There are many reasons why people choose cloth nappies over disposable, from environmental reasons to monetary.
It can all be a bit daunting when you first start looking into cloth nappies, all the different types and opinions, can be a bit overwhelming, so I am going to break it down for you and explain the different types of nappies:
All In One – This type of nappy has the inserts attached so there is no ‘stuffing’ of nappies, once washed and dried they are ready to go!
Pocket Nappy – These nappies are usually sold with inserts, 2 per nappy, there is a pocket in the back of the nappy for you to pop the inserts in. When washing you need to take inserts out and wash separately. These are convenient as you can use more or less inserts depending on your babies needs.
2 Part Nappy and Wrap – These nappies look a bit like disposables but come in bamboo, microfibre or cotton, they do not have a waterproof pul layer built in so need a separate wrap. These are a convenient nappy as the nappy part is ready to go, no inserts needed and the wrap will keep baby dry.
Prefold – A prefold is a square or rectangle shape and is folded over into a rectangle and placed into a wrap. These can be an economical way of trying cloth as you do not need to change the wrap with each nappy change only the prefold will need changed.
No type of nappy is better or worse then any other, once you start using them you will see what suits your family and lifestyle. When starting out it can be beneficial to buy them second hand and try out a few different types until you find which one suits you best before you invest in them. Sometimes people have different preferences for day and night time nappies.