Friday, January 28, 2011

Attention Malaysian Mommies - Here's Some of the Cloth Diaper Styles

Prefolds: A prefold diaper is a rectangular cloth diaper that is sewn in such a way that the middle of three sections is the thickest, where absorbency is needed. In order to be waterproof, a prefold needs to be covered with a diaper cover/wrap. A prefold can be folded (in many different ways) around the baby's bottom and pinned with diaper pins or snappi fasteners. Or, more simply, a prefold can also be folded in thirds and simply placed inside a snug-fitting cover. A prefold can also be used as a stuffing material in a pocket diaper.
Flat Folds or Flat/Square Diapers: These are single-ply square diapers. This is an economical diaper that you often find in stores. However, what you find in stores may not be very effective for diapering but may be used as liners. Flannel or birdseye are fabrics you can consider using to sew your own flat folds.
Fitted Diapers: Fitted diapers look and work a lot like disposable diapers. They are contoured and have elastic (and sometimes gussets) sewn in the legs to help contain messes. They fasten at the waist with a hook and loop type closure or snaps. Fitted diapers are often sewn with layers of absorbent material inside the middle of the diaper. Some fitted diapers have extra soaker pads on the outside middle of the diaper that are sewn on one edge.or snapped in place for extra absorbency. These extra layers are removable or partially removable to aid in drying time. Fitted diapers need to be covered with a waterproof cover to keep clothes dry.
All-in-Ones (AIOs): All-in-One diapers are a fitted diaper and a waterproof cover sewn as an all-in-one diaper. They are convenient and go on and off just like a disposable. They are great for outings, for babysitters or anyone who needs to change your baby and needs the simplicity or convenience, but they probably aren't the most practical solution. Frequent washings reduce the waterproof outer cover (regular covers don't need to be washed with every diaper change) and they often take a long time to dry.
Pocket Diapers: Pocket diapers, designed by Tereson of Fuzzi Bunz in 1998 are diapers that have an outer layer made of a waterproof outer layer and a wicking inner layer. A pocket, at the back of the diaper allows the diaper to be stuffed with as much absorbent material that is needed at the time. It could be called a customizable all-in-one diaper.
Covers/Wraps: These are waterproof or water resistant covers or wraps that fit over fitted and prefold diapers to keep moisture away from clothes. They can be made out of many different materials, such as PUL, wool and fleece. They can pull-on or fasten with hook-and-loop closures or snaps.
Soakers: Soakers are highly absorbent layers of fabric sewn into the middle of a diaper. They can be inside the diaper, partially sewn in as a flap, or designed to snap into the diaper. This term is also used to refer to wool and fleece covers because they aren't fully waterproof and allow some moisture to soak in while still keeping the baby and outer clothes dry.
Doublers: Doublers are similar to soakers. They are made of several layers of rectangular shaped absorbent cloth and lay inside a diaper as an extra absorbent layer. Some people also call these liners.
Liners: Liners are made of a thin, non-absorbent material, such as microfleece and serve to keep both moisture away from the baby's skin and poop from sticking to the diaper. Biodegradable, flushable liners are also available. Flat diapers that you buy in the store, which are usually not effective as diapers, can work as liners instead.
Inserts: This term is often used to refer to whatever is stuffed inside a pocket diaper.

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