All in One diaper - most closely resembles a traditional disposable diaper. Inserts are usually sewn in or semi-detached and cannot be separated from the cover.
All in Two diaper - sometimes called a hybrid diaper; consists of a waterproof cover and separate insert/prefold/flat
Thin insert used to increase absorbency of any diaper system
A waterproof shell that consists of either fleece, wool, or fabric + PUL or TPU.
Diaper that is entirely absorbent (as opposed to only inserts) and requires a cover to be waterproof.
Single-layer cloth squares that are folded to be the absorbent part of a cloth diaper system. Requires a cover to be waterproof. Extremely easy to clean and affordable.
Thin strips of fleece that wick moisture away from baby’s skin.
Sometimes known as All-in-Two diapers; these systems can also be used with disposable inserts in lieu of cloth.
The absorbable part of cloth diapers - these are prevalent in AI2 systems and pocket diapers. They can also be used to boost absorbency in other cloth diaper systems.
This size diaper is specifically for the newborn stage - many of the styles have cut outs or fold downs for the umbilical cord stump.
one size - this diaper is generally sized for a certain weight range, such as 8 lbs - 30 lbs and fits most babies for the duration of their cloth diapering “career.” Due to being one-size, these can wear out sooner because of how long you will be potentially using them.
These diapers technically fall into the AI2 category because it consists of 2 different parts; however, they function mainly like an AIO once it’s set up. A liner is sewn onto the cover with an opening at least one end where you stuff inserts.
Multi-layer square cloths (usually 3 layers) that are folded to be the absorbent part of a cloth diaper system. Requires a cover to be waterproof. Very easy to clean and affordable.
Polyurethane Laminate - this is a waterproof fabric popular on many diaper covers
Thermoplastic polyurethane - this is an alternative waterproof fabric created by heat-bonding the polyurethane to cloth used in diaper covers.