A pregnant mother has a lot to think about. A lot on their mind, and often not enough time to make decisions. However, without information available, they lack the ability to truly make an informed decision. One decision that most parents never truly make is what to put on their child’s bottom, or whether or not they even have to cover the child’s bottom.
Cloth diapers are not just prefolds and flats with pins. In fact, some parents choose to go this “simple” route, since it is cheapest and for the ease of use. However there are additional options including:
all in one diapers
all in two diapers
All in one diapers are diapers that are one piece and water-proof. These work similarly to a disposable diaper — they have an outer layer, often made of PUL, and an inner layer that is absorbent.
All in two diapers have an outer later that is water-proof (again often PUL is used), and an inner layer which is absorbent, but may come out or be only partially sewn in – people who choose this often enjoy the fact that the diaper is only one piece to worry about, but drying time is often quicker.
Pocket diapers often look like all in one diapers, so you will see a water-proof outer layer and an inner layer but nothing in between. Instead, a caregiver will place or stuff “inserts” between the two layers. These are customizable in absorbency and often dry quicker than the two mentioned above.
Fitted diapers are not water proof, and so are made up of multiple absorbent layers. Often parents choose this due to skin allergy or not wanting to have their child have their skin next to un-natural materials. Popular materials are cotton, organic/unbleached cotton, bamboo (rayon made from bamboo), and hemp.
Fitted diapers often have a cute print on the outer layer, and more makers of cloth diapers are choosing to have fashionable water-proof diapers (all in ones, all in twos, and pocket diapers) more fashionable by having a PUL layer placed on cute fabric or have a hidden waterproof layer.
Another option is to use g-diapers or the new FLIP diapers. These allow the parents to not have to wash full diapers. Instead, the inside portion that is absorbent may be disposable, or they may choose to use a simple prefold or special insert that lays into a cover. Many die-hard cloth diaper-ers may find this to be a suitable compromise while travelling.
Finally, some parents decide that they do not want their child to be in a dirty diaper more than necessary or at all. These parents may choose natural infant hygiene, also known as elimination communication. This allows a parent to keep their child diaper-free while watching the baby for cues as to when they need to eliminate. Parents may then use the baby’s cues to help teach the baby to signal their need to eliminate. This may be by using the SSSS sound and holding up the pinky when the child is eliminating or making a grunting noise when the child is having a bowel movement.
More information on products to encourage elimination communication can be found at online stores such as theecstore.com/. Cloth Diapers can be found online and in many boutique stores. A few to check out are www.momsmilkboutique.com and www.kellyscloset.com. Parents can find custom and fashionable cloth diapers at www.hyenacart.com and www.thegoodmama.com