There are various types of cloth diapers on the market. How do you choose the one that's right for you? It depends on your lifestyle, your budget, and your needs. Remember, what works for one parent, isn't always what's best for you!
All-in-ones: All-in-one (AIO) diapers are the most like a disposable diaper. The absorbent materials are attached to the diaper. You just fasten it on your baby using either snaps or hook and loop (velcro). After the diaper is washed, there is no extra steps to prepare the diaper to be worn again. AIO diapers tend to be the most expensive option, but there are lower cost options available.
Pockets: Pocket diapers are the most common type of modern cloth diaper used. Pocket diapers have a waterproof outer layer with a fabric lining on the inside. The diaper contains a opening between the two layers. In this opening you stuff the diaper with an insert to absorb the wetness.
All-in-twos: All-in-two (AI2) diapers have two parts: a waterproof cover and an absorbent soaker. The soaker lays inside the cover instead of being stuffed into a pocket. Many times, you can reuse the outer shell and replace it with clean soakers at each diaper change.
Fitteds: Fitted diapers are a contour shaped diaper that fits around the whole diapering area. They are very absorbent and a wonderful nighttime solution. You will need a diaper cover to make it waterproof.
Flats: Flat diapers are a large rectangular, single sheet of fabric, usually cotton. They are similar to a prefold, but require more folding. There are various folding techniques to get the absorbency in the area your child needs it. You will need a diaper cover to make it waterproof. This is another economical way to cloth diaper.
Hybrids: Hybrid diapers are for the parents that want the option to use cloth or disposable diapers! Hybrids have a waterproof cover and come with the option of cloth or disposable soakers that lay in the cover.
Is there a cloth diaper brand that you've yet to try but have been thinking about, or have you tried every cloth diaper style imaginable? What's your current favorite?