Originally Posted by Inali
Um i love love love all this info but I dont know what some of these things are :-(
-Snappi fastners (and how do you use them)
(different from what other diapers and how?)
-wool soakers (you just knit what looks like a maxi pad? and that goes between the prefold and diaper cover? Or am I way off?)
Like many other first timers, I'm so terribly confused about all the options! Logistically and monitarily...
These are Snappi Fasteners. They're little plastic 3 prong fasteners that have little teeth in them that hook into your prefold/folded flat to keep it closed and in place properly. I use them a lot on DS if he's running around in just a prefold and sans cover (which we do sometimes if he's got a rash, or if he's already pooped several times in the day). They're basically used in place of traditional diaper pins. If you're using a velcro or snapping cover over your prefold/flat, they're not really necessary, as the cover will hold the prefold/flat in place. But if you're using a pull-up cover, or if you want the freedom to just put on a prefold, then they're really handy to have. They go on more quickly than pins, in my opinion. Our three pack saw about a year of use before the Snappis needed replacing.
These are pocket diapers (or a popular brand of them, anyway). Instead of putting on an absorbent layer, and then a cover over it, the absorbent layer is stuffed inside, and the whole shebang is put in the kiddo. They're a more expensive option that prefolds/flats and covers. A lot of mamas like them better because they go on so conveniently, especially on squirmy toddlers. And they have microfleece against baby's skin, which acts as a wicking layer (baby feels dry longer). In my experience, they don't hold up as well and are a pain in the butt to launder. And they cost more. Still less than disposables by a long shot, but I actually prefer the cover/prefold option myself. Many mamas prefer the pockets. They're just a different option, and probably not ideal if you're looking to diaper on the cheap.
I haven't used wool at all, so my explanation there is probably not the best