When you give birth, the hospital will choose to wrap your little one in a disposable diaper, but for some parents, using a cloth diaper is what they prefer to wrap their child’s bottom with. However, when it comes time to use a cloth diaper, how can you tell which cloth diaper is the best for your child?
With that in mind, we decided to do some shopping for you and compile a list of our 10 Best Cloth Diapers of 2018 to give you some ideas of the options out there for you and your little one’s behind.
We hope that with our recommendations, we can make the process a bit easier for you so you can spend your time focusing on your new baby and not spending time worry about which diaper they’ll wear.
Ready? Let’s get started.
How To Choose A Cloth Diaper – Buying Guide
Choosing to use cloth diapers for your child isn’t the same disgusting process that it might have been when your mom or dad was a child. Thankfully, things have gotten better, easier and cleaner that before. Choosing a cloth diaper to use with your child can take more than just choosing the first you see at the store. To help, we decided to focus on a certain set of criteria to help determine the items that appeared on our list. Our criteria included:
Making sure that the cloth diaper that you use with your baby fits, is one of the most important things you want to make sure you get right. A diaper that doesn’t fit correctly can cause leaks and leaks can be a problem, so to speak. A well fitting cloth diaper will be tight around your little one’s legs. This ensures a proper fit and no nasty leaks during the day.
Along with having a proper fit, making sure that your little one is comfortable is important. Every baby is different and what makes them comfortable may change from day to day. Buying cloth diapers that not only fits well, but is also comfortable can make cloth diapers easier for them to get used to.
For a lot of parents, choosing to use cloth diapers comes down to the materials being used. Some parents do not like the idea of the manufactured or chemically treated materials that come in a disposable diaper to be touching their babies skin. Cloth diapers are typically made with cotton, offering your little one a great amount of softness and comfort when wearing them..
When compared to disposable diapers, cloth diapers can be a more cost effective option for parents. While the costs of washing and drying diapers either through a service or on your own can add up, the overall cost is much less than what it is for using a disposable diapers.
Ease of Cleaning
Unlike disposable diapers, cloth diapers can’t really just be thrown away, unless you want to buy more every week. Cleaning your little ones dirty diapers can be a little gross at first, but diapers that are easily to clean, wash and dry can hold their value, not only monetarily, but practically so you can use them over and over again.
Benefits of Cloth Diapers
Using cloth diapers can have a lot of benefits that many people may associate with disposable diapers instead. But, with a closer look, parents can easily see the numerous benefits that can come with using cloth diapers with your little one. These benefits include:
The cost of cloth diapers can be a huge benefit, Not specifically at the start because they will cost more from the outset than disposable diapers. However, in the life span of the diaper, the cost will be negligible when in comparison to disposable diapers which you’ll throw away and buy more over and over again.
The choice of a reusable diaper over one that is thrown in the trash after one use can have a big impact on the environment. Disposable diapers, after being thrown away will sit in a landfill or other trash site and could cause environmental problems. With a cloth diaper, you can use them over and over again saving the amount of trash you create
When a child grows up, eventually they will grow out of the need to use a diaper. When this happens, parents can re-sell their clean cloth diapers to new moms and dads looking to use cloth diapers with their children. These can make some decent money for other expenses that they may need to pay for.
With newborns and babies, their skin can be very sensitive to the materials that are touching it. This is no exception when it comes to diapers. With disposables being made from a combination of materials and chemicals, diaper rashes can become much more common. A disposable diaper made of 100% cotton is less likely to cause your little one to have diaper rash.
Before disposable diapers were available, babies would be potty trained much earlier than they are now. A lot of the reason for this is because of the chemicals that a disposable diaper contains, which are designed to wick moisture away from the baby and keep them from feeling wet.
If you use a cloth diaper however, your child is much more likely to potty train sooner as they will start to learn that feeling wet against their bottom is not the best feeling in the world. This will help them feel more in tune with their bodies’ natural functions and realize when they are pooping or peeing, in turn, making them feel uncomfortable which can help teach them what to do when they feel that they need to go and stay dry.
Ease of Use
Depending on the type of cloth diaper you choose, putting on and changing your little one’s diaper can be very easy to use. Picking the right type of cloth diaper can make changing time easy and stress free.
Types of Cloth Diapers
When you make the decision to use cloth diapers with your little one, you may feel a bit overwhelmed as there can be many choices out there on the market for you to pick from. To offer some assistance, we decided to go over what types you may see out there:
These are the ones that our parents and grandparents used as kids. Prefolds are great if you are on a budget because of their affordable price. However, these may not always be the most convenient diapers to use. Shipped in a rectangular shape and flat, you will need to fold them into the desired shape and then fasten them onto your baby. This can be a big disadvantage to this type of diaper.
Consisting of multiple layers, a fitted diaper has elastic in the legs and back and fasten onto your baby with either snaps or hook and loop closures. This type of diaper does not come with a waterproof outer layer and would need a waterproof cover. These tend to be more expensive than prefolds, but because of the elastic in the diaper, can contain messes much better.
A pocket diaper is constructed of a waterproof cover with a “stay-dry” polyester lining, which acts as a pocket between the lining and the cover, hence the name. These can be bulky and at times have a poor fit on your child. A big advantage with this kind of diapers is that they do not require a cover and they are easy to fasten on your little one.
All-in-one diapers are typically a “one wear, one wash” type of diaper that is common in this type and Pocket diapers. Convenient for a quick change, a lot of families will make this type as their go to choice for what diaper their little one wears. A big advantage with this product is that they are a good everyday choice and can be used in almost every situation
A hybrid diaper can sometimes be knows as an all-in-two and is designed to make changing your little one’s diaper naturally as easy as possible. The hybrid is given its name by allowing parents the option of using different absorbency layers in the diaper, which can either be cloth or a disposable material. A big advantage with this type is that if a parent is on the fence about using cloth diapers, this can help them see the ease that they can be used.
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Choosing the right cloth diapers for your child can come down to a lot of different criteria, but as with any product that you buy for your children, typically it will come down to your personal preference.
With our look at the 10 Best Cloth Diapers of 2018, we hope that we have helped give you some idea of the options and products out there for you to choose from.
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