The 10 Best Cloth Diapers

Updated May 18, 2018 by Tina Morna Freitas

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We spent 43 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. If your environmental responsibility extends even to the messiest of family matters, then one of these cloth diapers will be perfect for your baby. They'll keep him or her dry and comfortable without the guilt of adding more waste to landfills. We've included all-in-one styles and designs that use inserts to fit a variety of needs. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best cloth diaper on Amazon.

10. Blueberry Simplex

The Blueberry Simplex is designed to keep babies comfortable, with ten layers of 100% cotton fabric in the wet zone, and a stay-dry fleece layer in the soaker pad. It also has pocket openings on both ends for heavy-wetters or additional stuffing at nighttime.
  • safe to tumble dry
  • fun paisley print
  • expensive for one diaper
Brand Blueberry
Model S8288-PS
Weight 4.8 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

9. Rumparooz Snap

The Rumparooz Snap is simple to adjust and features an exclusive patented leak protection technology of dual inner gussets. It can fit newborns to toddlers from 6 all the way to 35 pounds, and is available in 44 color and print options.
  • water resistant polyester shell
  • 4 rise settings
  • less breathable than other brands
Brand Kanga Care
Weight 2.1 ounces
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

8. Alva Pocket

The Alva Pocket features a suede inner lining that wicks liquids right through the material to the inner absorbent layers of the insert, helping to keep bottoms dryer. Its adjustable rear button snaps can grow with infants up to potty training age.
  • available in unusual prints
  • holds up well in the wash
  • included inserts not durable
Brand ALVA
Model YA132
Weight 0.3 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

7. Coqui Baby Hero

The Coqui Baby Hero comes in at an unbeatable price. The outer PUL lining acts as a waterproof barrier to prevent leaks, yet is also breathable. The fleece lining is comfortable on skin, though the elastic tends to stretch out more quickly than other brands.
  • easy to stuff pocket opening
  • lining stays soft wash after wash
  • no harmful dyes
Brand Coquí Baby
Model pending
Weight 3.2 ounces
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

6. Thirsties Duo Wrap

The reliable Thirsties Duo Wrap is designed with comfort in mind, featuring advanced leakproof protection and bindings that are super soft against an infant's skin. Both hook and loop and snap closures are available in this style.
  • adjustable rise grows with baby
  • durable and pliable snaps
  • no inserts included
Brand Thirsties
Model TDWSB1
Weight 1.6 ounces
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

5. Best Bottom Shell

The Best Bottom Shell has a double layer of waterproof material and a fast drying time, making it a great choice to get you started on your cloth diaper journey. It uses snap-in inserts that stay in place and eliminate the need for stuffing.
  • wipes clean easily for reuse
  • stylish color-coordinated snaps
  • has a plastic-like feel
Brand bestbottom
Model BBHedgehogSNAP
Weight 1.6 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

4. EcoAble All-In-One

The convenient EcoAble All-In-One is one of the simplest ways to help save the planet while keeping your baby dry and content. This option boasts a sewn-in absorbent material that eliminates the extra cost and hassle of an insert.
  • stain-resistant dark interior
  • wicking bamboo fleece lining
  • long drying time after washing
Brand Ecoable
Weight 5 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. Kanga Care Lil Joey

The Kanga Care Lil Joey features snap-down cord care for those sensitive first few weeks, and is designed to fit newborns as small as 4 pounds. While most babies will outgrow this one quickly, many parents prefer starting out with this style.
  • comes in a two-pack
  • 2 gentle inner gussets
  • hypoallergenic microfiber
Brand Kanga Care
Weight 6.4 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Bum Genius Freetime

The Bum Genius Freetime is a popular all-in-one choice that doesn't require a cover to keep babies comfortable and dry. The updated stretchable, moisture-wicking fabric and redesigned pocket make this one even more trim and secure than previously.
  • available in multiple vibrant colors
  • 2 insert sizes for customization
  • snug but gentle elastic
Brand bumGenius
Model bG5
Weight 1.6 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. GroVia One

The versatile GroVia One offers two built-in closure options. For those who prefer the quick access of hook and loop in the early days, it comes with two removable strips, plus plenty of secure snaps for a snug, customized fit as your baby grows.
  • water-resistant outer layer
  • no prepping needed before use
  • channeled soaker is extra absorbent
Brand GroVia
Model 16880
Weight 8 ounces
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

Don't Get Wasteful About Waste

Every time I think I might be ready to have kids, when I start brainstorming the perfect name, picking out paint swatches for a nursery, imagining sending them off on their first day of school, etc., all anyone has to do is say one magic word and the bubble bursts. That word? Diapers.

Disposable diapers are expensive. You can expect to spend anywhere between $50 and $75 each month for your baby's first year on the planet. Add in the powder, and the wipes, and the formula, and we're talking hundreds of dollars each month.

Not only are they costly for the consumer, they also incur a steep cost on our environment. Studies by the EPA and The Union Of Concerned Scientists show that disposable diapers make up 2.1% of all garbage in the US, 3.4 million tons' worth from nearly 18 billion diapers all stuck in landfills.

Furthermore, plenty of studies point to adverse affects to babies' health posed by the chemical bleaching and super-absorbent treatments that disposables undergo before hitting the market.

Cloth diapers, on the other hand, are much simpler in their design, and you can reuse them with multiple children or pass them along to other parents in need.

While the original cloth diapers were single cloths of linen or cotton wrapped and fastened around a baby's bottom, the cloth diapers on our list have taken a page or two out of the disposable industry's playbook. For example, each of the diapers on our list utilizes extra-absorbent washable materials, waterproof shells, and liners that you can exchange and wash.

The result is a lot less waste, and a lot more savings.

Keeping The Baby Clean In Style

It's likely that your baby won't remember the diapers he or she wore before potty training took over, but that doesn't mean you won't. Part of the appeal of the reusable diapers on our list is the fact that they're adorable. You may be tempted to make your choice about which diaper to drop your baby into based on the look of them alone, but there are certainly a few more variables to consider along the way.

For starters, degrees of waterproofing and the positioning of gussets along the openings of the legs will provide additional leak protection and guard against damaging carpets, chairs, and other surfaces on which your tot might choose to use the WC.

The biggest difference among these diapers, however, is the way in which you need to wash them. Reusable diapers catch a lot of flack from the disposable industry for requiring an unsustainable amount of hot water for their reuse. While some cheaper reusables do require at least one cycle on the hottest setting for sanitation, better models have features that reduce the amount of heat and the amount of cycles you need to keep your baby clean and safe.

The primary feature that keeps your wash cycles down is a removable absorbent material centered in each diaper. All the diapers on our list have one such piece of material, but they install slightly differently brand-to-brand. You either snap the material into place where it serves as a simple liner, or you stuff it into a pocket that lives beneath a fine, absorbent, mesh-like material that sits against your baby.

The primary advantage of the snap-in liner is that you can remove it after smaller messes and reuse the shell without having to wash everything. Compared to the pocket style, however, the snap-in seals in messes a little less efficiently. Both work very, very well, but you'll have to choose your balance between a messier diaper and a slightly messier baby. Then, you can start to compare the cuteness of each available diaper.

From Sustainable, To Disposable, And Back Again

Nobody likes to deal with a messy baby. The first dozen times your first child makes a mess of things, you're liable to find it cute enough. After that, the material mystically takes on another life, becoming offensive in ways you never would have thought possible. If it weren't for some kind of diaper, that mess would be uncontrollable.

Long before disposable diapers ever hit the shelves, and even before cloth diapers became the norm around the world, different cultures found creative ways to keep their babies' bottoms clean and dry. From milkweed leaf wraps to animal skins, the creativity of ancient parents knew no bounds. Inuit peoples of the ancient arctic used moss packed into sealskin for their diapers.

By the late 1800s, babies all over Europe wore linen diapers fastened with safety pins for their upbringing. These reusable cloth diapers were the standard until, in the 1940s, in the innovative period that immediately followed the end of the second world war, a creative housewife in the US registered several patents for a diaper shell made of shower curtain material into which she'd placed a conventional cloth diaper.

After the small success of these shower curtain diapers, a textile researcher created an interwoven, disposable, super-absorbent fabric that started the revolution toward disposables.

In the last couple of decades, environmentally conscious consumers have led an effort to make cloth popular once again, and by taking the best parts of the disposables' design and applying them to these modern cloth marvels, a new revolution is set to take hold.

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Last updated on May 18, 2018 by Tina Morna Freitas

Tina Morna Freitas is a writer who lives in Chicago with her family and two cats. She enjoys making and sipping margaritas and aspires to be a crazy cat lady once all the children are grown.

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