Today's cloth diapers provide an environmentally friendly diapering option for many parents. However, some parents use disposables because they fear cloth diapers are too hard to use. Fortunately, many advancements have made cloth diapers accessible and easy to use for even the most novice cloth diapering parent.
Best Pocket Diapers
Cloth pocket diapers feature an inner pocket you can stuff with the desired amount of reusable inserts. Pocket diapers give parents the ability to control absorbency, they are less bulky, and they dry quickly.
Baby Gear Lab rates the Rumparooz G2 as their number one choice after reviewing 15 cloth diaper systems over the course of a year. The adjustable fit makes this a one-size-fits-all option so you don't have to buy new diapers every time your child grows. The G2 is loaded with features coveted by cloth diaper enthusiasts.
- Double gusset feature helps prevent leaks and blowouts
- Large pocket allows for custom absorbency
- Four-size snap settings or Velcro closures (you choose)
- Hypoallergenic, no-pill and a micro chamois inner
- Waterproof outer shell
- 30-day guarantee
- Available in black, white, gray and a few unique patterns
The Rumparooz G2 sells for under $25 per diaper and includes one insert for newborns and one, one-size insert. When you buy 12 or more, you can save up to $1.50 per diaper. The adjustable size settings allow the G2 to fit babies from 6-35 pounds.
FuzziBunz One Size
FuzziBunz One Size is the only pocket diaper on the market that comes with an organic cotton/hemp insert. BestProducts.com suggests the One Size is in the top five cloth diapers due to its fit and designs. The adjustable waist, rear, and rise utilize a buttonhole elastic system that offers over 30 settings. The elastic is also easily replaceable, allowing you to use the diapers for years with multiple children. Recommended for ages 3-36 months, the FuzziBunz One Size Adjustable Diaper is available in 12 colors and patterns. Selling for just under $15 per diaper, the One Size is a more affordable and quality item for many families. As with most cloth diaper systems, you can save money by buying in larger quantities.
Featuring a unique double row of snaps for size adjustment, the Alva Baby cloth diaper scores the number two spot based on over 500,000 online reviews as tallied by Comparaboo. This one-size pocket diaper option is recommended for babies from 6-33 lbs. The microfiber inserts are extra absorbent, quick drying, soft and can be machine washed and dried. Additional features include:
- Leg gussets
- Waterproof outer shell
- Classic colors like white, gray, and pastel green
- Fun patterns like dinosaurs, mustaches and rainbows
The Neutral Color 6-Pack of Alva Baby Cloth Diapers sells for under $40 and includes six shells (white, orange, gray, sea green, neon green, and blue) with two washable inserts for each.
Best All-In-One Diapers
The all-in-one (AIO) cloth diaper is exactly what it sounds like; the entire diaper is one unit that can be washed and reused. These are great for on-the-go parents who want to use earth-friendly products but may not have the time to devote to other cloth diaper options.
Fit Pregnancy and Baby recommends the BumGenius Elemental as the top all-in-one cloth diaper due to its ease of use, organic cotton construction, and customized absorbency. You get the look and feel of a traditional disposable diaper with the environmentally friendly option to wash and reuse. Made from six layers of 100% cotton, the Elemental is designed for babies from 8-35 pounds and features:
- Replaceable elastic
- Plastic snaps
- Ability to tuck inserts under liner for added absorbency
- Available in 20 colors and patterns
- 30-day money-back guarantee
- One-year warranty
The BumGenius Elemental One Size Cloth Diaper sells for just under $25 per diaper and has the ability to last years with proper care.
Grovia One-Size All In One
The unique side snap feature of this all-inclusive cloth diaper makes it incredibly easy to use. Parents.com suggests the Grovia is the best choice for an AIO cloth diaper because it is great for on-the-go families and easy for any caregiver to use. Daycare providers and grandparents may not have the time, understanding, or same environmental concerns as you, so the Grovia One Size makes it easier for those helpers to appreciate the simple features.
- Made from 100% certified organic cotton
- Stretchy Spandex tabs
- Side snap closures
- Optional absorbency booster included
- Available in 10 colors and patterns
The Grovia One-Size AIO sells for under $25 each. While at the higher end of the cloth diapering price range, the Grovia diaper offers the some of the same convenience of disposable diapers.
Best Hybrid Diapers
Hybrid cloth diapers allow users the choice between reusable inserts and disposable inserts within the basic structure of a standard cloth diaper. Parents looking for a cloth diaper option that can be customized for different situations will love these hybrids.
gPants by gDiapers
The wide variety of colors and unique, stylish patterns paired with the affordable and time-saving option of using disposable inserts make gDiapers a favorite according to Fit Pregnancy and Baby. To use gPants you will need to buy diaper covers and your choice of disposable or cloth inserts. The disposable inserts, when torn apart, can be flushed down the toilet while wet inserts can be composted. The cloth inserts are made from four layers of a microfleece and hemp/cotton blend. This hybrid option allows parents the freedom to choose the most convenient insert for any given situation without having to buy different diaper covers. GDiapers offer modern convenience and features for modern families.
- gPants diaper covers made from cotton
- Your choice of disposable or cloth inserts
- Available in NB, S, M, L, and XL for the perfect fit at every age
- Velcro tabs close at back of diaper to keep little hands from undressing independently
- Available in 16 colors and patterns - some featuring bum ruffles
Single gPants sell for anywhere between $18-$22 depending upon size and color. Larger quantities and bundles are also available. A 40-pack of disposable inserts will cost around $15 while a six-pack of cloth inserts goes for under $35.
Charlie Banana 2-In-1
The Charlie Banana hybrid option is rated as the top 2-in-1 cloth diaper system by thebump.com. The disposable inserts are hypo-allergenic, chlorine free, dye free, and perfume free. Unlike gDiapers, Charlie Banana cloth diapers feature a unique buckle system for customizing size as your child grows. The 2-in-1 has side snap closures, wide back elastic, and a wide elastic leg casing for a snug fit and fewer leaks. There is also a convenient panel at the front of the diaper where you can tuck inserts of your choosing. You will need to buy diaper covers as well as inserts to use the Charlie Banana 2-in-1.
- Six diapers with six washable inserts in size XS, white available from Walmart for under $100
- 32 count disposable inserts from Walmart for under $16
Individual diaper covers range in price from $20-$30 and are available in a variety of colors and fun patterns.
Classic Diapering With a Modern Twist
Modern Parents are looking for environmentally friendly baby products that are still easy and convenient for real life use. There are many new cloth diaper systems that combine style, simplicity and save the environment.