Prefolds vs. All-In-One Cloth Diapers: Which is Better?

Prefolds vs. All-In-One Cloth Diapers: Which is Better?

If you’re preparing for the arrival of a little one and considering cloth diapers, you may be a bit overwhelmed by the amount of information out there. With so many options for cloth diapering, how do you know what is best? What is easiest? How to get started?

The two most common types of cloth diapers are prefolds and all-in-ones. Let’s take a look at both.

Prefold Cloth Diaper

A prefold cloth diaper is a faster and more convenient version of the original and time-tested cloth diaper we all envision when we hear the term. Prefolds are ready to go, without as much finagling needed to get the multiple layers required in the “wet zone” as well as a proper fit. As a tried-and-true option, they are most affordable but may also need a bit of practice when it comes to fitting and fastening with the clip.

These cloth diapers are not waterproof on their own. You will need to use a diaper cover once it’s fastened into place. However, there are countless designs in every size, making this a great way to make diapering fun for you and your baby.


  • Affordable
  • Already folded and ready for use
  • Can use a wide variety of diaper cover designs


  • It can take some practice to learn how to fasten them securely
  • It may not be a good option while at daycare or in the care of family and friends

All-In-One Cloth Diaper

An all-in-one cloth diaper is just that. It combines the absorbent cloth layers inside, the waterproof diaper cover on the outside, as well as the fasteners needed to keep it in place. Also called AIOs, these work very similarly to disposable diapers, making them a great choice when your baby is with others who may not be comfortable changing a prefold diaper. There are no inserts, covers, or other extras needed to use an AIO cloth diaper.


  • Easier for others to use if your baby will be staying with others
  • No learning curve needed
  • Longer dry time because of the many layers


  • Less absorption makes them not as effective for overnights
  • Because the diaper cover is built-in, there is not as much customization

Many parents choose to use a combination of both prefolds and all-in-one cloth diapers due to their respective benefits. You may choose to use prefolds at home and save AIO diapers for traveling or when your baby is in the care of others.

No matter what types of cloth diapers you choose, a quality cloth diaper service can make it easier. Do Good Diapers takes care of delivering fresh diapers, washing the soiled ones and making sure you have everything you need to take care of your growing family. To learn more, try one of our Cloth Diaper 101 classes!

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