A cover is a cover is a cover…right?
Sometimes the cover you grab will depend on what is under the cover.
Say you’re a prefolds and flats girl. You’ll want something with impeccable containment abilities. You’ll also want a cover on the smaller side since a prefold and flat are very trim.
For you I’d recommend the Rumparooz One size cover. Why? The Rumparooz cover has lots of elastic! Elastic on the belly panel, elastic on the back panel, elastic in the double gussets. The Rumparooz cover isn’t what I grab when I am using a fitted because it is almost too tight of a fit.
I have used AI2 inserts inside a Rumparooz cover and although there is a snug, trim fit I don’t like the TPU and exposed snaps on baby. I like this cover when I snappi/pin a prefold or flat. Rumparooz covers cost $14-$16.
Similar to the Rumparooz cover is Best Bottoms cover. They both share the same elastic placement and internal gussets but the Best Bottoms fit even smaller and have less stretch than Rumparooz. This isn’t a bad thing when you want an trim fit over a thin diaper. Best Bottoms diaper covers cost $16.95
If you prefer to trifold or lay in an insert or prefold I would recommend Pooters One Size Trim Hybrid cover. Pooters covers have a wide panel in the front and back to allow for tucking in of the absorbency. Pooters are very trim and are soft and stretchy. Plenty of rise and waist snaps combined with a crossover snap allow for great size variability. Pooters covers are made of PUL and cost $11.00.
As a side note, if you are looking for a thirsty, trim insert check out Pooters Stay-Dry Reversible inserts. I like them because they are very soft (no stiffness ever and I’ve washed my dozens of times) and absorbent. I can lay the stay-dry side against the skin or choose the natural bamboo. The inserts cost $8.50.
Don’t like rise snaps on the front of the cover? Thirsties is the cover I’d recommend. Thirsties covers offer plenty of containment security with front and back elastic and internal gussets. The velcro makes for a quick change although over time velcro can lose it’s stickiness. Thirsties covers cost $11.25-$12
But what if you have an extra fluffy diaper on your baby? You’ll need a cover with lots of stretch and with a wide crotch. My #1 recommendation is the Sweet Pea diaper cover. Super soft PUL, internal gussets, lots of stretch and plenty of snaps to fit an infant.
We have had some very large fitted diapers in rotation before and the Sweet Pea diaper cover always fits. This is important because if any of the diaper is exposed the wetness will leak out.
Sweet Pea diaper covers cost $10.95. In my opinion, a cloth diaper must-have.
Another option for a fluffy bum is the Gen-Y Next Gen Universal cover. Side-snaps make this cover unique and removes that issue of having sooo many snaps on the baby’s front. Gen-Y covers are only available in the most stylish prints so if you want boring look elsewhere.
TPU or PUL isn’t your only diaper cover fabric option. Wool and fleece are cozy, breathable options. Wool has many amazing benefits when used as a cover.
Fleece soakers are widely available on Etsy and Hyena Cart.
Recycled wool is an affordable option for those wanting to try out wool. You can even make your own from old 100% wool sweaters.
I’m a big fan of interlock wool. It is more expensive but is an amazing diaper cover (or clothing item). Woollybottoms offers interlock soakers in several fun colors ($36) and Sloomb just brought back their interlock soakers ($42)!! Years ago Sloomb interlock was all we used for diaper covers.
You will need to add lanolin to your wool before it is “waterproof” but don’t be intimidated! It is not a hard to care for wool.
Finding the right cover is just as important as the diaper underneath. Once you find one you like I recommend having at least 5 PUL/TPU covers or 3 wool/fleece covers. That is a minimum recommendation.
What is your favorite cover and what do you use under it?