Types of Cloth Diapers

For eight months now, I am happy to say that I have been exclusively using cloth diapers to my youngest son. I have been sharing photos on my IG as well as on my page my cloth diapering journey. But as you all know, I went through all the jargons there is and researched for myself as well as read a lot of it online. Oh, thank God there is a support system to it now a days.

It is as complex when you didn’t make a lot of research because innovation these days are just non-stop. Every now and then, a new system is introduced tailored to the needs of every child. So what really are the types of cloth diapers?
Some of the cloth diapers in my current stash. Star Wars nappy is from Cuddles and Giggles the only one in the photo that is locally made by one of the WAHMs here in Ph.
  • Flats. These are the old school bird’s eye gauze type of cloth or what we call lampin back in the day. Right now there are a lot of flats available and being offered by WAHMs. These are the bamboo cotton, bamboo charcoal, cotton terry and etc. You will know the difference of each as we go along in my series of posts.
  • Cover type. This is a type of diaper, which is only the PUL (Polyurethane Layer/outside layer) and doesn’t have the insert. It is used with flats or inserts. It is best used for newborns and rainy days as it dries really quickly. It also comes in a newborn size but mostly is OSFM (one size fits most).
  • Pocket Type. This is the most popular type of cloth diaper online. A lot also of brands with different types of fabric as inner. It is basically composed of outer PUL and inner cloth wherein you will stuff an insert inside the pocket. Insert can be MF (microfiber) or bamboo charcoal and others.

Left: Flip Cover (without inner layer) Right: BumGenius Pocket type (with inner layer)

  • AIO (All in one). This is a cloth diaper system wherein the insert is sewed in the cover. Inserts usually come in bamboo cotton because it is the one safe for baby’s bum. If you are the type of person who doesn’t want to get confused with different inserts of cloth diapers come stuffing time, this is best for you.

BumGenius (sewed in soakers)
  • Ai2 (All in two). Cover and inserts are basically sold separate and soakers are usually snapped on the cover. Great example for this is the Grovia.

Grovia Ai2. Soakers snapped in
  • Fitted Diaper. This one is a system wherein the shell is made up of two layers of cloth and inserts are snapped on the shell too. Great for those that experience garter marks and this is great for presko time as well.
  • Hybrid Fitted. This system is similar to fitted but the shell is composed of three layers of fabric. Outer layer, inner layer (the one that pushes back liquid back to the inner layer of the nappy) and the inner layer. The soakers are usually snapped on the shells too. This nappy system is best for those babies that are allergic to the inner of pocket type of diapers. However, the downside to it is the drying. In my experience, my drying time usually takes two days or so because we do not have the open laundry area for sun.
Cuddles and Giggles HF (soakers are snapped in)
Cloth diapers also varies costs because of the source of raw materials, the different types of materials used as well as the source of diapers. Some may be imported or locally made. So if you are quite new to it, you might probably raise those brows because I know I was one of it and heck I appreciate it more as I continue with this cloth diapering journey.

If you have questions or additional information, feel free to comment down below. Again, I am not an expert on this. I just want to share my understanding and experience as my way of paying forward to those that are new to this advocacy.

Happy cloth diapering fellow momma!






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