earlier, i was going to don a fitted, flannel diaper, stuffed with a terry-towelling (a combo that has bacome a regular for day-time use) and the combination of american and british style materials got me thinking about what the american cloth culture really is.
i suppose the revelation, if you choose to do so, will help those who aren't familiar with traditional diapering, especially in the american context as it seems quite complicated, with all the different types of materials, folds and cuts.
the british culture is fairly simple: terry-towelling squares. and it's much of a puzzle for me as to why it is so varied in America. and i have to say that i'm thinking it is so because the materials used are inferior to what we use.
i remember wearing flannel (just an old bed-sheet) when i was younger, but only for comfort and play as it wasn't too good for absorption, and my most recent and practical experiences are of the fitted diaper, above, and of the YuYun AIOs i bought a while ago - and none of them come close to the capacity of terry-towelling.
some others have mentioned other types of materials for diapers and, to be honest, from i've seen of them, they don't look too good for absorption; is this the case?
additionally puzzling is that you use 'towels' in everyday life - are these the same terry-towelling with which we, in britain, are familiar? so, i guess the quesiton of 'what is your cloth culture?' also incorporates your use of materials to dry yourself after bathing, as it would seem a logical step to use one for the other, depending upon which is best, as is the culture in britain (cloth diapers generally go on to be used as general towels, and normal towels can be used as diapers).
and so, i'm still puzzled by the reasons for the variety of styles and materials (and the benefits, thereof) which are used in America, and still not sure if all of those are a traditional part of your cloth culture and not just a recent fad.
as a part of the idea of a 'recent fad', i've also been thinking about the use of the word 'diaper' (orignally used by the british, too) as this relates to a specific type of cloth, and i wondered if this aspect of our cultural difference lay behind the different practices (as in, you never adopted a different word for 'diaper' as you never adopted a different material for diapers)?
the experiences of other nations and cultures is also welcome, naturally.