What are wraps?
Wraps are often mistaken as diaper covered. Wraps serve the same purpose as a diaper cover, but are not the same as a cover. A cover is made of one continuous piece of material that does not need to be fastened or adhered to itself, while wraps do require fastening; typically by means of velcro or snaps. Wraps resemble a disposable diaper with an hourglass shape and have elastic in the legs and the back. Wraps are waterproof and typically single layered, meant for use over non-waterproof diapers, such as prefolds, flats, contours or fitteds.
Pros of Pocket Diapers
Wraps can be used over non-waterproof diapers to provide protection from leak-throughs and other undesirable messes. Depending on the specific material used in the wrap, it may not need changed with every diaper change. Many wraps can be wiped clean, and used again when the non-waterproof diaper has been replaced. Wraps, when used with prefolds, flats or even contours, can be a very affordable option for families on a stricter budget.
Cons of Pocket Diapers
Some wraps can irritate baby’s skin or leave red marks. It may be a hassle for some parents to put a diaper on and have to put a wrap on too. Because of the materials used in some wraps, they may require special laundering. Wraps may make a baby’s bottom bulkier than the diaper and make clothing difficult to fit.
The second diapering system I ever tried was a wrap-and-prefolds system. I had three wraps and a ton of prefolds and it was more than enough. I loved using the wraps over the prefolds. In fact, I didn’t even pin or use a Snappi on my prefolds, I just folded them in thirds and laid them inside of the wrap like you would a soaker or doubler. The wraps were perfect for my son until he hit around six months. At that age, he started wetting much heavier and the wraps didn’t seem to be able to hold back his messes, despite how many layers of absorbency I put against my son’s bum. I love wraps and prefolds for littler babies, but when they get older, they can become a pain; especially if your wraps velcro! Eventually, babies learn to undo velcro!
What Others Are Saying
“We cloth diapered both of our sons and used wraps and flats exclusively. I loved that I didn’t need to wash the wrap after every use. I could just swap out the flat and put it back on as long as he hadn’t gotten any solids onto the wrap!” -Melissa, mother of two.
“I absolutely love fitted diapers from work-at-home-moms. What I don’t love is the things my family say when he has a leak when wearing a fitted. At home, we don’t use any kind of cover or wrap, but when we go out I can pop a wrap over her fitted diaper and we’re good to go!” -Kathy, mother of one.
“Wraps have been a life-saver for us. When I first started cloth diapering, we were on our fourth child and couldn’t afford a lot. We decided to go with prefolds, but we needed an economic way to make them waterproof. We bought a couple wraps and haven’t looked back since!” -Rhea, mother of five.