5 Best Cloth Diapers of 2019

Best Cloth Diapers of 2019

July 18, 2019

Best Cloth Diapers of 2019

Best Cloth Diapers of 2019
The cloth diapers of our childhood were a total pain, but you'll be shocked by how far they've come. Best Cloth Diapers of 2019

Cloth diapers are making a comeback. Once thought of as a vestige of the olden days, wash-and-wear diapers are an eco-friendly option for modern families.

Why choose cloth diapers?

You definitely need diapers, but which kind you choose–cloth, disposable or a combination of both–is a personal choice. Advantages of cloth diapers include:

  • They’re reusable and eco-friendly.
  • Cost savings can add up, especially if you use them on multiple children.
  • They don’t contain chemicals that could irritate babies’ sensitive skin.

Using cloth diapers doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing, either. Many cloth-diapering families switch to disposables for outings, when grandparents are babysitting or for overnight wear.

Still don’t know if cloth diapers are for you? Check out Cloth Diapering 101 and How to Wash Cloth Diapers.

What type of cloth diaper is best?

There are a bunch of choices on the market—from ready-to-wear types to ones that are just a big piece of cloth that you need to fold and clip. The variety makes choosing cloth diapers both exciting and overwhelming. Here’s a rundown of the different types:

Flats and prefolds: The original cloth diapers, flats are big, rectangular pieces of fabric (think dish-towel size). Prefolds are smaller pieces of fabric that have been doubled over. Both need to be folded, clipped and covered with a waterproof shell. They’re easy to wash, quick to dry and super cheap.

Fitted: These ready-to-wear diapers have elastic leg openings and snaps or Velcro tab closures around the waist. They’re made entirely from absorbent fabric and require a waterproof cover to go over them. They offer full-coverage absorbency (on the legs, waist and hips), and you can reuse the waterproof covering with a fresh diaper.

Pocket: These diapers have a waterproof exterior and inside pockets where you place absorbent inserts. The main benefits of a pocket diaper are the ability to adjust the insert for different absorbency levels and position the insert where your little one needs it most.

All-in-ones: Most similar to disposable diapers, convenient all-in-ones have a waterproof cover and an inner cloth lining to absorb fluid. When you change your child’s diaper, you toss the entire diaper into the dirty pile to be washed and then grab another (no folding, no inserting).

Hybrids: Very similar to all-in-ones, hybrids have a waterproof shell, too, but feature a removable inner cloth lining. At changing time, you just pull the dirty lining/insert out and snap a fresh one into the same shell (as long as there was no leakage onto the shell). The benefit of this system is you can purchase fewer shells (aka covers) and stock up on liners instead.

How many cloth diapers do you need?

Newborns dirty an average of 8 to 10 diapers a day. For that reason, and because babies can quickly outgrow newborn-size diapers, many parents use disposables for the first month or two. But if you do want to invest in newborn cloth sizes, have at least 20 on hand (trust us, it’s not too many!).

How often you plan on doing laundry influences the amount of cloth diapers you’ll need after the newborn stage. Most families like to have 24 cloth diapers total, but you could get away with as few as 14 if you’re willing and able to wash them every day.

How we chose our best cloth diapers

We asked thousands of Babylist families about the products they love the most. We took the most popular cloth diapers they shared with us and added our own research and insight. We think you and your babe will love at least one of these diapers too.

Best Cloth Diaper Set

Why We Love It

These incredibly soft cloth diapers have easy-to-adjust Velcro tab closures around the waist and are especially comfy for babies with chunky thighs (and toddlers) due to the generous cut. When your baby grows, it’s a cinch to make these one-size diapers bigger: simply let out more fabric using the resizing snaps.

Keep in Mind

Technically, the Miosolo diapers are the all-in-one type since everything is attached. However, there’s a pocket that stashes a thick insert you pull out when it’s time for washing—it remains tethered to the diaper cover. It makes for shorter drying times, but it can be difficult to stuff back into the diaper.

Additional Specs
Fit Children 8-35 lbs

Best Overall Hybrid Cloth Diaper

Why We Love It

You don’t have to choose between convenience and being green with GroVia. Their diaper cover works with a snap-in cloth insert/liner or a biodegradable, disposable insert that’s perfect for daycare days or being on the go. Just trash the disposable liner and put a fresh one in the cover (as long as the cover is still clean).

Keep in Mind

You have to purchase covers and insert/liners separately. Also, covers are line-dry only.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I love our GroVia cloth diapers. My husband was concerned about cloth being difficult, but GroVia made it super easy. We use the hybrid system during the day and the O.N.E.s at nighttime. They are excellent quality and easy to wash. Plus they have really cute prints!” -Shandra

Additional Specs
Fit Children 8-30 lbs.

Stay-in-Place Hybrid Cloth Diaper

Why We Love It

Charlie Banana is a hybrid diaper like GroVia, but puts whatever liner you use—cloth or disposable—on lockdown. Cloth liners are inserted into a front-loading pocket (to avoid having to pull the liner out through a poopy mess in the back) while disposables are held on by an end flap. Soft fleece along the back makes for a comfy fit.

Keep in Mind

You have to readjust the elastic around the legs to resize the diaper, which is a pain.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Charlie Banana diapers are easy to put on and take off, wash well (no stains) and come in pretty colors. I just wish they were cheaper.” -Sarah V.

Additional Specs
Fit Children 6-35 lbs

Easiest Cloth Diaper

Why We Love It

This all-in-one diaper is a bigtime favorite among Babylist parents. It’s super easy to clean and dries quickly, and you don’t have to mess around with inserts. The bonus? You can resize the diapers as your little one grows via a simple snap system.

Keep in Mind

With two sew-in inner flaps to absorb, bumGenius can be a bit bulky.

What Babylist Parents Say

“The colors are great and they wash up well. We tried other brands but had leaking problems. We haven’t had a leak or a blowout since switching to it.” -Fiona

Additional Specs
Fit Children 8-35 lbs.

Best Leak-Proof Cloth Diaper

Why We Love It

The standout feature on Rumparooz diapers is the ability to change the absorbency level and place it exactly where your child needs it most. The pocket diaper comes with two inserts that can be used together or separately, with six different ways to configure them. Leg openings with an inner and outer elastic barrier makes leakage near impossible (something every parent can appreciate!).

Keep in Mind

Inserting the liners into the diaper pockets can be an annoying task.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I love their absorbency and protection against leaks. Also, I’d be lost if I couldn’t use my dryer and that’s OK with this brand. I love knowing I helped the environment and my kid’s tush.” -Lindsey

Additional Specs
Fit Children 6-35 lbs

Choosing what’s right for you

Purchasing a set of cloth diapers is an investment. Before you go all in with one brand, experiment with a couple different kinds to see what you like. Through some trial and error, you may find that one diaper is great for day use, another for overnights, and yet another for vacations. Or maybe you’ll fall in love with one diaper brand but decide to use inserts from another line to boost absorbency. The only thing that matters is finding the best system for your family.

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