5 Cloth Diaper Material Types You Need To Know About
Cloth Diaper Material Types
Do you know what kind of materials are used for cloth diapers? Not all types of cloth diapers are the same. If you are wondering why there are expensive types of cloth diapers, and some are cheap, we can judge by knowing the type of material used to produce the cloth diaper.
We may have heard about microfiber, cotton, bamboo, fleece and so on while looking for information about cloth diapers. Let’s take a closer look at commonly used types of materials and fabrics, with their respective advantages and disadvantages:
1. PUL (POLYURETHANE LAMINATE)
Made from a combination of cotton, polyester or cotton / poly blends. This material is used as outer layer Waterproof cloth diaper such as for pocket diaper, AIO / AI2 and also diaper cover. Here is an example of a cloth diaper made with two durable layers of PUL! [ see it here ]
Pros: “Breathable” (not like a layer of plastic with no air circulation).
2. FLEECE / MICROFLEECE
This synthetic material (100% polyester) is commonly used as an inner pocket diaper, AIO / AI2 and diaper cover layer. Diaper liners are also made from fleece, such as these (to put on cloth diapers for “stay dry” layers and to facilitate the removal of large water from a CD).
Fleece there are various qualities. The best quality is “Polar Fleece”.
Pros: Extremely soft to use on baby’s skin, effectively absorb water to the undercoat and keep baby’s skin dry while wearing cloth diapers (wicking properties), “breathable”, easy to wash, dry, “stain-resistant”.
This material is commonly used as inserts, and it is a combination of polyester and polyamide (synthetic materials). This material is like the material used to make bath towels. Here is a set of cloth diapers that have 2 layers of microfiber AND 2 layers of bamboo with an exterior made with PUL!! [ see it here ]
Pros: A bit cheap, easy to obtain, has a good absorption, absorb the liquid from the surface of the skin well than other materials (wicking properties).
Disadvantages: Can not be used continuously on baby’s skin because it will cause dry skin, this synthetic material is not biodegradable (non-biodegradable).
Material made from bamboo plants is increasingly popular for the manufacture of cloth diapers. Used as cloth diaper base material such as fitted diaper, inner layer of pocket diaper and also as insert.
Pros: The material is “breathable”, soft, absorb fluid better than microfiber (more suitable for night time use), has anti-bacterial properties, natural materials, environmentally friendly and “sustainable” (bamboo not using pesticide, happy & fast growing).
Disadvantages: Requires more “prewash” (more than 6 times) before use to ensure high absorption, while the prewash should also not be washed with other fabrics, the price is more expensive.
Made of hemp wood . Commonly used as raw material for fitted diaper , top layer of pocket diaper and as inserts. I prefer the HappyEndings heavy wetter kind.
Pros: Durable, gentle despite continuous use, higher absorbency than microfiber (more suitable for night time use), natural (more environmental) materials, have natural anti-bacterial properties, suitable for use in cold weather or hot.
Disadvantages: Requires more “prewash” to get rid of the “natural oils” inside, a little longer to dry, harder to get, a much more expensive price.