Saturday, January 16, 2010

Diaper cover

When making your Diaper Cover choice there are a few questions your should answer for yourself.

1. What kind of fit do you require?Certain covers will provide you with a trimmer fit than others (in particular, PUL covers with snaps or Velcro). This was important to me, not only for fitting clothes over top of the "diaper butt," but also because I didn't want my daughter to feel like she was wearing a saddle between her legs all the time. (This is an exaggeration, but I think you get my point.)

2. Is breathability important to you?Wool and fleece covers are definitely known for being more breathable. This can be beneficial for babies with sensitive skin, or as an overnight diaper.

3. Are you cloth diapering because you prefer to use natural fibers?If your answer is yes, then wool is your best option.

4. What kind of diaper is going underneath?If you are using a prefold, consider which folds you might use. A pull on cover, whether it is PUL, wool, or fleece, will not work well if you are not intending to use pins or a Snappi. It will bunch up and lose its effectiveness. If you don't want to use these fasteners, then you should use a snug fitting cover.

5. What are your laundry preferences?While wool covers do not need to be washed as often as PUL or fleece, they are more labor intensive when they are soiled. They need to be hand-washed and air dried. Think about whether you will be up for hand-washing or not.Last but not least...

6. How much money do you want to spend?Covers vary in price from approximately $8-40. PUL covers are the least expensive and wool are the most.


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