Alright, on to the next type of cloth diaper. Are you excited? Here is part 1 – prefolds for those who missed it.
Contour diapers are very similar to prefolds. You need to use either pins or a snappi to keep them closed. You can also just place them in a cover and the cover will keep them closed. Contour diapers are basically what they sound like, contours. They are are cut out to look like a diaper but have no elastic or way of keeping them closed. There are a couple of name brand contour diapers, like Kissaluvs and Imse Vimse. They are usually made of cotton of sorts, whether that is flannel or terry or regular old cotton. I think these must be purchased in specific sizes (S, M, L), but there may be someone out there who makes a one-size contour diaper. I was just looking at the Imse Vimse contours, and some of them do have elastic at the legs. These are also pretty affordable starting at around $5 or $6 each, but going up to $10-$15, depending on the material and company. I’m sure there are probably some bamboo or hemp contour diapers out there somewhere as well. You can also make your own contour diapers from prefold diapers in the case that you aren’t into folding your diapers and want them to go on easier or something.
Pre-fitted diapers are pretty much the same as contour diapers. However I think that most pre-fitted diapers do have elastic in the legs and often at the back as well. These diapers and the contours are not nearly as popular as other types of diapers. Again these are made mostly of cotton or prefold diapers. There are a couple of companies that make them, but for the most part I think these are homemade.
Fitted diapers are very popular. They are the next step from the pre-fitted diapers. They contain elastic at the legs and waist. Fitted diapers require a cover as well, although many moms just let their babies roam around without one as long as they are at home and not wearing clothes over top of the diaper. These diapers all have some sort of closing mechanism built in, such as aplix (higher quality velcro) or snaps. There are oodles of companies that make fitted diapers. These are made in tons of materials, such as cotton, hemp, bamboo, cotton velour, bamboo velour, really most anything you can imagine. There are many diapers with cute patterns. Fitted diapers come in multiple sizes from newborn to large. They also come in one-size. These diapers can range in price from $5 up to $30 or $40. I would say most are in the $10-$20 range. There are some extremely popular brands, such as Goodmama and Muttaqins, which are on the expensive end to begin with, but will also fetch much more at an online auction. These diapers are also very hard to get a hold of, and must be ‘stalked’ online at the places they are sold. I have yet to get one of either of them. They both are supposedly very nice, well fitting diapers and the most prized ones are the one size diapers that they make.
We have a whole collection of fitted diapers for the newborn stage. Some of the ones we have are Thristies, Nanipoos, Kissaluvs, Swaddlebees, Spooky Kitty Collective, and Righteous Baby.
One thing to remember with fitted diapers is that each diaper will fit differently (or so I am told). So depending on if your baby is short and fat or tall and skinny or any combination in between depends on what diaper will fit best. This is why I have so many different diapers for the beginning. I don’t have that many actual diapers, just lots of different brands and styles to see what will fit the little munchkin. Many of the newborn size diapers will only fit up to about 10 or 11 pounds, so if you tend to give birth to large babies it might be best to just skip the newborn size diapers. I have no idea what size kid I will have, but I hope it will be 7 or 8 pounds. Another thing with the newborn size diapers is that many of them offer a fold down thing in the front to help avoid the cord stump in the beginning. Some of the diapers are cut with a little dip in them, others have snaps that hold them into position.
Fitted diapers are made in a variety of ways. Some have lay-in soakers, some have sewn-in or snap-in soakers, and others the layers are all sewn together. The lay-in and sewn-in soakers are better because they dry much faster. Soakers are basically extra layers of fabric that are sewn together to provide extra protection in the wet/poop area, kind of like a pad would provide for a mother. Some soakers are oval shaped, others have a little contour to them. Fitted diapers will also have a lot of different layers and all the makers will tell you what the different layers are made of. Many use a variety of materials to provide better absorbency.
Ok, I think that about wraps it up for this segment of Cloth Diapers 101. Everyone getting all this? Up next is covers, since I have now discussed all the types of cloth diapers that require a cover in order to be waterproof.