Vinyl Diaper Pants VS. All other Diaper covers????

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I am due in March with my first, I plan on using Indian Prefolds, secured with snappi's. I notice that everyone seems to use all different types of diaper covers, but haven't heard of anyone using the elastic waist and leg vinyl pants. Is there a reason that no one uses them? I would think that they are classic, simple and inexpensive and why wouldn't they work as well as any other of the cloth diaper covers? Is there anyone out there that uses or has used the Vinyl Diaper Pants? I would be much appreciative to any advise. Thank you!


Tj - posted on 08/13/2015




The dappi nylon pants run large and after reading several reviews I decide to see how large the x-large toddler size was. My friends sister uses cloth diapers and vinyl pants on her baby. I purchased a package of Dappi nylon pants. I took them to my friend's sister and asked if I could borrow a cloth diaper. I handed her the nylon pants and laid on the bed. She remarked"What,you want me to diaper you, these pants are too small. She removed my shorts. Picking up a diaper,she folded it and put it under me. After applying baby powder,she pulled the diaper up between my legs,pinning the sides. Taking the baby pants,she slid them over one foot then the other. She rubbed baby powder on my legs to allow the pants to slide up easier. To her surprise, she was asking me to lift my bottom. She pulled the baby pants up over the diaper,tucking it in around the waist. She thought it was cute,I could still wear her baby's cloth diaper and baby pants. She said" Now I have two babies in diapers." She never knew that I use to wear her first baby's cloth diapers a few years earlier. I found at that time that I could still wear Gerber toddler vinyl pants. I wore the baby's diapers for almost two years,until she went to training pants. It should be longer this time as she will still have a baby in diapers even after she potty trains her second baby!!

Jan - posted on 03/20/2010




I have a bunch of good quality pull on diaper covers like that, but I find they pull the diaper down a bit when you go to take it off which could be very messy with a newborn. They work well with an older baby and are faster then a snap up one on a busy toddler but I wouldn't use them on an exclusively breast fed baby since quite often the poop leaks out of a prefold and onto the cover and every time it did you would end up with poop all over baby's legs from pulling down the pants. Same is true for pull on wool soakers, even though they are my favorite covers for an older baby I won't use them on a newborn because wraps are just way nicer and less mess. If you want to make some cheap covers you can make them really easily out of two layers of polar fleece, I have a tutorial on my blog, they only take about 20 minutes to slap together and work great. you can make a newborn / small fleece cover for about $1.00 in fabric and notions.

Lenore - posted on 03/20/2010




i only use the plastic pants or viynl that ur talking about and so far havent had any trouble with them and my daughters 8 months old they are a cheap alternative to what is out there i also use the old birdseye diapers like the ones from 20 years ago that my mom used with all three of her kids

Lara - posted on 12/12/2009




I just use the gerber plastic pants. I have had no problems with them. When i brought my son home i had to use disposible for a little bit till his cord fell out because the diaper road up his belly and wasn't letting the belly button stay dry. I just got to remember to change him more often then you would with disposible. just don't put them in the dryer. and snappis are awesome! i love them

Jessica - posted on 12/09/2009




I am using the vinyl diaper covers for my daughter who is now 5 months and have not had a problem with a rash or leaking or anything else for that matter. I think they are great and inexpensive a 3 pack is only $4.99 and as long as you don't bleach them they last.


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Lisa - posted on 11/16/2011




I used them, but I stopped because they don't breathe. But that was my personal preference. The best thing when newly cloth diapering is to try a lot of different kinds of cloth diaper systems and see what you like best.

Lindsay - posted on 11/16/2011




I use the vinyl pants over a folded flannel diaper and I've never had a problem with rashes. You have to get a little creative when there is a mess and you have to pull them down, but after enough tries you will figure out how you can do it with out making a mess on the baby. I love them and won't use anything else! Good luck!

Heidi - posted on 01/18/2011




I have used the plastic gerber covers, they are reused. Does anywhere sell them in smaller sizes any more? I have used the dappi covers also they are good, but don't buy their cloth diapers they are poor quality, and come apart.

Vilate - posted on 03/22/2010




Kelsie, I have not read through all the 21 other comments, but I will tell you NOT to buy those! they are diaper rashes waiting to happen! :( The plastic is not breathable and if you kiddos have sensitive skin, a rash will happen! Most of the time also the elastics hold on to the urine even though you wipe off the cover to use again and so a rash will occur where ever the elastic touches the baby.
I am also not a big fan of PUL covers! They are along the same lines as the plastic pants. They a tad bit more breathable, but not much.
I do totally LOVE wool!!!!!!!!
Wool covers are so super amazing! I could go on and on and on... in fact I have before.
I will say that they are natural, totally breathable and absorbent to boot! With a good fitted they are practically bullett proof!
I have lots of info on wool here:
I also have some testimonials of people who I have converted to wool!
Also if you sew it isn't too had to make some up! :)
Good luck picking! I really hope you will try wool!

M - posted on 03/21/2010




I've tried both and here are my findings:

1. Vinyl doesn't breathe as well as PUL so the challenge you may run into is that baby could develop a rash because heat will build up in the cover.

2. Some of the vinyl covers aren't made as well as PUL covers. I found myself tearing them a lot accidently when I would pull them on.

3. I found they made squishy noises every time my son walked and it bothered me.

Schyla - posted on 03/21/2010




I use the PUL pocket style and I love the vibrant colors and I never have trouble with leaking and they breath I use to use the old fashioned as well and my girls got rashes, I want to know more about the wool covers With the ones I use if i run out of inserts I can just use a dishtowel while I wash. (I've never run out though) I use these with both of my girls and I love them my MIL thought I was crazy when she learned I was using cloth but when I showed her how they work she has now bought a set for ALL 7 of her grandchildren. haha

Heather - posted on 03/21/2010




I have some of the vinyle pull ons. I will admit I only use the pullons when all the velcro wrap covers are dirty. The velcro wrap covers are great. I get the Kushies brand they are about 6.00 dollars and love them.

Janet - posted on 12/15/2009




I love my wool. My son is very sensitive to rashes and will break out if I ever use anything else. I usually use wool pants as it cuts down on an extra layer, and they are so cute (but I may be biased as I make them myself). No one knows that they are wool until I tell them, as it is a fabric and not knit (no sweater butts here). You can see them at or on my facebook page under muggabug.

Megan - posted on 12/14/2009




I just wanted to add another positive response for the Thirsties Duo covers. I LOVE them! Since they are adjustable, you can use them longer so the cost is pretty great for the durability, convenience and length of time you can use them.

I had some plastic pants at first and found them difficult to get on my squirmy baby. The Thirsties fasten with velcro so they go on over the prefolds like a paper diaper would. I also like the adjustability for the different amounts of bulk that you might put in a night diaper.

Katrina - posted on 12/12/2009




I sugget the flip its great it comes with inserts that are great and u can get dipsable for when u go out, You can put your idian in them too. One pack last almost all day.Also a great diaper is bumGenius! DELUXE V3.0 All-In-One. They have a pocket so they r great for night time because u can add extra insert if you have a heavy wetter.
I also love Fuzzi Bunz Perfect Size Diaper but make sure they r the perfect size because i found the others to leak. But to go cheap I would use the flip they go to 35 pounds so its a great buy. The use the idian folds and the pads that come with it.

link so you can look at them.
bumGenius! DELUXE V3.0 All-In-One

Corrina - posted on 12/11/2009




I'm in the UK but the vinyl ones you mention sound like the cheap option I bought first, which after a few washes started to tear and I ended up in desperation one night using parcel tape to keep the liquid in 'til I could shop for more the next day coz every one had a hole in it somewhere. Remember, don't use fabric softener it reduces the absorbency of the cloth nappies, a drop of tea tree and lavender pure essential oil (and only a drop of each, esp in early days) in the final rinse cycle instead will help nappies smell fresher and will also help prevent nappy rashes due to it's anti bacterial nature.

Lorin - posted on 12/10/2009




i had the same question as you and another reason i was told not to use the covers you're describing is the pull-on feature... since they don't snap/velcro on and off, you have to pull them up and down the legs, which can be messy and just plain difficult with a squirmy baby on your hands. my son's due in january so i don't have the experience yet, but just imagine trying to keep the prefold full of poop in place while you pull the vinyl cover down the legs (assuming the prefold has actually CAUGHT all the poop)... not fun. if you're crafty you might try converting the covers to close with snaps or velcro, but then all those other downsides everybody else mentioned would still come into play. good luck with whatever you choose!

Noel - posted on 12/10/2009




ps-i bought snappis with the same intentions as you, but have found i can fold the prefold in thirds and place it right in the thirsties cover. in face, she's 8 months old and we're still using the infant prefolds inside the covers! :-) blueberries have some really cute prints on their covers and also snap to different sizes so they grow with baby

Jessica - posted on 12/09/2009




I use the plastic pants on my daughter during the day and have not any problems with a rash or anything. Most evenings I use a bum genius but I have used the traditional cloth and plastic pants also. They come in a pack of 3 for $4.99. My daughter is 5 months old now and we have just moved on to the next size as long as you don't bleach them they last.

Jenny - posted on 12/09/2009




We used bummis super whisper pants, which are much cheaper than the wraps. They worked really well for our son. they are nylon I think which is thinner than the vinyl. I bought some gerber vinyl pants at first, but they gave my son red marks on his legs, and no, they weren't too tight. :) Hope that helps.

Selia - posted on 12/09/2009




I have used both Bummis super whisper wrap and Thirsties brand covers. The xs bummis was much smaller, which was needed for my little one who was only 6 lbs, 6 oz at birth. But, they have really skinny legs and my little one has chunky thighs for her waist size, so once she hit about 7 1/2 lbs, the Thirsties was a much better fit, with better leg/waist size ratio and better shape to prevent leaks. My advice - don't buy too much of anything till your baby is born and you can see what fits him/her the best!

Lisa - posted on 12/09/2009




I use the Dappi brand, too, and like them, as I have leak issues, and plastic pants so far have been my only recourse to keep clothing and bedding dry. The small Dappi diapers are perfect for my 8 1/2 pound baby, but be careful with the Dappi covers -- the smalls don't fit until 14 pounds.

Kimberly - posted on 12/08/2009




I totally agree with Sarah about wool. Once you get into the swing of it, it's extremely easy to care for, and as easy to use as anything else. However, to address your question about vinyl pants. I've heard from many moms that they even have a hard time finding the traditional "vinyl" pants, and I think Sarah's reasons are probably why. They really aren't very good for the skin because they just don't breathe, so they create pretty much the same environment that disposables do.

But if you're looking for a cheap and easy traditional style diaper cover, I have used Dappi pants and really like them. Dappi pants *look* like the old style vinyl pants, but they are made out of a nylon taffeta material that breathes pretty well and they have a nice soft spandex (rather than elastic, which some kids can be allergic to or break out from) trim around the legs and waist. And best of all they are about $6 or $8 for a two-pack of the covers. Because I can sometimes be lazy about my handwashing laundry (when the wool covers finally do need a cleaning...) I've always kept 2 Dappi pants around in each size as my son has grown. I buy them from a woman-owned cloth diaper business that I love, , but I bet you can find them in lots of places.

Good luck with your new baby! I had my first son in April and having a spring baby was just so wonderful. Lots of opportunities for getting out for crisp little spring walks and stuff. :)

Sarah - posted on 12/08/2009




I used to use the old covers like you're talking about for my daughter when she was potty training, and it held in too much moisture and she got bad rashes. We didn't use them long. I hear that's not uncommon with those covers, though.

I absolutely love my wool covers. They keep in the moisture for a couple of hours, smell great (they sell a variety of fragranced lanolin), and they're naturally antibacterial. I know a lot of ways you can use them that's easier than what many other people do, too. If you want more info on using them, email me at . If you're crafty, you can go to a thrift store, buy a wool sweater and make it yourself easily and cheap!!! Otherwise, I have a favorite cover I could suggest to you (about $40 new).

Can you tell I'm passionate about wool? It took a while to convince me, but now I totally believe in them!!!

Best of luck with your pregnancy and cloth diapering plans!


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