Diaper Covers 101

Okay, so if you are new to cloth diapering, you’re probably overwhelmed by the number of options out there.  This article is going to focus on diaper covers to help you weed through the vast array of choices.

Waterproof Covers

If you are using prefold or fitted cloth diapers, you are going to need diaper covers.  One way to go is with waterproof covers.  They are made of synthetic materials, sometimes nylon, sometimes PUL (polyurethane laminated fabric).  Basically, PUL is the plastic backing of the fabric.  That gives the cover its waterproof properties.  PUL is most often used for waterproof diaper covers, but also for reusable swim diapers.  You know, if you are trying to contain big, messy diapers at the pool, a good-fitting, waterproof swim diaper is a must.

You’ll want waterproof covers for the best protection against leaks.  Covers such as Thirsties and Bummies are good examples.

These are great for everyday use, but also spectacular for nighttime.  Nightime, as you may know, is prime time for heavy wetting, if only because you’re less likely to be changing wet diapers in the middle of the night.  I suggest using a doubler (extra absorbent layer) at night, that is if you’re baby tends to be a heavy wetter.  There is no point in having to wash bedding every morning!

Wool Covers

Wool is a sort of miracle material.  Although it is not completely waterproof, wool is naturally anti-microbial, anti-odor and moisture resistant.  You can use a wool cover, like Imse Vimse Merino Wool, or Little Beetles Wool Little To Big, through several wettings before having to swap it out for a fresh cover.  Even better, you won’t have to wash these very often.  You might rinse them.  But even if you don’t, you can simply hang them up and let them air dry.  They will dry smelling just fine–like wool.

Which Should You Use?

I suggest trying a few of each kind of cover when starting out.  That is, try maybe 3 or 4 wool covers, and 3 or 4 PUL covers.  As I said, you definitely want to use the PUL covers at night, as wool is water-resistant, not waterproof.

The wool covers tend to be more expensive.  However, covers like the Little Beetles Little To Big are a one-size cover.  In other words, theoretically, you could use this cover from newborn to potty-trained.  They are a bit bulky for a newborn, though they work.  When your baby grows, these definitely fit much better.

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