In the ideal cloth diapering world All In Ones are what we would all strive to use. Nothing to pin, nothing to stuff, nothing to fold, no separate cover. It is just as easy to use as a disposable diaper.
So why would we consider anything but All In Ones or Pocket Diapers ('one step' combined diaper and cover systems) where, for convenience, the diaper and cover are attached?
Well, economics and versatility are few things you may want to take under consideration when choosing whether a 'one step' type system is right for you:
If we separate the absorbent diaper (by this we refer to any form of absorbent component- (fitted diapers, diaper inserts, prefolds, liners, boosters, etc) from its cover we can reduce the cost of the overall system. Diaper covers, when not attached to their absorbent part, are usually reusable. So, all you need to change is the absorbent part. You reuse the cover. Economically, this is much more cost effective as you only need one cover for every 4-6 absorbent diapers.
Diaper covers whether attached to the absorbent component or separate, as with a fitted diaper and cover, are the weakest link in any diapering system. See http://www.mother-ease.co...iapers-leak-m1657.aspx
Washability- Diaper covers, when attached to the absorbent part, often dictate how your diapers can be washed. Many diaper cover fabrics used in the industry do not withstand hot water washing. Hot water washing is a requirement in keeping diapers clean and fresh smelling. Detergents perform better in hot water. To kill bacteria wash water must be at least 50°C. Manufacturers making 'one step' diapers are detergent specific and warranties are not covered when specific washing instructions are not followed.
Bleaching- For various reasons many parents like to occasionally bleach their diapers. Bleaching disinfects. When the cover is attached to the diaper this is not an option as most diaper covers will not withstand bleaching.
Times when bleaching is a nice option:
A child has suffered from a rash and parents want to ensure the diaper will not re infect the child.
Diapers are excessively stained.
Diapers have a lingering odour or don't seem clean
Passing diapers to a friend or receiving diapers from a friend.
Want to sell them
Leakage- Diapers are starting to leak and you don't know why.
Since diaper covers are the weakest link in your diapering system, the most economical way to make them leakproof again is to replace the leaky cover. This can only be done if the two components are separate. Replacing just the cover will make your leaky diaper brand new again!
Although “one step” style diapering systems are wonderful and easy to use, as you can see, when you consider both economics and versatility, using a separate diaper and cover system makes a lot of sense.
Written by Erika Froese
co- owner of ME cloth diapers with over 30 years of experience in use and design. The only proven source for expertise relating to the use, care and design of cloth diapers.
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