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Old 06-27-2012, 05:14 PM   #1
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I am new to the forums and to CDing. I am hoping to get information about the different types, I keep seeing all these abbreviations that are confusing me! I was wondering if someone could maybe point me to a website that describes the different types of cloth diapers (in detail). I am very interested in the types that do not need covers but I am unsure of which ones they are...Any help would be appreciated!
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:18 PM   #2
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Re: New to CDing

a good site that breaks down the catagories is kellyscloset...or jackbenatural...actually any cloth site really. they should have descriptions under what you are looking at. i know its confusing tho...maybe this will help

pf=prefold
pocket=pocket diapers that require stuffing
aio-all in one (no stuffing required)'
ai2-shells with different insert options (most snap)
sio-snap in inserts
hybrid-different insert options and most offer disposable inserts

mammas chime in if i have lead her in the wrong direction!
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:33 PM   #3
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Re: New to CDing

a couple of other types of diapers:

flats - big flat(usually cotton) squares of fabric ranging from 27x27in to 30x30in that you can fold in different ways and then pin or snappi on the baby

fitteds - non-water proof diapers, usually have aplix(velcro) or snaps and all the absorbent layers are sewn in. You have to put covers over them.

Soakers or doublers - pretty much the same as inserts.

Covers - A waterproof outer diaper that you put over flats, prefolds and fitteds. Can be made of PUL, wool or fleece. Fleece actually isn't waterproof, just water resistant. It has compression leaks, like if the baby is sitting. I actually don't know much about how waterproof wool is, but there are plenty of wool experts here!
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:44 PM   #4
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Re: New to CDing

I was just on another site, and this link looked great,
http://www.birthlore.com/class/wp-co...-Diapering.pdf

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Ignore this insanity about special detergents. Just use whatever you use on your clothing- your clothing doesn't fall apart when you wash it, neither will your diapers. The only thing I would avoid is conventional fabric softeners or detergents with added softener. I use Ecover or 7th generation fabric softener (which is made with plant oils) in every load though and my diapers are soft, with no build-up or repelling issues what so ever.

Simple washing method-

Step 1- Remove as much poo as you can. You can use diaper liners, diaper sprayers, a poo spatula and a lot of time you can just shake it into the toilet.

Step 2- Run a full cold cycle with no detergent on a high water setting.

Step 3- Run a hot wash with as much detergent as is necessary to get your diapers clean. (If your diapers stink add 1/4 c. bleach just don't pour it directly on the diapers)

Optional Step 4- Run an extra rinse (add fabric softener)

Step 5- Dry

And for the Acronyms-
http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/...p?t=194852#CDT
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:55 PM   #5
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Re: New to CDing

http://dirtydiaperlaundry.com/cloth-diaper-information/
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So, are flats and prefolds the same thing?
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Re: New to CDing

Flats are just one layer of fabric, a large square that you can fold.

Prefolds are, well, prefolded(in thirds)! Usually having more layers in the middle for absorbancy and less on either side.

You can do many more kinds folds with flats(google or youtube diaper flat folds) than you can with prefolds. Prefolds will take longer to dry as the layers are sewn together, while flats can be opened up to just one layer, so they can dry extremely fast.

I prefer flats, but only because one size fits all, you can fold it down to fit a newborn or a toddler and they come clean so easily and dry super fast. I just like the simplicity of them, but some people can't stand the work of having to fold them.
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Old 06-27-2012, 06:42 PM   #8
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Re: New to CDing

There are so many to choose from! In our house we like to keep it simple since we have 2 in diapers. Simple to us is the snap in style diapers, and pocket diapers. These are both absorbent and are quick drying since everything gets separated in the wash. All in one diapers are probably the easiest, but take forever to dry. Any diaper store should have descriptions of every type. You have to find what will fit your lifestyle best. Cloth diapering requires a lot of trial and error. Good luck!
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Old 06-27-2012, 07:22 PM   #9
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Try everything! Lots of cloth diaper stores have trial packs which are a great place to start. If you live with all the different types you can find what suits you best.

I really thought I'd love pockets, they sound so reasonable! Well after 1 week... I knew I hated them! I thought fitteds were going to be far too much work for me, and well after 1 week, I knew they were my great diaper match!
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Old 06-28-2012, 01:01 PM   #10
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Thanks for all of the ideas! I will definitely be checking out all the sites you ladies have pointed me to. Also, does anyone know where I could find a good CD sewing pattern? I don't mind paying but free would be wonderful if there is one. I love all the cute fabrics I am seeing on cloth diapers and I would love to make my own to save on money! Thanks again!
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