Fitted nappies and wraps - two part system which tends to be very absorbent, but takes longer to put on as you need to get first the nappy and then the wrap on. They also tend to be bulky so they're "going out of fashion" as a daytime option, however they're still very popular for night. They're also one of the cheaper options overall.
Set up: You don't need to do much to set up a fitted nappy until you are changing baby's nappy. Fitted nappies and wraps are usually stored in two baskets, drawers or shelves.
Change: The fitted nappy is put on baby and closed with velcro or snaps. The wrap is then put on over the fitted nappy and closed with velcro or snaps.
Fitted nappies with a wrap can be a very effective option -very absorbent and good for poo containment too. Anything that escapes the fitted nappy is unlikely to also escape the wrap so that is double protection. These are a good option for night time use and can be boosted for heavy wetters.
Laundry: The fitted nappy is washed each time but the wrap can be used a number of times before needing to be washed.
The wrap will be made entirely of waterproof materials and will air dry very quickly. Fitted nappies can be air dried or since there is elastic it's usually best not to machine dry most brands regularly. Extra fitted nappies means you can use cloth nappies on a full time basis with a small number of wraps. Brands vary but typically 24 fitted nappies and 8 wraps is sufficient for full time use. (3:1 is an approximate ratio for wraps to prefolds.)
Inserts and Boosters:
Prefolds do not necessarily need to match the brand of your wraps -you can mix and match. Boosters of your liking can be added to the prefold as necessary.
While very absorbent, fitted nappies are often bulky and it can be a challenge to find suitable clothes to fit over. Leggings are a good option for girls and you'll need to keep your eye out for loose fitting pants for boys. There are cloth specific clothes online but these can be costly by time you factor in postage.
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