Diaper Buying Guide
Diapers 101: Cloth vs. Disposable
Types of Diapers
Cloth Training Pants
Potty Training Diapers
Diapers for Swimming
Diaper Buying Tips
- Buying in bulk will save money, but babies grow quickly so don’t overdo it
- Different brands have different features and fits; try a few brands to see which are the best for your child
- To prepare for your newborn have at least 10 diapers on hand per day for the first month or so
- Stock up on baby wipes
Cloth Diaper Inserts and Liners +
After you buy the cloth diaper ‘wrap’ or outer layer, you’ll need to buy inserts or liners. These help keep your baby’s skin drier. You still have to wash the diaper after soiling, but the liner makes for a much easier cleanup. Inserts and liners come in different absorbencies and sizes to suit your baby’s needs. They can also be purchased in both disposable and reusable styles, and come in bulk formats to save time and money.
Customized Fit +
Some types of diapers are designed specifically to fit your child’s size and/or age. For example, you’ll find diapers for newborns that have softer cotton lining and cut outs to allow space for the healing umbilical cord area. There are also a variety of diapers types designed to accommodate different stages of your child’s development including crawling, standing, and walking.
The most popular fastener is Velcro or a Velcro-type material. This type of fastener allows for quick diaper checks because the Velcro is so easy to open and close.
Contoured Fit +
A contoured fit helps prevent leaks, especially for babies on the move. Contour fit diapers will usually gather around the leg and feature snug elasticized backs to make sure nothing leaks out. The type of fit will depend on the age and developmental stage of your baby.
Wetness Indicator +
Many diapers now have a wetness indicator. This is a coloured shape or picture that becomes noticeable once your baby’s diaper is wet. This helpful feature allows you to change your baby as soon as a change is needed.
Leak Lock or Leak Proof +
These diapers use special fabrics and diaper linings to keep leaks in and moisture away from your baby’s bottom.
Sensitive or Organic +
Most major brands now have an organic or sensitive diaper option. Essentially this means that the diaper has less exposure to chemicals, fragrance, dyes and anything that might irritate your baby. The sensitive or organic options are great for newborns and also children with sensitive skin or diaper rashes.
Shop Accessories & Related Products
Cloth Diaper Maintenance Tips
- Wash all cloth diapers before wear to remove any impurities, dirt or chemicals
- Natural fibres like hemp, cotton and bamboo require several hot water washes to remove their natural oils before they become fully absorbent
- Rinse cloth diapers with diaper spray before putting in the diaper pail
- Schedule wash days every 2-3 days to avoid daily laundering
- Consider doing a prewash with very dirty diapers
- Sun bleaching is great for stained diapers
- Insert a deodorizer in your cloth diaper pail to promote freshness
How Many Diapers Do I Need for my Newborn?
Did you know?