Lately, I’ve been seriously loving the diaper covers. Prefolds and covers have been a method of cloth diapers that’s been around for… well, pretty much ever, though what the covers are made of and how they are styled have changed over the years. I’m not really feeling the prefold love these days… but cloth diaper covers? Covers are awesome.
Recently, I saw a post on my local cloth diapering group. A mom had just bought some cloth diaper covers and realized that they were not like her beloved pocket diapers. She didn’t know what they were actually for, so she asked the group.
I was about to answer… and then I realized that there’s no way that I could write a short answer about the wonders of cloth diaper covers. Rather than post something that’s tl;dr (too long; didn’t read or “teal deer”) on a Facebook wall, I figured that making a nice blog post with visual aids made more sense.
Cloth diaper covers are pretty versatile things. You can get cloth diaper covers in a variety of formats: basic, yoked, doubled gussets, or a snap in insert.
Basic Cloth Diaper Covers
Your basic cloth diaper covers are a single piece of PUL or TPU with a closure of either Velcro or snaps. You just lay whatever you put inside the diaper down over the cover, put your baby down on top, and close it up. These are often a part of a lower price cloth diapering system with flats, prefolds, or contour diapers.
Double Gusset Cloth Diaper Covers
Double gusset diaper covers are just what they sound like: a cover that is very similar to your basic cloth diaper covers, except they include a double gusset to contain potentially explosive and oozy newborn or breastfed baby poo.
All-in-Two/Hybrid Cloth Diaper Covers
All-in-Two and hybrid systems are your basic cloth diaper cover with a twist. Some have a yoke style to them in order to keep the insert in place. Others have a snap-in method for their inserts. You can use the designed inserts with the hybrid cloth diaper covers, or you can mix and match your inserts for a fun experiment. (Here’s a handy dandy chart to compare some all-in-two cloth diaper covers.)
Advantages of Cloth Diaper Covers
Cloth diaper covers are often lower priced and exceptional versatile. You can use multiple types of diapers inside the covers (whether it’s a hybrid or all-in-two system or a basic cover). Cloth diaper covers will also dry significantly faster than all-in-one diapers. In fact, a Best Bottom diaper shell can dry in just a couple of hours on my drying rack.
Have you ever used cloth diaper covers? Which did you prefer?