With the system we use, cotton prefolds are the absorbent inside and a PUL (polyurethane laminated fabric) cover is the waterproof outside. There are plenty of other absorbent and waterproof options (fitteds, microfiber/fleece inserts, hemp, bamboo, wool). These are simply the products we chose.
We've tried a few PUL covers, and definitely have a favorite.
What makes a good PUL cover?
When reading product descriptions, they all seem to be equally great, if not special in different ways. However, after over a year of use, I now realize some key components that make us prefer certain covers over others. Here are some of my opinions on the four different brands of covers we've used: Rumparooz, Thirsties Duo Wrap, Flip and WeeHuggers.
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Rumparooz G2, one-size in platinumThe Good: At $14 this is an affordable quality cover. It has leg gussets and elastic at the stomach and back, which is great at keeping prefold contained.
The Bad: The elastic is rather tight and leaves red marks around our baby's legs and back (even when snapped looser).
Conclusion: This cover might be a great option for a thin baby or snapped down for an infant, but just isn't the fit we love in a cover. We keep it to use when our favs are in the wash.
Where to Buy: Amazon, Nicki's Diapers
Thirsties Duo Wrap, size 2 in blackbird with snapsThe Good: This is a truly affordable cover at $12.75. It comes in two adjustable sizes. Size 1 fit our baby from birth until he was about 4- or 5-months-old and about 15 pounds, and size 2 fits him now and has even fit our preschooler when she needed protection against wetting the bed. I love the versatility of adjusting the size, and having something small enough to fit a newborn without being too bulky. This is a great combination of sized and one-size covers.
More Good: It has leg gussets and elastic at the waste and back, which contains prefolds and protects against leaks. We've never had a blowout even with newborn exclusively breastfed poop! The elastic is tight enough to be secure, but doesn't leave red marks or other signs of being uncomfortable. It looks trim over a prefold (as trim as a prefold and cover can be) with no more fabric than is needed. I love their selection of colors and patterns, and many of the colors work great if you need gender neutral.
The Bad: We received a cover with a bad snap. I contacted Thirsties and they replaced it, including providing a way to ship it back them. The white binding along the leg gussets stains easily. As long as they're clean, I don't mind a little discoloring, so this isn't an issue for us.
Conclusion: This has been our favorite and go-to brand of cover since day 1 of cloth diapering.
Where to Buy: Amazon, Nicki's Diapers, Target
Flip, one-size in grasshopperThe Good: This cover is actually marketed as an "all-in-two" system that is to be used with a Flip insert, but can be purchased separately. I bought the Flip Day Pack with stay dry inserts to use on our preschooler for naps and night when she was potty training. They worked great for that.
The Bad: There are no leg gussets which leaves a gap at the legs and causes leaks out the leg if the diaper is full. There is also no elastic in the front waist, which leaves the front open to leaks as well. Even after snapping down, it's a little big for a small newborn (as with most one-size covers). The Flip stay-dry microfiber inserts that we bought with this easily collected build-up and stink, so we quit using them.
Conclusion: Not a great cover for us. I don't even keep it for back-up anymore.
Where to Buy: Amazon, Nicki's Diapers, Target
WeeHuggers, size 1 in groovyThe Good: It comes in two adjustable sizes that fit very similar to the Thirsties Duo Wrap (above). The front fits differently than the Thirsties because of the two rows of snaps and different material. This cover has leg gussets which keeps the prefold contained and prevents leaks around the legs. The prints are adorable. Soft and comfy bamboo on the inside.
The Bad: At $18.95, it's one of the more pricey covers. It doesn't have elastic in the front, which makes that a prime place for leaks once baby starts moving around or if you have a boy that wets heaviest in the front. The bamboo inside doesn't even matter because it's the prefold that's against baby. When this bamboo gets wet it doesn't dry out well, which makes the cover go out of rotation basically after one wet diaper. My other strictly PUL covers can be reused multiple times over a day or two until they smell or are soiled.
Conclusion: This cover is a little costly for how impractical it is.
Where to Buy: WeeHuggers are no longer in production.
More PUL Cloth Diaper Covers
There are plenty of options out there for PUL covers. We've only tried the 4 above, mainly because we have been happy with the Thirsties Duo Wraps and have not needed to seek out other options. I'm also not all about collecting covers just to have cute prints, which might be another reason to have different brands of covers.
Here are a few more covers that we haven't tried that might be a good option for someone else's needs and preferences. These are some of the more popular ones I've heard good things about elsewhere...
Bummis Diaper Cover
Best Bottom Diaper Shells
Imse Vimse Cover
Kissaluvs Marvels Cover
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I have been searching for a comparison of the rumparooz and thirsties cover and this hit the nail on the head. I think I will go with the thirsties! Thanks!ReplyDelete
I am so glad it was finally useful to someone! :)Delete
That's interesting. I found just the opposite. I liked the Rumparooz better. Mostly because I found the vertical snaps much faster and easier to attach than the horizontal snaps. Its my Thirsties that is the last option in the rotation.ReplyDelete
There's an option perfect for everyone :)Delete
Awesome! Thank you for this! I've been looking for a good review of Thirsties.ReplyDelete
Happy to help, and glad you found it!Delete
I'm a big fan of Thirsties too. Best Bottoms are awesome as well, but I only started using those when my little girl was over a year old already. They seem to snap down quite small though, so I'll be trying them on baby nr 2 due next year. Have also ordered some Imagine newborn covers as I quite liked how stretchy and affordable the one-size was.ReplyDelete
We love the superbrites from bummis! but our baby is skinny 18lbs @ 10 months, with a high rise so they are awesome! we have TONS of thirsties too and love them as well, but we use the S/M/L instead of the size 1/2ReplyDelete
Bummis Superbrites were top of my try list, until we opted for the two sizes. They seem like a great affordable sized option! Happy to hear you like them :)Delete
I need some guidance as to what type of prefold you prefer for these? Did you use snappies as well? New to cloth diapering but I have a rumparooz cover.ReplyDelete
Hi, Jenny! We've only used Clotheez prefolds from Green Mountain Diaper. They're sized for less bulk, absorbent, and durable. Nicki's diapers now offers another brand that also has similar sizing, but I've never tried them. And, yes, we used snappies.Delete
You can see our diaper change here:
Rumparooz work similar to Thirsties in that set-up.
I bought a rumparooz cover and it's way too tiny for my chunky thigh girl. I'm curious now to try the thirsties. Thanks!ReplyDelete