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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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Old 06-16-2008, 01:08 AM   #2
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Re: Diaper Materials - Pros and Cons

You should break down the bamboos... a LOT of mammas have questions about that!

But good list

You're so helpful! *highfive*
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:35 AM   #3
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- I would love to add to/improve this list!
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Had this moved to Craft Chat - Can you mamas help?
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Re: Diaper Materials - Pros and Cons

When it comes to suedecloth and microfleece, the cons for suedecloth would be that it is more susceptible to detergent buildup (IMO), and the edges fray. For microfleece, it pills over time and becomes thinner.
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When it comes to suedecloth and microfleece, the cons for suedecloth would be that it is more susceptible to detergent buildup (IMO), and the edges fray. For microfleece, it pills over time and becomes thinner.
Ditto, and with the microfleece, again, man made material- some babies are sensitive, and can encourage build up. Pro- Cheap!
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an added con to suedecloth...no stretch thus doesn't grow with baby
an added pro... poop is generally easier to "plop" off it.

raw silk con...kind of rough against the skin, thin and may wear out super fast, doesn't take abuse real well.
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Re: Diaper Materials - Pros and Cons

Modified OP with your input - Thx mamas! I couldn't add much on the synthetics as I only use cotton thus far.
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Way awesome list! i often wondered just such things and that is very helpful to see it in print. Thank you
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yep, that is a great list to get stickied
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