Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Cloth diaper glossery

Cloth diaper glossary


Prefolds

  • Need a separate cover
  • Need snappis or pins (or you can pair this with an all in two cover) 
  • Come in - cotton, gauze, hemp, flannel 
Benefits 

  • Dry fairly quickly 
  • Cheap 
  • Can be used with any sort of diaper (all in two, pocket, just a cover, etc) 


Drawbacks

  • Need a separate cover 
  • Require 'assembly' 

Costs

  • Depends on material/quantity. Could be anywhere from 2 USD to 8 USD for one, but this varies wildly 

Examples

  • Depends on the material you want. Material could also just be bought at a fabric store, or a name brand prefold could also be purchased


Fitteds


Benefits 
  • Elastic around legs/waist allows for snug fit
  • Fairly quick drying time as cover/inner are separate 
Drawbacks

  • Not water proof
  • Need a separate cover 
  • Requires 'assembly' 

Costs

  • 6 -27 USD (for fitted itself) 

Examples 
  • Happy Hempy, Heiny Huggers, Little Beetles,  Bamboozle, Eco Posh, Diaper Rite Little Comfort Bambee, Mother-ease, Kiwi Pie, Thirsties Duo, Kissaluvs
All in ones



  • Have a PUL (PolyUrethane Laminate) or wool outer layer. The soaker is sewn into the diaper. This makes it the most like a disposable diaper because there is nothing to put together, and the whole diaper is put into the wash.


Benefits

  • Don't need to 'assemble' them 
  • Easy to use 
  • Most similar to disposable diapers 
  • Snaps or velcro instead of snappis/pins
  • Cute patterns

Drawbacks

  • Take longer to dry 
  • More expensive 

Costs 

  • Ranges from about 15-30 USD. You can also buy these used, which saves a lot of money

Examples

  • BumGenius Elementals, GroVia, Swaddlebees, Blueberry, Thirsties Duos, Smart Bottoms, Diaper Rite, Tots Bots, Lil Joeys


All in twos

  • Similar to All in Ones except that the abosrbant portion of the diaper is not attached to the diaper. 


Benefits

  • PUL or wool outer layer 
  • Can use disposable inserts and washable outer 
  • Can reuse the outer layer, and put in a clean insert 
  • Cute patterns
Drawbacks

  • More expensive 
  • Require 'assembly' 


Costs

  • Ranges about from 12-25 USD per diaper for more expensive brands. I use Alvas like this, and prices for these vary from about four to six dollars. 

Examples
  • GroVia, Flips (from BumGenius), gDiapers (these can also be used as hybrids), (I use Alvas as All in Twos sometimes), Charlie Banana (can also be used as hybrids), Best Bottoms
Pockets
Benefits

  • Faster drying time than All in ones
  • Can add soakers/take away soakers 
  • Cute patterns

Drawbacks

  • Tend to be more expensive 
  • Require some assembly 

Costs 

  • Ranges from 5 USD per diaper on the cheap end (Alvas, Sunbabys) to about 15-20 USD for more expensive kinds (like Rumparooz, Bumgenius)

Examples

  • Bumgenius, Fuzzi bunz, Alvas, Sunbaby, Kawaii, Baby Kicks, Applecheeks, Rumparooz, Charlie Banana 

Covers

  • Come in waterproof material, such as fleece, wool, PUL, etc. Wool is a good choice because it is antibacterial, self-cleansing, breathable, and odor-resistant. The PUL also does the job very well, and holds in the messes excellently. 


Costs

  • 6 -27 USD (for fitted itself) 

Examples 
  • Kiwi Pie, Thirsties Duo, Kissaluvs, Econobum, Bummis, Blueberry, Diaper rite, Grovia, Best Bottoms, Thirsties Duos, Flips from BumGenius, Thirsties Duos, Applecheeks
  • Wool Covers: Eco Posh, Kiwi Pie, Disana 
Types of inserts

  • Bamboo (I find these to be super absorbent)
  • Flannel (Also like this a lot) 
  • Cotton
  • Hemp
  • Micro-fiber (I find these to be less absorbent. Some kids also get diaper rash from having micro-fiber touching the skin.) 
  • Mixed 

Many cloth diapers also have potty training alternatives that you can buy separately. 


*This is not a list of every sort/example of cloth diapers. This is just to give an idea, and is something I would have found useful when I first started looking into cloth diapering* 


Thanks for stopping by, 

Yuliya