Cloth diapers are reusable and can be made from natural fibers, manmade materials, or a combination of both. They are often made from industrial cotton which may be bleached white or left the fiber’s natural color. Other natural fiber cloth materials include wool, bamboo, and unbleached hemp. Manmade materials such as an internal absorbent layer of microfiber toweling or an external waterproof layer of polyurethane laminate (PUL) may be used. Polyester fleece and faux suedecloth are often used inside cloth diapers as a "stay-dry" wicking liner because of the non-absorbent properties of those synthetic fibers.
Traditionally, cloth diapers consisted of a folded square or rectangle of cloth, fastened with safety pins. Modern cloth diapers come in a host of shapes, including preformed cloth diapers, all-in-one diapers with waterproof exteriors, and pocket or "stuffable" diapers, which consist of a water-resistant outer shell sewn with an opening for insertion of absorbent material inserts. Closure methods include snap closures and hook and loop fasteners (such as Velcro).
Cloth diapers require dry storage as well, and equipment and supplies for cleaning. Cloth diapers place less stress on landfills as compared to single-use disposable diapers, but also require washing in water with detergent to be properly cleaned. The method of "dry-pailing" after removal of solid waste and washing on a cold or warm wash removes most bacteria. Sun exposure will kill any remainder and usually resolves any staining issues. As an alternative to at-home cleaning, some locations have a fee-based cloth diapering service that delivers clean diapers and picks up soiled ones, while parents in more rural areas often find that they must clean diapers using their own cleaning facilities.
Some brands seek to combine cloth and disposable diapers. Generally, these hybrids are cloth diapers with a disposable inner layer.
Love cloth! saves lots of money, saves on emergency trips to the store for MORE diapers, great on the environment, fun stylish designs that you can't get from disposables. We've had less leaks, less messy explosions and yes, even less diaper rashes.
One of the biggest benefits of cloth diapers is that they're a HUGE money saver, even when compared to cheap store brand disposables, and factoring in water and detergent use. By my calculations, we're saving about $1,095 over the course of 2.5 years (until we're potty trained, hopefully). The savings are even bigger if you compare to premium disposables! I was a skeptic, we used disposables for the first 6 months, I regret it. It's much easier and more convenient than I thought!
My good friend got me interested in trying cloth diapers on our first baby. I was willing to try but thought it would be too much trouble and hassle to deal with as a new mother. Boy was I wrong! Cloth diapers nowadays are so much easier to use than they were when I was a baby. Now they use velcro (no pins) and have adorable designs. I thought that washing them would be a pain but I don't really notice it taking much time at all. I still use disposable ones when we are out and about but I highly … more