MODERN TYPES OF DIAPERS IN COMPARISON

When customers come into the showroom, we often start by sitting down and going through the different diaper types. I start by showing them prefolds and covers, then the fitteds with covers. Both of these options require a diaper cover. Moving on I show them the pocket diaper and how to stuff it, "remember the insert is like a pillow and the diaper shell like the pillow case pull the diaper shell up over the insert." As the brain of the caregiver becomes increasingly overwhelmed with diaper types, we show them the all-in-one diaper--it's just one piece and so easy to use. Lastly, we show them the one-size diapers and explain how they fit across the sizes. Oh and before they actually think they understand the varying types we amaze them by pointing out that a lot of the words like pocket and one-size can apply to the other types of diapers as well so that we have for example a pocket fitted and a one-size all-in-one in our diapering line up. I guess it is similar to naming the species as soon as you set up a classification system there is bound to be some types that just won't fit into the right box.

With this in mind and being a visual person myself, I thought it best to display the diapering choices in the form of charts. Reference the charts below to get a better idea of the diaper types and their advantages and disadvantages.


Flat Diapers - flat diapers are large squares or rectangles of fabric that are folded up and used for diapering. Not in common use today but recommended for camping or international travel where hand washing and line drying may be required.


Cover NeededWash after each UseAssembly NeededEase of UseDry TimeAverage Unit Cost BenefitDisadvantageBrands
CottonYesYes552$4.41Versatile and easy to hand wash and hang dry.Requires excessive folding techniques. Imse Vimse
Hemp/CottonYesYes553$7.50Versatile and easy to hand wash and hang dry. Made of a modern hemp blend fabric for absorbency.Requires excessive folding techniques. Hemp Babies
Assembly Needed Challenge: (5) Moderate (4) Easy (3) None Needed(1)

Ease of use: Challenge (5) Moderate (4) Easy (3) Extremely Easy(1)

Dry Time: Long 60+min (5) Short 15 min/ (2) Potential for Reasonable Hang Dry (1)


Prefold Diapers - Rectangular diapers that require less folding than flat diapers. Diapers come in various sizes to fit from newborn to toddler. Diapers can be folded in many ways to meet varying needs.


Cover NeededWash after each UseAssembly NeededEase of UseDry TimeAverage Unit Cost BenefitDisadvantageBrands
CottonYesYes444$1.10-$2.60Standard diaper staple, inexpensive, fairly versatileRequires folding. Green Earth Textiles
Hemp/CottonYesYes445$5.95-$9.56Standard diaper in a modern hemp blend. Highly absorbent. Fairly versatile

Requires folding.BabyKicks, Hemp Babies

Assembly Needed Challenge: (5) Moderate (4) Easy (3) None Needed(1)

Ease of use: Challenge (5) Moderate (4) Easy (3) Extremely Easy(1)

Dry Time: Long 60+min (5) Short 15 min/ (2) Potential for Reasonable Hang Dry (1)


Fitted Diapers - Rectangular diapers that require less folding than flat diapers. Diapers come in various sizes to fit from newborn to toddler. Diapers can be folded in many ways to meet varying needs.


Cover NeededWash after each UseAssembly NeededEase of UseDry TimeAverage Unit Cost BenefitDisadvantageBrands
StandardYesYes125$10.50 - $14.00Easy to use. Great containment for a newborn. Can take a long cycle to dry. Are size specific.Heiny Huggers, Kissaluvs, Thirsties FAB
Flap SoakersYesYes234$15.95 - $23.95Flaps make this diaper easier to wash and dry.Flaps may have to be situated as you put the diaper on.Swaddlebees
PocketYesYes333$13.95 - $14.95Pocket gives flexibility in your absorbency. Add as much or as little as your baby needs. Requires assembly before use. Must stuff Pocket.Happy Hempy, Swaddlebees

Assembly Needed Challenge: (5) Moderate (4) Easy (3) None Needed(1)

Ease of use: Challenge (5) Moderate (4) Easy (3) Extremely Easy(1)

Dry Time: Long 60+min (5) Short 15 min/ (2) Potential for Reasonable Hang Dry (1)


Diaper Covers - Diaper covers are the water resistant barrier needed over flat, prefold and fitted diapers.


Cover NeededWash after each UseAssembly NeededEase of UseDry TimeAverage Unit Cost BenefitDisadvantageBrands
PULn/aNo131$11.00 - $21.95Lightweight, Flexible, Easy to care for.Generally using prefolds/fitteds with covers is considered more work than a pocket or an AIO diaper.Bummis, Swaddlebees, Imse Vimse, Blueberry, Thirsties, Starbunz
Fleecen/aNo131$14.95-$17.00Very BreathableBulkier than PUL covers.Bummis, Swaddlebees, Baby Soft Wraps
Wooln/aNo131$21.95-$27.95More BreathableHand wash care.Imse Vimse, Swaddlebees, LoveyBums

Assembly Needed Challenge: (5) Moderate (4) Easy (3) None Needed(1)

Ease of use: Challenge (5) Moderate (4) Easy (3) Extremely Easy(1)

Dry Time: Long 60+min (5) Short 15 min/ (2) Potential for Reasonable Hang Dry (1)


Pocket Diapers - pocket diapers are designed to be trim, easy to use diapers without sacrificing washability or extending drying time. Diapers are made with a stay dry interior fabric and a waterproof outer fabric. The two layers form a pocket that an absorbent pad can be placed into. Slide the absorbent pad into the diaper, for a quick and easy to use diaper.


Cover NeededWash after each UseAssembly NeededEase of UseDry TimeAverage Unit Cost BenefitDisadvantageBrands
Front SnapNoYes32natural fiber insert - 4 $17.95 - $27.95Trim and as absorbent as you need. Snaps can sometimes be intimidating. Diaper must be stuffed before use. Unstuffed before washing.Blueberry, FuzziBunz
microterry insert - 2
Side SnapNoYes32natural fiber insert - 4 $21.95 - $27.95Trim and adjustable in absorbency. Snap design good for babies with changing body shapes.Snaps can sometimes be intimidating. Diaper must be stuffed before use. Unstuffed before washing.Swaddlebees, Starbunz
microterry insert - 2
Hook and LoopNoYes32natural fiber insert - 4 $15.95 - $27.95Diaper once stuffed is considered as easy to use as a disposable.Hook and loop require you to use laundry tabs to protect the hooks during washing. Diaper must be stuffed before use. Unstuffed before washing.Happy Heiny, Swaddlebees, Blueberry, Drybees.
microterry insert - 2
Assembly Needed Challenge: (5) Moderate (4) Easy (3) None Needed(1)

Ease of use: Challenge (5) Moderate (4) Easy (3) Extremely Easy(1)

Dry Time: Long 60+min (5) Short 15 min/ (2) Potential for Reasonable Hang Dry (1)


All-in-Two (AI2) Diapers - AI2 diapers are designed to be easy to use diapers without sacrificing washability or extending drying time. Diapers are designed with shells and soakers. Soakers can be exchanged with shells throughout the day so more soakers are needed than shells.


Cover NeededWash after each UseAssembly NeededEase of UseDry TimeAverage Unit Cost BenefitDisadvantageBrands
Snap-in SoakerNoOnly Soaker314$12.95Snap together for AIO type convenience. Reuse shell. Soaker is snapped in for each diaper.Baby Soft Wraps
Lay-in SoakerNoOnly Soaker22 4 $18.95 - $27.95Shell can be reused. Natural FibersLay in soaker before putting diaper on baby.Econappi, Mini Econappi, Tiny Tush Elite
Assembly Needed Challenge: (5) Moderate (4) Easy (3) None Needed(1)

Ease of use: Challenge (5) Moderate (4) Easy (3) Extremely Easy(1)

Dry Time: Long 60+min (5) Short 15 min/ (2) Potential for Reasonable Hang Dry (1)


All-in-One (AIO) Diapers - all in one diapers are a one piece diaper solution. No pieces to put together. Wash and dry all as one piece.


Cover NeededWash after each UseAssembly NeededEase of UseDry TimeAverage Unit Cost BenefitDisadvantageBrands
StandardNoYes115$12.95Easy to use. Dry time seems to be high and adding absorbency is more difficult.BumGenius XS
Flap SoakersNoYes22natural fiber insert - 4 $20.95 - $29.99Opens up for faster drying. Adding absorbency is usually easy.Flap soakers may have to be situated while putting the diaper on.Mommy's Touch, Imse Vimse, Starbunz, Bumgenius Organic
microterry insert - 2
PocketNoYes3 or 124$16.95 - $21.95The easiness of an AIO when needed with the versatility to add absorbency for nap or night time.Main disadvantage is the drying time.Swaddlebees, Blueberry, Thirsties, BumGenius Deluxe 3.0
Assembly Needed Challenge: (5) Moderate (4) Easy (3) None Needed(1)

Ease of use: Challenge (5) Moderate (4) Easy (3) Extremely Easy(1)

Dry Time: Long 60+min (5) Short 15 min/ (2) Potential for Reasonable Hang Dry (1)


One-Size (OS) Diapers - one-size diapers merge the convenience of a designed diaper with economics.