Cloth Diaper Types & What We Are Considering to Use

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Cloth diapering little ones is gaining in popularity because more and more families are consider the environmental friendly factor as well as the huge savings!

There are many benefits to cloth diapering.  Today I am going to share with you some of the different cloth diaper types that are available.  There are more available than are listed below but I am going to start by sharing a few of the options with you that I am considering for our little one coming in the next eight weeks!


Flat cloth diapers, just as the name suggests are just a square or rectangular piece of material that can be folded to any size to fit around your newborn, baby or toddler.  They do not have fasteners of any kind attached and will need to be folded to double or triple in the center so it is more absorbent.  This is the type my mother used 30 years ago.  These are by far the uber inexpensive way to go!  You do need a cover for these diapers.

  prefoldsPre-folds are rectangular cloth diapers that have several layers sewn together. They usually have extra layers in the center for absorbance right down the middle section. Generally speaking pre-folds are made from 4-ply cotton which has a higher absorbent capacity.  Again these do not have fasteners but can be fastened with pins or snappies!  This was the type I predominately used for my first two.  They are very inexpensive and are pretty easy to wrap around a wiggly baby.   You also need a cover for these diapers as well.

fitted diaper

Fitted Cloth Diapers are just that, a diaper that is designed to fit around your baby.  There is no folding and they fasten with snaps or Velcro. These kinds of cloth diapers are very convenient and make changing your little ones a very easy task.  Most of the brands I have seen have an elastic gusset around the legs to prevent leakage.

bumgenius diapers

Pocket Cloth Diapers come with an inside pocket where you can stuff inserts, have a waterproof outer layer and either Velcro or snap closures. These are so simple to use. You can stuff multiple inserts in for heavy wetters which is a huge plus.  These are very much like a conventional diaper other than having to stuff the inserts in.

Thirsties all in one

All-in-One Diapers are simply put the easiest of all cloth diapers.  I only had a few in my stash that I used when we were out and about and they were so easy!  The name says it all!  They are just like conventional diapers, they are only one piece you put on, fasten and are ready to go!  These diapers have an inner cloth layer for absorbance, a waterproof cover, a front closure of some type and are fitted around the legs and waist.

With baby Bethany I know I want to cloth diaper but this go round I am really excited to try other types of diapers over just prefolds and wool covers!  Don’t get me wrong, they worked really well but I am excited to try the cute and easy ones!

Here are a few of the types I am considering trying with Baby Bethany:



Pocket Diapers:

All-In-One Diapers:

If you have tried any of the above, or others that you love, I would love your feedback!

What type of cloth diapers do you use on your little one?

22 thoughts on “Cloth Diaper Types & What We Are Considering to Use”

  1. I have used all kinds, since starting my cloth diapering adventure over 3 years ago, but my favorites for little ones 3 months and up are pockets and AIO’s. These are the most daddy-friendly and they are super simple to use and wash! Good luck! 🙂

  2. Bumgenius pockets are our favorite, hands down. We also really liked the prefolds in the beginning. I got mine from green mountain diapers; and I loved the Thirsties covers.

  3. I have mostly pockets. The whole flat and pre-fold kind of scared me. Reminded me of when I was growing up and my cloth diapered my sisters. I haven’t tried any of the all in ones (or all in twos for that matter either). I have pockets, pockets, and more pockets, LOL.

    1. Congrats on your little one! I loved cloth diapering with my first two. There are so many that are super cute!

  4. I cannot ever remember what I used because it has been years since my youngest was in diapers but I did cloth diaper about half of the time. I found a great local support group and everyone in it use cloth diapers so it was great to be able to get information whenever I needed.

  5. I had no idea that anyone cloth diapered in modern times until about 3 years ago when I started following blogs and blogging myself. I don’t have kids yet but i’ve read so much on blogs about cloth diapering that it really seems like an appealing way to go even just for financial reasons but I also think they are really cute! Haha.

    1. Cloth diapering is huge but it is nothing like it used to be. I remember the plastic covers from 30 years ago that were awful. They worked but now there are so many awesome options and tons that are super cute!

  6. I have mostly pockets in my stash which are nice because they are pretty much all in ones after I have stuffed them and put them away. I really want a Kiwi Pie fitted!

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