Back in the day, cloth diapers were pretty much the norm. They didn’t have all the fancy snaps and Velcro that they do now, but they got the job done! Then life started getting faster and faster and disposable diapers took over the market. But in recent years, cloth diapers have made a comeback. Younger generations are becoming more aware our own environment and in turn are making better decisions for it.
Before you take the dive into cloth diapering, take a look at our article below. We tried to cover all the details of cloth diapering in hopes to help our readers make an informed decision on whether it is right for them. We will give our top pick for the best disposable diaper as well as information on how to use and clean cloth diapers. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, first let’s take a look at the pros and cons of cloth diapers and disposable diapers.
Cloth Diapers vs. Disposable Diapers
There are several factors to take into consideration when deciding whether you should use cloth diapers or disposable diapers. Most people may immediately ask themselves, “Can my stomach handle it?” It certainly does not sound glamorous, washing baby poop out of cloth diapers. But when you weigh this against other things such as costs, environmental impact, or maybe even your little ones sensitive skin, a little baby poop doesn’t seem so bad. Besides, when it’s your own child, you learn to live with the barf, the drool, and that’s right, the poop!
Using cloth diapers with your baby may require a few extra loads of laundry a week. That being said, cloth diaper laundry certainly isn’t as overwhelming as normal laundry. Since it is kept separate from your clothing laundry, it makes it much easier to keep up with. What truly helps is having a solid wash routine, which we outline below in our “How To Use & Clean Cloth Diapers” section.
Building a stash of cloth diapers can get quite expensive, but if you plan on having more children you can definitely get more value from them. Before diving head first into cloth diapering, try purchasing 1-3 to give a test run.
The Best Cloth Diaper Brand – It’s a No-Brainer
As described in our Diapering Essentials article, our top pick for the best cloth diaper of 2018 is the GroVia diapering system. No surpise here, Grovia is the most popular brand on the market by a landslide. Moms love the versatility GroVia has to offer. With three different types of cloth diaper you are sure to find a combination that works for you. We have ranked the GroVia line below and included some pros and cons of each.
The All in One, shown above, has a waterproof outer layer and ultra-absorbent certified organic inner soaker. With a simple snap system there is no need for folding, stuffing, or keeping track of covers. If you aren’t into the puffy cloth diaper look, these diapers are very slim.
Fits babies 10-35+ lbs, so you may need to use disposables for the first few weeks of your baby’s new life. They do have a newborn size if you are committed to using cloth from day 1: GroVia Newborn All in One Snap Reusable Cloth Diaper.
The GroVia O.N.E. is the heavy weight champion of the GroVia line. Time and time again, these have proven to be the best overnight solution. Another advantage to the O.N.E. line is that it has two closure types, both the Hook & Loop (Velcro) and the Snap closure. There is no prepping necessary for this particular diaper, so you and baby can jump right in!
A downfall to the O.N.E. is that it is very bulky, so plan on having to buy a size up in pants for your little one. It says it is for babies 10-35 lbs, but some have found it to be a little big for smaller babies.
A waterproof diaper cover that’s reusable between washes is an old school concept. But when combined with modern textiles and elastics, it’s a whole new world. The GroVia Hybrid Baby Cloth Diaper fits babies from 8 to 30 lbs. Featured above is the snap shell closure, but the Hybrid also comes with a hook and look closure.
Be wary if you are a stickler for a clean looking diaper as some have commented that the mesh lining can easily stain. Try washing poopy diapers immediately to avoid staining!
All GroVia diapers come in a wide selection of solid colors or patterned prints. There are also matching GroVia Wet Bags.
How To Use & Clean Cloth Diapers
There is a learning curve for cloth diapers, but once you’ve got your system down it can be just as quick and easy as disposables. Sticking with one brand is a good idea, as each diaper has its own prep and wash routine. If you are unsure as to which brand or style you like, try purchasing one here or one there to see if you like them. Once you’ve decided on which works best for you, it’s time to invest in your cloth diaper stash!
How many Cloth Diapers Do I Need?
If you are looking to cloth diaper full time, we suggest a stash size of 18-24 diapers. Some moms like to have mainly one type of diaper for baby for day time and an ultra-absorbent diaper for overnight. For starting out part time with cloth diapers, you will need about 12-14 cloth diapers.
How To Clean Cloth Diapers
With a full time stash, cloth diaper laundry will need to be done once every other day. It’s important to clean extra poopy diapers immediately to avoid staining and also manage smell. You can use a diaper pail with a cloth diaper bag insert, we recommend the Ubbi Diaper Pail.
We strongly recommended that you consult your cloth diaper brand website for cleaning and care instructions. Each diaper has its own specific washing instructions laid out by the manufacturer, which one should diligently follow.
How To Strip Cloth Diapers
Stripping cloth diapers usually involves washing them with bleach or a specific detergent. This process is useful if you have bought used cloth diapers and would like to sanitize them, or if your stash has been contaminated or simply needs to be sanitized from use.
We recommend you consult your cloth diaper brand website or customer service for their instructions on stripping diapers.
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