Right about now you may be wondering if there’s really any need for an article about how to use cloth diapers. I mean, honestly, it’s not rocket science. You put them on the baby, the baby does their business, you take one off and replace it with a new one. Yes, in the simplest possible statement, that is how to use cloth diapers but there is oh so much more to learn. If Sally uses all-in-ones (AIOs) and you ask her how to use cloth diapers then she’ll tell you it’s basically just like using a sposie (that’s a disposable). Jane, on the other hand, used pocket diapers so if you ask her hot to use cloth diapers she’s going to start talking about stuffing and un-stuffing and you’ll think she’s cooking a Thanksgiving turkey! Nancy uses prefolds and when you ask her hot to use cloth diapers she starts talking about triangles, twists, origami, wings, and jelly rolls, oh my! What I’m trying to tell you is that how to use cloth diapers completely depends on what kind of diapers you have. What you really need to know how to use all the different kinds of cloth diapers. So let’s talk about the differences in how you use them.
How to Use Cloth Diapers When They’re All-In-One Cloth Diapers
All-in-one cloth diapers (or AIOs) are the closest thing you will find to a disposable diaper. They have absorbent fabric on the inside and, usually, waterproof fabric on the outside.
When they get dirty, you toss the whole thing in the laundry.
Pros: Because AIOs are just a single item, they are extremely easy to use. Generally the fabric is extremely soft against your babies bottom.
Cons: You need a LOT of them if you don’t want to do laundry constantly.
How to Use Cloth Diapers When They’re All-In-Two (AI2)/ All-In-Three (AI3) Cloth Diapers
All-in-two cloth diapers (or AI2s) are very similar to the covers I’ll discuss in a bit. Honestly, I think the only difference between and AI2 and covers is that brand new AI2s and AI3s are sold as systems – each diaper comes with one or more inserts. Depending on the brand you either lay or snap the insert down inside the waterproof outer shell. AI3s simply have multiple inserts.
Pros: The inserts come with the shell so you don’t need to make a separate purchase. ” title=”Buttons Cloth Diaper Cover” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>AI3 systems have inserts that snap in so they are secure.
Cons: Far more expensive than the similar method of using prefolds with covers.
How to Use Cloth Diapers When They’re Pocket Diapers
Pocket diapers are sort of like a cross between an AIO and the covers I’ll discuss last. They have a thin layer of soft fabric inside and a waterproof outside. Most brand new pocket diapers come with inserts and you can choose to use the inserts they come with or prefolds to stuff between the inner soft fabric and outer cover.
Pros: Same softness against babies bum as AIOs.
Cons: Just like AIOs though, these need to be cleaned after each diaper change so you need a lot of them if you don’t want to do laundry all the time.
If you’re anything at all like me, the cons I listed far outweigh the pros.