Also known as AIO’s these fitter diapers have an outer waterproof layer and absorbent inner portion. Ideal for out of home use as they’re very similar to using disposables, with the obvious benefits of cloth.
A waterproof cover with an absorbent insert which can be either cloth or a biodegradable and/or flushable insert. This diaper can give you the ease of disposables without the contribution to the landfill. However beware of the cost, covers come in multiple sizes and if choosing disposable inserts you will have the same recurring cost as disposables.
This is what it appears, a one-size diaper that adjusts with your child as they grow. Typically an AIO it changes the rise and height of the diaper by adjusting snaps, elastic and/or Velcro setting so that it will fit your baby from birth to potty training. Often the diaper of choice as it is a one-time investment that proves economical as you are not required to purchase multiple sizes.
Pocket diapers are a two-piece diapering system usually a soft fleece or bamboo on the inside and a waterproof outer layer. An absorbent insert is placed inside of the two pieces making it act as an all-in-one system but with the added benefit of faster drying cycles as the insert comes out for washing. With a pocket diaper you are washing the entire diaper (diaper & insert) with each use.
Fitted diapers look similar to disposables as they have a contoured shape, gussets around the legs and fasten with either Velcro or snaps. However this diaper requires an additional waterproof diaper cover, which is a completely independent of the fitted diaper. Similar in nature to pre-folds you may just be able to change the fitted diaper and may not need to change the cover with each diaper change.
Pre-fold diapers are often referred to as old school cloth diapering and remain a very economical option often being the least expensive. They are generally rectangular in shape though there are some square ones on the market. They are divided lengthwise in 3 sections with the thickest being the middle which requires the most absorbency. They can either be enclosed in a Velcro or snap fastened waterproof cover, or can be done up with Snappi fasteners or old fashioned safety pins.
Covers are used with your fitted or pre-fold diapers to provide the waterproof barrier. They are usually made from a polyester or vinyl but you can also use wool and fleece covers which provide more breathability.