Last week I started a series on cloth diapering. If you are interested in cloth diapering I would highly suggest you read the first post before proceeding with this post. If you are not interested in cloth diapering I would highly suggest you read something else. Like this post where my daughter decided she wanted a pet bee.
Ready for myth 2? Okay here we go.
Myth #2: I need the perfect cloth diaper
A lot of people who start looking in to cloth diapering get confused by the different kinds of diapers. There seem to be 1,000 different kinds and they don’t really understand the differences. They get stressed by all these choices and the thought that they may spend money and buy “the wrong one” stops them from buying any at all.
I don’t think you need the perfect diaper, I think you just need to understand the different diapers.
Here is a chart I made with the 6 main kinds of diapers: All In Ones (AIOs), All In Twos (AI2s), Fitteds, Pockets, Prefolds, and Flats.
I will note, because you can’t tell from a picture, if you open up a prefold it ‘s around 12×12 inches and is fairly thick. If you open up a flat it is much bigger and very thin. You fold the flat down to diaper size, the prefold is already about diaper size.
There are two main components to cloth diapers: The part that absorbs your child’s bodily functions and the waterproof part that keeps your child’s bodily functions from soaking their clothes.
Some diapers have these two things combined and some diapers have these two things separate. Here is a chart I made to help you understand the differences between the 6. Go ahead and click here if you need to see a bigger picture.
When people initially look in to cloth diapering many of them go straight for the All In One’s because they seem so simple. They can’t imagine using a prefold and having to fold it. All In One’s certainly have a great place in the cloth world, but I assure you that it probably took you longer to read how to put on a prefold diaper than it would take you to actually put one on your baby (once you’ve done it a handful of times).
Many people end up using a mix of the different diapers. Our goal was ease of use and ease of wash. Personally, we ended up going with pocket diapers for daycare, fitteds for nighttime use, and prefolds for home daytime use. This is what worked for us, but it might not work for you. All diapers all have their pros and cons. You just need to understand them so you can figure out what works for you.