Cloth diapers have come a long way in recent years. In time gone by, diapers have been in all kinds of forms, but mostly lengths of cloth wrapped around baby’s bum and secured in some fashion. But what we will cover today aren’t your grandmother’s cloth diapers!
AIO – AIO (all in one) is a diaper that does not need any preparation. Many people like these for daycare or for daddies. It is most like a disposable, as you don’t need to do anything besides put it on! AIO have a waterproof layer and an absorbent layer. Popular AIOs are BumGenius Freetime or Elemental, GroVia, and Blueberry.
AI2 - AI2 (all in two) is a diaper that has 2 pieces required to use it. Similar to a cover and prefold but the insert usually snaps into the diaper cover. Some can be used multiple times by just replacing the insert, while others can only be used once. Popular AI2s are GroVia Hybrids, Best Bottoms, and Flips by BumGenius.
Hybrid – A hybrid diaper is a cover with multiple insert options. Hybrids usually have a cloth insert option and a disposable insert option. Many people like to use the disposable parts while out and about. Popular options are Gdiapers, Grovia, and Flips by BumGenius.
Pockets – One of the most common modern cloth diapers is a pocket diaper. A pocket diaper has a PUL layer, then a micro fleece layer with a pocket opening to insert an absorbent layer. You can adjust the absorbency based on your baby’s needs. Unlike a cover, a pocket can only be used once before needing to be washed. Popular pockets are BumGenius 4.0, Thirsties, and ALVA baby.
Fasteners – Old-school way of fastening a diaper is the classic diaper pin. There are more modern ways that include a stretchy piece of silicone and plastic teeth to grab the diaper. Popular brands are called Snappi and Boingo. They are a “safer” option to pins because you can’t stab the baby, but they bite hard! I have bled from a boingo before! I have also used pins and never once stabbed my baby or myself.
Wet Bags – a wet bag is a bag that usually has a PUL or other waterproof lining. It is used to store wet or soiled diapers while out and about (or at home!). Some have drawstring openings and others have zippers. They range in size holding 1-2 diapers to 8-10 diapers. They keep the wetness and stink inside so they can go in your diaper bag. I also use a small one to hold damp cloth wipes.
Pail Liners – These are similar to a wet bag but they line a pail or a trash can to store used diapers at home before wash. They generally don’t close and just use an elastic band to wrap around the lip of the pail.
Cloth Wipes – Cloth wipes are pretty self-explanatory. People use name brand wipes, cut up pieces of scrap fabric, WAHM wipes, or baby washcloths. You can pre-wet or use dry with a spray. There are many options available. I personally like to wet my cloth wipes in the morning, and place them in a small wet bag to use throughout the day.
Diaper Sprayer – Diaper sprayers attach to the toilet to spray waste into the diaper.
Spray Pal – A spray pal is to be used with the diaper sprayer to shield nasty water from getting everywhere while spraying.
Okay, so now what?
Now that we have all of these names rolling around in your head, you're probably wondering, "But where do I start?!"
Don't worry, that was my first question after finally sorting out what was what. In our next post in this series, we will cover what worked for us, and at what stages. Stay tuned!
Mama Bear of one Baby Bear, Bean, who both love Papa Bear, and live in a crafty, gluten-free cozy den.