There's a plethora of cloth diapering options on the market today and sorting through them all can be overwhelming, especially for those unfamiliar with cloth diapers. But when it comes to newborns, the clear leaders are fitted and prefold diapers. Fitted diapers are great at containing messes and prefolds are the most economical cloth diapers, which is important for newborns, since they may require as many as 12 diaper changes a day.
With that many diaper changes, you'll need at least 24... diapers in your cloth diaper stash if you plan to use cloth diapers full-time and do laundry every other day. Because fitted and prefold diapers are not waterproof, they also require a cover for use.
Once you've decided on the type of diaper you want to use, you'll need to think about what type of fabric you prefer. If you want your newborn diapers to be as eco-friendly and natural as possible, organic fabrics are a natural choice. Here's a breakdown of the top organic cloth diapers available for newborns:
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This diaper takes advantage of the durability and natural anti-bacterial properties of hemp and combines it with certified organic cotton. A snap-in soaker provides additional protection for heavy wetters, while ruffled legs and proprietary elastic help to contain messes. These diapers also feature durable snaps and overlapping wings to ensure a good fit for skinny babies. The newborn size is designed to fit babies from 5-15 lbs.
Kissaluvs is a family-owned and operated company that uses only domestic fabrics and also makes all of its diapers in the United States. As part of its environmental commitment, the company is also dedicated to recycling boxes and packaging material, as well as donating fabric scraps when possible.
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Made with two layers of 100% organic cotton velour, this diaper also includes an inner layer of hemp french terry for added absorbency and a soaker made of hemp french terry topped with organic cotton velour. This diaper comes in a natural, undyed fabric and is designed to fit newborns from 5-16 lbs.
This diaper is made in the United States and Swaddlebees guarantees that all of its diapering and nursing products are free of lead, phthalates and BPA.
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Made of organic bamboo and cotton fleece, these diapers have an outer jersey layer and include a three-layer bamboo fleece doubler. The extra-small size features a snap-down front to protect the delicate umbilical cord area for the first few days and are designed to fit babies from 5-11 lbs. They come in a natural color with natural or colored stitching.
Sustainablebabyish makes most of its products by hand in the United States and uses mostly organic or organic blend fabrics. The company also uses low-impact dyes, recycles or donates its fabrics when possible, operates a paperless office and uses 100% recycled mailers. For every diaper purchased, the company also plants a tree.
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Made of recycled water bottles, bamboo and organic cotton, these diapers are designed to fit newborns from 5-14 lbs. This seven-layer diaper is available in five colors and includes a snap-in insert and a snap-down front for the umbilical cord.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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These prefold diapers are made in Pakistan of 100% certified organic unbleached cotton that meets the Global Organic Textile Standard. They will shrink by up to 15% after several washings and are slightly thicker and more absorbent than their conventional counterparts.
The newborn size features edges serged with orange thread and is designed to fit newborns up to about 10 lbs. These diapers are a great economical option for organic diapers.
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Made in Pakistan using 100% certified organic cotton twill, these unbleached prefold diapers are incredibly affordable and get softer with every wash. The infant size fits babies from 7-15 lbs. and is made of 4-ply fabric. These inserts must be washed 3-5 times before use to remove natural oils and will shrink by up to 25% after these pre-washes.
Bummis produces most of its products at its factory in the Montreal area and uses North American suppliers where possible. All of their products are tested for non-toxicity and for biodegradability when appropriate.
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Orange Diaper Newborn Fitted Diaper – Knit/Bamboo
These diapers are made from a combination of organic bamboo and organic cotton with a knit outer layer of 100% cotton, which makes them stretchy and comes in a variety of fun prints. They feature two rows of rise snaps for a better fit, a belly button snap-down to prevent irritation of the umbilical cord area, a 4-layer snap-in soaker, and snaps for easy diaper changes.
These diapers must be washed and dried three times before use and require 6-8 washes before reaching maximum absorbency. They do shrink with washing but are designed to fit babies from 7-15 lbs. after shrinking.
Orange Diaper Co. is a family-owned business based in Virginia, which is where all their diapers are made, using domestic and imported materials.