This post is part of the Focus on Fluff cloth diapering series.
As I mentioned earlier in this series, there are a few cloth diapers that need covers to be completely leak-proof. Namely, the fitted diapers and prefolds. Thankfully, there are many effective (and cute!) diaper covers to choose from.
There are two types of cloth diaper covers that are popular and redily available: wool and PUL. We will look at both of them in greater detail below…
If you like using natural fibers, these covers may be for you. They are made out of 100% wool, which is water-resistant and breathable. This makes them perfect for babies that tend to have diaper rashes. These covers tend to be a bit expensive, so if you are on a strict budget, you may need to save up for them or make you own.
Most wool covers, also known as soakers, look like the one above. You can make your own wool diaper cover from a sweater. They are a very simple and much cheaper than buying new ones. (I’m not much of a seamstress and I’ve made a couple using sweaters I found at the thrift store!) There are two types of sweater soakers: shorties and longies. Shorties are like little wool shorts and Longies are similar to leggings. You can find several Etsy shops that make these as well.
Almost all other cloth diaper covers are made with polyurethane laminated (PUL) material, which is basically thin, water-proof fabric similar to plastic. The outer layer of diaper covers are usually polyester or some other synthetic material.
You can purchase covers with hoop and lock (velcro/aplix) or snaps. As I mentioned before, there are advantages and disadvantages to both. Diaper covers with velcro allow for a more adjustable size range and better fit, while the ones with snaps are more durable and are not easily taken off by little hands. I have personally found those made with snaps to stay nicer a lot longer, which is something to keep in mind if you will be using your diapers and covers through several children.
Also, I must say that diaper covers with leg gussets (as seen in the photo above) are a feature that most moms really appreciate. I know I do! They add extra leakage protections and allow for a snugger fit.
If you use cloth diaper covers, what have been your favorites?
Photo Credit: Mom’s Milk Boutique