Cloth Diaper Dictionary
Long gone are the days of a just a square piece of cloth and safety pins. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of Mamas who still use this technique, however we now have access to many types of diapers.
Disclaimer I am by no means an expert on cloth just yet, but I am getting the hang of it and it is getting easier. I will give you the same advice that was given to me; invest in different styles of diapers so that you can try them out before committing to one type. There is no way to know which diaper will work until baby is earthside and the diaper is on their bum.
When traveling into unknown territory, it is much easier to navigate when you can speak the language. Here is your cloth diaper dictionary. Please comment below if I have left anything out.
AI2/Hybrid These diapers have a waterproof cover that you can reuse for more than one change if it does not get soiled. The insert is to be removed and replaced by a new insert. If the cover gets dirty, replace the entire diaper and start over.
AIO(All in Ones) Everything is included in this diaper. It is the closest to a disposable. You will need to replace the entire diaper with each change.
Covers Made from a waterproof material. They are typically used with flats, prefolds, or fitteds. They can be used as night time diapers.
Fitteds A diaper that is completely absorbent. Most will need to be covered with a waterproof shell unless it is a hybrid fitted. These are commonly used for night time diapers.
Flats A large square of fabric that you can fold around baby, secure with a fastener or safety pin, and cover with a waterproof shell. Some people use it as an insert to add extra absorbency.
Pockets A waterproof cover used with an insert. The insert can be used in the pocket or you can lay the insert inside the diaper on top. You will need to replace the entire diaper with each change.
Prefolds A thick square of fabric that you can fold around baby, secure with a snappi, and cover with a waterproof shell. Some people use it as an insert to add extra absorbency.
Hemp This is a great option for heavy wetters, it is one of the most absorbent inserts. It is a very trim. The only down side is that it absorbs slowly so it is best paired with a microfiber or flour sack towel insert. $$$
Bamboo This is a great option for heavy wetters as well, it absorbs a lot of liquid, similar to the hemp inserts. It is a very trim. It is also a slow absorber so I suggest pairing it with a microfiber or flour sack towel insert. $$
Flour Sack Towel(FST) This is a hidden gem in the diaper world! It is literally a kitchen towel. You can fold it around baby and secure with snappis just like a flat. You can also pair it up with another insert to create a workhorse of a diaper, it is great for heavy wetters. It can be bulky once folded, however if you can sew the edges like this, it is a very trim insert. $
Microfiber(MF) Many pocket diapers will come with a microfiber insert. It is very fast absorbing. MF is notorious for causing compression leaks. Once it has reached maximum capacity, the liquid will come back out. It is best to pair it with either hemp or bamboo. MF can be very bulky. $
Charcoal Bamboo Insert(CBI) Most people consider CBI's to be glorified microfiber. They are microfiber with shreds of bamboo on top. Similar to MF, CBI's can cause compression leaks. Once it has reached maximum capacity, the liquid will come back out. It is best to pair it with either hemp or bamboo. CBI's are very bulky. $
Diapering Accessories and Nicknames
Aplix/Hook & Loop Velcro to secure the diaper, very similar to a disposable diaper
Bleaching If you end up with mold, maggots, or pre loved diapers who had a bad wash routine How to bleach your diapers
Diaper Sprayer A sprayer that hooks up to the clean water tank on your toilet. You use this to spray poop off diapers.
Fluff Butt Cloth diaper wearing baby
Fluff Mail Diaper mail
Prepping Washing your diapers 3-4 times before use. Diapers become more absorbent with each wash.
Rise The snaps on the diaper that cause the leg circles to fit around baby's legs.
Snaps Buttons that snap together to fasten the diaper
Snappi A fastener for cloth diapers - new version of the safety pins
Sposie Disposable diaper
Spray Pal A clipboard with a shield to use while spraying poop off of your diapers
Stripping Removing minerals from the diapers - suggested to do any time you purchase pre loved diapers How to strip your diapers
Wet Bag The bag you use to store dirty diapers
Please check out Fluff Love University for more information on cloth diapers! They really know their stuff!
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Brand of washing machine, model number
Detergent ( cloth safe detergents )
Hard/soft water, you need to test it. This is very important
A picture of your control panel on your washing machine