When I first started doing my research about cloth diapers, I came to the conclusion that I would not like prefold, flat or fitted diapers. Prefolds and flats just seemed too complicated, especially flats. Flats are just one big piece of cloth that you fold to make a diaper. There are many different folds depending on your preferences and the size of your baby. Prefolds don't require as much folding but there are still different techniques to get them on your baby. Once you have the flat or prefold on your baby you can either pin or snappi it in place. Once it's on you have to put a waterproof cover over it. That just sounded like a lot of work especially with a wiggly 7 month old. The most popular cloth diapers are pockets, all in ones and all in twos. Pockets and all in twos require you to "stuff" them with the absorbent insert. All in ones don't require any stuffing, but they take much longer to dry. Fitted diapers are just like all in ones but they require a cover because they don't have a waterproof layer. Fitted diapers, on average, are more expensive than the other options. There are some really cute fitted diapers out there though, but I didn't get why you would spend so much on such a cute diaper, only to cover it up. I ultimately decided on pockets and all in twos with mostly microfiber inserts. With my nice little stash, I hit the ground running and started cloth diapering my 7 month old. I loved how cute they were on his little bum and loved the fact that we were not sending as much trash to the landfill. I was very happy with my decision to cloth diaper!
Fast forward a few months to today and my views have changed slightly, although I am still loving cloth diapering and my pockets and all in twos...I am now in love with flats, fitteds and natural fibers too! My little man loves to be in his walker and bouncy seat, but we were having a LOT of compression leaks with our microfiber inserts. I started doing some research on compression leaks and learned that microfiber was notorious for being the cause of compression leaks. I had a few cotton prefolds that I had for inserts but I was slightly intimidated by them, although looking back, I am not sure why. I dug them out and gave one a try, it worked! No compression leaks! I don't have to change his outfit multiple times a day now! After that discovery, I started to look into what other options there were for natural fibers. I found a few hemp inserts that I decided to try and immediately loved! There was also the option of flats...with a little less hesitation than before, I decided to try them out. I learned that you can use flannel receiving blankets as flat diapers. I had quite a few of those laying around so I learned how to fold them and tried it. It was so trim and absorbent and much easier than I had imagined, I was in love! While doing my research, I learned that fitteds are mostly made with natural fibers and are good for wearing coverless so that the baby's bum can get some air. After a bit of a rash, I decided that a fitted diaper would be a good addition to my stash. It is so cute and soft and since it has snaps it is very easy to use!
I love all the different options that I have now that I have a bit of confidence using cloth! I have only been using them for a few months now but I am so happy with my decision and as you can see in the photo below, I think my little man likes them too!