No matter which system or model you choose, it should fulfill three tasks:
1. Catching the "big business"
2. Absorbing the "small business"
3. No leaking/ Waterproof outer layer
The "big business"
Paper fleece or dry fleece is placed as the top layer in the diaper to catch and easily remove the "big business".
Paper fleece consists of purely vegetable, completely biodegradable materials and is usually available on rolls. Paper fleece with poop is disposed of in the toilet / litter bin. Paper fleece only with pee can be washed in the washing machine and further used, e.g. (depending on brand).
Dry fleece consists of polyester and is the washable alternative to paper fleece. After use, dispose of the poop in the toilet and wash the fleece in the washing machine. Especially during the night (longer wrapping intervals) it is recommended to keep the child's skin dry.
Newborn babies have breastmilk poop, which is soft, liquid and water soluble, the dry fleece can be easily washed in the washing machine together with the breastmilk poop.
Absorbent pads/inserts are made of microfiber, cotton, bamboo or hemp. They differ in absorbency and speed.
Absorbent pads/inserts last for 4-6 hours.
Night diapers, so called Fitted Nappy, can last the whole night because they are completely made of absorbent material (more sleep for you yeah!). To make it waterproof it should be worn with a waterproof cover such as Pull-Up Cover.
Waterproof and breathable
The waterproof part of the Stoffys is coated with polyurethane (PUL), a breathable material that ensures that the moisture stays in the diaper. Unlike the plastic used in disposable diapers, PUL is breathable and therefore more comfortable for the baby's bottom.
Alternatively to the PUL, a lanolised wool cover can be used as a waterproof layer.
How many systems are there?
You can choose between one-, two- and three-part cloth diaper systems. The difference is whether and how the respective absorbent core is attached.
Below you will find short descriptions of the different models that will help you to understand how they work. Just click on a system to learn more about it (pictures are clickable).
If you want to have a complete overview of the different models and materials, please have a look at our diaper comparison, where the properties of the individual diapers are clearly listed.
Here you can find the descriptions of the winding systems:
Prefolds with Cover diapers
Fitted Nappy with Cover