Simple cloth diapers are easy to use, adorable, eco-friendly, non-toxic and healthy for your baby. Making the decision to use cloth diapers will have a positive effect on your budget, your baby, & the environment.

Disposable diapers cost an average of $1,600 by the time your child is 2. Basic cloth diapers can cost as little as $300, which saves you $1,300 or more if you use them on multiple children!

Cloth diapers can be washed at home or by a cloth diaper service. Learn about what works best for your family.

Styles of Cloth Diapers

Flat Diaper/Flour sack towel: A single layer of absorbent fabric usually measuring 27-30 inches.

Pros: Easy to wash, quick to dry, easiest to hand wash, customizable size and absorption, least expensive.

Cons: Require folding multiple times, fastener optional and cover required.

Prefold Diaper: A multi-layered absorbent rectangle of fabric with the most layers in the center.

Pros: Easy to wash, dry quickly, low cost

Cons: Require minimal folding, fasteners optional, and cover required.

Fitted Diaper: Multilayered absorbent material with closures & elastic.

Pros: Great absorption, usually fits baby well, no folding required.

Cons: Can cost more, longer drying time, requires a cover.

Contoured Diaper: An absorbent, hour glasses shaped, multilayered diaper.

Pros: No folding, fair drying time, no elastic or closures to wear over time.

Cons: Smaller babies require a fastener, may require more work for optimal fit.

All in One (AIO) Diaper: A complete diaper with absorbent material, closures, elastic and water resistant outer material.

Pros: Easy to use, no assembly.

Cons: More expensive, longer drying time, more parts to wear over time.

Pocket Diaper: A diaper cover with a liner sewn inside in a way that creates a pocket or opening where absorbent material is placed (typically, microfiber).

Pros: Easy to use, fair drying time.

Cons: Require stuffing and unstuffing,microfiber can be difficult to maintain.

All in two (AI2) Diaper: A diaper that functions as more than one style, or a hybrid diaper.

Pros: versatile, good option for part time cloth users.

Cons: Requires assembly, usually mid to high price range.

Covers: An outer water resistant layer (PUL or TPU) with elastic and closures made to cover cloth diapers. 'One Size' covers fit babies in a large weight range via adjustable snaps or leg elastic, 'Sized' covers fit baby through a specific weight range. Wool covers may or may not have elastic and closures.


Diaper Sprayer: Optional but helpful for cleaning poop from diapers of formula and solid food fed babies. Attaches to the water line on the toilet to be sprayed off over the toilet.

Access to Washer & Dryer: Optional, hand washing is easiest with flat diapers.

Detergent: Cloth diaper safe detergents are recommended. They do not contain fabric softeners or optical brighteners.These ingredients coat fabrics and can cause repelling, leaks and stink. Here are a few detergents you can find locally, Lulu's (has a hard water fighter already in the detergent), Ecosprout,Econuts,Molly's...

Water softening or stripping agents: (unless you have a water softener) Calgon,RLR,Mighty Bubbles or using LULU's Detergent help with washing with hardwater.

Cloth diaper safe balms: Avoid using diaper creams that contain petroleum or fish oil. These products will coat your diapers causing repelling, stink and leaks.

EXAMPLES SAFE CREAMS: Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm, Balm Baby Bottom Balm, Ecosprout, Plain Coconut Oil

Fasteners: (for prefolds, flats, and contoured diapers) Snappis, Boingo, locking diaper pins

Wetbags: Bags lined with water resistant material (PUL or TPU) to store your dirty diapers and wipes in while out and about. Larger versions can line your diaper pail at home to ease transferring and storing dirty diapers.

Diaper Pail: A trashcan with a lid or a $5 five-gallon paint bucket from your local hardware store works great!

Helpful Hints

  • Most cloth diapers are thicker than disposables. Your baby may need to wear pants/shorts one size larger.
  • Dryer sheets will cause repelling in your diapers over time due to coating fabric.
  • Raw silk (natural fabric) or fleece liners keep baby feeling dry by wicking moisture away. They are helpful for babies that wake due to wetness. They also make poop lean up easier.



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