Fitted diapers are part of a two step diaper change system. Read my previous post about one and two step systems if you are confused about that. Fitted diapers are one of the choices that you have when choosing the absorbent component of a two step change diaper.
Many times fitted diapers are shaped just like disposable diapers and they can have three types of closures.
No attached closure. These last type are basically a prefold with added elastic around the leg area, and an extra layer for absorbency down the center. These are the most economical type of fitted diaper.
If you choose fitted diapers without closures attached to them, then you can choose what type of closure you wish to use on the diapers. We use a Snappie almost exclusively around here. And I am working on a tutorial for how to use a Snappie.
If you choose to use a fitted diaper, here are some things to consider. Fitted diapers plus covers are about the same price as a more one step changing system. However, they do come with some benefits all their own. Fitted diapers are the easier to change than prefold diapers. They can go on as easily as a disposable diaper. This is also true of pocket diapers and All in ones. However, unlike many pocket diapers, most fitted diapers are made of natural fibers, and many are quite absorbent. When our twins were smaller we used fitted diapers as our night time diapers and I was impressed that they didn’t leak.
Many parents overlook the fitted diaper as an option, but while they are more expensive than a prefold diaper, the ease of changing the baby is great with these. Also, it’s worth noting that one way to keep this a more economical choice would be to purchase sized fitted diapers (which are generally sized based on the weight of the baby), but purchase one-size-fits-all covers that can grow with the baby.