Over the last three and a half years of cloth diapering, I have been building more of a natural fiber cloth diaper stash. Don’t get me wrong, I have synthetic fibers in my stash – for better or for worse – some of my favorite “performers” are synthetic.
But… when I received my Blueberry Diapers Simplex 2.0 for review courtesy of Blueberry Diapers, I started thinking about the many options for natural fibers. And the many more reasons to choose natural fiber cloth diapers over synthetics.
Natural Fiber Options
- Bamboo (only if mechanically processed!)
- Wool (but not for the actual diaper – used for covers and sometimes liners)
In my opinion, it’s better to go with “organic” natural fibers than conventional but… you still might get a lot of the same benefits.
Benefits of Natural Fiber Cloth Diapers
Easier cleaning and care. I have noted the only time I have stink issues (which is actually rare for me) is with the synthetic diapers.
Natural fibers feel wet. I know, seems counter-intuitive, but if you’re doing any kind of elimination communication or perhaps potty training, this can be a great benefit. Your child will know they are wet as a signal to go potty. It won’t happen with a “stay dry” fabric.
Reduced risk of diaper rash. I have very “rashy” babies, so my kids get rashes in just about anything. But I have noticed that they clear up faster when I stick to the natural fiber diapers for a few days straight instead of mixing it up.
A renewable resource. Maybe. I say “maybe” because cotton is highly intensive to grow as a crop, so it’s only sustainable when grown organically. Wool should be organic to be truly beneficial to the environment, and from my reading (many and varied sources), hemp is not usually labeled but the way they process it is considered “organic.” If you’re buying bamboo, be sure it is mechanically processed, not chemically processed.
Soft, absorbent, and breathable. It’s true. Natural fibers tend to have a better feel against the skin. And, if you’re using hemp, it’s also mold and mildew resistant.
One of my favorite natural fiber cloth diapers is…
The Blueberry Diapers Side Snap Simplex 2.0 All In One Diaper! (Made right here in the USA!).
Okay I’ll admit my growing fondness for AIO’s, simply because, like this diaper, so many have the attached soaker pad that flips out. (In the “olden days” of “modern cloth” an all-in-one often meant that all the layers were sewn right into the diaper, which is very thick for drying purposes).
This diaper dries very quickly because of the design, and also because… it’s natural cotton fiber! Which tends to be quick drying if it’s not layered in so many thicknesses.
But it’s not a “thin” diaper – because when you insert the soaker pad back into the “pocket”, you have 11 layers of 100% cotton birdseye in the wet zone. Very absorbent.
Notice I referenced a “pocket”? Yes, that’s because the diaper DOES have a pocket opening on both ends. For one, to let the soaker pad agitate out. For two, you can then stuff extra inserts into the pocket and increase the absorbency!
And this is precisely why I love this diaper. It’s like having both a pocket. And an all-in-one. And I do like to have it all!
Blueberry Diapers Simplex 2.0 also utilizes a side-snap feature. This would be versus the front snap, which is more typical. Like the AIO, side snap diapers are also growing on me because they allow the diaper front to be smooth and flat under clothing AND are harder for little hands to unsnap.
Do I really have to sell you on the ‘dorable prints like my elephants, or dinos, or handprints, or owls, or… no? You’re right there with me enjoying the 15 different prints? Great!
At $22.95, the Blueberry Diapers Simplex 2.0 is a high quality diaper and one I’d recommend for any stash for so many reasons (see above!).
How have you found natural fiber cloth diapers to perform versus synthetics?
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