It’s official! We are a cloth diapering family! Today is only the first day in our cloth adventure, but I am very excited and nervous at the same time about our journey! I love that we are helping the environment in our own little way and I really love that we are saving a ton of money by not purchasing disposable diapers every week or every other week.
Since I am a newbie in the cloth diapering world, I don’t have any savvy tips to share just yet, so I’m going to just pass on some of the general information that I’ve learned in my research. Who knows? Maybe some of you will make the switch too!
When you first embark on the road to cloth diapering information, it seems really overwhelming. That’s because it is! You have to take your time and do research to be able to fully grasp and take hold of all of the knowledge available. Cloth diapering isn’t the same these days as it was when my mother did it with me!
So, first, I’ll go over the different kinds of diapers.
AIO(All-in-One)—These diapers are the most similar to disposables, so they are a popular option amongst beginners. They have a waterproof outer layer and the absorbent soaker is generally sewed into the AIO.
AI2(All-in-Two)—These are the same as AIOs except that the soaker is not attached to the diaper at all.
Pockets(like Bub is wearing!)—Pockets are similar to the above two kinds of diapers. They close with Velcro or snaps and have a pocket that you stuff with absorbent insertable liners. This makes it easy to adjust the absorbency of the diaper by adding or removing inserts. They, too, have a waterproof outer layer.
Prefolds(we will also be using these)—These are the cloth diapers that most are familiar with. They are rectangular shaped pieces of cloth that can be folded in a variety of different ways onto the baby and are then secured with pins or snappis. A diaper cover is needed for these diapers.
Fitteds–These are also similar to disposables, because they are contoured and have elastic around the waist. They must have a waterproof cover as well.
Now, to go over different accessories that can go along with your diapers!
Doublers–These are pad like absorbent soakers that can be used during times when extra absorbency is need like during overnight sleeping periods.
Snappis–Plastic mechanisms that are used to fasten diapers instead of pins.
Diaper Covers–Covers come in many styles and shapes, but their function is to provide a waterproof outer layer for non-waterproof diapers (all except AIOs). They are often fitted with elastic and fasten with snaps or Velcro. Some covers pull-up, like underpants. Diaper covers are usually made from polyester, Polyurethane laminates (PUL), waterproof nylon, fleece or wool.
Wet bag—A bag lined with PUL to prevent leaks. It serves as a place to store used/dirty diapers until laundry time!
Lastly, I’ll leave you with some of the links that I got my information from and that I used in my initial research.
This cloth diapering venture has left me with the urge to learn how to knit or crochet(maybe both!) so that I can make my own wool longies, shorties, and diaper covers. I’ll keep you updated on that!