Why Use Cloth Diapers?
- Save thousands of dollars over the two to three year period that you will be diapering your baby.
- 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.
Which Cloth Diapers Should I Try?
- Organic cotton and organic wool are my favorite diapering materials due to their eco-friendliness, softness, and durability.
- I most especially recommend 100% cotton to soak up wetness and contain poo–flats, prefolds, or fitteds. Cotton washes up beautifully, is durable, and won’t irritate sensitive skin.
- 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.
Cloth Diapering Links:
The Real Diaper Association is a great website for cloth diapering information and facts.