What’s the difference between Microfiber, Cotton, Bamboo, and Hemp?
- Affordability: Cotton $ < Microfiber $ < Hemp $$ < Bamboo $$$
- Cotton is durable, affordable, and absorbent, but can be bulky if more absorbency is needed.
- Microfiber is fast absorbing and trim but can not hold as much as bamboo or hemp. It can not placed directly against
baby’s skin. It will draw moisture from the skin, resulting in irritation.
- Bamboo is the fastest absorbing diapering material, with the trimmest fit, but does not hold as much as hemp can. Good
for daytime use and trimness.
- Hemp can hold the most liquid, but takes longer to absorb, so it is ideal for night time and heavy wetters. It is often
combined with bamboo or microfiber for a fast-absorbing layer that transfers wetness to the hemp over time
Sized diapers versus One-size diapers?
Sized Diaper – Provides a trim fit that is less bulky. A sized diaper sees less wear and tear since they are only used for the months that a baby fits into that size. Good for families that plan to cloth diaper subsequent babies. The downside, a full set of diapers needs to be purchased each time a baby sizes up.
One-size Diapers – Can cost more then a sized diaper, but you only have to purchase a set of diapers once to fit baby until potty training. Convenient if you are diapering 2 children who are different sizes. The downside, one-size diapers can be very bulky when your baby is very small. Also your one-size diaper will see more wear and tear, as it is used for a longer period of time.
Snaps versus Hook and loop (Velcro)?
-Pro Fast, convenient, and ability to fine tune the fit on baby.
-Con Wear and tear affects performance of Velcro over time. Also Velcro noise during a night time change can disturb babies. Larger babies may learn to remove their own diapers if fastened with Velcro!
-Pro Very durable, do not show wear and tear. Secure fit prevents baby from taking off their own diapers.
-Con Fit may be an occasional issue if baby is “between snaps” as he/she grows. Snaps take a little more time and care to fasten (but time difference is a matter of seconds), which can be an issue at night.
Why do cloth diapered babies potty train faster?
Cloth diapers allow babies to feel when they are wet or dirty. Awareness of this feeling is something that can be lost and is a challenge to re-learn when a baby is diapered in disposables. When they are aware of this feeling, and don’t learn to ignore it, your baby can alert you when they need to be changed. Babies will prefer to be changed sooner rather than stay wet, so if attended to quickly, they will continue to let you know! As baby gets older and recognizes the feeling or urge to wet, his or her developing communication skills will allow them to alert you before the event happens and then you will be quickly on your way to potty-training!
Do cloth diapered babies really get less diaper rash?
Yes. Frequent changing and breathability make a great rash-free combination!
Why shouldn’t I use Vaseline or Penaten?
Petroleum based and Zinc Oxide products will leave a residue on your diapers that will give them a water-resistant coating that affects their ability to absorb. You will find that you won’t need to use diaper rash ointments if your baby is changed frequently! On the occasion that a little redness occurs, only then would you use an ointment. We recommend a variety of gentle solutions that are baby and cloth diaper friendly.
How many diapers do we need to start with?
See our checklist HERE
What is the most absorbent fibre?
While hemp is the most absorbent fibre, all inserts are not equal. For instance, a cotton prefold may be more absorbent than a hemp insert because it has more layers of fabric.
What about night diapering?
Frequent changes are necessary to avoid rashes and discomfort. However, during long sleeps (night diapering), you need a diaper that is absorbent enough so your baby does not wake from feeling wet. A popular choice is a fitted diaper with boosters or additional inserts, with a cover. Wool covers offer maximum air circulation and comfort. A stay dry liner to wick moisture away from the skin is also a good idea to ensure your baby’s comfort.