Choosing reusable cloth diapers is a big decision that can lead to a rewarding journey for you and your baby. But where do you start? Here are the most commonly asked questions on how to start your cloth diaper journey.

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Cloth Diaper Covers - Protect Your Butt (and Your Babies)

Cloth Diaper Covers cover and protect your baby’s butt helping me live by my favorite acronym: CYA.

We absolutely love cloth diaper covers.

They’re affordable for every budget, incredibly versatile, and even if you’re not using cloth diapers, they can be used over disposable diapers!

On top of that, there are so many cute prints and amazing styles of cloth diaper covers.

So today, I'm talking all about cloth diaper covers!

By the end of this, you'll know exactly why you need cloth diaper covers and how many cloth diapers covers you need!

What are Cloth Diaper Covers?

what are cloth diaper covers?

Cloth Diaper Covers are aptly named as they cover your absorbent diapering material.

Typically, covers have a wipeable, waterproof interior that can be reused throughout the day until soiled.

Covers are incredibly versatile. They can be used over flats, prefolds, fitteds, inserts, and even disposable diapers to protect against the dreaded poopsplosion!

Cloth diaper covers are available in sizes ranging from the teeniest of newborns all the way up to the chunkiest of toddlers.

Whatever need you have, there’s a cover for that!

Why Do You Need Cloth Diaper Covers

why you need cloth diapers

Flats, prefolds, fitteds, and inserts are not waterproof on their own. Cloth diaper covers protect you from leaks.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes a lovely flat snapped on is an excellent way for your babe to get some air, but on the regular?

I’m not dealing with that! Covers not only give you leak protection, but they’ll keep your favorite fitted from becoming snagged or covered in your little one’s famous snack- blueberries, perhaps?

Those stains are the worst.

Absorbent materials will stain, but PUL - the waterproofing on covers are stain-resistant WHOO!

Back to the leaks and poopsplosions - most reusable diaper covers feature elastics around the waist and legs.

Some even include a double gusset for maximum protection.

These elastics are gentle against the baby’s delicate skin but definitely contain the mess.

Have you ever had to clean up that up-the-backer poop that happened in the car seat?

It’s literally the worst.

The elastics and waterproof material could have saved you that mess and time!

Still not convinced you even want to cloth diaper?

Cloth diaper covers are a great addition to that photoshoot you have been planning.

Covers are available in a wide variety of prints and solid colors to coordinate in any photoshoot or outfit!

Style of Cloth Diaper Covers

different types of cloth diaper covers

Cloth Diaper Covers come in a variety of styles and materials to suit your needs!

Most families choose snap or hook and loop diaper covers.

These covers are available in newborns, and one-size options and feature rise snaps allow the diaper to grow with your child.

This type of cover wraps snugly around your baby and absorbent diaper of choice.

Pull-On cloth diaper covers offer the same leakproof material and gentle elastics, but as the name implies, they Pull-On!

No snaps or hook and loop to deal with.

Simply pull these covers up and over your absorbent diaper.

As Pull-On cloth diaper covers do not feature any snaps - they also are free from rising snaps and come in sized options.

These are the most economical cloth diapers available, but note that you will need to size up as your baby grows.

Wanting something more natural?

Wool is a great but spendy cloth diaper cover system.

When treated with lanolin, Wool is water-resistant and will even soak up some moisture if you don’t quite make it to a diaper change on time.

If you choose to use wool, you will only need 2-3 wool covers!

Bonus, if you choose to use wool longies, you won’t need to spend more money on pants!

How To Choose Cloth Diaper Covers

how to choose cloth diaper covers

How will you know what is best for you and your family?

I’d love to have the answer, indeed; however, what works for me or others may not work for you.

I know. It’s not what you want to hear.

I can, however, go over some more details to help you decide.

All things said - don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Try a few different styles and see which one works best for you.

Nicki’s offers the 15-day wash guarantee, which makes it easier to test out different diapers!

The Fabrics of Cloth Diaper Covers

fabrics of cloth diaper covers

Covers are made with PUL/TPU (a polyester with a waterproof interior) and wool.

Most covers are the market are PUL-based.

These are easy to care for and come in the most adorable prints and solid colors. PUL is antimicrobial, stain/fade resistant, pretty gosh darn hardy, and are affordable. I would recommend starting with this material.

They can even be hand washed and dried in a pinch which is incredibly helpful if you have a barebones stash and don’t have enough covers in your collection.

I LOVE MY WOOLIES. I love them, but they are a pricier option to start and do require some special care.

Most need to be hand-washed; they all need to be hung/laid flat to dry and require regular lano baths.

This shouldn’t deter you, though! Unless they’re soiled (read poop is on them), they only need to be washed every 2-4 weeks!

The Closures of Cloth Diaper Covers

closures of cloth diaper covers

Do you want snaps or hook and loop?

I say some of both! Snaps are my go-to for one-size diapers.

They’re durable and pretty adjustable to boot.

Bonus that they usually coordinate with a print or solid color that adds more aesthetic. (That’s a big part of why we’re here, right?)

With snap closures, you’ll always know your cloth diaper is secured with the audible SNAP!

You’ll also be able to hear if your curious toddler suddenly decides to remove their diaper.

Don’t worry too much about this, though; most babies cannot undo the snaps on their own.

Hook and Loop is my favorite for newborns.

They’re very adjustable and will help you get a great fit for babies of all shapes and sizes.

While hook and loop is easy for caregivers, hook and loop can snag on your blankets, clothing, and other fabrics.

This type of closure is also easier for babies and toddlers to remove themselves.

To One Size or to Sized

I seldom find myself reaching for the sized covers in my stash outside of my beloved woolies.

If you are on a strict budget, have a teeny tiny babe, or a larger toddler that doesn’t fit well into one-size covers, I’d probably just stick to the one size or newborn options as they grow with your baby, and you don’t have to worry about sizing up as baby grows.

My Picks For The Best Cloth Diaper Covers

1. Nicki’s Diapers Cloth Diaper Covers

nickis diapers cloth diaper covers

Nicki’s Diapers One Size and Newborn covers are my number one pick, and for a good reason.

These covers have cross-over snaps that allow you to roll up that dirty diaper and snap it shut when you’re out and about.

They also are generously sized and have fit my string bean kiddos and my chunkies.


They also have yokes (flaps) on both the front and back, stopping leaks in their tracks.

The yokes also hold your favorite insert, prefold, or pad folded flat in place.

Pros of Nicki's Cloth Diaper Covers

  • Affordable
  • Crossover snaps
  • Front and Back Yokes (flaps)
  • Rise snaps on newborn and one size diapers

Cons of Nicki's Cloth Diaper Covers

  • Might be a bit too generous for smaller sized kiddos

2. Imagine Baby Products Cloth Diaper Covers

imagine baby cloth diaper covers

Imagine Baby Products One Size and Newborn covers hold strong at number two because they’re pretty similar to Nicki’s Diapers except that they do not have yokes.

This isn’t too big of a deal, and they are my first reach when I need to cover a poofy fitted diaper.

Pros of Imagine Baby's Cloth Diaper Covers

  • Affordable
  • Crossover snaps
  • Front and Back Yokes (flaps)
  • Rise snaps on newborn and one size diapers

Cons of Imagine Baby's Cloth Diaper Covers

  • Might be a bit too generous for smaller sized kiddos
  • No yokes/flaps

3. Kanga Care - Rumparooz Cloth Diaper Covers

kangacare cloth diaper covers

Say hello to soft and stretchy!

Kanga Care’s Rumparooz One Size and Newborn cloth diaper covers are silk smooth and incredibly stretchy.

The fit is slightly different from other brands, but once you learn to utilize all of that stretch, they have a phenomenal fit.

Their newborn covers are my hands-down favorite for newborns and tiny babies. You cannot beat their fit.

These cloth diaper covers were designed with chunky babies in mind and definitely live up to that expectation.

Pros of Rumparooz Cloth Diaper Covers

  • Affordable
  • Crossover snaps
  • Soft and Stretchy
  • Rise snaps on newborn and one size diapers

Cons of Rumparooz Cloth Diaper Covers

  • Learning curve to get the correct fit
  • No yokes/flaps

Conclusion - Cloth Diaper Covers

Don’t be too overwhelmed giving cloth diaper covers a try!

They really are as simple as Wrap, Snap, and Wash!

Don’t believe me?

Let’s do a quick recap!

  • Cloth Diaper Covers are (mostly) just one layer of polyester with a layer of PUL/TPU to contain any leaks.
  • They can be wiped out in between uses - this means you’ll only need about two to three covers a day!
  • They are budget-friendly
  • They work over any absorbent diapering material
  • The gentle leg and waist elastics contain messes and leaks

You’ll be able to find a multitude of prints or solid colors to suit your decor, unique photoshoots, and your personal taste!

Click here to discover the best cloth diaper covers for any of your needs!