Diaper covers are designed
to prevent leaks and keep wetness inside the diaper. Fitted, contour,
prefold, and flat cloth diapers do not have an outer waterproof layer and
require the use of a cloth diaper cover to prevent wetness from getting onto
clothing. Diaper covers can be made out
of waterproof material, fleece, or wool.
There are two main types of diaper covers: pull-on covers and
diaper wraps. Pull-on styles work well over fitted diapers and prefolds
or contours that have been fastened. Diaper wraps work well with prefolds
and some fitted diapers.
The number of diaper
covers you will need depends on the type of diaper cover purchased, how often
you plan to wash, and the age of your baby.
In general, you will typically use 4-6 diapers covers per day.
Infants will soil more diaper covers than a toddler. Some diaper covers like wool diaper covers
are only washed every 2 weeks or when soiled.
They can be air dried between uses.
Most diaper covers can be washed with your cloth diapers. Many will need to hang to dry. If you plan to wash cloth diapers every 2-3
days and want to save some money you can wipe down or hand wash waterproof
covers in between wash days.
Diaper covers are easy to
use. If you are using a fitted diaper or
fastened contour or prefold you can use a pull-on diaper cover. They go on and off like a pair of
shorts. You can also use a diaper wrap
style cover. Make sure you tuck in any
fabric inside the diaper cover to avoid leaks.
If you are using a diaper wrap with a prefold or contour simply lay the
prefold or contour in the wrap and fasten it on your baby.
Thanks Mama offers a wide
variety of cloth diaper covers. You can
find cloth diaper covers with snaps, cloth diaper covers with Velcro-style
closures, one size diaper covers, diaper covers that you can pull-on, as well as wool