This page is a reference guide for the information you will see on The Cloth Diaper Finder. A short description will be given to each term, and in some cases, they link to a more detailed description. For Frequently Asked Questions Scroll past the Details.

Terms and Definitions:

Details Explanations:


One Size: This diaper is a “one size fits most” and should fit babies between-8-13 pounds up to 30-40 pounds.
Sized: This diaper only comes in sizes (XS, Sm, Med, Large, or XL in most cases).
Dual Size: This diaper has 2 versions, usually referred to as Size 1 and Size 2.  It either comes just as these sizes or has adjustments within those ranges on the diaper.
Newborn: This diaper is a newborn size which should fit babies at birth.  Most newborn diapers begin fitting between 4-6 pounds and go up to 9-16 pounds depending on the brand.
Sizing Details:
3-Step Rise: This one size diaper uses a snap down rise system with 3 size settings.
4-Step Rise: This one size diaper uses a snap down rise system with 4 size settings.
Sized: This diaper only comes in sizes (XS, Sm, Med, Large, or XL in most cases).
One Size Adjustable Button Elastic: This diaper is sized using button hole elastic in the legs (and sometimes also in the waist).  Video tutorial
free size elastic with toggle Free Size Elastic: This diaper is sized using elastic in the waist that is tightened or loosened with a toggle and held in place.  Video Tutorial
Free Size: This diaper has no sizing system but fits babies of multiple sizes.
Internal Snap Down Rise Adjustment: This diaper uses a snap down rise system located on the inside of the diaper to adjust the rise.
fold over rise Fold Over Rise: This diaper is sized by folding the front of the diaper over then securing the closure (snaps or Velcro) to control the rise.  Sometimes this system is in conjunction with rise snaps.
Dual Size: This diaper has 2 versions, usually referred to as Size 1 and Size 2.  It either comes just as these sizes or has adjustments within those ranges on the diaper.
Diaper Type:
All-in-One: This diaper is one piece and most like a disposable.
All-in-Two: This diaper is a 2 part system that usually has a waterproof shell and an absorbent soaker or disposable insert.  The shell can be reused multiple times, the dirty soaker can be replaced with a fresh one.
All-in-Three: Diapers in this category can usually be used in many ways, as an All-in-Two or as a pocket or cover.
Pocket: This diaper is usually a waterproof shell with a lining into which an absorbent insert can be stuffed.
Cover: This diaper is just the waterproof shell that has to be used over a non-waterproof diaper.
Fitted: This diaper is not waterproof.  It needs to be used with a cover.
Prefold: This is a rectangular piece of absorbent material (usually cotton, but can be hemp/bamboo/or others) with more layers in the middle.
Flat: This is a rectangular or square piece of material that can be folded in many ways to fit around a baby or laid in a diaper cover.  It is usually only 1 layer (most common material is birdseye cotton) so it dries quickly.
Sleeve: This diaper functions like a pocket and an All-in-One.  It has an opening on the front and back.  The insert will agitate out in the wash but needs to be re-stuffed when clean.
Tongue-Style All-in-One: This diaper has an insert that is only attached at one end.  It will still need to be stuffed after washing but the insert stays attached.  You do not need to un-stuff before washing.
Snap-in-One: This diaper is often referred to as an All-in-One, however the soaker snaps into place.  You can usually leave it snapped in to wash.  Also usually has options for more inserts.  Faster drying than true sewn in AIO’s.
Hybrid: this diaper has a re-usable shell but can be used with disposable inserts.
Insert Material:
Microfiber: A material made from polyester, commonly used for cleaning, that is ultra absorbent (can hold 8 times its weight) and inexpensive.  It is also relatively trim and dries quickly.  This is the most common insert material for cloth diapers.
Cotton: Diapers with cotton inserts or soakers are not as absorbent as certain other materials, but have the boasting rights to being a natural fiber that is less likely to have build-up or stink issues.
Bamboo:  As a material, bamboo has to go through processing that essentially makes it the same as Rayon, so it is usually referred to as Rayon from Bamboo Fibers.  Bamboo is a fast growing crop and very absorbent.
Hemp: This material is ultra trim and very absorbent, making it perfect for the heavy wetter or for overnight diapers.  It is often blended with cotton to make a hemp jersey that is softer than plain hemp inserts or soakers.  Since hemp cannot be grown in the US all hemp is imported.
Micro-Terry- Another name for Microfiber.
Lining Material:
Microfleece: This material is synthetic and made from polyester.  It wicks moisture away from the baby’s skin.  After many washes it often pills up (like a sweater.)  It has a tendency to attract build-up.
Suedecloth: This material is synthetic and made from polyester.  It wicks moisture away from the baby’s skin.  It remains smooth after many washes. It has a tendency to attract build-up.
Bamboo Fleece: Fleece derived from bamboo.  It does not stay as dry as a synthetic fleece.
Bamboo Terry: looped terry derived from bamboo fibers.
Bamboo Velour: Velour (tiny fur like hairs that feel soft and buttery) derived from bamboo fibers.
Cotton Velour: Velour (tiny fur like hairs that feel soft and buttery) derived from cotton.
Hemp/Cotton: A Hemp/Cotton blend.  It doesn’t wash up as soft as others on this list but is natural and has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties.
Outer Material:
PUL- Ooga Booga Print PUL: Polyurethane Laminate has one layer of polyester (facing the outside of the diaper) with a laminate on the inside which makes it waterproof.  This laminate is shiny when exposed, like in many diaper covers.  More information on PUL.
TPU-Rumparooz TPU: Thermoplastic Polyurethane.  TPU is manufactured in a way that makes it more environmentally friendly than PUL as well as making it biodegrade faster than PUL.
Fleece: Usually derived from polyester, sometimes made from recycled plastic bottles, this material is waterproof in most conditions.  It is breathable and inexpensive.
Wool interlock Wool:  This material is used for covers and soakers and can be handknit from wool yarns, factory knit, or made into an interlock (tightly woven) material and sewn into covers.  Wool is waterproof, breathable, and able to be used many times before washing because it is “self cleaning.”  It will need to be lanolized (what is that?) to maintain waterproofness.
Minkee: Minkee (or minky) is a super soft fabric made from polyester (microfiber) than is often places over TPU or PUL but not always.  It often comes in vivid colors and prints.
PUL with Cotton Knit: Sometimes diapers are made with PUL but covered in decorative cotton knit fabric.  This makes for a very colorful and decorative diaper but depending on the quality of the sewing, it can lead to wicking (moisture moving from the inside of the diaper to the outside cotton material.)
Closure Options:
Closure Positions: Covers or shells can either close in the middle, both sides (side snapping diapers). Some have elastic all around so they have no closure, so these are classified as “pull on.”
Velcro: Velcro refers to not only diapers using “velcro” but those using “hook and loop” or “aplix” which are all in the same family.  This is most like a disposable in use.
Snaps: This diaper uses snaps which are usually located at the end of the tab.  Snaps can be resin or metal.  These last longer than velcro but are not as easy to use.
Snaps or Velcro: This diaper has the option of coming with snaps, or velcro.
Pull on: This diaper pulls up on the baby and has elastic around the waist to keep it up.
S Hooks: This diaper uses plastic S shaped hooks that lock into individual sewn slots.  Very secure but can be difficult to use.
None: This diaper doesn’t have built in closures so it likely needs a snappi, pins, or a cover over it to keep it in place.
Other: See notes for closure details.
Pocket Options:
Stuffing Required: This diaper has to be stuffed with an absorbent insert before use.
Agitates out: This means that the diaper has an absorbent insert but it does not need to be removed manually before washing; it agitates out in the washer.
Stay Dry: This means that the diaper has a layer of fabric next to the baby’s skin that wicks moisture away from them, leaving them feeling dry.  This is similar to a disposable in that respect.
Elastic Options:
Internal Gussets: Inside of this diaper there is elastic sewn in the liner material to create a wall of protection which prevents solid waste from leaving the soaker of the diaper and causing a leak.
Adjustable Waist Elastic: This diaper has elastic that can be shortened or let out in size to adjust the fit of the waist.
Adjustable Leg Elastic: This diaper has elastic in the legs that be tightened or loosened to adjust the rise of the diaper as well as the leg opening.
Leg Gussets: This diaper has a double walled elastic system, called gussets, which offer extra protection around the legs.
Stomach Elastic: This diaper has elastic in some form around the waist in the front.
Encased Elastic: This diaper has elastic that is encased, meaning it is sewn in a channel at the leg.
Non-Encased Elastic: This diaper has elastic in the leg but it is not encased.
Ruffled/Gathered: This diaper’s elastic is sewn in a way that gathers up or ruffles around the leg.
Encased in Binding: This diaper has elastic that is encased in a cotton or other fabric binding that is usually soft.
Cover Options:
Wipes Clean: This is a diaper cover that can be wiped clean on the inside if needed between uses.
WAHM Made:
WAHM Made: This diaper was made by a “Work at Home Mom.” and not a manufacturer.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Is every cloth diaper available included in this list?

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