Guide to Cloth Diapering

You are expecting a baby! Congratulations! And you're considering using cloth diapers? Wonderful! 

Or, maybe, you are just tired of using disposables, and are looking to switch over to cloth diapers but are starting from square one with no information. Great!

We are here to help!

As you have begun researching cloth diapering, we are sure you have come across more information than you can get through. It can all be very confusing, but it doesn't have to be. Cloth diapering is actually very simple; the hardest part is selecting which diaper you want to commit to.

With the Mother-ease Guide to Cloth Diapering, you will be introduced to each type of cloth diaper and presented with the pros and cons of each category. Once you have been thoroughly educated in what kind of diapers are available, choosing the right system for you, your family - and most importantly, your baby - will be a breeze!

Cloth diapers can be broken down into 5 basic categories: 

Flat and Prefolded Diapers
Fitted Diapers
Pocket Diapers
All-in-One Diapers
All-in-Two Diapers

Let's dive into each style of diaper below:

Flat and Prefolded Diapers

Flat and Prefolded diapers are the diapers your grandmother used on her babies. They have been around for generations, and while they may be the most economical option, they are not the most convenient.

Flat and Prefolded diapers are rectangular or squares of absorbent fabric that is folded to suit the size of your baby. They are secured with either pins or a Snappi diaper fastener, or simply laid into a waterproof cover which is then fastened around your baby. This system is a two-step diapering system as the absorbent flat/prefold and waterproof cover go on your baby in two separate steps - more difficult as your baby grows and loses patience during a diaper change!

Pros:

-Flat/prefolded diapers are one-size fits all and are therefore very economical. If you are on a tight budget and don't mind folding each diaper before using them on our baby, this style is for you.
-Quick to dry as they can be unfolded.
-Can be easily hand-washed.

Cons:

-More covers are required than a fitted diapering system or an all-in-two diapering system as they become soiled more easily (due to the absence of elastics to contain poop).
-Without the use of snaps or Velcro, each flat/prefolded diaper must be secured with some fastening method such as pins or a Snappi diaper fastener if using a roomier diaper cover (such as the Air Flow Cover. They can, however, be laid inside a snug fitting waterproof cover (such as the Rikki Wrap) without fastening.

The Mother-ease Difference

Mother-ease manufactures waterproof diaper covers that can be used with flat or prefolded diapers, but we do not offer the flat or pre-folded diaper itself. This is because we manufacture only quality, convenient and leak-free diapering systems, and flat/prefolded diapers do not fit into this category.

Fitted Diapers

Fitted diapers revolutionized convenient cloth diapering in the early 1990's. They make an economical and very effective cloth diapering system. Like flat/prefolded diapers, fitted cloth diapers are part of a two-step system as the absorbent fitted diaper and waterproof cover go on your baby in two separate steps.

These are very absorbent contoured diapers, shaped to fit your baby with elastics at the waist and leg openings for superb mess containment! This diapering system closes with either snaps or Velcro and are available in a number of sizes for a customized fit as your baby grows, as well as a one-size option that grows with your baby for the utmost cost savings.

Pros:

-Because these diapers have elastic at the waist and legs, there is great containment.
-Closes with either snaps or Velcro
-The waterproof cover is not attached, so you get great longevity with a one-size option.
-Because the cover and diaper are separate, you can Revitalize your covers once needed. Eliminating the need to purchase new covers.
-Depending on the brand, these are very absorbent diapers, often touted best for night time, naps or longer car rides.

Cons:

-Because this is a two-step system, it can become difficult once your baby becomes impatient during diaper changes.
-Depending on the absorbency of the diaper, they may take longer to dry after washing.
-Usually provides a bulkier look/fit than the newer, more modern cloth diapering styles.

The Mother-ease Difference

Time tested, and with rave reviews since 1991, Mother-ease uses specially knit fabrics that are designed to outlast and outperform any other diapers on the market. Our fitted diapers will have the greatest longevity, the most absorbency with the least amount of drying time. Mother-ease offers a lifetime warranty on our snaps and elastics.

Pocket Diapers

The pocket diaper rose in popularity very quickly when it hit the cloth diaper scene. But, don't be deceived by its popularity as this system is not without major flaws inherent to its design.

Pocket diapers consist of a waterproof cover outside and a synthetic liner inside. An opening (pocket) is left in between usually along the back of the diaper, which parents can stuff an absorbent insert into. This insert is added separately, and once added, the diaper is ready to be snapped around your baby in one simple step. We refer to this as a one-step diapering system.

Pocket diapers are very slim fitting and available in one-size fits all. They also have elastic at the waist and leg openings to contain messes and have either snap or Velcro waist closures. For fashion-conscious parents, there are a wide range of colours and prints.

Pros:

-Convenient one-step diapering system, meaning the diaper is put on your baby in one simple step.
-Because the absorbent liner is removed to wash, it dries quickly
-Once pre-stuffed, this diaper is babysitter and grandparent friendly.

Cons:

-The absorbent insert must be added to each diaper before use and removed after use, prior to washing. Removal is unpleasant.
-The diaper becomes convex when the absorbent insert is stuffed inside the pocket. This causes leaks as the urine will run off the rounded surface quicker than it can be absorbed.
-The waterproof cover component is the first part of the system to expire, which means the one-size fits all style will have a shorter longevity. This makes this system costly as you need to replace your entire diaper.
-Depending on manufacturing design, these diapers are not very leak-resistant, primarily due to the amount of holes created by the sewing machine during production.
-Elastics may not endure the length of time your child will wear them. Especially with one-size diapers that are intended to grow with your child.

The Mother-ease Difference:

Because Mother-ease s committed to quality, convenient, leak-free cloth diaper systems, we do not manufacture a pocket diaper. Pocket diapers are inherently leaky as part of their design and not convenient due to the stuffing and unstuffing of the absorbent component.

All-in-One Diapers

All-in-One Diapers are exactly that: a waterproof outer cover and absorbent inner all in one!

This is a one-step diapering system as the absorbent inner is sewn in and cannot be removed. Simply snap the diaper around your baby and toss into your diaper pail when soiled. It is an ideal alternative to disposables because of the ease of use.

All-in-one diapers are slim fitting, available in one-size fits all and sized for a more perfect fit in each size. They also have elastic at the waist and leg openings to contain messes and have either snap or Velcro waist closures.

Pros:

-Convenient one-step diapering system, meaning the diaper is put on your baby in one easy step.
-This diaper is easy and quick to change, so it's great for child care providers, babysitters and grandparents.
-This style of diaper is ideal to supplement other cloth diapers when convenience is a factor - like a quick diaper change at the mall.

Cons:

-Because the waterproof cover and absorbent inner are attached, these diapers are not as economical as those that have separate covers.
-Slower to dry as the attached waterproof cover impedes on the water extraction
-The waterproof cover component is the first part of the system to expire, which makes this diaper a more expensive option as you are not able to revitalize your covers once needed, and will need to instead replace your entire diaper. This is why an AIO diaper is recommended as a supplemental diaper, not the main system to make up your full-time cloth diapering stash.
-Depending on manufacturing design, these diapers are not very leak-proof, primarily due to the amount of holes created by the sewing machine during production.
-Elastics may not endure the length of time a child will wear the one-size diapers.

The Mother-ease Difference

Mother-ease All-in-One diapers are manufactured with our EasyCare technology, which allows the diaper to dry quickly. Our AIO cover is wider than the inner absorbent diaper, allowing it to fully encompass the absorbent diaper, resulting in a leak-free system. Mother-ease offers a lifetime warranty on our elastics and snaps!

All-in-Two Diapers

The All-in-Two (or hybrid) cloth diaper is the newest member on the cloth diaper scene. Similar to the All-in-One diaper, except that the absorbent inner is not sewn to but instead attached with snaps to the waterproof cover.

Once snapped together, this diaper becomes a one-step diaper system that's as easy to use as an all-in-one. When the absorbent insert becomes wet or soiled, simply unsnap from the waterproof cover and snap in a clean one, reusing the waterproof cover.

Fewer covers are required as soiled diaper inserts are replaced making it very economical considering how convenient it is!

All-in-two diapers are slim fitting and the waterproof covers and absorbent inserts are available in a one-size fits all or sized for a more perfect fit in each size range. They also often have 2 lines of elastic at the waist and leg openings to contain messes and have either snap or Velcro waist closures.

Pros:

-Convenient one-step diapering system, meaning the diaper is put on your baby in one easy step.
-Dries quickly as the absorbent diaper insert and waterproof cover are separate.
-Economical because less waterproof covers are required than absorbent inserts.
-These diapers are great for child care providers and grandparents because they can be preassembled for as many covers as you have, and then used as all-in-ones.
-Because the waterproof cover and absorbent insert are separate, you are able to revive your covers using the Mother-ease Cover Revitalizer when needed without having to purchase new covers.

Cons:

-The absorbent diaper insert must be snapped into each cover before use.

The Mother-ease Difference

Mother-ease's All-in-Two diaper is the most popular and innovative diapering system available! With a fully elasticized fitted absorbent insert and waterproof cover, the Wizard Duo is the leader in all-in-two cloth diapers. Our Wizard Duo Fitted Inserts are also available in a night time option with increased absorbency for nights and naps. Mother-ease offers a lifetime warranty on our snaps and elastics.