I’m a pocket diaper user. Always have been, and prior to becoming a little more adventurous in my cloth diapering abilities, I would’ve said always will be. To be honest it’s because of this little writing gig that I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone by trying different kinds of diapers. They aren’t as scary as I once thought! Let me be your guide…
Here’s my Pocket User’s Guide to the Cloth Diaper Galaxy:
The Prefold & Cover: Ack! A diaper that does not have a pocket and you put what where? It’s not that hard; in fact it’s very easy. Think of it this way: instead stuffing the pocket what you’re doing is wrapping or folding cloth, securing it to your baby with pins, Snappi or a diaper cover. You can also fold the prefold into thirds and lay it neatly in the cover, then secure the cover on your baby.
The Fitted: Ah the fitted cloth diaper was one of the most confusing diapers for me to figure out so think of it this way: It’s like a pocket but the opening is sewn together and the insert is already stuffed into the cover. It also is not waterproof so you need to have a cover or a wool longie, shortie or skirtie.
The AIO (All-in-One & AI2): Everything you need is right in one convenient place. No stuffing or unstuffing required. You’ve got the cover and insert…all in one! Ta da! Please note though that the All In One takes longer to dry and can be more difficult to clean b/c of everything sewn in together. AI2s and AI3s work by having parts of the diaper snap into the cover so you can remove the inserts when you need to dry them.
Are you a pockets lover too? Have you ventured out into the cloth diaper galaxy?
Elizabeth (aka Bert) is a stay-at-home-mom and contributing writer for She Thinks Media. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, Ben, her son Buggie, and daughter Lady Bug. When she’s not trying to convince Buggie to expand his interests beyond Thomas the Train or put his pants back on she’s writing about her experiences as a mom on her blog, First Time Mom (FTM). After all, Bert maintains there’s a first time for everything, even if you have more than one child!