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Pre-folds
Prefold diapers are the classic cotton square which is folded to fit baby, and secured with
diaper pins or a Snappi, and includes extra layering in the center.

Prefold diapers are the least expensive choice in cloth diapers, costing in the area of $31-35
per dozen. These diapers require waterproof outer covers, so they are a three piece diapering
system (diaper, cover, closure for diaper). Typically, these diapers are closed with either
diaper pins or a Snappi. However, another option is to simply lay them in a wrap style cover
and forgo the additional closure type.

They are very absorbent, easy to clean, and quick to dry. Still widely used today, prefold
diapers are a very economical and simple choice for cloth diapering. But these cloth diapers
have other uses as well. Fans of other diapering types often use prefold diapers for doublers
or pocket stuffers.

Advantages of Prefold Diapers:                      Disadvantages of Prefold Diapers:
   * Absorbent                                        * A cover is required to make the diaper
   * Very economical                                function
   * Easy to launder and fast to dry                  * Must take the time to fold
   * Can be used as diapers, doublers, pocket         * Not as convenient as an AIO
stuffers, burp cloths, or even cleaning rags.         * Pins and/or a Snappi can be hard to use
   * Available in lots of dyed colors, and can be     * Bulky
embroidered very easily.                              * Baby feels moisture/wetness


Fitted Diapers
Fitted cloth diapers are the next step up in the evolution of the cloth diaper, after the simple
flat diapers or prefold diapers that were the norm many years ago. Fitted diapers are exactly
what they sound like. Instead of the flat and shapeless diapers our parents may have used,
fitted diapers are fitted and snug, usually with elastic gatherings in the legs and waist. This
makes them a perfect fit for any baby. They usually have closures of some sort as well, either
hook and loop (Velcro) or snaps.

Fitted diapers are not waterproof so you do need a diaper cover to put over them. But they
are very easy to put on a baby and very easy to put under a cover without uncomfortable
bunching. Some fitted diapers have also been known to contain a pocket for stuffing.

Advantages of Fitted Diapers:                       Disadvantages of Fitted Diapers:
                                                      * A cover is required to make the diaper
   * Fitted and snug for a good fit on baby and     function
under diaper covers                                   * Not as convenient as an AIO
  * Can be washed at high temperatures, separate      * Can be hard to wash and may have smell
from covers                                         problems if there are too many layers
   * Easy to clean
   * Can be very trim for day use or bulkier for
nighttime use...your choice
   * Available in lots of cute colors and prints
All-in-Ones (AIOs)
An AIO, or All-In-One, is exactly what it sounds like. What you get is what you need. It is a
type of diaper that functions completely on its own without the need for extra accessories. It
does not require separate soaker material to absorb nor a separate diaper cover to contain
leaks. All of the features are neatly packaged into one diaper. Many parents find this type of
diaper to be the height of convenience since all they need is in one place. It also saves on
space when traveling.

Advantages of AIO Cloth Diapers:                     Disadvantages of AIO Cloth Diapers:
   * Functions like a disposable, except you don't     * Longer drying times
throw it away!                                         * Expensive
   * No separate cover required                        * Harder to clean effectively
   * No separate soaker or doubler required
   * Easy to use
   * Available in lots of cute colors and prints
   * Preferred by childcare givers

If you like the sound of an AIO but worry about the longer drying and cleaning times, you
may want to try an AI2. These diapers are All in Ones that allow for the removal of the inner
soaker material, the part that absorbs. This makes cleaning and drying much faster. When
the two separate parts are paired, they form one diaper.

Advantages of AI2 Cloth Diapers:                     Disadvantages of AI2 Cloth Diapers:

   * No separate cover required                         * Keeping soakers or doublers together with the
   * Great for transitioning from disposables to     rest of the diaper
cloth - easy to use                                     * Usually more expensive than other cloth
   * Available in lots of cute colors and prints     diapering methods
   * You can always get a new soaker or doubler if
the original needs to be replaced


Pocket Diapers
Pocket diapers are exactly what they sound like. They are cloth diapers that have a pocket.
Most generally they have two layers, an outer layer and an inner layer, with a hole or pocket
that separate the two at one point, forming an opening for the absorbent material to be
inserted. The absorbent material that is inserted into the pocket is what absorbs the moisture
when baby relieves himself. It can be removed later for more effective cleaning. Many moms
believe that pocket diapers are the most innovative invention in diapering ever.

Pocket diapers can be two piece diapering systems with a waterproof outer layer that
requires only a stuffer. They can also be a three piece diapering system with a non-
waterproof outer layer that will require the use of a diaper cover.

Advantages of Pocket Diapers:                          Disadvantages of Pocket Diapers

  * You decide what to "stuff" the pocket               * A separate stuffer is required to make the
with...so you can find the right absorbency level    diaper function
  * Easy to clean because they "come apart"             * Can be bulky if to much stuffin' is inserted
  * Can be very trim if absorbent stuffing is not
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