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5 Best Cloth Diapers: Review of Cloth Diapers

5 Best Baby Cloth Diapers

Cloth Diapers, also commonly known as modern Cloth Diapers, are reusable diapers that can be used again after being washed, cleaned, and dried. Unlike disposable diapers which are thrown away, cloth diapers can be used again and again. Modern cloth diapers come with a waterproof outer layer and the inserts are a combination of different materials like, microfiber, hemp, organic cotton, bamboo charcoal to give maximum absorbency. Once soiled they are washed and can be used again.
Before disposable diapers came into the market people were using only the traditional cloth diapers or nappies only. The traditional diapers which our mother had used lacked absorbency, were ineffective and would be required to change after 2-3 pees. But with time cloth diapers have evolved and modern cloth diapers are more absorbent, leak-proof, comes in attractive prints, are eco-friendly, safer option for the babies and light in your pocket too in the long run.

Fitted Diapers
Fitted Diapers

Disposable Diapers Vs Cloth Diapers

Disposable diapers are convenient to use as they are thrown away after use. As they don’t require any washing they are convenient to use and makes life easier. But they are not at all save for the environment and nor for the baby. As disposable diapers have chemicals to increase absorbency they are harmful to the environment and can cause rashes in babies. On the other hand, cloth diapers have the following benefits:

  • doesn’t contain harmful chemicals thus making it safe for the baby and the environment
  • makes toilet training easy
  • economical in the long run
  • never have to worry about buying diapers monthly or when you run out of stock
  • one free size diaper suits infants as well toddlers thus saving money

What are the different cloth diapers?

Flats:

Flats are the oldest and have been in use for ages. They can be folded as per convince and secured onto the baby with a diaper cover, cotton nappy, pin it with a snappy or can be used as inserts with pocket diapers.

Flats for Diapers
Flats for Diapers

Nappy or Langots:

It is a single piece of cloth that is tied to the baby. They don’t have any absorbency capacity and need to be changed each time a baby pees. They can be used as diaper-free time or can be used with flats.

Nappy
Nappies

Prefolds:

Prefolds are rectangular diapers with multiple layers of lightweight, woven fabric with extra layers in the centre panel for absorbency. They are easy to use with diaper cover or pockets.

Prefolds for Diapers
Prefolds

Pockets:

They are easy to use and they dry up quickly. They have a waterproof material outside and soft microfleece stay dry material inside. Any type of inserts can be put inside and together they form a pocket. They are especially suitable when the baby starts moving.

Pocket Diapers
Pocket Diapers

Diaper Covers:

As the name suggests diaper covers are waterproof covers and can be used with flats, inserts or prefolds. They can be used again with any inserts without washing. They are very helpful during travelling with your baby.

Diaper Covers
Diaper Covers

AIOs:

In Aios the inserts are sewed to the stay-dry lining and the waterproof outer layer. Some also have pockets where you can put inserts to increase the absorbency. After use, the whole diaper goes for washing.

Aios Diapers
Aios Diapers

Fitted Diapers:

They come with or without snaps and are highly absorbent and also comes with inserts to boost absorbency. They have elastic at the legs and with or without snaps for closure. They need a diaper cover to become waterproof from the outside.

Fitted Diapers
Fitted Diapers

It is very hard to point out what type and which brand of diapers would be best for your baby. One will need to try out different types of diapers according to the baby`s built and pee pattern, before building a stash. Here are lists of the 5 best baby cloth diapers (not in particular order) that I have used personally and would highly recommend to parents who are looking to buy for their little ones.

5 Best Cloth Diapers:

1)Superbottoms Cloth Diapers: 5 Best Cloth Diapers

Superbottoms Cloth Diapers
Superbottoms Cloth Diapers: 5 Best Baby Cloth Diapers

Diapers from Superbottoms are popularly known UNO is one of the best baby cloth diaper brands from India. From newborns to toddlers they cater to all specific age groups. The Superbottoms Newborn UNOÂ is suitable for newborn babies to 3 months. They are made of all cloth and no harmful chemicals have been used. It has a super dry feel layer to keep the baby`s bum dry and a waterproof outer layer.

It consists of:

  • A dry fill pad with a super dry feel layer on top.
  • Waterproof outer

The Superbottoms Free Size Uno are suitable for babies from 10 months to 3 years. They come with an adjustable snap and one just need to change the pattern set according to the age. One can use one insert during the day and for night time the booster pad can be added for more absorbency. They are perfect for travelling and heavy wetters. One can use fleece liner on top of the insert (touching baby`s skin) to make poo cleaning easy.

It consists of:

  • 2 pads; 1 booster pad and 1 dry feel pad
  • 1 Waterproof outer shell

To buy Supperbottoms Diapers click here

2)Apple Blossom Cloth Diapers: 5 Best Cloth Diapers

Best baby cloth diapers
Apple Blossom Cloth Diapers: 5 Best Baby Cloth Diapers

For my second child, I have exclusively used Appleblossom Cloth Diapers for the first 4 months. One of the best baby cloth diapers that I have used perfectly sized to fit your little one from 3-7 Kgs. The Apple Blossoms Cloth Diapers are made with Soft Microfleece- Stay-Dry Inner, 8 Layers of Bamboo Cotton Inserts and a waterproof outer cover. The inserts are made with supersoft, natural and GOTS certified Bamboo Cotton Fabric.

The Apple Blossoms Newborn Cloth Diapers consists of:

  • One waterproof outer
  • Two inserts

Apple Blossoms OneSize All-In-One Style Diapers fit babies from 5-17+ Kgs.

It consists of:

  • One waterproof outer
  • Two inserts

Apple Blossoms OneSize Pocket Style fit babies from 5-17 Kgs. They are made with Soft Microfleece- Stay-Dry Inner, 12 Layers of Organic Cotton Inserts.

It consists of:

  • One waterproof outer
  • 2 Natural Organic-cotton Inserts

To buy Apple Blossoms Cloth Diapers Click here

3)Charlie Banana Cloth Diapers: 5 Best Cloth Diapers

Charlie Banana Cloth Diaper
Charlie Banana Cloth Diaper

Charlie Banana is an international cloth diaper brand India available in India. I just fell in love with the prints the moment I saw their diapers. They come with 2 inserts. One small size insert for the day will last for 4 hours and 2 large inserts with last for the night and heavy wetters also. once the baby is a little older or when the pee count has reduced then one can go for only 1 large insert at night. The newborn cloth diapers are suitable for newborn babies up to 6 months.

Charlie Banana Newborn Cloth Diaper consists of:

  • One waterproof outer
  • One insert

Free Size Cloth Diaper Suitable for babies from 6 months up to 2.5 years.

Free Size Cloth Diaper Consists of:

  • 1 Free Size Outer Cloth Diaper &
  • 2 Inserts

4)Bumpadum Baby Cloth Diapers: 5 Best Cloth Diapers

Bumpadum Cloth Diaper
Bumpadum Cloth Diaper

Bumpadum is another Indian brand with some great cloth diapers for kids and the best part is that the diapers are not bulky. They have Cloth nappies, Neo organic newborn diapers, and Organic free size diapers in their diaper categories.
Neo Organic Newborn Diapers Fits newborn babies from 2 – 8 kgs approximately. The trifold insert is made of organic cotton with a total of 10 layers of absorbency – 3 layers of organic cotton in 3 panels with an additional layer of hemp in the centre panel. One panel is topped with microfleece to keep the baby’s bottom dry.

Neo Organic Newborn Diapers consists of:

  • One waterproof outer
  • One tri-fold insert

Organic Free Size Diapers for babies from 3 months to 3 years. Duet Diaper is suitable for both infants and toddlers that lasts up to 12 hours at night.

Organic Free Size Diapers consists of:

  • One waterproof outer
  • One prefold style insert

5)Bouncing Peaches Cloth Diapers: 5 Best Baby Cloth Diapers

Bouncing Peaches Cloth Diapers
Bouncing Peaches Cloth Diapers

Bouncing Peaches Diapers doesn’t leave Elastic marks around those tiny legs. They are lightweight and trim. The AI2 model that comes with Front Pockets makes poo cleaning easy.
One can buy without any inserts or can choose between organic cotton insert or hemp or could buy both the inserts. Their one-size organic inserts are trim and long. I often use them along with cotton nappies during day time. The hemp inserts are perfect for nighttime, heavy wetters and during travelling.
Pocket diapers with a front opening and one default insert come with 6 layers of flannel fleece in a rounded rectangle shape with fleece side facing inside for longevity.
To Buy Bouncing Peaches Cloth Diapers Click Here

Other Accessories required with Cloth Diapers are:

Fleece Liners:

Fleece liners are stay dry liners that are placed over the inserts touching the baby`s bum to give them a dry feel and they also make poo cleaning easy. One can also buy Disposable Stay Dry Liner. The Biodegradable Bamboo Liners come in super handy while travelling or when u don’t or can’t use fleece liners. It makes mess cleaning easy while travel, all you need to do is empty the liner in the flush and discard the liner in the trash.

Wet Bags:

Wet Bags are waterproof bags that are used to store used diapers both at home and while travelling before giving them for a wash. They come with two pockets – a larger and one smaller dry pocket. 8-10 diapers fit in the larger pocket, while the smaller pocket can be used to store a change of clothes for the baby, wipes, wipes solution etc.

Cloth Wipes:

Like disposable diapers, disposable wipes are also not good for the environment as well as for the baby`s skin. I have made my cloth wipes using old soft cotton cloth cut into small sizes. You can also buy them online.
Check my video on how I make my solution.

How to wash baby cloth diapers:

Generally, the following steps are followed while washing cloth diapers but do check what is mentioned in the wash care routine of the respective brands.

Steps in washing cloth diapers:

  • knock off any solids in the toilet
  • rinse of the pee using a little detergent
  • rub it well and rinse well
  • then put it in other regular clothes to wash and dry out in the sun.

Hope you liked the list of the 5 Best Cloth Diapers. Living with cloth diapers is not at all difficult. All you need is little patience and determination. Your child and mother earth will thank you for not using harmful chemicals on them. To know how we travelled with cloth diapers click the link here Traveling with Cloth Diapers: My Experience
For any questions or suggestions do contact me or drop a comment below.

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Traveling with Cloth Diapers: My Experience

Traveling with Cloth Diapers

I have used only cloth diapers for my daughter since she turned 4 months. And while traveling also I wanted to use cloth diapers only. As we were home only last year, it was easy to manage. But I was not very sure how will I manage with cloth diapers during traveling. And at the same time, my inner voice was not ready to use any disposable diapers. But I am so glad that with proper planning and determination we managed our trips with cloth diapers. Though ours was short duration trips, it was a great experience as this will help me in planning future trips.

Here are few pointers which I want to share my experience of traveling with cloth diapers with parents who want to use cloth diapers only during traveling:

1) Our flight from Mumbai to Guwahati was in the morning, so the previous day I used only cotton nappies and washed, and let them dry after each use so that I can take them with me. (if you are not planning to take them with you one can also wash them and let them dry at some proper place)

2) I removed the nighttime diaper and packed it in the luggage bag. (washed it at my home)

3) While traveling from Mumbai to Guwahati (6 hours), I made my daughter wear a pocket diaper with 2 inserts, assuming I would not be required to change (unless she has pooped)

Traveling with Cloth Diapers on the flight
Traveling with Cloth Diapers on the flight

 

4) Carried 2 sets of diapers in the diaper bag. One that would last for 4-5 hours- (if she poops after reaching the Mumbai airport or just before boarding the plane) and the other one with pee holding capacity for 1-2 hours(if she soiled the diaper after we land at our destination.

5) Wet bags to keep soiled diapers, and cloth wipes (I make my own wipes)

Wet Bags to keep soiled Cloth Diapers
Wet Bags to keep soiled Cloth Diapers

 

6) During our road trips, we stayed at the resorts/hotels for 1 or 2 nights, so bought back the diapers and washed them at home. And according to my, Flats would work best for the day and night time when traveling, as they dry up faster than other inserts.

Traveling with Cloth Diapers
Traveling with Cloth Diapers

7) Allowed diaper-free time early in the morning (the time after waking up and before leaving for the day) and in the evenings (after coming back to the hotel)

8) Changed the diaper after 3 to 5 hours depending on the type of inserts used and mode of transport used.

9) Training pants or cotton nappies work great as diaper-free time and they came to my rescue during these traveling times.

10) Cleaned the diaper area with my homemade solution and apply coconut before putting in a new diaper.

It has been a smooth ride till now with cloth diapers. The only mistake I did was not giving her some diaper-free time while traveling from Jorhat to Guwahati (6 hours by road). Since we left in the morning and we’re in a little hurry we changed her diaper just before leaving and as a result she did got some rashes. And this was a great learning point for me.

It is very important to allow some diaper-free time even for 5-10 mins during traveling. If you are worried about cleaning the poop, then there are biodegradable disposal liners which makes poo cleaning very easy. (Luckily our daughter didn’t poop on the flight or in the car during these trips).

Till then happy traveling……

Also, Read Road trips with a baby and toddler in India

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