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Cloth diaper buying guide

Diaper Examples: A prefold (with blue diaper cover), light blue sized diaper, & one size diaper
Diaper Examples: A prefold (with blue diaper cover), light blue sized diaper, & one size diaper
Sarah Schroeder

The decision to use cloth diapers is an excellent choice for the environment and your wallet.  However, once you start researching cloth diaper options, it's easy to become overwhelmed. Here are tips to help make your decision a little easier.

The first key to buying cloth diapers is understanding the lingo.

An all-in-one diaper is your easiest option. All-in-one means that the diaper has both absorbency and wetness barrier in one piece. All-in-ones tend to be just as easy to use as disposables. They are a great choice for dads and daycares that are wary about using cloth.

Prefolds are the opposite of what the name suggests- they are not pre-folded at all. They are just a flat cotton square. You have to fold them yourself, and then cover them with a diaper cover. These are the cheapest option, but are also the least user-friendly. It can be difficult to properly fold the diaper onto a squiggling baby, and then put on a diaper cover as well.

A one-size diaper easily adjusts to grow with your baby. These diapers usually fit a baby from 7 pounds to 35 pounds. A one-size diaper is the most economical of the all-in-ones, because it theoretically should last you from birth all the way through potty training. This is cheaper than buying sized diapers and replacing them three to four times as your baby grows.

Sized diapers are usually all-in-ones that come in sizes: small, medium and large. Sized diapers tend to fit better on newborns, but are a more expensive option since you will be buying the additional sizes as your baby grows.

Researching cloth diapers online is a great way to gather information. But the best way to really grasp cloth diapering is to go to a local store and see the diapers for yourself.

The Giggling Green Bean is a wonderful resource for new mamas. They can tell you everything you need to know about cloth diapering. If you want comprehensive training, attend one if their cloth diaper 101 classes.

For those of you in the south metro, check out Sweet Beginnings. Their cloth diaper selection is not quite as large as the Giggling Green Bean, but they carry all the most popular brands.

Check back in the next few days for reviews on popular cloth diapers to help you make an informed choice.


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