The term "Fitted" diaper may not mean much to a new to be parent. Here is what it means and why it is called that:
Before disposable diapers or today's modern cloth diapers became popular, flat rectangular cloths or square cloths were what was used to diaper a baby. They were folded to suit the baby's size, then pinned and then covered with a plastic or rubber pull up pant/cover to prevent the diaper from leaking.
During the late 1980's and early 1990's cloth diapering gained popularity due to an increase in awareness over environmental concerns. To make cloth diapering more convenient manufacturers gave the diaper more shape. Hook and loop (Velcro) closures or snaps were added to eliminate the need to pin and elastics were added to help contain solids; so it became a little "fitted" garment. That is where the term derives from. A separate diaper cover is still needed to prevent the diaper from leaking.
At this point in time the term "fitted" is not appropriate any more since all (most) diapers all have elastics at the waist and some sort of closure system. The term "fitted" doesn't, by definition, describe the style of diaper any more. "Fitted" is still widely used but really describes a diaper without an attached diaper cover.
More manufacturers are better differentiating this style of diaper by calling it a "two step" or "two piece" or "two part" diapering system. Two step- because it is a diaper that requires a separate cover to make the system water proof.
More information on the different diaper systems available can be found at: http://www.mother-ease.com/cloth-diapers/Cloth%20Diaper%20101
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