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Cloth Diaper Anatomy – Materials Used for Diaper Inners


This post was originally published on the Kelly Wels blog. Post may contain affiliate links meaning if you click and buy I receive a small commission. Thank you. Recently, I talked about different materials used for the absorbent layer in cloth diapers. This time, I’ll discuss materials that are used as the inner layer, or the layer against baby’s skin.

In all natural diapers, you will see some of the same materials that you see in the absorbent layers, including cotton, bamboo rayon and hemp in various forms (fleece, velour, jersey etc.) You will have an all natural layer against your baby’s skin, but these fabrics will not wick the moisture away.

You will also see some diapers, particularly pockets and AIOs, advertised as “stay dry. Many synthetic fabrics wick moisture away from your baby’s skin and keep him/her dry.

These include:

Polyester fleece: microfleece typically feels extremely soft when new, although it will pill a bit over time

Suedecloth & Microsuede: suedecloth doesn’t feel quite as soft as microfleece, but it tends to wear better. Occasionally, a baby is sensitive to suedecloth but not fleece.

Charcoal Bamboo: polyester fabric made from bamboo charcoal is very soft, wicks moisture away from skin, and has potential added benefits of bamboo.

Do you have a favorite material for diaper inners?

If you’re new to cloth diapers, check out my Cloth Diapers 101 article.

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Maria is an aspiring "fit mom" of 3 children, writing about cloth diapers, going green, and her life as a single mom. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development, and other services.
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  • October 30, 2016 at 10:52 am

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