I’m asked often about buying cloth diapers on Amazon. Though I always try to recommend shopping locally (you can find a list of local cloth diaper retailers prominently placed on this site here) that’s not always a possibility for some folks. For many living in Nunavut and other “distant” places, local options are slim and shipping inflation means that Amazon Prime is the only way to keep the cost of living under control (if you haven’t heard about that problem, here’s an eye-opening CBC story about it).
So to help out those families, and all families who really love their Amazon Prime perks and are constantly asking for recommendations, I’ve put together this post of the best cloth diapers on Amazon and included my top three money-saving Amazon hacks at the bottom of the post.
While there aren’t many cloth diaper options on Amazon outside of the “China Cheepie” niche, especially when compared to what you can get from a local cloth diaper retailer, Amazon does have one or two great options for each category of diapers, if you know what you’re looking for. So let’s dive in!
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Best All-In-One Cloth Diapers on Amazon:
Thirsties Natural One Size All in One Cloth Diaper
It just so happens that Amazon sells one of my favorite all-in-one (AIO) cloth diapers available, the Thirsties Natural AIO.
Not only are these adorable (side note for print collectors, Merry Moosemas is available at the time of posting) they are, as their name suggests, thirsty!
These all-in-ones are made in the USA out of a TPU laminate shell and a whopping two layers of 100% organic cotton and eight layers of 55% hemp – 45% organic cotton. These are going to outperform any synthetic AIO out there.
You also get Thirstie’s incredible reputation and customer service if you need it. You can’t go wrong here. I’ve recommended these diapers a lot and have yet to hear of one person hating them. They are a little pricier than other options, but in return, you truly do get a great diaper.
If you want to check it out for yourself, you can find the Thirsties Natural AIO diaper here.
Best Premium Pocket Diapers on Amazon
Thirsties Reusable Cloth Diaper, One Size Pocket Diaper
Since there are so many pocket diapers on Amazon, I have broken them out into two categories: premium and discount.
Once again, Thirsties wins the day as the premium pocket diaper option, showing up on Amazon for purchase.
Made in the USA, Thirsties pocket diapers include a PUL cover, a newborn insert that has three layers of microfiber terry as well as a full-size insert made of five layers of hemp cotton. This means you can start with the newborn insert and then add the super-absorbent hemp insert when you need it. The diaper is made to fit from 8-40 lbs and comes in both snaps and hook and loop.
My favorite part of the Thirsties pocket diaper is that it has openings both the top and bottom so that there’s no need to remove the soiled inserts; they agitate out in the wash. Once again, the price is a bit higher than other options, but you pay that for the premium performance you can expect. You also get all that Thirsties customer service and care.
Best Discount Pocket Diapers on Amazon
ALVABABY Baby Cloth Diapers One Size (6-pack)
Discount diapers that focus on price and cute prints rather than quality and longevity, definitely come with some drawbacks, but for those on a budget they are the absolute best way to get started with cloth diapers.
Discount diapers are most often shipped in directly from Chinese manufacturers, where they are produced for little money, and without the middle-men. The nice thing about purchasing them from Amazon is that you still get all the benefits of Amazon’s return policy, consumer protection, etc. that you don’t necessarily get from going direct.
Arguably the best known of the “China Cheepies” out there are AlvaBaby. AlvaBaby has been in the market a long time, and though their quality isn’t anything like a Thirsties, they are serviceable and when new you can count on them to work well enough with a younger baby. And of course you can’t beat the price!
This set of six Alva diapers is a longstanding favorite in the Cloth Diapers for Beginners community. The diapers come with a PUL cover and two 3-layer microfiber inserts. Though these inserts are fine enough for an infant, after baby reaches about 5-6 months old, additional inserts are often needed, so make sure you factor in purchasing additional, heavy absorbing inserts. These are my favorite inserts to add to these diapers.
Best Cloth Diaper Covers on Amazon
Thirsties Duo Wrap Cloth Diaper Cover
I apologize if I sound like a broken record, but I’m once again recommending Thirsties (Amazon is limited in options, and Thirsties are awesome!).
The Thirsties duo wrap is my favorite with its trim fit and double gussets. It’s just a strong, reliable diaper cover you know is going to last!
Both the snap and velcro versions come in two sizes: Size one fits 6-18 lbs and size 2 fits 18-40 lbs. There is also a size 3 for those that need it, which fit from 40-60+ lbs, but at the time of writing that size was sold out on Amazon.
Do note that the Duo Wrap is different from the Thirsties Diaper Cover, which I also recommend below, but for bigger needs like overnight and fitteds. This one, the Duo Wrap, is perfect for daytime and especially prefolds, flats, and inserts.
As I’ve mentioned in the previous Thirsties recommended items, buying this brand gives you not only a diaper made in the USA, but also amazing customer service and support, something you don’t often get with the cheapest brands.
Thirsties Reusable Cloth Diaper Cover
Unlike the Thirsties Duo Wrap I just mentioned above, the Thirsties Diaper Cover is a sized diaper cover. This means it doesn’t adjust at the rise, it only gets done up around the waist.
As you can imagine, this loss in adjustability means that you need to buy additional sizes. The Thirsties cover comes in four sizes: x-small (6-12lbs), Small (12-18lbs), Medium (18-28lbs), and Large (28-40lbs).
This means you may need a few more over the span of your cloth diapering career to cover baby from birth to potty, but what you get in return is a diaper that fits great, and can easily accommodate big bulky nighttime fitteds that become so necessary once baby is a bit older.
The Thirsties Cover has the same great double gussets that you get with the Duo Wrap, the same strong PUL, the same made in the USA quality, and the same great customer service and support. Also like the Duo Wrap, the cover comes in both snaps and Velro.
You can check out the Velcro version of the Thirsties Diaper Cover here, or you can check out the Diaper Cover with snaps here.
Best Fitted Diapers on Amazon
I’m only going to recommend cotton fitteds here that could be used for daytime. There are good hemp fitted diapers on Amazon as well, but those are best for overnight (in fact they are a must in my opinion for anyone cloth diapering at night) so I’ve included them below in my nighttime recommendations.
Unfortunately, there are not a lot of fitteds available on Amazon, and only one I would recommend for daytime use, the OsoCosy cotton fitted diaper. I say it is best for daytime use, but if baby is younger or older and not a heavy-wetter, these should be enough for overnight as well (though you may nee a booster, something like this for an older baby).
These particular fitteds come in two sizes: size 1 (7-18lbs) and size 2 (18-30lbs). Each one has 12 layers of unbleached birdsye cotton that breaks down into four full-width layers, an interior center made of four more layers and finally an attached exterior pad with four more layers.
Just a reminder that fitted diapers are not waterproof, you need to wrap a diaper cover over them.
Check out the OsoCozy fitted diapers here (you will find singles available through that link if you just want to try one).
Again, for more, non-cotton fitted diaper recommendations, scroll down to the section on the best nighttime diapers on Amazon.
Best Nighttime Diapers on Amazon
First Choice: Ecoable Hemp Fitted Diaper
My first choice for a nighttime diaper is actually not just what I recommend for Amazon shoppers, but what I recommend to everyone because they are what works for those who have “tried everything” and are desperate for a nighttime diapering solution.
These fitteds are amazing, and even if you have a kid that wets through everything and more, under a wool cover especially (though it’s not often needed) these are bulletproof.
Ok, so what are they?
They are fitted diaper with two snap-in hemp diaper inserts. The material is made from a 55% hemp, 45% cotton blend. Though the hemp needs to be washed multiple times to reach full absorbency, once it’s there, you’ll be impressed with its capacity!
Just a reminder that fitted diapers are not waterproof, you need to wrap a diaper cover over them.
Second Choice: GroVia® O.N.E
Though not quite as absorbent as the hemp fitted, for those looking for a one-piece (ie no separate cover needed) option for at night, the GroVia O.N.E. is definitely the top choice, AND it’s available on Amazon.
The GroVia O.N.E has a TPU shell, with sewn-in absorbency on the inside. Aside from the sewn-in absorbency, the O.N.E also comes with two snap-in soakers. The larger of the two has channeled stitches to increase surface area and direct moisture down into the absorbent core of the diaper.
The materials used break down int0:
- Hidden Inner Layer: 100% Polyester Microfiber
- Outer: 100% Water Resistant Polyester TPU
- Soaker: 100% Cotton topped with 100% Polyester Microfleece
- Body Lining: 100% Polyester Microfleece
- Outer: 100% Water Resistant Polyester TPU (Exclusive of Trim)
One of the ABSOLUTE COOLEST things about the O.N.E. Diaper has to be the “Outlast Closure.” The Outlast Closure is a converting strip that lets you turn the snaps into Velcro! So not only do you not have to choose between snaps or velcro, but if you love Velcro, and it wears out, you can order a replacement, though it’s not as likely to happen, because you can remove them before washing. It’s so smart!
The Outlast Closure is so cool that it’s actually a big part of how the diaper got it’s name. The O.N.E stands for Outlast closure, No prep, and Easy to use.
It’s true that you don’t need to prep the O.N.E diaper, and it fits babies from about 10 to 35-plus pounds. It’s also very well made, and GroVia is a good, longstanding US-based brand, so you can’t go wrong.
The GroVia O.N.E diaper comes in singles, packages of two, and packages of 10 on Amazon, with the per-diaper price coming down as you buy more. Here’s links for all the packages:
Best Prefold Diapers on Amazon
Once again, I’m recommending an OsoCozy product from Amazon. This time, I am going to recommend their prefolds, which are just great and comparable to more expensive off-Amazon brands.
OsoCozy actually has two types of prefolds available: “Traditional” and “Better Fit”. The traditional prefolds are best if you plan to try pinning them onto baby before placing a diaper cover over them. The better fit ones are perfect for pad folding (just folding them in three, into the center panel) and laying them into the diaper (you can see some instructions on pinning and pad folding of each on their company page on Amazon here).
Here’s how the two sizes look compared to one another:
Apart from size, you also have the choice between organic cotton (100% GOTS certified organic cotton), unbleached Indian cotton (cotton twill weave, that’s soft to the touch), and bamboo (70%Bamboo – 30%Organic, for high absorbency).
Choosing between those options will just be a matter of taste. If organic and natural is your highest priority, go organic. If you’re worried about how it will feel against baby’s skin, but don’t care about the organic stamp, unbleached Indian should be top-notch. If absorbency is key, or you have a heavy wetter, definitely consider the bamboo. From there, choose a fit option based on if you want to try pinning or not, and you should have it narrowed down to one option, and all you have left is to choose the size that fits your baby best: infant (7-15 lbs) or Premium (15-30lbs).
Most of the OsoCozy prefolds are 4x8x4 absorbency. What this means is that each prefold has three panels length wise, the two outside panels have four layers each, and the center panel has eight. This is typical of most brands.
To have a look at the many sizes and material choices of OsoCozy prefolds available on Amazon, click here.
Just a reminder that prefold diapers are not waterproof, you need to wrap a diaper cover over them.
Three (Money Saving) Tips for Buying Cloth Diapers Online from Amazon
Now that you know what to look for on Amazon, let’s save you some money! Below, I have three tips that will save you money and a ton of aggravation down the line if you’re shopping for diapers on Amazon.com or Amazon.ca (I have not yet searched on other Amazon storefronts, but I would imagine they are consistent, and you’ll likely find these tips helpful in other locations as well).
Tip One: Check Who the Amazon Seller Is
While my second and third tips are quick and easy money-saving hacks, my first tip for shopping for cloth diapers online from Amazon is a little more stealthy. Here’s what you need to know:
Buying Cloth Diapers Online from Amazon May Not Really Be Buying from Amazon at All
For those living outside of a large city, buying cloth diapers online is often the best and only choice. Cloth diapers are still not usually sold in big-box stores (especially in-store) and small cloth diaper shops are non-existent outside of larger cities. Unfortunately, much like the big-box stores in your neighborhood, Amazon doesn’t sell very many cloth diapers itself.
“Wait, huh? But I see literally thousands of cloth diapers listed for sale on Amazon!” you might be saying.
Yup, we’re both right. In addition to the things Amazon sources and sells, Amazon also lists, and even ships with Prime shipping, products from third-party sellers. Some of these third-party sellers are companies, and some are regular people running a small business.
To see if Amazon is the seller of the diaper, look for where it says “sold by”:
If you see anything other than “Ships from and sold by Amazon” in that line, the item is being sold by a third-party seller.
Buying cloth diapers from a third-party seller on Amazon can have three potential drawbacks depending on who the seller is:
1) The price of the same diaper(s) may be cheaper or more expensive if purchasing directly from the company.
Prices change constantly both on Amazon, and in the rest of the retail world of course, but I have regularly seen diapers on sale on a company website but not on Amazon, and sometimes even vice-versa (think Prime Day).
While Amazon itself often negotiates the best price for the item (like Costco, savings are their jam), if the seller is the manufacturer/brand, they may not update sales on Amazon regularly, and if the seller is a business that’s not even the diaper’s manufacturer/brand, often they can’t afford to match a retailer’s sale.
2) In a case where the third-party seller is not Amazon or even the diaper manufacturer, you can’t be sure about anything including the quality and/or authenticity of the products.
3) When the shipping is not handled by Amazon (you can tell by seeing if it offers Prime shipping as an option), you may also experience a delay in receiving the product or a refund for a returned product.
In instances where the product arrives too late or it’s not what you expected, while you do always have a certain amount of protection when ordering from Amazon, under the Amazon A-to-z Guarantee, it can delay the whole process a little bit, which can be frustrating when you’re in need of diapers right away.
In no way am I saying you should never buy items from a third-party seller. But, I do recommend that if the diapers you’re looking to purchase are from a third-party seller that isn’t Amazon and especially if it’s not even the manufacturer/brand, carefully check the reviews and read Amazon’s great “customer questions & answers” section to make sure you know what you’re getting is the real deal. Also, price shop to make sure you’re getting the best price.
Amazon is most often on-point, but being certain about where your purchase is coming from can save you time and money in some cases.
It can also give you reassurance. If you check and find Amazon is the seller, you can rest easy that you’re getting the real product, at a good price (they really do get great deals sometimes, and have great diaper packages you don’t see elsewhere like this fitted diaper package), and with a solid warranty.
Tip Two: Get Money Back when Shopping for Cloth Diapers on Amazon!
Now that you know how to find the best and most reliable cloth diapers on Amazon, it’s time to reward you for reading this far with one of the best and easiest tips I can give you for shopping on Amazon: Rakuten!
Rakuten is a great website that actually pays you cash back every time you shop online and it’s free to join! Like, they will literally cut you a check once you reach a threshold, and all you did was do your usual online shopping.
The only thing you do differently is that before you shop, you visit their website, search their stores (Amazon is one that’s included) and once you find where you want to shop, click their link to that store. That link will put a cookie on your browser that will report back to Rakuten that you bought something, and you’ll get a certain percentage of that purchase back as cash. The percentage is different for every store.
I have personally made $44.63 on Rakuten so far, and I barely shop online. Unfortunately, I didn’t know about them when I shopped for my cloth diapers, if I had I would have made a bundle.
Almost any store you can think of is on Rakuten in addition to Amazon. Carters, Sephora, Groupon, Bath and Body Works, Target, the list goes on and on and on for both the US and Canadian sites.
I Have Special Coupons for You
If you’ve never used Rakuten, but want to try it out because… well, money, I have special links for you that will get you some extra cash back for signing up:
If you click through to Rakuten.com using this link, there’s a promo right now that if you sign up and make a $25 purchase at any retailer they list, you’ll get an extra $10 (on top of the percent you get back from your purchase) just for using that link.
If you click through to Rakuten.ca using this link, there’s a promo right now that if you sign up and make a $25 purchase at any retailer they list, you’ll get an extra $5 (I know, I don’t know why we get less, it’s silly, but it is on top of the percent you get back from your purchase) just for using that link.
Just make sure you sign up right away, and then the trick is to remember to go back to Rakuten before you shop online to click their link to get the money back! Don’t forget half the time like I do and miss out!
Tip Three: Create an Amazon Baby Registry
Even if you’re not having a baby shower, creating a Amazon baby registry for your new baby is another way to save money on baby items on Amazon.
It’s free to create one and one of the many perks is a 10% completion discount on items left on your registry. Prime members receive 15% off.
From what Cloth Diapers for Beginners community members tell me, currently, the discount is good on two purchases, and you’re allowed to make them 60 days before your due date up to 60 days after it.
In addition to saving money, if you sign up for Amazon’s baby registry you get a free welcome box of products parents and baby valued up to $35, free 365 day returns (you have a full 365 days to return most items purchased from your registry), and group gifting among other perks.
Special note: All these details about the perks are current as of January 16, 2020, but they are always changing, so click here for current details).
I hope both these tips make your experience buying cloth diapers online from Amazon better.
If you’re new to cloth diapers and trying to work out how much diapers will cost upfront on sites like Amazon, I have a few posts to help you out. This post about how many cloth diapers you will need, will give you some numbers to calculate from, and this post about how much babies cost will give you some example calculations so you can see how much you’ll be saving over time.