Why Use Cloth Diapers?
- Save thousands of dollars over the two to three year period that you will be diapering your baby by washing at home.
- Put natural fibers next to your baby’s most delicate skin instead of paper and plastic.
- Be gentler on our environment in a way that can actually save you money.
- A diaper service can make choosing cloth easier. Prices are comparable to disposable diapering costs, but your environmental impact will be significantly lower.
Which Cloth Diapers Should I Try?
- Cotton and wool are my favorite diapering materials due to their softness, breathability, and durability.
- I most especially recommend 100% cotton to soak up wetness and contain messes, especially cotton prefolds. Cotton prefolds wash up beautifully with water and detergent, are durable and can withstand high water temperatures for killing germs, and won’t irritate sensitive skin. Our diaper service uses 100% cotton prefolds.
- Bamboo is a popular diaper fabric because it is buttery soft and absorbs quickly, although it isn’t quite as durable in the long run as cotton and hemp.
- Hemp makes an excellent liner or booster. It is dense and a bit fussier to care for than cotton but is trim and can provide needed extra absorbancy down the center of a diaper.
- Wool overpants/soakers or polyurethane laminated polyester (PUL) covers will keep clothes dry–pull-on, snap closure, or hook&loop closure.
- Wool covers work very well and last a long time…like cute little knitted stocking caps with leg openings–pull them on over a cotton diaper for a breathable, very leak proof, comfy, completely natural diaper.
- A “stay-dry” layer made of polyester fleece can keep baby’s bottom feeling dry between changes but isn’t necessary.
- Microfiber is also a popular diaper fabric, but I don’t recommend it since it is difficult to launder and can cause compression leaks.
I would like to draw attention to two local cloth diaper artisan seamstresses who produce high quality, functional, and adorable diapers and covers. Primm n Proper Baby Cloth Diapers makes gorgeous, premium, soft, fitted diapers from high-end fabrics including bamboo and organic cotton. 6 Bags Full makes luxurious upcycled wool and cashmere covers. Fitteds and wool are one of my favorite diaper combinations because they are easy to use, they breath to prevent heat build-up and rashes, and they don’t leak or hold on to stinky smells. With Primm n Proper Baby and 6 Bags Full, you can shop locally and receive some of the very best products available on the cloth diaper market. Please check them out!
Cloth Diapering Links:
The Real Diaper Association is a great website for cloth diapering information and facts.