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Types of cloth diapers...

What are the different types of cloth diapers?

Cloth diapers have come a long way from the traditional flat cloth squares held together with pins. Nowadays, there are several types of cloth diapers available in the market, each with its own unique features and benefits. Let's explore the most common types:

All-in-One (AIO) Diapers

An All-in-One (AIO) diaper is the closest to a disposable diaper in terms of convenience. It consists of a waterproof outer layer and an absorbent inner layer sewn together. AIO diapers are easy to use and require no additional inserts or covers. A great choice for the hybrid diaper waterproof booster is our windpro fleece.

Pocket Diapers

As the name suggests, pocket diapers have a pocket opening where you can insert an absorbent insert. The pocket allows for customization by adjusting the absorbency level according to your baby's needs. These diapers are also easy to use and quick to dry. The best fabric choice for the outer layer of the pocket diaper is our 1 mil pul fabric.

Prefold Diapers

Prefold diapers are the classic cloth diapers that have been used for generations. They consist of multiple layers of cotton or bamboo fabric sewn together, with the middle section being the most absorbent. Prefold diapers require folding and fastening with pins or diaper fasteners, and they need a waterproof cover.

Flat Diapers

Similar to prefold diapers, flat diapers are large, rectangular pieces of fabric that require folding and fastening. They are the most versatile type of cloth diaper and can be folded in various ways to fit your baby's size and shape. Flat diapers also require a waterproof cover. Most flat diapers today are made using a bamboo stretch french terry, or some terry with a bit of spandex. 

Hybrid Diapers

Hybrid diapers combine the convenience of disposable diapers with the eco-friendliness of cloth diapers. They have a reusable outer shell and a heavy duty insert.

Contour Diapers

Contour diapers are shaped like an hourglass and have elasticized legs and back. They are easy to use and do not require folding or pinning. Contour diapers need a waterproof cover to prevent leaks. There are so many choices for a contour diaper, a light fleece, stretch terry or even a combination of fabrics will work well here.


Choosing the right type of cloth diaper for your baby can be a personal preference based on factors such as convenience, cost, and environmental impact. Whether you opt for the simplicity of All-in-One diapers, the versatility of flat diapers, or the convenience of hybrid diapers, cloth diapers offer a sustainable and economical alternative to disposable diapers.

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