When you go to choose a type of diaper, its first a good thing to know all of your options. If you already know, GREAT, if not, Click the Links on the “Cloth Diapering” page… it’ll explain all the different types.
Once you’ve got all of that rolling around in your head and you’ve got that dazed look on your face, we’ll break it down a little further. The type of diaper for you correlates specifically to the type of person you are. If you are the kind of person who is meticulous about everything, has to fold your clothes the second the dryer stops turning, or if you’re the kind of person who needs a quick fix on most things, and will leave the laundry in the dryer for a week if you can (but never the washer, that’d be gross) you will use different types of diapers with different degrees of success. So I’ll give you a run-down of diapers and their human counterparts.
Flats and Prefolds with Covers
These are the most difficult to use of all the modern types of diapers. You have to learn how to fold, you have to be good with a pin (or a snappi) and you have to keep a squirming child from rolling off the table WHILE you fold, and pin or snappi. AND THEN add the cover on top of that.
That being said, they’re about the easiest to take care of. Most are white so if they get stained, you can toss a ¼ c. of bleach into one of the washes, OR leave them out on the clothes-line for a while and, instead of fading, they will regain their pretty white-ness.
When putting them on, make sure the whole diaper is UNDER the cover, especially if you’re using cotton. If the diaper is sticking out anywhere, you’ll get leaks (mainly from wicking), and that’s no fun.
So, if you’re one of those people that needs a quick fix, having a few of these around would be a VERY good idea. All-in-ones might suit your fancy a little better, but your flats and prefolds will be your lifesaver when you’ve run out of the easy ones.
Pockets or AI2’s
P.S. I used the “BumGenius” Pic because that’s the one AIO I have and I’ve loved it so far…. as long as you get the snaps. The BumGenius Velcro, as I’m assuming all velcro would, SUCKS. I have some BG pockets too…. velcro = sad Karen
Well I hope I’ve helped. I didn’t explore ALL of every possibility, but these are the main types of diapers, and the easiest to find.