Today's modern cloth diapers are not the pin-ons of old. They have been reinvented to include waterproof covers and washable liners. There are three different styles of cloth diapers: the All-in-One, Pocket Style, and the Prefold Diaper with a wrap, or cover.
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All-In-One Cloth Diapers (AIO)
All-in-Ones are the simplest cloth diaper to use - and usually the most costly. These diapers have an absorbent organic cotton or stay-dry pad built into the waterproof PUL diaper cover. Brands that carry all-in-one diapers include Cotton Babies bumGenius (Elemental & Freetime) and the Bottombumpers.
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Pocket Style Diapers
Pocket diapers are a two piece diapering system consisting of a waterproof PUL diaper cover with a soft micro fleece lined pocket built into it. This pocket holds an absorbent stay-dry or cotton liner that will wick moisture away from baby's skin. Brands that offer the pocket diaper include the popular FuzziBunz, bumGenius, Tiny Tush, Bottombumpers, and Tweedle Bugs.
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Cover/Wrap and Prefold Diapers
Cover, or wrap, and prefold reusable diapers consist of a waterproof PUL cloth cover and a prefold, three panel, cloth diaper. The diaper is bleached, or unbleached, and can withstand hundreds of washings. This absorbent prefold diaper, available in small, medium, and large sizes, is folded into thirds and placed inside of the diaper cover. The cover is then held in place with snaps or a velcro closure. These diapers are the most economical.
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There are two basic types of closures on modern-day cloth diapers - velcro or snap. Some brands will refer to an aplix closure. This is very similar to velcro.
The first thing to understand about all cloth diapers is that they are available in a number of different sizes. These include:
- Sized Diapers (example: newborn, small, medium, large, etc.)
- One Size Fits All (typically from 8-35+ pounds) - these diapers include several rows of snaps to allow part of the diaper to be easily adjusted to a different size.