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Cloth Diaper Lingo

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Cloth Diaper LingoI’m not exactly sure at what point in my pregnancy I became interested in cloth diapering, but I do know that for the first few weeks of researching options, the terms and lingo were so confusing! “Prefold” was especially troublesome. Was it something I had to pre-fold before using? How did one fold it, whatever it was?

Cloth diapers practically come with their own language, and it can take some time before you become fluent. So here’s a list of the most common terms you will encounter as you begin to look into cloth.

Diaper Styles.
These are the type of diaper you put on your baby, based on construction and appearance.

  • AIO – All-In-OneThis diaper is the closest to a disposable, since the absorbent material is sewn into the diaper. Some may have the option to add absorbency, some may not, but the basic idea is that everything you need is already sewn into the waterproof shell.
  • AI2 – All-in-two – The same concept as an All-In-One, except that the absorbent material tends to snap into place inside the waterproof shell.
  • Hybrid A waterproof shell plus either reusable or disposable absorbent material.
  • Pocket A diaper with a waterproof outer shell and a lined interior that creates a pocket for holding absorbent material. Most, but not all, come with inserts (see definition below). Probably the most common form of modern cloth diaper on the market.
  • Fitted – A cloth diaper that is not waterproof. This has the shape of a modern cloth diaper and is made entirely of absorbent material. This diaper requires the use of a waterproof cover and is often used as a night time diaper option.
  • Prefold One of the “old fashioned” versions of cloth diapers and what your mother or grandmother will likely think of when you begin to talk about cloth. A flat rectangle of fabric, typically cotton, that has multiple absorbent layers sewn into the middle. This diaper has to be folded and fastened onto baby and requires the use of a waterproof cover. Prefolds are economical and are generally considered among the easiest options to launder.
  • Flat A flat also falls into the “old fashioned” category. Flats are large, single layers of cotton that must be folded and fastened onto baby and require the use of a waterproof cover. They are also economical and extremely easy to launder.
  • Cover A waterproof shell designed to go over absorbent material. Covers have no absorbency and must be paired with a prefold, fitted, or other appropriate insert.

Accessories/additional terms

  • Insert Absorbent material typically designed to be tucked inside of pocket diapers. Can be man-made fiber or natural. Pocket diapers (purchased new) typically come with an insert suited to the diaper, but inserts can be purchased separately for added absorbency or due to preferring a particular fiber.
  • Snappi The modern alternative to diaper pins. These are a stretchy, Y-shaped piece of plastic with grabby “teeth” that are used to fasten prefolds, flats, and closure-less fitteds.
  • Boingo Like a Snappi, they are an alternative to diapers pins, but are two pieces rather than one.
  • Liner A liner is something that is placed between baby and the diaper. Some are disposable (some flushable) and are used to catch poop for easy disposable. Some are fleece and are typically used to keep babies skin dry.
  • PUL – Polyurethane Laminate – This is a waterproof material used to make covers and the outer shell of pocket diapers and All-In-Ones.
  • TPU – Thermoplastic Urethane – Another waterproof material.
  • WAHM – Work At Home Mom – This term is used to describe diapers that are made in a home based business.
  • OS One Size – Diapers typically are either sized, meaning you will buy different sizes as baby grows, or “one size”, meaning that the diaper typically fits a child within a range of 8-35 lbs and grows with baby from birth on.

There are many, many other terms that you will come across as you really dive into the depths of cloth diapers, but as you come to speak the language they all become much easier to understand. Hopefully this helped welcome you into the world of cloth!

Kate Cunha lives in the Pacific NW with her husband and daughter. She’s a huge cloth diaper advocate and just a bit sad that her daughter is currently saying goodbye to their cute fluff.



Nighttime Diapering Solutions

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Nighttime Diapering SolutionsWhen deciding to cloth diaper, I was most nervous about cloth diapering at night. But it’s not hard, especially when you find a nighttime diaper that works.

Below are a few ideas of nighttime diaper solutions from our team of bloggers:

  • Kawaii Heavy Wetters– These one-sized pocket diapers consist of a waterproof outer cover and two extra large microfiber inserts.  Add a hemp or bamboo insert for extra absorbency.
  • Sloomb Overnight Bamboo Fitteds with Wool Cover The overnight bamboo fitted includes a shell with a double-length three-layer snap-in fleece soaker that can be folded for customizable absorption. Pair with a wool cover for overnight success.
  • AIO with Micro Fleece Insert and a Thirsties Fleece InsertThere are many different AIO diapers out there; you can try this with one you have in your stash and add the inserts for the extra absorbency you need at night.
  • EconappisThis pocket diaper is one sized and designed to work from 10-35 pounds. It comes with two inserts made with a blend of organic cotton and bamboo. You can add your own inserts for custom absorbency.
  • Elementals(Old Style)-BumGenuis’ AIO diaper; they have a new design, but one mom prefers the old version for her nighttime diapers.
  • Bummis Premium Sized Prefold with Infant sized prefold inside-These prefolds are made out of cotton and can be paired with a Bummis or wool cover.
  • Toddler prefold with a bamboo or hemp doubler inside with wool or Bummis cover- This is similar to the option above but the user combines a cotton prefold with the wool or hemp doubler for a different option.

You might be able to go through your existing stash and put together one of these ideas to try on your baby tonight.  Most of the ideas above included some form of hemp or bamboo liner or a wool cover. Keep in mind there are different wash routines for prepping the various fabrics, and your wool should be washed separately always. Do you have a nighttime diaper solution that works well?  If so, please share with us!

Kristen Beggs is a mom of two that still wear diapers at night and is always looking for suggestions to make nighttime diapering even better!

Packing the Perfect Diaper Bag

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

diaper bagI am the queen of rushed trips and am perpetually 15 minutes late everywhere I go. I’ve tried so many times to be more organized and plan better, it’s just never happened.

The only thing I’ve ever succeeded in is my ability to pack and keep packed the perfect diaper bag.

To start off, we’ll do a little time traveling back to when I had two kids in diapers. I needed a lot of duplicate items, but I was able to whittle things down so I didn’t need a suitcase everywhere we went.

First, you need a good sturdy diaper bag.

With my first I decided I would never use a diaper bag, and that my 10 year old messenger bag would do the trick. Spoiler alert: It didn’t!

So, I decided to splurge on a Ju-Ju-Be Be All when my second was born. I could rave all day about this bag, but it’s ability to be tossed in the washing machine and the magnetic closure were game changers in my diaper bag quest. Now that I’ve told you what kind of bag I used, I will give you the ultimate list of things to have for a day-long trip with a cloth diapered baby (or two):

1. Diapers! This is a no brainer, but I usually included 4-8 diapers. AIOs were my favorite because the took up the least amount of room and were the easiest to wrestle on a wiggling baby. Wool is also great to keep leaks in and not take up much space.

2. Medium Wetbag. You can go plain or wet/dry but medium is the size to go with. It’s the baby bear of day trip wetbags–just right!

3. Wipes. I used cloth because it was easier to throw the entire mess in the wetbag. No need for sprays because you usually have a sink handy to wet your wipes.

4. Aden & Anais Swaddle blanket. The AA swaddle can be used as a blanket, nursing cover, carseat cover, and even a towel if the need arises. It’s the Swiss army knife of baby products.

5. Water Bottle. Yes, you can grab one on the go, but having your own is not only better for you but better for the environment.

6. “The Baby Kit.” We kept this in a small wetbag, it included: sunscreen, teething tabs, CJ’s stick or any other diaper cream, Chapstick, bandaids, nipple cream, and kid-safe hand sanitizer. Keeping them all together in a wetbag will prevent spills and searching around for little things.

7. Two shirts or onsies, and two pairs of pants. It never failed that our first backup outfit would get puked on or fall victim to a massive blowout. A backup to your backup is always good with baby

8. Snacks for you and older kiddos. It’s better to be prepared with snacks you feel good about than having to run into a gas station and try to find anything healthy with a screaming toddler.

9. Toys. having a few handy is a good way to distract and avoid boredom!

It took me awhile, but eventually I realized if I replaced everything as soon as I got home, my bag was always packed and ready to go. I will always be a little scatter brained but I sure can pack a diaper bag.

What’s in your diaper bag?


Top 10 Signs You Might Have an Addiction to Cloth Diapers

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Recent observations of cloth diapering families has revealed what specialists now refer to as a “Cloth Diapering Addiction”.  Here are a few of the associated symptoms:

1. Your significant other frequently comments that he/she thought cloth diapers were supposed to SAVE money.

2. You coordinate your baby’s outfits with his/her cloth diapers.

3. You could go easily go two or more weeks without washing diapers and still have clean diapers for baby to use.

4. When people go to your home and see your stash they say “Oh, I didn’t know you ran a cloth diapering business”.

5. You have holiday-themed cloth diapers

6. You can correctly identify various brands of  cloth diapers when a bit of fluff peeks out from other babies’ pants in public.

7. Your child’s name is embroidered on several diapers in your stash.

8. When people ask what to get your baby for a holiday or birthday you gift, you send them a link to your cloth diaper registry.

9. You can correctly decode the following: AIO, AI2, PUL, RLR, CD, CPF, H&L, BG, and FB.

10. You belong to and actively participate on multiple cloth diapering forums.


If you can answer “YES” to 3-5 of the above you have a mild case of cloth diaper addiction.

If you can answer “YES” to 6-8 of the above you have a moderate case of cloth diaper addiction.

If you can answer “YES” to more than 8 of the above you have a serious case of cloth diaper addiction.

Treatment options:

Successful treatment for cloth diapering addiction is limited. In fact the only known cure is for your child to be potty trained. In which case some addicts will have another baby just so they can continue to use cloth diapers.

-Sarah 😉

PS. Don’t forget tomorrow May 25 is Fan Photo Friday. If you haven’t submitted a newborn babywearing photo yet do so by tonight to get your 25 Milk Miles!