and has been working with parents at DayOne Baby since 2011.
Video by Paige Bierma Productions
Hi, I'm Ariel Gold, a baby gear expert in San Francisco, and today we're going to talk about cloth diapers. Parents-to-be are always asking me what the best kind of cloth diapers is. And the truth is, there's really no right answer. It all depends on your baby's needs. There are lots of different options when it comes to cloth diapering, but basically, we can break it down into four categories. I recommend trying out a few different styles to see which cloth diaper really fits your and your baby's needs. We'll cover prefolds and other traditional cloth diapers, hybrids and other "all in two's," pocket diapers, and "all in one's."
Traditional diapers are rectangular or hourglass-shaped pieces of cloth with extra fabric in the middle for more absorption. Now these are not leakproof or waterproof, so you will need to get a diaper cover or shell to prevent the clothes from being soiled.
One kind of traditional diaper is called a prefold. Prefolds are made of cotton or other soft cloth that has been folded into layers and then sewn. Prefolds come in various sizes, from newborn to toddler. If you have a newborn, just fold over the fabric so it doesn't touch the umbilical cord stump.
Diaper fasteners like this one make securing a cloth diaper super easy.
Contour, or fitted diapers have an hourglass shape that's gathered or fitted at the legs or waist. Some have snaps or Velcro closures. You get a bit more leakage protection from these.
After you put your diaper on, you'll put on some sort of waterproof cover.
Covers come in a variety of shapes and styles. Finding one that uses Velcro or snaps will allow you to use the cover from infancy through the toddler stages.
Next we're going to talk about hybrid and other "all in two" diapers. These diapers have two parts. One is the outer shell, which is waterproof. The other is an absorbent insert that's designed to fit right inside the shell.
We call these hybrids because you can use the same diaper shell with both a washable and a disposable insert. Some of these inserts are even flushable. If you like the idea of cloth diapering but are tempted by the convenience of disposable, this might be a good option for you – especially if you're traveling.
The pocket diaper is a diaper shell that has a pocket for the insert to go inside. Just like so. What's nice about these is that you can actually add additional liners for those extra heavy nights. The layer that's between baby's bottom and the diaper is also moisture-wicking to help baby's bottom stay dry.
Finally, we have an “all in one” cloth diaper. In this diaper, the waterproof shell and the inserts are all one piece, as you can see. This is the most similar to a disposable diaper and it really makes cloth diapering easy.
Before we go, I want to talk about two diaper extras that can make life a little bit easier. First, inserts. No matter what system you choose, you can add a disposable or a washable insert to boost the absorbency of your diaper. You can even cut up a prefold and use that as an insert for your cloth diaper.
Second is liners. These liners are used as an insert between the diaper and baby in order to gather up that poo and make it easier to dispose of. So that's the basic rundown on cloth diapers. I know it's a lot of information, but after changing diapers 10 to 12 times a day, you'll be a pro by day three.