With so many different types of cloth diapers available these days, one of the hardest parts of cloth diapering is simply deciding what to purchase.
In part one of Types of Cloth Diapers, I shared about diaper sizing as well as prefolds and covers.
More types of cloth diapers:
A hybrid cloth diapering system gives parents several options and they can customize their diapers according to their needs. Hybrid systems include reusable covers and either cloth or disposable inserts. Some popular hybrid systems include gDiapers and Flip.
The hybrid system we own is the Flip system. We have one Flip cover (the Flip cover is a one size), 5 Stay-Dry Inserts and 1 Flip Organic insert. Flip also offers Disposable Inserts but we’ve never used them. Flip covers cost around $13.95 and come in a variety of colors. The stay dry inserts are around $4.95 and the organic insert is $7.95.
Before Paxton arrived and we actually started cloth diapering, we were most excited about the Flip system. Once we started using it, we realized it wasn’t the best solution for us. (If I’m going to place inserts in covers, I’d rather just save money and use inexpensive prefolds!)
I don’t care for the stay dry inserts because they’re not as wide as prefolds and have a tendency to not catch everything thus soiling the cover.
However, if you need a diaper cover, the Flip cover is wonderful! It’s a bit fancier than the Econobum, both in colors and features. I also love the organic insert, it’s soft and very absorptive.
Pocket diapers consist of a shell and insert. The insert is stuffed into the pocket of the diaper. Once the diaper is stuffed, it’s as easy to diaper your baby as you would using a disposable! When the diaper is soiled, the whole thing goes into the diaper pail. Pocket diapers are more expensive than prefolds and covers or hybrid systems but they are convenient to use.
The pocket diaper system we prefer is bumGenius which is a one-size pocket diaper. There are snaps on the front of the cover which you use to adjust the rise to small, medium or large. The bumGenius diapers are $17.95 each. This seems like a lot of money for a single diaper but it’s worth the money!
We began cloth diapering with 11 bumGenius 3.0 One-Size and now have 24 of these diapers for our two boys. We love them! (And all 11 of the original ones are still in the rotation!) They are so easy to use, I bring the boys to church in these diapers and leave them with babysitters in them, they really are as easy as disposables to use.
The bumGenius diapers fit Weston when he hit 8 pounds around 2 weeks old! The same diapers are being worn by my now 30 pound, 2-year-old!
Some Other Types of Cloth Diapers
- All-In-Ones : These diapers have an outer waterproof layer and an absorbent inner layer which are sewn together. These are the easiest diapers to use because there is no stuffing, it’s all right there. One drawback is that all-in-ones typically take longer to dry than other types of diapers.
- Fitteds : These diapers are sized and are snapped or pinned on baby but also require a cover.
- Flats : These diapers are large squares of single-layer material. They can be folded many ways to fit your baby and require fastening with either a Snappi or diaper pins and also need a diaper cover.
What types of cloth diapers do you use? And if you use another type of diapers/diaper system, please share about it!
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