First of, Thanks to Beth @ Happily Domestic for hosting a great blog and for promoting the use of cloth diapers. Ever since I was in highschool I knew I was going to be a mommy and I wanted to be the best mommy. There wasn't lots of information that I could find and not many mommies in my area who even use cloth diapers and then I found the wide world web was packed with information.
There are so many options out there and a wide range of prices to. That was a big challenge for us, the price. I would see so many cute diapers with patterns and that would go great with different outfits and the price was $20 and up! My hubby and I talked about it and we decided that the best choice for us would be covers and prefolds.
Why did we choose covers and prefolds? We thought about it and said that our babies bums would be covered most of the time, so we really didn't need purchase diapers or covers that were "pretty." We also found that we could buy seconds or covers on clereance for as low as $5 and prefolds were $1-$2 each. So that was it, we started searching and buying different types of prefolds to see what would work best for us and for our little one.
Yup, there are so many different kinds of prefolds.
Chinese: Chinese prefolds are first, imported from China. They pill up more, which means they become more 'bumpy,' but they have to be washed up to 10 times and are a bit more pricey at some websites.
Indian: Indian prefolds are imported from Pakistan. They are super absorbent and soft with a softer weave. Some say the edges fray easier, but mine has done fine. I only have one, it was only a $1.00! You only need to wash them up to three times before use.
European: I have not heard much about European prefolds only that they are not as soft as chinese or indian. Of course they to are imported from Europe and they have a negative reputation.
Hemp: If you are thinking about using prefolds you have to try hemp! I myself only bought one because it is hard to find one less than $7! Yup, they are pricely steeped. Hemp is one of the most durable, longlasting and absorbent natural fibres out there. Most hemp prefolds are made with a fleece texture (Hemp Fleece) and once again, made to last. Also, if you find that your baby may get rashes with regular diapers or even with cotton prefolds, try out Hemp. Hemp is resistant to mold and mildew.
Organic: Almost every kind of prefold now comes in an "Organic" option. All this means is that there was no pestisides used during the growing of the cotton. There are also many different "stamps" that can be used and there are different industries that can label something "organic" but it may not have the same specifics or tests that they other "organic" diapers/prefolds went through. So, if you really want to be a green mommy, research where and how these diapers were made. Organic prefolds are also known to shrink up to 10%. Price can go up to $5 per prefold.
Bleched: Lots of moms are confused and do not know to choose bleached or non-bleached prefolds. Bleached doesn't mean that they through clorox on them, it means that they have been pre-washed and all the gunk that accumulated on the diapers during manufacturing is removed before it arrives to you.
Non-bleached: Lots of moms do not choose non-bleach just be they have a darker tint on them. There is no real difference in the realiability of the diaper. It is the exact same diaper. These you may find as low as $.50 each. I find mamas will
Shepra: Shepra is new to the cloth diaper world. It is 100% cotton and sewn with a terry-like finish. I tried researched exactly what or why it is called shepra, but could not find any info on it. Most Shepra prefolds are as long as small prefolds, but are a bit wider. Shepra also stretches and SUPER SOFT! This might be something you would want to use on a premie or infant. These could also double up as a wipe. Shepra prefolds are in the mid-range of price: $4-8.
Prefold Fitted: Prefold fitteds are like chinese prefolds that have a contour shape and have velcro or no velcro on the tabs. These would be best for moms who want something easier but cheaper than an AIO (All-in-one). If you want a trimmer look under your cover this would be best for you as well. I'm not too sure, but I beleive you would be able to dye these as well as regular prefolds. They range from $6-$10.
Fitted: Fitted diapers is another diaper that can very in price. These diapers also come in organic, bleached or non, pattern and much more options. Fitted diapers are exactly what they are called. They have elastic sewn in around the legs and sometimes the back. These would be one of the trimmest type of diaper and can be worn with or without a cover. I would think these are best for newborns or toddlers who are potty training. As I mentioned, prices can very so much.
There are so many different types of covers as well. The best type of cover in my opinion are Thirsties because they are so affordable! You also have so many options with diaper covers as far as color and pattern. I suggest that you research and see all the different options available. They also now have covers that can grow with your baby into their toddler years.
Thank you for reading my post and if you have any questions please contact me or leave a comment. I got all my information from personal experience as well as from GreenMountain Diapers, Cotton Babies and other webistes. To read more posts about different types of Cloth Diapers head on over to Beth's site at Happily Domestic.