Types of Cloth Diapers

When most people think about cloth diapers, they think of the old fashioned diapers with pins and plastic pants. Cloth diapers have evolved and now they can be  as easy to use as disposables – the only difference is you wash them instead of throwing them away.

One of the hardest parts of cloth diapering is just deciding which type works the best for your family and learning the differences between one size diapers and sized diapers as well as about the different types of diapers.


  • One size diapers typically fit babies from around 8 to 35 pounds.
  • Sized diapers come in newborn, small, medium and large sizes with the weight range varying between manufacturers.

Prefolds and Covers

Econobum Prefold and Cover

Cloth diapering using prefolds and covers is the cheapest option. Prefolds are ‘old fashioned diapers’, they are folded and placed inside a cover or can be put around the baby using a diaper fastener called a Snappi (basically a modern diaper pin…but its not a pin!) When baby wets/dirties the diaper, the cover can be wiped out and another prefold placed inside.

The prefold and cover system we use is Econobum.There are a few package deals that make it even more economical such as the Econobum Full Kit which contains 3 covers, 12 prefolds and a wet bag.

We began cloth diapering Paxton with 1 Econobum cover and prefold but increased the stash by 2 more covers and 8 prefolds since I liked this system so much. It’s simple to use and is such an inexpensive way to cloth diaper. I still have the original Econobum cover we purchased and it’s still holding up after two years of use.

I am not a big fan of prefolds and covers with exclusively breastfed babies. The poo tends to explode and it gets all over the cover. I have found using the snappi to fasten the diaper around the baby does cut down on getting the cover messy.

To be continued…

Do you use Prefolds and Covers? I’d love to hear your experiences.

Other posts in this series:

All About Cloth Diapering

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  1. This is great! Thank you so much for the education on this. I don't know anyone who uses cloth. If we have anymore I would like to explore it!

    1. I only knew one person who had cloth diapered before I started and she only cloth diapered part time. The first cloth diapers I touched were the first 3 I ordered to to test on my niece a few months before Paxton was born! Hopefully what I'll be sharing over the next few weeks will convince you it's easy to do {plus you save tons of money and never have to run to the store for diapers!}

  2. It took us 'til baby #4 to try cloth, but I would NEVER go back! We started with a set of Econobums and a set of Flips. The Flips are definitely thicker covers, and I like the placement of the snaps better. Our Econobum prefolds aren't big enough to secure with a Snappi, we can only trifold them. And I REALLY don't love the Flip inserts. The microfiber holds odor much more, and any diaper cream pretty much won't come out.
    I ended up getting some DSQ Chinese prefolds, and use them with a Snappi and the Econbum or Flip cover. It's the best of both worlds, if you ask me. I prefer the prefolds to the other methods because when baby is just wet, you don't have to wash the cover, and they are much cheaper.
    For the first time, this week, I noticed the elastic around the legs on one of the Econobums is no longer tight. We have used them for 2 years, so I guess I can't complain. I think I want to try a Bummis cover, since I never had one, and most people tend to love them. Do you have any experience with them?

    1. The Flip cover is definitely nicer but I've been very pleased with the quality of the Econobum for the low price! Try stripping {washing with Dawn dish soap -teaspoon for front loader/tablespoon for top loader- and then wash until no more suds are in the water} your Flip inserts, it should help get the diaper cream out as well as the odors.

      I have not had any experience with a Bummis cover, only Flip and Econobum.

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