Babble Best Picks:
Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers aren't always the most convenient or cheapest option, but it's a choice that's healthy for your baby and the planet. Plus, they've come a long way! Today you can find highly absorbent, easy-to-fit cloth diapers that are used exactly like disposables - only you throw them in the wash instead of the garbage. Plus, it's not an all-or-nothing decision. You can use hybrid options (which are biodegradable but disposable), or supplement your cloth diapers with disposables.

Yet all of these advances have given cloth-using parents one problem: too many diapers to choose from! Luckily, we tested 17 of the most popular cloth diapers - from prefolds to all-in-ones - to find the best of the best. Did we forget one? Nominate your favorite here.

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Best Cloth Diapers: GroVia



If you’re bummed you can’t find Gro Baby on the shelves anymore, rest assured the popular cloth diapers have transformed into the new and improved GroVia diaper system – and they’ve added even more convenience to their design. (Our toddler tester used Gro Baby as an infant, so we’ve experienced both systems.)

While you can still find GroVia shells that fit the standard Gro Baby snap-in inserts, they’ve added a one-size, All-in-One (AIO) design to their lineup, which means the super soft organic cotton insert is sewn right to the shell. No snapping, stuffing, or matching up loose inserts. So if you’re into the traditional AIOs, GroVia has a few advantages: For one, these diapers are the fastest-drying AIOs we’ve tried, which can actually make quite a difference for exclusive CD users. Plus, these are the least bulky and easiest to fit. They also performed exceptionally well in our leak tests for both infants and toddlers – even overnight – and can be used from 10 to 35 pounds.

One possible downside is that they do seem a bit smaller than other cloth diapers, so they don’t rise quite as high. Our toddler tester is a smaller-than-average 2 year old, so he doesn’t have a problem at all. But for bigger babies and toddlers, you might want to try one or two before committing to a daily supply. If you’re concerned about the fit, check out the bumGenius Elemental One-Size Artist Series – which was our second favorite AIO. And don’t forget about the Bummis Tots Bots Easy Fit (our #1 pick), which basically functions like an AIO.

Get it from GroVia, $21.95 per AIO diaper. You can also buy AI2 snap-in diapers for $24.95

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12 thoughts on “Babble Best Cloth Diapers 2011

  1. Katie Capps Helton says:

    AppleCheeks has elastic in front and is not further restricted by anything else like the BumEssentials are. The velcro straps on the BEs totally negates the wonderful movement the elastic would provide.

  2. Monica Kwiatek Wideman says:

    Interesting for those of us who CD

  3. Amanda Vrieze says:

    FYI-for those out there that are looking into CD’ing

  4. Lalla Crowe says:

    they seem as good (maybe better, i havent tried them yet) as the ones i use (baby beehinds and cushie tushies) but the bum essentials just dont look as good. sorry guys, thats why i didnt vote for them. call me vain, but i like my lil girl to have cute things on her tush as long as they work as well as they look :/

  5. Debbie Richer says:

    I’m cheap and lazy, so I like prefolds (Green Mountain Diapers tbs) and covers. Most other stuff is just too expensive to be used as poo catchers :P . And as far as easiest to wash, prefolds and flats are so much easier to wash than any AIO, pocket or hybrid of the two. Especially if you use some sort of liner.

  6. Debbie Richer says:

    In addition, you can’t beat the custom fit offered by prefolds (well, flats offer more customization, but like I said, I’m cheap but also lazy).

  7. Kaitlan Phelps says:

    as a shop owner with cloth diaper also remember that is is about the individual baby. I try and tell my mom’s not to get to caught up in the hype of one diaper vs. another and just use what works best for their baby. I think the FB OS work great for skinny legs too. Also, I am super excited about the Best Bottoms Diaper System and a New Brand Baby Chai by Lucky Jade…yummy bamboo!

  8. shawna of styleberryBLOG says:

    Love that you posted this! I am a huge fan of the FuzziBunz One Size. If any of you are looking for a one-stop read to learn how the heck to get started, this covers it all!

  9. porscha25 says:

    Have you tried out Best Bottom Diapers? Where would they rate compared to the Bummis Diaper?

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  11. Kaed says:

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  12. Kaed says:

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