If your parenting style is best described as “natural”, ie: you only buy clean beauty products, you want only the safest products for bb and for the environment, then cloth diapering might just be for you.
We know what you’re thinking — regular, single-use diapering is hard enough already (and it is!). Any diaper can get soaked through, poo can fly out the back in all directions, and even worse, they can explode in the pool. Why would anyone want to throw cloth diapers into the mix and make it even worse? Well, it’s certainly not for everyone (especially if you hate-hate-hate cleaning up sh*t), but if you’re not totally squeamish and truly care about the future of our planet, cloth diapering can be a great alternative. It can even be a big money-saver at a time when every penny counts.
In fact, it’s becoming more and more popular. Roughly 10 percent of families are opting for washable, reusable cloth diapers over their indestructible, never-biodegrading counterparts. But still— the more Greta Thunberg educates each of us about climate change, and the more we learn about what we can do personally to help the planet, millennial families are cozying up to cloth diapers (plug your nose).
Are you game? If you are, get ready, because this isn’t for the faint of heart. Truth be told, it’s really not that f***ing difficult, either. There are a few decisions to make: #1-all in one or cloth diaper with separate inserts? Personal choice. #2-One size fits all or sized. Again, personal choice, follow the size charts to see what will fit your bb or toddler best.
One big piece of advice? Wash and/or soak your cloth diaper first. All of the rave reviews regarding absorbency are from parents who followed advice of moms before— the more you prep the diaper the more they’ll absorb. It’s worth the time pre-baby to save you post-baby (when you have no time).
When baby’s coming and you need to get ready, go for a kit that comes with everything. Whether you’re new to cloth diapers or old hat, new baby means a refresh is due. This Elemental Joy Cloth Diaper Kit comes with 6 diaper covers, 12 inserts, 1 wet bag and a diaper pail. Depending on how wet your bb gets, you can use an extra insert. This one size fits all is adjustable and grows with your LO from 8-35 lbs.
This set is also a great baby shower gift, as who doesn’t need new diapering supplies, right?
One mama who was using disposables moved onto cloth and is loving them! “All of that money spent and trash sent to sit in the landfill was weighing on me. I found the Elemental Joy kit and for the price I decided to give cloth diapers another chance. Now my son is wearing cloth all the time and I feel so much better! I have even made extra inserts with some old t-shirts and flannel scraps. This kit helped me realize that cloth doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated! I would absolutely recommend it to everyone. It’s so simple and has everything you need to get started with cloth. Also, what a bonus that the diapers are made in the USA, love that! “
If you obsess over what goes on your baby’s skin, then OsoCozy’s Unbleached Diapers may be the cloth diapers for you. Made from pure, 100% unbleached Indian cotton in a lint-free gauze weave, these pre-folded diapers are certainly the comfiest around. With over 1,000 ratings, parents love this brand, and won’t use anything else. They are super absorbent once they have been “treated” before use. There are infant packs in size 1 and 2, depending on your bb’s weight. One reviewer detailed the pros as being #1-cost effective and #2-minimizes blowouts. Those are both MAJOR pros in our book.
Nothing is as sh*tty as realizing your baby’s diaper exploded in the middle of the night. These hemp cotton cloth diapers (with tons of snap locations) provide a great nighttime solution as they’re super absorbent and catch all of baby’s pee (and poop). The wet won’t wake up baby and you can stay sleeping through the night, mama.
These are better than standard cotton due to the level of absorption. BUT, you have to “prep” them. Then they work!
“These fitted ecoable diapers are amazing!! I received them in a timely matter and they were well packaged. The material is extremely soft and upon prepping 2-3 times with my regular laundry absorb SO much liquid. They easily fit my 9 month old 17 lb trim baby on the smallest waist setting. The 2 removable snap in inserts make versatility great. These fitteds easily allow my 9 month old to sleep thru the night and wake up with dry bed and clothes. I have cloth diapered 2 older girls and only with my youngest girl did I explore the world of fitteds. Wish I would have tried earlier… they are a life saver.”
Pocket diapers come with an attached stay-dry lining and waterproof cover. This one from bumGenius fills all the requirements of a go-to cloth diaper. When your baby soils the diaper, you simply remove the insert and the cover and wash both. This one also wicks moisture away from baby’s skin, so you don’t have to worry about it causing a rash. We appreciate the 3×3 snap down design which helps the one pair fit all of sizes small, med and large (8-35 lbs). They come with two inserts, one for newborn and one for larger babies. These are investments, but long term investment pieces for sure.
One mom raved, “I have been cloth diapering for over 2 years now. I have another baby on the way, so I’ll be cloth diapering for a few more. I have tried MANY styles and brands. BumGenius Pockets are by far the best. They fit well, are very absorbent and line dry quickly.”
The Bambino Mio is an all-in-one cloth diaper, which means no inserts required. The one size fits all fits newborn to toddler (8lbs+), you can use this absorbent diaper from Day 1 all the way to potty training. This diaper has a hook and loop fastener in addition to snaps, giving it an extra snug fit. We love the bee print, but Bambimo Mio also has the cutest sloth print, so you may need one of each. Likely you’ll need 3-4 of each unless you’re planning to do laundry every five minutes.
One parent gives them the “best diapers” award: “First time mom here: LOVE these diapers. Before LO was born I did hours and hours of research and settled on Bambino Mio. Let me tell you: these are the best reusable’s on the market. We LOVE them. Easy to use, easy to clean, and even the daycare will take her with these. Actually, our daycare just told us that we must take great care of our diapers because they still look fantastic. We do wash these in the washing machine but we do put them to line dry. These were a great investment.”
Got a heavy wetter? Then this is the diaper set for your little one because it doesn’t take any crap. It’s anti-leak, thanks to thick gusset features in the inner leg, so the diaper fits snug and keeps all those undesirables inside. The inside is GREY which while normally not that exciting, is now since it helps cover stains. These are one size fits all with extra snaps for adjustability as they grow. The set comes with 6 diapers, 6 liners, 20 diaper sheets and the matching wash bag. One and done.
One mom agrees, “I am new to cloth diapering. I did a lot of research. It was all overwhelming to be honest. I came across these mainly for the price and cute designs for my son. I started out with just 6 of the diapers because I was unsure how it was all going to work out. The set I purchased, I put to the test!! Literally washed them almost 3 times a day. They washed well and 2 weeks later, they still look brand new. I was shopping for more diapers and I honestly really like these. So, I purchased another set!”
The No Prep Organic Cloth Diaper is a newbie parent’s dream. Not on your cloth diaper A-game yet? No sweat. This diaper requires “no prep,” meaning there’s no folding. Just snap-in the inserts and you’re ready to diaper your first-ever baby! We love ALL the snaps, so that this diaper is a customized fit. Still not sure? Listen to this:
“The smart bottoms dream diaper is what sold my family on switching to cloth! We had tried several brands before discovering smart bottoms and had almost given up. The no prep, the adorable prints and the ease of these diapers makes cloth diapering a breeze. Don’t let the price tag scare you away, we have used these diapers on two kids so far and they still look brand new. I love that I can wash them and throw them straight into the dryer. The bonus is the online community on Facebook to help answer all your questions when getting started.”
GroVia is a popular cloth diaper brand that’s sold out 99.9% of the time. It’s very high-quality, as it’s made from a quick-dry hemp, cotton, and fleece blend. It’s soft AF on baby’s skin and gentle on you as you navigate through this cloth diapering journey. This all in one diaper is designed specifically with newborns in mind.
One mom raves, “Love this diaper! Fit my 6 lb baby and still fits at 10 lbs. super soft and absorbent the all in one cleans nicely and dries fairly quick with how it is made. The buttah has a plush soft outside and the color is soft and perfect for both sexes.”
You’ve got your cloth diapers, but what about your swim diapers? This waterproof outerlayer is made of 100% polyester, so you know it’s designed to, um, “hold solids.” Yep, even in the water. The colors and patterns are oh so cute, too. We mean, there are penguins, starfish and sea turtles for your little swimmer to wear this summer at home and next year on vacation. Lots of snaps make these adjustable for kids 0-3 years old. Boy or girl, you’ll get years of use out of these. Don’t let yourself be without swim diapers before water season officially begins!
Ecoposh Training Pants are a BFD. They’re almost always sold out on Amazon because parents (and toddlers!) love them so much. Made with organic bamboo velour, these training pants pull-up and are super absorbent— you know, because #AccidentsHappen.
If you spent all the time using cloth diapers for the bb- don’t stop now! You’ll want to continue with training undies. These feel like big-boy undies, but have the absorbency of trainers (the waterproof lining is hiding inside) until they’re 100% accident free. They come in 3 sizes and 6 vibrant colors, almost one for each day of the week.