Cloth Diapers And Cloth Diaper Definitions
All In One Cloth Diapers
Just as the name implies, All In One Cloth Diapers are a diaper and cover "all in one". They are the most convenient cloth diaper available. They are fitted diapers and are as easy to use as disposable diapers, but much more economical, because they are reusable.
One size cloth diapers are diapers that are usually adjustable from newborn to potty training. Some one size cloth diapers require a diaper cover and one size diapers have a water proof exterior where they do not require a diaper cover.
Fitted diapers are also a convenient way to diaper your baby. They are super-absorbent and most have elastic at the waist and legs with an adjustable snap or Velcro style (hook and loop) closure to fit your baby snugly and provide a customized, leak-proof fit. A diaper cover is needed when using fitted diapers. Fitted cloth diapers may come in a variety of sizes to fit your baby as he or she grows. Fitted cloth diapers are also available as one-size diapers and all-in-one one size diapers.
Contour diapers are contour shaped and are easy to use. Contour diapers are in-between a. flat/prefold diaper and a fitted diaper. They can be used with diaper fastenters to keep them secure or can be used without fasteners when using a snug fitting diaper wrap.
Pocket diapers are a two piece stay dry diapering system usually made with a soft micro fleece lining that will wick moisture away from your child's skin and a waterproof outer shell. The pocket design works like an all in one with a removable absorbent core which allows for easier laundering and faster drying time.
Prefold of Flat Cloth Diapers
If you are looking for the most economical way to diaper your baby (or just want the most time-tested method) consider Prefolds. Unlike the kind you will find at a discount store, the high-quality Prefolds sold in natural baby boutiques are made to withstand hundreds of washings. They begin as rectangular-shaped diapers that are divided into three sections. The outer sections usually have a thickness of four layers. To provide absorbency where it's needed, the center section has six or eight layers. The layers are defined on the prefold packaging as 4-6-4 (four outer layers and six center layers) or 4-8-4 (four outer layers and eight center layers). To use Prefolds, simply fold and secure with diaper fasteners or secure with a quality diaper cover. For step-by-step illustrations of folding techniques, go to www.tinytush.com/foldtechnique.htm.