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Old 06-16-2008, 01:00 AM   #1
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Diaper Materials - Pros and Cons

So I'm currently fascinated by different materials and the way they work for diapers. I even compiled a list from what I've heard on threads and read in forums. Do you mamas agreed with this? Please help add/suggest things!

Soaker Materials (aka Absorbent, Liquid Holding Inner Fabrics)
  • Microfiber
    PROS: Super Absorbent, Quick Absorption, Cheap
    CONS: Should Not Touch Skin, Synthetic materials may be more susceptible to detergent buildup, skin sensitivities and smells. Can have compression leaking.
  • Hemp
    PROS: Super Absorbent, Trim, Natural material
    CONS: Can hold smells/harder to clean, Gets crunchy overtime, can have slower drying time
    TYPES: Fleece, French Terry, Velour (HTF)
  • Bamboo
    PROS: Super Absorbent, Quick Absorption, Trim, Natural material, Stays soft
    CONS: Can have slower drying time, can be expensive, less durable than cotton
    TYPES: Fleece (used smooth side out else it pills), French Terry, Velour, Loop Terry
  • Heavy Weight Cottons (Sherpa, Burley Knit Terry, ??)
    PROS: Good Absorbency, Natural materials, easy to clean/maintain, durable
    CONS: Bulkier
  • Regular Cottons (Birdseye, Flannel, Terrycloth, ??)
    PROS: Absorbent, Trim, Natural material, easy to clean/maintain, Stays soft, durable
    CONS: Many layers needed, pilling (flannel)

Stay-Dry Materials (aka Non-Absorbent, Pass-thru Inner Fabrics)
  • Suedecloth
    PROS: Soft, Like new with wear, Easy to clean solids from
    CONS: Synthetic materials may be more susceptible to detergent buildup, skin sensitivities and smells. No stretch, edges may fray
  • Microfleece
    PROS:Soft, Cheap
    CONS: Synthetic materials may be more susceptible to detergent buildup, skin sensitivities and smells. Pills over time, Wears thin.
  • Athletic Wicking Material
    PROS:Soft, Cheap
    CONS: Synthetic materials may be more susceptible to detergent buildup, skin sensitivities and smells. Pills over time, Wears thin,
    TYPES: Some brandnames are PowerDry, Under Armour, CoolPlus, DrySkin, etc.
  • Velours (Cotton, Bamboo or Hemp)
    PROS: Soft, Natural material
    CONS: Not a true stay-dry, gets crunchy overtime
  • Raw Silk
    PROS: Natural properties promote healthy skin
    CONS: Not a true stay-dry, gets crunchy overtime, Relatively rough, wears thin,not often used


Water Proof/Resistant Materials (aka Moisture-Blocking Outer Fabrics)
  • PUL (Polyurethane Laminate)
    PROS: Very waterproof, Relatively inexpensive, Many Colors/Prints
    CONS: Not breathable, if made with cotton fabric it may wick
  • Waterproof Nylon
    PROS: Very waterproof
    CONS: Relatively expensive, not breathable, should not be dried in the dryer
  • Vinyl
    PROS: Cheap, easy to find, very waterproof
    CONS: Not breathable, should not be dried in dryer
  • Polyester Fleece
    PROS: Breathable, Comes in many weights (higher = denser), wide price range
    CONS: Synthetic materials may be more susceptible to detergent buildup, skin sensitivities and smells. May look worn down quickly
  • Wool
    PROS: Most Breathable, Self-Cleaning (if lanolized), Infrequent washing needed, Doubles as clothing.
    CONS: Expensive, Requires special care/cleaning routine, should not be dried in the dryer
    TYPES: Merino, Alpaca, Angora, Mohair, Llama | Knit, Woven, Interlock, Crocheted
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Last edited by Xythnia; 06-20-2008 at 11:06 AM. Reason: Updated with mroe info and added cover materials section - Thanx Mamas!
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