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Preemie to Toddler: 17 of the Best Cloth Diapers Around

By Diana Stone |

Charlie Banana diaper.

Cloth diapers. Is there anything else out there that causes such a frenzy to purchase something your child makes a giant mess in – usually within minutes?

And yet, how I love them. We’ve used them for 2 1/2 years now with Bella, and before that I cloth diapered a few of the children I worked with as a nanny. I remember being pregnant and spending HOURS looking for the right ones – trying to figure out which would fit my yet unborn daughter and what if I bought the wrong ones?

Side note: buying a few different kinds and trying them for a while eliminates this problem.

So 30 months later I’m here to tell you which are my faves; which I’ve had friends swear up and down by, and which one I’d consider giving up my right arm for. Preemie to potty training, my husband’s favorites, doing cloth on a budget, and ones that lasted far beyond what I expected – they’re all here.

And as I’m always looking for new ones to try (especially when the boys get here and we have a double dose of cloth), feel free to leave your must have’s in the comments below.

Visit my How to Cloth Diaper page for tips on travel, wash, wipes, and getting started.

Photo credit above: Charlie Banana Diapers

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17 of the Best Cloth Diapers from Preemie to Toddler

GroVia® Newborn AIO

Be still my heart. Fitting from 5-12ish lbs, these are cotton with a TPU outside. And quite honestly, my favorite brand of diaper. They come in all sorts of cute patterns. Easy wash and wear, they really do need to be line dried because of the elastic.
Photo credit and to buy: Natural Baby Co.

What are your favorite cloth diapers?


Diana blogs on more on raising a toddler daughter, a surprise twin pregnancy, being an Army wife, and her crazy life on the aptly named Hormonal Imbalances.

Smaller glimpses into her day are on Twitter as @lifeasaSAHM and Facebook.

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18 thoughts on “Preemie to Toddler: 17 of the Best Cloth Diapers Around

  1. Anna S. says:

    This is very helpful, as I’m trying to figure out right now which cloth diapers to use for my baby (due July). I’m looking forward to reading the comments to see other favorites that people have….I’m also wondering if there are some cloth diapers that people would recommend to avoid.

    1. Diana says:

      @Anna – To be honest, I’ve never come across any that I hated, just ones that didn’t work as well on Bella for her size or age or something like that. Often though, someone else with a chubbier/taller/older child loved them! But I’ll be interested to see if anyone puts any they didn’t like.

  2. Steve says:

    My wife and I just ordered a bunch of GreenMountain diapers. Some newborn prefolds, and workhorse fitteds. Along with some doublers, cloth wipes, thirsties covers, and BumGenius Flip covers. Prepping for our little girl who is due in July! Great list you put together!

    1. Diana says:

      @Steve – Green Mountain has the BEST customer service around. I was so impressed with their personal products too, ones they made themselves. High quality diapers.

  3. Jennifer Gaytan says:

    I am new to the CD scene. I have a friend though that told me about Booty Buns.
    Wondering if you have heard of them?
    For every Booty Bun Shannon Carrillo sells, she gives one away to charity. She gives to children who have a debilitating disease or disability. Such a worthy cause! Not only will you cover your babe’s bun with a diaper that has been well thought out and researched but you also give to charity at the same time. I LOVE IT!
    Check out her site, blog and FB page. Shannon is easy to reach if you ever have any concerns or questions.

  4. Kclarke5 says:

    I love my Fuzzi Buns diapers! I’ve been using mostly sized but picked up a few one sizes recently and love them. Was thinking about grabbing some Charlie Banana one sizes as well.

  5. For daytime, we strictly use Oh Katy and Charlie Banana one sizes. We LOVE them! For nighttime, we only use AppleCheeks. They’re the only diapers that don’t leak with our heavy wetters who sleep on their tummies.

  6. Krista says:

    I love Birdseye flats and soft bums omni and echo. Truly the best one size diaper around they fit my newborn just as well as my 32 month old.
    I use flats inside them and only use 1-2 softbums a day.

  7. Jessica says:

    Check out Boogie Bear Creations on Facebook! I’m a Charlie banana fan but now love the quality craftsmanship of these custom made in Vermont beautiful cloth diapers :)

  8. mary@bestclothdiapers says:

    I agree with Anna, I think Thirsties were the most popular with me but I used a few brands for my three girls

  9. Alexia @ Babies & Bacon says:

    Great list Diana!! We are currently loving our Kissaluv fitted and Rumparooz newborn covers for the newbie and its strictly GroVia AI2′s and AIO’s for the toddler. But I’m drooling over that GoodMama diaper! Swoon indeed!

  10. Cassie says:

    We have tried all in ones and a few you have on the list, but i either took them back or gave them away once we tried G diapers. Me and my husband both love them. You have to go on the site to really know what im talking about, but basically there is a plastic hammock inside that hold the insert in place, but we use prefolds folded into them for extra wet protection. They work for night time and day time and we have never had an issue. Two in pack at Babies R Us are $28, and then the prefolds we use are gerber, ten in a pack for $12 at Walmart. My boys seem to love them also, and they are less bulky then all in ones.! (theyre a little more pricey online then in babies r us)

  11. Heather says:

    This is a good list, BUT you didn’t include any WAHM’s! cozy Fluff is by far the best for custom unique diapers, I really love rumparoozs and snap bum genius 4.0 I have been very in happy with the Velcro one.

  12. Kristina Gutierrez says:

    This is something o never thought of, using cloth diapers. I think of cloth diapers and think of the old school kind. What made you decide to cloth diaperinstead of disposable? what is the cost savings between the two, is it cheaper to cloth diaper? And where do you get all the cloth disposing stuff? Im not pregnant right now, going to start trying around this time next year. But im doing all my research now so im prepared and ready :)

  13. Tarah says:

    Softbums is all I use! I love the true one size without the snap down front. Both the echo and omni are amazing. Nothing else makes sense to me after discovering softbums. Invented by a WAHM. Check them out and enjoy!

  14. Amber says:

    We did BumGenius (the ones that change in size with your kid). LOVED them.

  15. bethanne says:

    LOVE this! I cannot wait to cloth my next baby from birth (we started with Harrison when he was roughly 6 months old). FuzziBunz are my favorite, but I LOVED Rumparooz when he was smaller & didn’t need the higher rise.

  16. meghan says:

    My favorite covers are GEN-Y and Blueberry. My kids have skinny legs and bad reflux, so I need leg gussets and stretchy waists. If I could afford all GEN-Y dipes, I would. They are so amazing and have swoon-worthy cuteness.

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