We’re back with a little advice about choosing covers for your diapers.
Which diapers need a cover?
Coleen: You will need a separate cover with prefolds, fitteds and two part diaper systems.
How do I choose a cover?
Coleen: You need to decide whether you would like snap or Velcro covers and if you want a sized or one size system. Some diaper covers also have gussets to help prevent leaks.
Amy: When I started cloth diapering, I bought several different kinds of covers and then sold off what I didn’t like. I like covers that will cover any diaper I own. My favorite cover for coverage is the Bummis Super Whisper Wrap. I used to only use them on my newborns, but recently started using it for my older babies too.
What are covers made out of?
Coleen: Most covers are made from a waterproof yet breathable fabric called polyurethane laminate or PUL. Some PUL covers, like Imse Vimse are extra soft and pliable. Rumaprooz uses a bonding process called TPU, which uses heat instead of chemicals to produce their waterproof fabric. Covers can also be made from wool.
How do I choose the right cover for my baby?
Coleen: You will need to know your baby’s weight to be sure you are getting the right size.
Amy: Also consider is your baby a heavy wetter? You’ll probably want gussets. Is your baby wiggly? You’ll probably want Velcro. I’ve also found that the medium size seems to be what baby is in for the longest. If you simply cannot afford anything else, invest in this size.
Best cover for overnight?
Coleen: Wool covers are a wonderful natural option for overnight because it is highly breathable, yet extremely absorbent without feeling wet on the outside. A durable cover such as Thirsties or Bummis will also work well overnight. (Amy: Definitely planning on getting some wool soon!)
How many covers do I need?
Coleen: You will need one cover for every 3-4 diapers or inserts in rotation.
Amy: I like to have 6-8 covers in each size. If the cover is not soiled and just wet, I air it between diaper changes and can often get many wearings out of that one cover, especially on an older baby who doesn’t have as many poopy diapers in a day. (To air the cover, I simply hang it over the changing table wet side up. The PUL covers are made to dry quickly so they are always ready to go for the next diaper change!)
I hope you are finding helpful information in this Basics series!