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Babble Best Cloth Diapers 2012: Top Picks for All-in-ones, Prefolds, and More

By caseymullins |

So you’re considering cloth diapers? Good for you! We promise they’re not as overwhelming as they seem, and once you find what works best for you and your family, you’ll wonder why you ever used disposables in the first place! If you plan on turning to cloth diapers full time, you’ll need a minimum of 12-18 diapers — plus a few overnight options. And although it’s a bigger initial investment than disposables, using cloth diapers will eventually pay off during your diapering years. Besides, any disposable diaper saved from a landfill is a win in our books.

And if you’re already a seasoned cloth diaper expert, we’ve updated last year’s list and found some great new options featuring a broad selection of prints, fabrics, materials, and styles that are sure to please your baby’s bum. Besides, we know that no one diaper is perfect for everyone, so if you’re still on the hunt for the best cloth diaper for your baby — look no further. From the best snap-in cloth diaper to the most stylish, we’ve rounded up our favorites. Check them out, after the jump!

NOTE: All diapers were tested on a chubby 11-month-old girl and a skinny 2-month-old boy, and some on a skinny 2-year-old toddler. Babble only tested diapers from companies that were able to send samples for testing.

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Babble Best Cloth Diapers 2012: All-in-ones, prefolds, and more

Best Overall | Rumparooz One Size Pocket Diapers | $23.50

Why we love it: These diapers are well made, the two inserts snap down to customize the fit and absorbency, and they snap to each other — eliminating any sliding or slipping inside the diaper. This feature made getting both inserts out at the same time a breeze!

We also loved this diaper’s dual inner gussets (something not found in any other diaper we tested), which kept in the leakiest of messes without any extra bulk. Each diaper comes with a two-piece microfiber insert, but hemp and bamboo inserts are available as well (we loved the bamboo!).

Fit: These diapers passed with flying colors on both our chubby heavy wetter and our skinny breastfed newborn (who has a tendency to poop all over himself). For the littlest of newborns, Rumparooz also offers an all-in-one, Lil Joey diaper, with a cord snap down and the same inner gussets for babies 4-12 pounds.

Get it from Kanga Care, $23.50 each (6-35 lbs.); $29.95 for a 2-pack of Lil Joeys (4-12 lbs.)

Did we miss a cloth diaper you love? Please nominate it in the comments!

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12 thoughts on “Babble Best Cloth Diapers 2012: Top Picks for All-in-ones, Prefolds, and More

  1. Michelle says:

    I thought this nappy was from TotsBots? Or at least that is the brand over here in Europe. Is it branded as Bummis in the US?

  2. krissy says:

    My very favorite is Fancy Pants Cloth Diapers. They are a pocket diaper from a small company. Super cute designs, wonderful fit, great customer service, and half to a third of the price of some name brands.

  3. Kaylie says:

    Softbums Omni!

  4. michellehorton says:

    @Michelle: It’s technically Bummis TotsBots bc Bummis is the US distributor.

    And one of my faves is the bumGenius Elementals — the organic cotton is super absorbent. And the Grovia AIO is one of my favorites too. :)

  5. Lesley says:

    Yay for GroVias!

  6. Joanne says:

    I really like my kawaii bamboo minky diapers. I bought them to replace my BumGenius. Super good price, $9 ea in bundle of 15 and free shipping from TheLuvYourBaby.com.

  7. clara says:

    Sunbabies & kawaii are both way cheaper than any of these & super cute!

  8. lea says:

    Best Overall is Rumparooz? Really? Rumparooz is great if you like low-rise diapers. Charlie Banana is great until you hit about 11 months and then they get too small and start to leak. And G-diapers are horrible, They are the insult to the cloth diaper community and they are gross. What about Thirsties? The best diaper that grows with your child. Plus, you don’t have to touch them when they are wet or take the insert out. Just throw them in the washer as is. Bottom Bumpers are nice, but they are pricey and will leak as the baby get bigger. There are others diapers too that are affordable and just as good as some of these diapers.

  9. @sweetbabboo says:

    @Lea, I’m gonna have to disagree. I’m currently cloth diapering my 2nd baby (3mo) and cloth diapered my elder from 1 week old until potty trained at 2.75. I have used FuzziBunz one-size pockets, BumG one-size pockets, Rumparooz one-size pockets, Thirsties wraps w/ prefolds, and gDiapers w/ prefolds. My absolute favorite and my husband’s favorite are, by far, our gDiapers. The snap-in liner has always kept everything in. We’ve never had a blow-out when using g’s. Granted they are not the cheapest wrap out there but they are holding up fantastic entering their third year of use (and I don’t even have a large amount – 6 to 8 in each size). Why do I love g’s so much? Besides their incredible ability to contain everything, I can use prefolds and *never* suffer the water repellent issues we have with all the fancy microfiber ones. G’s have just been so hassle-free. My husband refuses to use any of our AIO’s or pockets because he knows he’ll just have a big mess to clean up when our daughter wets.

    -Abby

  10. Nathalie Carol says:

    MoDia one-size pocket diapers are terrific! They are a Lansing, MI based company and also sell their diapers online. They work great and they are adorable! http://modiadiapers.com/

  11. Melissa says:

    I LOVE my gDiapers! I had 2 or 3 leaks at first because I didn’t know how to use them but now that I know how they never leak! They are the best cloth diapering option for my family. I am so happy and pleased to have found these. I know they seem expensive but you don’t have to buy a ton of them in each size. You can honestly get away with 4-6 covers. As long as you take care of them they hold up really well, I actually like the fact that they are sized. Once they grow out of one size they still look new and never really get the chance to get worn out. Also, I thought the velcro in the back yould be hard to get used to but it really hasn’t at all. Maybe the first one was awkward but now its awkward to change a babies diaper with closures in the front.

  12. allie says:

    I agree with the above statements on gDiapers! My husband and I received the gDiapers from my sister who has a daughter (she kept the pink ones) but sent us the other sizes our son got bigger. My husband and I were skeptical at first if we would use them and since they were given to us thought “well if they don’t work out then we won’t be out any money”. Wow… am I glad we decided to stick with them. They have been a fantastic investment for our family. I’m a working mom and was able to show my babysitter how to use them and she has been using them ever since he was 4 months. She stated that she wished she had known about them when her 3 year old and 2 year old where babies.

    The diapers are gender neutral. What i love about the diapers are that the more you wash the inserts (part where the baby pees and poos) the more absorbent the diaper becomes. We use All’s Free and Clear detergent and helps from detergent getting stuck in the insert and keeps them super absorbent.

    If there ever was a problem, you just contact the company and they are quick to get back to you. Our diaper pail bag ripped and so I contacted them. They emailed me back within 2 days and asked us to help them out with a trial run on a new diaper pail bag they sent. We did a trial run on their diaper pail bag that they were experimenting on and after the trial, they sent us a $15 Amazon code to buy what we wanted. I do alot of research (personally and professional) on things that i buy and gDiaper has been amazing.

    Once you go to cloth diapers, you will never go back to disposables. They are money saving and environ. friendly. You can even find them second hand if you are really trying to save some money (we are very conservative with our money). Hope this helps!
    Allie

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