All these cute prints and colours, what’s not to like?
It may sound complicated at first but what it comes down to is understanding that cloth diapers have two parts, the absorbent part and the waterproof part.
Here’s a short summary of the terms:
- All-in-one (AiO)= Diaper has both waterproof outer layer and absorbent part
- All-in-two (Ai2)= There are two parts you attach together (cover + absorbent part/ insert).
- Pocket diaper = You have two parts where you slide the absorbent part inside the pocket in the cover.
- Fitted diaper = Absorbent part that is formed like a diaper (not waterproof).
- Prefold = Absorbent part made of cloth.
- Flat = Cloth you fold into diaper.
- Cover = Waterproof part
- Insert = Absorbent pad.
At first you might think that all-in-ones or pockets must be the way to go as they resemble disposables the most, but hold on! There are few things to consider. If you go for all-in-ones you will have to put the whole diaper in the wash at every change which means you need to have many of them and this way there will be more laundry. And they take FOREVER to dry!
I have a few AIO I like them because you don’t have to put a insert in them, you don’t have to do anything to them you just put it on like a disposable diaper. BUT they take FOREVER to dry.
I love pocket diapers. They are probably my favorite.
I mostly only use Pocket diapers from Nora’s nursery.
- Hemp =Is a Natural fiber with high absorbency
- Bamboo = Is also a Natural fiber with great absorbency
- Cotton = Is a Natural fiber with good absorbency
- Microfiber = Polyester with very high absorbency ( But can’t be put on baby’s skin)
Some diapers are one-size (OS) and are made so that they grow with the child and some come in different sizes.
Newborn’s have their own diapers as these are very small!
Velcro or snaps?
Cloth diapers have either a velcro or snap closing. This again is down to preference what you best like using. However, there are few things to consider:
- Velcro can wear out in use, and it can loose its strength to hold diaper closed. This might be an issue if you wish to use the diapers for several kids or to sell them. Also your little one can pull it right off!
- Velcro is easier in finding the right fit when putting the diaper on.
- Also, when using velcro you must remember to attach the flaps to the diaper for washing otherwise they stick to everything in the washer!
- To protect your baby’s bum you will probably want to stay away from detergents with lots of chemicals and parfume and conditioner is a no-go.
- PUL covers should never go in the tumble dryer and if you want to be eco friendly also hang the inserts to dry.
- Note also that different absorbent materials dry at different pace.
- Wash your diapers every 1-3 days. You shouldn’t leave the diapers in the washing basket/bin for too long as this will create bacteria.
- Finally, do buy a big diaper laundry bag (or two), also called wet bag. You can get one that goes in a bin or one that you can hang up. Basically then you just need to open the bag and chuck it in the washing machine without needing to handle the dirty diapers. Smart.
Just to give you an idea what is out there, here is a list of brands being sold : Thirsties, Grovia,, Anavy, Best Bottom, Smart Bottom, Thefluffypenguin, Totsbots, Bambino Mio, Imagine, Charlie banana & Nora’s nursery.
- Brands differ in design although some are quite similar.
- Brands differ in price and cheaper ones cost about $8.00 (For one diaper) where high end brands will set you back around $20.00 (For one diaper). Price depends largely on the design and materials used. Generally Bamboo, cotton and microfiber are cheaper than hemp and organic cotton.
What about the price?
The first time I looked at buying cloth diapers I was rather blown away by the prices. When you are used to buying a massive bag of disposable diapers for say 20 dollars for a pack. VS 8 dollars for ONE diaper!Seems outrageous! But in the long-run cloth diapers will be cheaper in most cases. That is, providing that you don’t go diaper crazy and buy all the cute prints! Trust me it will happen at some point…
- You spend about $1,000.00 a year on disposable diapers.
- Where I have spend no more than 150 dollars on all my diapers and some have been used for 2+ years and are on there second kid!
- Most kids use diapers about three years so with average 7 a day, this makes 7665 diapers. In contrast to this, if you buy one-size cloth diapers which you can use pretty much throughout the whole period, you’ll need around 25 cloth diapers. With this amount you can have a good rotation going on.
- You can also buy cloth diapers secondhand to save money, and you can get some of your money back by selling your cloth diapers to another mama! If you’re into sustainable living, secondhand shopping comes quite naturally
I will be posting a new blog on
12-2-19 about “How to clean your cloth diapers” So stay tuned!!
I hope this has been helpful to you!
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