Two types of cloth diaper covers exist in the cloth diaper market: the lined and the unlined. Unlined shells seem to be preferred because of the wipeable shell they offer.
Just wipe clean between uses and keep on using.
I’m coming at you with a different story because I have a different love.
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True story, but 2.5 years into cloth diapering, I have never even considered wiping out a cloth diaper shell. If its soiled (aka poop) in the wet bag it goes. If its just pee, I swap the insert for a new one and keep going. Sometimes, I’ll air out a cover and let it dry between uses, but only have the second change. I would air dry a cloth diaper shell before wiping one out any day.
Do you think I’m gross yet?
Children are kind of gross, and swapping out a dry insert every couple of hours is totally reasonable cloth diapering technique. It’s one way you can stay on budget while cloth diapering. Most of my cloth diaper budget list is shells!
Even with a sizeable stash as a blogger/cloth diaper science experimenter and more, I swap out inserts all the time. Less laundry, plus more cute print on the bum, especially since I’m obsessed with the English Roses print on my Omaiki Cabrio. It’s also just easy.
But one highly contested issue is whether or not you can, should, or will re-use a lined cloth diaper cover for the next change when not pooped in.
But Bailey, Why are they your favourite?
Because they fit the best. We debated Omaiki versus Cabrio already, but when it comes to cloth diapers, my favourite covers these ones just fit the best.
Do you reuse your Grovia, Omaiki, Softbums shells? If not, why not?
I do. I reuse them twice before letting them air dry and be used a third maybe fourth time depending on if they smell.
I prefer Lined Cloth Diaper Covers!
A Couple of Examples
Examples of Lined Cloth Diaper Covers:
- Omaiki Cabrio [Review]
- GroVia Hybrid Shells [Buy it in Canada | Buy it in the USA]
- Softbums Echo [Buy it in Canada | Buy it in the USA]
Examples of Wipe Clean Cloth Diaper Covers:
Diaper shells with just PUL/TPU material on the interior.
- Best Bottom [Review – Buy it in Canada | Buy it in the USA]
- Blueberry Capri/Coverall [Buy it in Canada | Buy it in the USA]
- Buttons [Review – Buy it in Canada | Buy it in the USA]
- Lalabye Cover [Buy it in Canada | Buy it in the USA]
- Rumparooz Cover [Buy it in Canada | Buy it in the USA]
- SmartBottoms Smart Cover [Review – Buy it in Canada | Buy it in the USA]
- Sweet Pea Cover [Review – Buy it in Canada | Buy it in the USA]
- Thirsties Wrap Covers [Buy it in Canada | Buy it in the USA]
Why Do I Prefer Lined Shells?
- Lined shells tend to be a smaller, trimmer fit. GroVia & Omaiki are very similar, and this easy to use diaper cut is nice neat and polished on baby.
- Lined shells mean the prefold diaper doesn’t slip around as much!
- Lined shells mean when you have an evil washing machine that needs replacing, you didn’t destroy the inside of the PUL on half your stash. #truestory I love my new washing machine (had it now a year).
- I use pocket diapers the same way, so it’s no big deal.
- Personal Preference.
What’s your preference?