DISCLAIMER: We are talking about babies and diapers and things, so don’t be scared away by words like poop and bathroom and diaper. But if these things make you queezy, just come back tomorrow for some non-baby bathroom talk.
Since there is so much information I want to cover, I’m breaking it down into three parts:
1) Types of diapers and the lingo
2) Style of diaper I use & review
3) Wash routine & care
So I’ve heard a lot of bad things about cloth diapers…
You have to touch poop.
They are messy.
You have to swish them in the toilet.
They don’t work as well as disposables.
Guys, all that is false! They have been wonderful, I haven’t had any blow-outs in the year and a half I’ve been using them and haven’t found any of the above statements to be true. So I’ll just break down all the reading and research that I did while pregnant with Jude. I sifted through so many abbreviations and comments and opinions about cloth diapers it made my head spin.
So welcome to part one: The types of diapers and the lingo. Let me just give you a few common terms that are thrown around that confused me at the beginning.
Prefold diapers are from the old days, the real cloth diapers our grandparents used. These are basically a rectangle piece of cloth that can be folded around your baby like a diaper. Then they need to be secured, and a cover placed overtop. It’s more work, but they are the cheapest option.
Fitted diapers are a step up from prefolds. They are the absorbent cloth material, but have snaps or velcro to hold them in place. They aren’t waterproof, so a cover is still needed on top of the fitted.
Confused yet? It’s OK. My mind was spinning for months as I tried to sort through all of the cloth diapers! It gets simplier from here!
AIO: All-in-one, type of diaper that is all one piece, nothing comes apart. The inner fabric is connected to the outer shell and is removed as one piece
You put the whole thing on, you take the whole thing off when it’s dirty. There is no stuffing or taking apart, washing separately, or complicated steps. Snap on, snap off. Wax on, wax off. Easy peasy.
A pocket diaper is an all-in-two style diaper. It just means that there is a little pocket where you stuff your insert into when everything is clean. Then when you take off the dirty diaper, you take of the entire thing, and wash it. Almost like an all-in-one but you get to choose how much you insert into the pocket depending on the absorbency you want.
EBF: Exclusively Breastfed
CD: Cloth diapering (there’s an abbreviation for everything!)
Fitted: A cloth diaper that is typically made of cotton. Needs a diaper cover to contain any wetness.
Guys, this list could go on and on. If you need more information on the above terms and want to see even more check out this list.
But those are the basics you need to know when figuring out if you want to cloth diaper. The first step is picking a style of diaper you want to work with. Some people like different styles of diapers, but that wasn’t for me!
Tune in next week for Part Two: The Style of Diaper I Chose & Review!
**UPDATE: Check out Part Two here!**