North American Cloth Diapers


If quality and supporting local are concerns of yours, you may become a bit annoyed to discover the majority of cloth diapers are not manufactured in the United States or Canada.

Most cloth diapers, especially pocket diapers, are made and sold from other countries to make them cheaper. The majority of these inexpensive diapers are produced in China. The term for these diapers is “China Cheapies” referring to the price and lack of manufacturing regulations placed on made-in-China products. I talk more about cloth diapers made in China, what to consider, what to avoid, and what brands are worth the buy here.

But if what you’re looking for is locally-made cloth diapers there are still tons of cloth diapers that are made and/or sold from companies based in North America. You can find them all below separated into USA and Canadian companies.

Cloth Diapers Made in the USA

So, what cloth diapers are made in the USA? Green Mountain Diapers, Thirsties, and Cotton Babies (who manufacturers bumGenius, Flip, Econobum, Elemental Joy, Elemum, and Hemp Babies) are all based in and manufactured in the USA.

Below you’ll find more information about each North American brand including a link to their websites.

Kanga Care (Rumparooz)

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Green Mountain Diapers (GMD)

What They Sell: GMD sells other brands of Aio’s, Ai2’s, pocket diapers, PUL covers, and wool covers. More importantly, they sell their own brand of prefold diapers, fitted diapers, flat diapers, and more.

What They’re Known For: Their own brand of prefold diapers (Cloth-eez) and fitted diapers (Cloth-eez Workhorses).

Where Their Diapers Are Made: GMD Stay Dry Doublers, Night Stay Dry and Hemp Doublers are made in the USA. However, their Cloth-eez Prefolds and flats are made in Pakistan and their Cloth-eez wraps are made in China.

Discounts Available: GMD often has seconds sales and offers discounts on bulk sets. You can visit their sales page here. They do sometimes participate in sales events like Black Friday, but not always.

More Info: GMD is an older and trusted brand offering cotton diapers that are focused on quality. If you’d like to learn more about them and their products, I have a post that will tell you all you need to know when shopping for their products; you can find that post here.

Thirsties

What They Sell: Thirsties makes and sells their own brand of one-size diaper covers (DUO Wrap), sized diaper covers, AIO’s , pocket diapers, swim diapers, fitted diapers, prefold diapers, flat diapers, newborn AIO’s and fitted diapers, diaper inserts, potty training pants, and cloth diapering accessories. Basically, they make every cloth diaper product you could possibly be looking for.

What They’re Known For: Thirsties is known as the premium cloth diaper brand. Their products work well, are made well, and come with impeccable customer service, but are priced accordingly. Their most popular product is probably their natural one-size all-in-one diaper, often referred to as the NAIO in cloth communities. The NAIO is made from organic cotton and hemp and it is probably the best quality AIO diaper on the market in my opinion.

Where Their Diapers Are Made: All Thirsties products are manufactured in Colorado, USA, and the company is also based in Colorado.

Discounts Available: Thirsties doesn’t have many sales on their website that I’ve seen, but they will often be available on sale through local cloth diaper retailers. You can find a local list of North American cloth diaper retailers, broken down by state here.

More Info: If you’re cloth diapering due to budget concerns, these diapers probably aren’t going to be the first brand you look to, but that can be a mistake. While the price tag is steep, the quality and materials used are truly superior and the diapers will withstand much more wear and tear than cheaper brands (with maybe the exception of their natural inserts, which can get damaged in some washers as moat natural inserts and prefolds can). Thirsties has an impeccable reputation, and to anyone that is interested in using AIO’s I recommend getting at least one of their NAIO diapers to try.

Cotton Babies

What They Sell: Cotton Babies manufactures many different types of cloth diapers and sells them under many brands, including bumGenius, FlipEconobumElemental JoyElemum, and Hemp Babies.

What They’re Known For: Cotton Babies has done an excellent job of getting their diapers into regular retailers like WalMart and others. In several Walmarts in North America you may come across their Elemental Joy Cloth Diaper Kit, which is an excellent starter kit for those completely new to the idea of cloth diapering.

Where Their Diapers Are Made: Cotton Babies is based in St. Louis, Missouri. They state that their online, manufacturing and administrative operations run out of a warehouse located in Fenton, Missouri.

Discounts Available: Nothing of note at this time.

More Info: Cotton Babies was founded by Our owner, Jennifer Labit, who was the founding chair of the Real Diaper Industry Association.

Cloth Diapers Made in Canada

AppleCheeks Cloth Diapers*

*AppleCheeks was just sold to a French company (in France) and it’s unclear at this time if their manufacturing location has changed as well. Update to come

What They Sell: Pocket diapers (labeled as covers), inserts, liners, swim diapers, and wet bags of various sizes and uses.

What They’re Known For: Applecheeks is really known for its pocket diaper covers. These diapers have a unique design that many people either love or hate due to the ruffle around the elastics. Some people love the ruffle as it prevents leaks, others hate it because they find it wicks moisture onto clothing. With proper absorbency placed in the diaper and frequent changing Applecheeks should not leak.

Where Are They Made: AppleCheeks cloth diapers are made in Canada and the company is based in Montreal.

Discounts Available: AppleCheeks doesn’t have many sales on their website that I’ve seen, but they will often be available on sale through local cloth diaper retailers. You can find a local list of North American cloth diaper retailers, broken down by state here.

More Info: In the recent past, AppleCheeks had been experiencing issues with its PUL delaminating after just a few washes. While the company did practice good customer service and replace all of their defective diapers, if you’re purchasing AppleCheeks diapers used from someone else, you will want to check the PUL carefully before buying.

MotherEase

What They Sell: and bedwetting pants.

What They’re Known For: Their amazing bedwetting pants!

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AMP Diapers

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Kushies

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Cloth Diaper Companies Based in the USA

Bungies

What They Sell: Well-made pocket diapers with really good natural fiber inserts and wet bags.

What They’re Known For: Cloth Diaper Subscriptions. Bummis is the only (at the time of publication anyway) true cloth diaper subscription box around. For those who have tried them though, they are known for their natural inserts which are some of the best you’ll find that come with a pocket diaper.

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Wink

What They Sell: All-in-ones, pocket diapers, diaper covers, natural fiber inserts, cloth wipes, and other accessories.

What They’re Known For: Very affordable natural fiber AIO’s and inserts, and double gussets that are great for babies with twiggy legs.

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Cloth Diaper Companies Based in Canada

Lil Helper

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Le Petit Orse

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Bummis

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