Best Cloth Diapers For Beginners

I created this page because I get asked so often for recommendations that having one spot to point everyone to was the only thing that would keep me from soon spending all my time recommending the same things over and over.

With so many brands and so many options, it’s no wonder people are looking for some expert recommendations. I was asking those same questions when I began looking for cloth diapers too.

Below is a sort of master list of my recommendations for everything cloth diaper. From the best inserts, to the best night time nighttime diapers, to the best cloth-safe diaper cream, or any of the many other things needed to cloth diaper a baby; these are the brands and products I have heard the most positive feedback about from other cloth diaper moms, and have tested, used, and enjoyed myself.

Cloth Diaper Creams

Organic Diaper Balm by Earth MamaBurt’s Bees Baby Multipurpose OintmentLIVE CLEAN Non-Petroleum Jelly
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When it comes to cloth diaper creams, there are two ingredients you want to avoid: petroleum (Vaseline) and zinc.

These three diaper creams don’t contain either of those ingredients, but are still effective at creating a barrier against moisture, ammonia and milder food-related sensitivities that can irritate skin when waste touches it.

My own daughter had a sensitivity to yogurt that would give her rashes if waste touched her sensitive skin for more than a few moments. One of my favorite combinations that ended these rashes (which were sometimes so quick to develop she would go from fine to bleeding sores in two diaper changes) was the Live Clean Non-Petroleum Jelly with cornstarch layered on top of it (I’ve written a full post about cornstarch, which you can read here).

Since those bad rash days, and after hearing a lot of feedback from the thousands of moms on the Cloth Diapers for Beginners Facebook Group, I’ve tried and loved both the Earth Mama Diaper Balm and the Burt’s Bee’s Ointment and loved both of them both with and without cornstarch.

Diaper Pail (and Liner)

First Choice:
Dekor Plus Pail and Cloth Diaper Liners

This is the one recommendation that I haven’t actually owned myself. I did, however, recommend the Dekor diaper pail to a friend after hearing such good reviews from the moms on the Cloth Diapers for Beginners Facebook page, and after getting the chance to play with it and hearing her feedback, it is definitely on my list of things to get for my next baby (if there is one).

The Dekor Plus model is definitely the way to go because it’s nice and big and will hold as many diapers as you’d need it to before washing ( I recommend three days max between washings). It comes in a bunch of colours to match any nursery, and it not only fits it’s own cloth diaper pail liners (check those out on Amazon here), but it will also fit an AppleCheeks size 2 storage sac (you can check those out here).

Cloth Training Pants

First Choice: AppleCheeks Learning Pants

When your little one is showing the signs of potty training readiness, cloth training pants are an excellent way to keep the momentum for potty training up, while also allowing them to develop their ability to use the washroom on their own.

Cloth training pants offer a bit of leak protection while also being very easy to pull up and push down letting kiddo learn how to pull up and down their underwear to go potty. Unlike many diapers, they don’t have a “stay-dry” layer, so the child can feel the wetness right away.

I classify training pants as different from training underwear because they have more absorbency (though not enough for naps or anything) and a pul layer that will help catch enough that you won’t have to change clothes every time your little doesn’t catch the start of a pee. Training underwear on the other hand, have a few extra layers of fabric in the crotch area, but they aren’t going to do much in the way of keeping pants dry.

I choose AppleCheeks Learning pants as my absolute favorite training pants out of the many I tried for a few reasons: they have the most absorbency (and you really need it in those first few months of training), they still fit like real underwear (unlike my second choice, Thirsties, which are just huge), they fit a bigger weight range, and they come in a ton of cute prints just like diapers. They also happened to be the ones my daughter enjoys wearing the most.

Though they are a premium priced training pant, they are worth every penny and if I had bought them exclusively, they probably would have paid for themselves in laundry savings from accidents.

Because AppleCheeks is a Canadian brand, it can be a little more difficult to find, but many cloth diaper retailers carry them because they are so awesome. Here’s a link to them at one of my recommended cloth diaper retailers, or you can search through our cloth diaper directory to find a cloth retailer near you.

Nighttime Training Pants or Bedwetting Pants

First Choice:
MotherEase Bedwetter Pant

Cloth training pants like AppleCheeks Learning Pants and the Thirsties Training Pants are not going to hold a full accident, and the definitely will not do much of anything for overnight if you’re kiddo isn’t yet getting signals from their body to wake up when they are wet, or need to go.

Until these signals develop, which for many take until at least age five, and many times later, bedwetting will be common, and a bedwetting pant will be your best bet to keep from changing sheets regularly, while also allowing your little one to change themselves if necessary.

Of the many night time solutions I tested, one stood out above all the rest, the MotherEase Bedwetting Pant. I’ve written a full and exhaustive review of it here, but in short, it’s the only bulletproof pant. It’s also the only bedwetting pant you don’t have to add inserts to, which makes how much it holds even more impressive. Even with my second choice, the Super Undies Nighttime Pants, you have to stuff so much in there that it’s gets too bunched and tight every time kiddo moves or pulls them down, that it a big pain in the butt. This one is easy, absorbent, and one-piece. Literally the only down-side to this bedwetter pant that I could muster up is the lack of prints and long dry-time, both of which don’t compare to how much less-frustrating they are than the other options.

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