So what exactly is a Diaper Cover? A Diaper cover is a waterproof cover and can be used over a variety of diaper types. Covers can be made of a variety of materials including polyester, nylon, or wool. Covers (other than wool) usually have a layer of PUL on the inside which makes the cover waterproof. Covers are what in the olden days where known as "RUBBER PANTS!!!!" Rubber pants are a thing of the past :) Diaper covers have come a long way just as ALL modern cloth diapers have.
Diaper covers are used over flats, prefold, and fitteds (Part 1). Using the cover with these types of diapers is what makes them waterproof. Flats and prefolds need a cover to also keep them on :) Some people use fitteds without a cover and just change the diaper when the outside feels wet. But add a waterproof cover to your fitted and you no longer have to deal with clothes, furniture, etc. becoming wet.
I do use a diaper cover overnight for Baby K. We use a fitted diaper along with a Thirsties Duo Diaper cover. We use the itti bitt boo fitted for overnight. I have found for us that a fitted with a cover is a great overnight option. With the fitted the whole diaper is absorbent along with the inserts and then add the waterproof diaper cover and we have never had a leak yet!!! :)
The benefits of Diaper Covers (according to kellyscloset.com)
- Diaper Covers provide you with the flexibility to diaper your way!
- Prefer natural fibers and materials? Wool covers provide optimal protection against leaks, making them perfect for nighttime (and daytime too).
- Simple rinse and wipe covers are reliable diaper cover workhorses!
Diaper covers have always been popular, are popular and will always be popular in the CD community. They just give you too many options to ever lose their popularity. Diaper Covers really range in price. A lot of the price range is because of the different types of covers that are out there. The cheapest cover I have found is $8.95 (rinse and wipe) and the most expensive is $42.97.
My favorite Diaper Cover, and really the only one I have ever used, is the Thiristies Duo Wrap Diaper Cover. I have found this cover at both abbyslane.com and kellyscloset.com for the same price of $12.25. To cloth diaper full time and wash every other day you would probably only need 6 covers at most (rinse and wipe). The only time you NEED to change the cover is if baby gets poopy on the cover. Other than that just wipe the cover and use it again. Pair these covers with your favorite option from Part 1 and you have a very cheap way to cloth diaper your baby!!
Pockets?!?! Like you have on your pants? NO!!!! Pocket Diapers :) Pocket diapers are just what there name says, they have a pocket that you "stuff" with your absorbent insert. Pocket diapers consist of 2 parts: a waterproof outer layer and an inner layer that is usually made of either microfleece or suedecloth. You then have an insert that you stuff into the pocket of the diaper. The insert can be made of a variety of materials, microfiber, bamboo, minky, etc., and can even be stuffed with a flat or prefold! Pockets either have hook and loop (velcro) or snaps to close the diaper. They come in either sized (S, M, L, etc) or One-Size (OS). OS diapers last from birth to potty training where with sized you will have to buy multiple diapers to last from birth to potty training.
I LOVE pocket diapers. They are the 1st diapers that I ever tried and I still use them EVERYDAY!! My pocket diapers are what made me fall in love with cloth diapering. They are extremely simple to use and could probably be called the dumby diaper :) Pockets are the type of diaper that I would recommend to anyone that wants to try out cloth diapering. Once you stuff your pocket the diaper goes on just like a disposable diaper does. I prefer snaps over hook and loop but I know many who like the hook and loop better because it truly goes on like a disposable.
The benefits of Pockets (according to ME!)
- They are the "SIMPLE" diaper
- Easy for others to use for non-CD people (just stuff the pocket 1st)
As with all the other diapers, Pocket Diaper range greatly in price. They can be as cheap as $9.97 or as expensive as $24.00 for a OS diaper. Sized diapers are around the middle of that price range and vary depending on the SIZE of the diaper.
The cheapest OS pocket diaper I found at Kelly's Closet is Kawaii One-Size Pocket Cloth Diaper for $9.97 and the most expensive one I found was Rumparooz G2 One Size Diapers with 6-r Soaker for $23.50. At Abby's Lane I found the OS BumGenius 4.0 for $17.95 and their most expensive is the OS Blueberry Minky for $27.95.
To cloth diaper my 10 month old full time and to wash every other day I have a stash of 12 diapers (this does not include my overnight diapers). So for 12 diapers you could spend $120 on the lowest end or $335.50 on the highest end. Most CD families have a mix and match of their types and brands of diapers. Personally I own 3 different brands of pocket diapers. I currently have FuzziBunz (I have mostly sized but just got a OS), Oh Katy (OS), and Tiny Tush (Elite 1.1 OS). I love all of my pockets for a different reason and could not imagine only having to chose 1 brand. I use my OS for nap times with both inserts and my sized ones for when she is awake. You have to chose what pocket works best for your little one and how much you are willing to pay for them.
Part 3 will be all about AIO, SIO, and AI2!!! What do these letters mean? You will just have to wait for Part 3 to find out :) If you use any of the diapers in any of the 3 parts and would like to write a couple sentences about why please email them to me at SAH.Cloth.Diapering.Mama@gmail.com. Please put "Diapers Galore" as the subject line and your opinions may just be cyber published :)