Last time, we talked about all the different types of diapers, pros and cons, and my recommendations. Today, let's talk about how exactly to use each of these types. If you get lost on the jargon or abbreviations, check the previous post.
First, most covers have either snap or hook-and-loop (Velcro) closure. It's really your preference. I like the snaps because they don't come undone. Others like hook-and-loop because they're quicker to change. The Velcro can eventually wear-out, but there's also a small chance a snap will malfunction.
All-in-One (AIO) diapers Seriously, you just take off the dirty diaper, clean your baby, then put on this diaper. Close the snaps or hook and loop just as you would for a disposable diaper. Easy. Closure goes in front.
Pocket diapers These usually come with inserts, but you can also use a tri-folded prefold, a folded flat sheet, or a doubler, if needed. The diaper may have one pocket or two. This is for ease of laundering. You don't have to remove the insert if there are two pockets since it will agitate out in the wash. If there's only one pocket, you may have to remove the insert before washing, unless the manufacturer says otherwise. I've heard men and women with large hands prefer the two pocket type. The one-pocket is sometimes easier because it's less complicated with placing the insert. Either way, simply slip the insert into the pocket. It should fit along the length of the diaper. If it's too long, you generally fold the excess in front for boys and in back for girls. You may find that your baby's "pee range" is different. Adjust accordingly. Then, you attach it as for the AIO.
Prefold and Fitted There are a variety of ways to use this style of diaper with varying absorbent areas and closure types. If using a Snappi, you need to have "Snappi-able" material. This is just a material with enough weave to allow the "claws" to grab on. I refer you back to this site for simple directions. As I've never used pins, I'd have to refer you elsewhere for directions, too. Try this one. When you have your diaper closed, you can slip on the woolies just like pants/shorts or snap or Velcro the cover on. If you prefer no closures, you still have many choices. Here are my favorites. Lay your cover down.
Would you like to add anything? Any questions or suggestions I didn't include?
Next time: Laundering
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