The 6 Types Of Cloth Diapers You Need To Know About

Cloth diapers are no longer plain, boring, and inconvenient. Nowadays, cloth diapers are easy-to-clean and have been designed to be as easy to use as disposables. Besides that, you no longer need safety pins to hold them together!

Eco-friendly, comfortable, and natural, here are 6 types of cloth diapers all parents need to know about:

1. Prefold cloth diapers

Prefold cloth diapers are the OG of all cloth diapers. Although these may not be as convenient as some of the other choices, prefolds are highly affordable and versatile. They are rectangular in shape and can be fastened with diaper fasteners. However, you will need to buy larger sizes as your little love grows.

Try Gerber Organic Birdseye Prefold Cloth Diaper (5-piece), available on for $14.99.


2. Fitted cloth diapers

As The Natural Baby Company puts it, fitted cloth diapers consist of multiple layers of absorbent material (i.e. cotton, hemp and bamboo). And that’s not all, these have leg and back elastic, and are highly absorbent. While fitted diaper cloths do not require folding, it does not have a waterproof outer layer.

Try Bummis Dimple Organic Diaper, available on for $23.99.

3. Pocket (or sleeves) diapers

Dubbed the first true “modern cloth diaper”, the pocket diaper is made up of a waterproof cover and has a polyester lining that acts as a pocket between the lining and the cover. This allows you to insert an absorbent pad or prefold cloth diaper into the pocket. Moreover, these are easy to fasten on your baby, but it tends to have a bulky and poor fit.

Try QAQADU Reusable Pocket Diaper, available on for $29.99.

4. Contour diapers

A contour cloth diaper is the modern version of a prefold. Its hourglass-shape design gives a closer fit to your baby’s bum. Furthermore, fabric options may include cotton fleece, cotton terry, bamboo, or even flannelette.

Try Bumkins Reusable Cloth Diaper Contour Soaker, Available on for $16.70.

5. All-in-one diapers 

The name says it all! The All-in-one (AIO) diapers are a one-piece diaper that consist of a set of absorbency layers that are sewn inside of an outer waterproof cover. These are widely-used by many as they are very convenient for quick changes. Even so, the AIOs are pretty pricey.

Try Blueberry Newborn Simplex All In One Cloth Diapers (2-pack), available on for $35.95.

6. Hybrid cloth diapers

Also known as the All-in-two (or AI2), hybrid cloth diapers consist of a diaper cover where you can insert a variety of absorbency layers into. It is designed as a system to make it as easy as possible for parents to diaper their babies naturally. Although they are generally easy to use, the hybrid cloth diapers lack contoured fits on the interior – which may lead to leakage.

Try bumGenius One-Size Snap Cloth Diaper 4.0, available on for $16.95.

Also, do check out our buying guide on baby bottles here.

Sources: ParentingThe Natural Baby Company.