Infant Boy Clothing and the Many Types of Reusable Diapers

In today’s marketplace there are many different choices when buying reusable diapers. In this article we will look at the main types and individual traits of the: flat fold, pre folded, contoured, fitted and all in one diapers. One of the most essential facets of infant boy clothing is the diaper.The flat fold diaper is the cheapest option and is what would have been used traditionally. It is a single layer of material, square in shape. Fasteners such as diaper pins or Snappis (T shaped fastening) are required. An additional cover is needed to help prevent leakage.Prefolded diapers are very similar to flat folded diapers, the only difference is they are usually rectangle in shape and have multi layers of material. They still require fastenings and the waterproof cover to go over the nappy.The contoured diaper also requires pins and an additional covering, but has an hour shape which helps fit to infant’s shape.Fitted diapers are slightly more expensive but have more features. They have elastic around the leg holes and the waist to gather the material. Velcro or snaps are commonly used, meaning no pins or fasteners are needed. The diaper is already shaped so folding is not necessary. There is still a need for a water proof covering.The last type of diaper which I looked at is the All in Ones (AIOs). These have a built in water resistant covering unlike the diapers above. They are adjustable in size and have elastic at the leg and waist openings. Velcro or snaps are used to bring the diaper together. This type of diaper is manufactured in many varied colors, styles and sizes to suit the individual infant.All of the above diapers come in various materials but the popular fibres are: flannelette, cotton, terry towelling and hemp.Some common accessories for diapers are covers, liners, inserts and fasteners. Covers are used for all diapers except the water resistant AIOs. The most popular cover is plastic but their life is the shortest. Also the plastic does not allow the diaper to breathe. Heavy materials are used for the diaper covers and they are either water resistant or water proof. Some other common materials for these are: polyurethane laminate (PUL), nylon, wool and fleece. There are two types of covers. Those are the pull ups and the side snap covers. The side snap covers are less popular as they have a larger problem with leakage.Liners are placed inside the diaper for extra absorbency and they can be disposable or reusable. Inserts are similar to liners but they are bulkier. Inserts are better for night time sleeping.Diaper pins and Snappis are the two most common ways to fasten diapers. Diaper pins can have metal or plastic heads to them and have pointy ends. The pointy ends make them easier to move through the material diaper but this can also make safety an issue. Snappis do not have any sharp points to them so they are safer but less durable. They are also better for the younger children who are less mobile. This is because they have a higher rate of falling off, or being pulled off, when on an active child.Today’s society holds many options in regards to diapers. Your personal situation should be considered to choose what suits you and your infant best. There is no one option that is better than another. Using a variety of the above mentioned options assists the many varied scenarios in everyday life.