Cloth Diapers 101

What is a cloth diaper?
Well, it's a diaper that we put on baby and wash instead of throwing it away.
So far so good :)

1. There are several "families" of layers:

  • Newborns
  • Unique sizes
  • Waist layers

2. There are always two parts, no matter how they are assembled or not, the material or the form:

  • A waterproof part
  • An absorbent part

3. In each family there is a choice between several systems:

  • All in one
  • The all in two
  • The pocket diaper
So far is that still okay?

4.In all systems and all families we will talk about different subjects:

  • Natural fibers
  • Synthetic (and pseudo-natural) fibers
This is where everything can become a Meli Mélo literally.
Natural fibers (the most common)


  • The cotton
  • Hemp
  • Bamboo

Raincoat :

  • Wool (with lanolin)
Synthetic fibers (the most common)


  • microfiber
  • Chinese bamboo
  • Bamboo Charcoal

Raincoat :

  • PUL (laminated polyurethane. Which includes Minky too.)

Dry effect:

  • The thriller
  • Brushed polyester (suede)
  • AWJ (Athletic Wicking Jersey)

A washable diaper always has 2 parts:

  • An absorbent part
  • A waterproof part

Each part can be in natural or synthetic fiber.

What will differentiate the family of layers is the assembly of these 2 parts.

  • If the waterproof part and the absorbent part are sewn together, we speak of an all-in-one.
  • If the absorbent part has to be put in a pocket, we speak of a pocket layer.
  • If the two parts are completely separate, we talk about all-in-two

It is ultimately quite simple.

It's up to you to find the system that suits you best.
In a future article I will tell you about the advantages and disadvantages of each system.

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