Cloth Diaper Types

Below you will find a brief breakdown of each type of cloth diaper. If you click the image you can read the full post about that type of diaper. I have included videos in many of my posts for your convenience. I will be adding more cloth diaper types, posts, and videos, in the near future.

Flat Cloth Diapers

A flat cloth diaper is a simple flat sheet of cloth generally sized around 27″ x 27″. You can custom fold this diaper many different ways around your child. Flats can sometimes be purchased in different size ranges and they come in cotton, bamboo, hemp, or a combination.

PROS:

  • Affordable, cheapest diapering system!
  • They fit multiple sized babies.
  • They last virtually forever!
  • Best cloth diapers for handwashing!
  • They dry super fast and don’t hold onto odors.

CONS:

  • Waterproof covers, closures, and diaper fasteners are not included.
  • This diaper requires A LOT of folding.

 

AVERAGE COST:

$1 – $2.50 Each

Prefold Cloth Diapers

A prefold cloth diaper is a smaller version of the flat cloth diaper. It is more absorbent in the center and a little thicker all around. You can purchase these in different size ranges. They normally come in cotton, bamboo, or a hemp blend.

PROS:

  • Affordable, easiest on the wallet.
  • They have multi-uses like burp cloths and cleaning rags.
  • They are easier to use than a flat. (less folding)
  • They fit different sized babies well.
  • They wash and dry well and don’t tend to hold in odors.
  • Durable, prefolds will last a long time.

CONS:

  • Waterproof covers, closures, and diaper fasteners are not included.
  • This diaper requires some folding.

AVERAGE COST:

$1 – $2.50 Each

Fitted Cloth Diapers

A fitted cloth diaper is a step up from a prefold or contour diaper. It features elastics in the leg gussets to help lock in the poo and it is “fitted” to the shape of your baby. You will not have to worry about folding it like you would a prefold or flat. Some fitted’s come with closures and some allow you to use your own.

PROS: 

  • Very absorbent, great for nighttime use.
  • They feature leg gussets that help to lock in poo.
  • No Folding! You are not required to fold them like a flat or prefold.
  • Some have built-in soakers or inserts.
  • They come in endless styles, colors, materials, ext…

CONS:

  • They require waterproof covers.
  • This cost a little more on the higher end.

AVERAGE COST:

$15 – $35 Each

Pocket Cloth Diapers

Pocket diapers are a little more advanced than the fitted diapers because they have a waterproof cover and feature a pocket where you can stuff an absorbent insert or soaker. They come in snap or velcro closures and many different styles.

PROS: 

  • Easiest diaper to spray off!
  • You can find good quality affordable pocket diapers.
  • Waterproof cover & closures are included.
  • Most pockets come with additional inserts.
  • You get to choose the absorbency by adding more or less inserts.

CONS:

  • Stuffing! You have to re-stuff the diaper after every wash.
  • You have to remove the soiled inserts before washing unless you have the type that agitate out in the wash.

AVERAGE COST:

$7-$20 Each

Above information provided by My Green Nest