Saturday, April 24, 2010

Cloth Diaper Fabrics

Not all diapers are like.  Cloth diapers come in prefolds, contours, fitteds, pockets, and all in ones.   Not only are diapers made from different designs, but they are also made from different materials. 

Cotton – Cotton is the most common cloth diaper fabric.  You can find it in cotton twill like in prefolds, cotton flannel like in Kushies or Bumkins AIO diapers, or cotton gauze.

PUL – PUL is short for polyurethane laminate.  Polyurethane laminate is basically a polyester fabric that is laminated with a thin layer of polyurethane to make the diaper or diaper cover waterproof.  This is a common fabric in cloth diapers.  It is found in all in ones, pocket diapers, and diaper covers.

Bamboo- Bamboo is one of the newer fabrics in the cloth diapering world.  Bamboo is absorbent and soft.  Environmentally it is a good choice because Bamboo grows quickly and can be grown free of pesticides and fertilizers.  It can be found in diapers like the Bamboozle fitted diaper.

Hemp – Hemp fabric is absorbent and strong.  It is naturally antibacterial and is also grown free from pesticides.  Hemp is found in many cloth diapers including Joey Bunz, Babykicks Hemparoo Fleece Prefolds, and Sposoeasy diapers.

Velour – Velour is a soft knit fabric that feels similar to velvet.  It is found in Imse Vimse training pants.

Microfleece – Microfleece is a lightweight and breathable fabric made from synthetic fibers.  It isn’t used as an absorbent fabric.  It is used as a breathable cloth diaper cover in Polar Bummis and as stay dry material in Fuzzi Bunz and Thirsties diapers.

Suede cloth- Suede cloth is a synthetic material that resembles the feel of suede.  It is used in diapers as a stay dry material that doesn’t pill like microfleece.  It is used in diapers like BumGenius 3.0 and BumGenius AIO diapers.

Wool – Wool is used as a breathable fabric in cloth diaper covers.  It is naturally anti-bacterial and absorbent.  Those factors make it a popular choice for nighttime.  It can be found in diaper covers like Kissaluvs Wool Lover, Imse Vimse Wool Cover, and Sugar Peas Wool Cover.

Diaper fabrics may be different, but the different combinations make cloth diapers that are absorbent, waterproof and durable.  While there is no magic fabric that is the best, there are many options available to parents looking for quality cloth diapers.  Visit Thanks Mama to view cloth diapers and accessories made from a wide variety of diaper fabrics.


  1. Cloth diapers are very good at keeping babies skin dry and free of diaper rash.

  2. Cloth Diapers can save a family on average around $2000 a year compared to disposable diapers.


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