One of the many decisions you need to make when choosing cloth diapers is what kind of material you want to use.

Cloth Diaper materials can be split into two basic groups: natural and synthetic fibers.


Common synthetic cloth diaper fabrics are:

Microfiber- Usually made from polyester, this fabric is THE MOST common material for pocket diapers. It cannot be used directly against the skin because of the way it wicks moisture, it will also wick away natural oils on the skin and cause dryness and burns.

Charcoal Bamboo- This is often sold as "an upgrade" with pocket diapers, also. It is just another form of polyester microfiber, wrapped in dyed rayon microfleece, which makes them safe to use directly against the skin.

Pros of synthetic fibers:
  • Require no prepping- wash once, and wear
  • Dry quickly
  • Cheap
  • Fast absorbing

Cons of synthetic fibers: 
  • Prone to compression leaks
  • Limited absorbency
  • More finicky to wash, prone to stink issues over time

 

Common natural cloth diaper fabrics are:

Cotton- Cotton is a common material for flats, prefolds, fitteds, all-in-ones, and boosters. It can be found in organic, conventional, bleached, and unbleached options.

Hemp- Hemp is commonly used in flats, prefolds, fitteds, all-in-ones, and boosters, also. It is always blended with cotton, due to it's stiffness as a stand-alone textile, and it's slow absorbency. It is super absorbent.

Wool- Wool is a lesser-known cloth diaper fabric. It's most commonly made into diaper covers or pants, due to it's extremely absorbent properties. The care of wool can be daunting to some, since it can (usually) only be hand-washed. It is the only truly antimicrobial fiber available.

Pros of natural fibers:
  • Ultra-absorbent
  • Safe for babies with sensitivities to synthetics
  • Easy to wash
  • Trim
Cons of natural fibers:
  • More expensive
  • Slower to dry
  • Require "prepping"- multiple washes to reach full absorbency
  • More prone to staining

The deal with bamboo:

So, bamboo didn't make it unto either list. That is because it doesn't fall unto either list.
Bamboo, as a whole, does not make a very good textile. It needs to go through extreme processing to be used as a textile, which makes it rayon, a synthetic fiber.
Any cloth diaper you see marketed as "bamboo" is actually bamboo rayon.

It is always blended with another fiber, usually cotton, which is why it takes on some of the properties of natural fibers, but still remains partially synthetic.
It is a hybrid textile.

You can read more about the Federal Trade Commission's statement on "bamboo" textiles here.

Bamboo rayon is used in prefolds, flats, fitteds, and all-in-one diapers.

Pros of bamboo:
  • Ultra-absorbent
  • Soft (depending on amount of processing and how it's blended)
  • Requires no prepping, like synthetic fibers
  • Easy to clean, like natural fibers

Cons of bamboo:
  • Can be unpredictable as a fabric and shrink and warp
  • More expensive than synthetic fibers and cotton
  • Takes longer to dry



Each textile comes with it's own set of pros and cons.

As you know, I am always team natural fibers- specifically cotton.
I love how easily it cleans, the absorbency, the softness of it, and that it has a faster dry time than blended hemp.

It all comes down to personal preference, and which benefits you value most, and what works best for your own baby.

Most brands give you an option for a few different material types, so you can choose which you would like.
I hope this helps!
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It almost feels ironic to write this review at this time, seeing as one of my latest, and most popular post to date, was all about why I QUIT using pocket diapers.

But, I've heard amazing things about the Thirsties OG pocket, and now that they released a NATURAL pocket diaper, I HAD to try it to share with everyone.

This post is sponsored by one of my favorite cloth diaper retailers, Diaper Junction.

Diaper Junction is a family-run, online retailer, based out of Virginia.
They offer up amazing customer service, a 30 Day Test Drive Program for cloth diapers- AND give 10% back in reward points, with FREE SHIPPING on all US orders.

The Thirsties Natural Pocket Diaper was released on July 5, 2018.


Features:
The Thirsties natural pocket is a one-size diaper, with an organic cotton lining.
It comes with two organic inserts- an cotton/hemp blend, and a 100% cotton booster, to customize absorbency.
It has double-openings to allow the insert to be agitated out in the wash (and to make stuffing the pocket easier).
It is available in both hook & loop and snap closure options, and comes with Thirsties' signature leg gussets.
This diaper fits from approximately 8-40 pounds, according to Thirsties.


It retails in at $23.25

What I Like:
If you know me at all, you know natural fibers are my go-to for cloth diapers. Organic is always a bonus. Natural fibers have so many advantages- from cleaning more easily, to being ultra-absorbent, and more trim than synthetic counterparts.
The inner cotton lining of this diaper is so soft and thick. It just feels like the Thirsties signature high quality.
The super-trim cotton/hemp insert alone got us through naptime.
I'm always amazed at how much hemp can hold, with how thin the insert is.

And with how large the openings are, the inserts DO agitate out in the wash with no issues. I would even trust a bulkier insert, like a flat to come out.
Remember this was my biggest complaint about pocket diapers in general.

I think the price point is right on. It is more expensive than most pocket diapers- but most pocket diapers don't bring you wonderful natural fibers, or the absorbency of this diaper.

What I Don't Like:
Not that I am surprised, after our experience with size 2 Duo Wraps, but this diaper fits big. Really big.
So much so, that I am really skeptical how it could ever fit on an 8, or even 12- pound baby.
My youngest is still on the lowest rise setting, as a runty toddler.

On my 22-lb 20-month old:
There's no doubt that this diaper would make it the 40 lb limit (my almost 30-lb toddler is still on the middle rise). It's a great pocket for bigger kiddos especially.

Then there's my common complaint about all hemp in general- the dry time is not my favorite. But that is the trade you get for the absorbency.
It actually did fully dry after an afternoon on the clothesline, so it really is not bad.

Overall:
This is an amazing contribution to cloth diaper community! One of the biggest issues I have about pocket diapers in general is that you are usually dished with a microfiber insert, whether you like it or not.
This diaper is absorbent, soft, and easy to use for caregivers and newbies.

Buy It:
Purchase it at Diaper Junction (with free shipping) to try it out for yourself!

Questions on anything I didn't cover? Comment below, or message me on Instagram!

Click here to see my other cloth diaper reviews!
To be honest, stripping diapers is not something I would consider myself and expert in, at all.

For good reason.

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Stripping cloth diapers is extremely harsh on diaper components (and time consuming, and annoying, and really wasteful of water), and should only be done in necessary circumstances.
 
With a good wash routine, you should never have to strip your diapers.

I think I stripped diapers once, shortly after beginning, when I realized the "cloth diaper detergent" I was using was not actually cleaning them.

Since using real detergent, properly softening my water, and having a solid wash routine, I have not had any need to strip diapers in the last two and a half years.
Psst... wondering HOW to properly wash diapers?

Being that I am not super experienced in it, I still wanted to lend my advice.

I have been asked a few times A LOT, because the topic of stripping diapers is something that is still obsessed over in parts of the cloth community.

It goes hand-in-hand with the myths of old, and unfortunately, there is some ca-razy information out there when it comes to stripping diapers.

I wanted to clear out some of those crazies right here:

1.  Dawn (or any dish soap) should stay out of your washing machine. It is an extremely effective de-greaser, which can break down the working components of your washing machine. It is also full of sudsing agents that can make a disastrous mess of your laundry room. It is great to use to spot treat grease (like "unsafe" diaper creams), but should be rinsed off before going into the machine. Other than spot treating (or washing by hand, I suppose), it should stay in the kitchen.

AND FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS THAT KEEP YOU SAFE, DON'T MIX IT WITH BLEACH.

2. You cannot strip diapers in a dishwasher. That's insane. That too, should be used strictly for dishes.

3. Just stop mixing things with bleach. It shouldn't be used with anything but laundry detergent, AND, more importantly, most of these concoctions aren't even stripping diapers. They're just doing some kind of crazy disinfection, but putting your health and safety at risk by using something beyond just bleach.


What does it mean to strip diapers?

Stripping diapers removes buildup on diapers from insufficient washing, like washing in untreated hard water or from using soap (vs detergent).

Soap doesn't wash away in machines (it needs more agitation, which you could only get from hand washing), so it slowly coats up on the fabric.
 Just the same, if you do not properly soften your hard water, the minerals will build up on the fabric.
Both will prevent the diapers from being properly cleaned, trap bacteria, and cause stink issues.


When should you strip?

As I have mentioned in a few other posts, STINK ISSUES DO NOT CALL FOR AN AUTOMATIC STRIP.

Most stink issues can be resolved by a few back-to-back washes with proper detergent, then tweaking your wash routine.

Generally, at most, a bleach wash may be needed to disinfect and kill the trapped bacteria, then tweaks to your wash routine to ensure it doesn't happen again.

IF you have been washing in untreated hard water, or with soap or fabric softener, and THEN you are having stink issues, and/or your diapers are repelling liquid, that is when you know you need to strip.


How to strip diapers

Always start with clean diapers. Only absorbent parts can obtain buildup, so leave covers and other non-absorbent diaper components out.

Stripping diapers can be kept extremely simple with these methods (choose one):

1. RLR- This product is specifically made for treating buildup on laundry (up to three packets may be used).

2. Grovia Mighty Bubbles- A laundry treatment from Grovia (up to three pods may be used).

3. Water Softeners- The mighty trio: Calgon, borax, and washing soda are all water softeners that help break down minerals in hard water. Use a couple tablespoons of each, if you have them all.

Mix one of the above choices with hot water in your machine (or bathtub, if you have an HE machine), and soak diapers for a couple hours.

Run through a hot, water-only wash .

Follow up with a bleach wash (1/2 cup of bleach added to the load) to kill any bacteria that was trapped from the buildup.

Wash again with hot water only.

Then change your wash routine so you never have to do this again.


We're seeing the beginning of summer cloth diaper prints being released, and are they good this year!!

As you know, when it comes to limited edition prints, they can sell out fast.
There's nothing worse than finding out about a print release too late, and then having to wait it out on the BST.

So check back here to stay in the know about all the cloth diaper releases, from all the major brands!
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Cloth Diaper Companies: If you have a new or upcoming diaper release this month, please feel free to contact me so I can get it added!

This posting will be updated throughout the month, as new prints are revealed and released.
All photos are click-able.

June 1 - 9
Cotton Babies' Lochy Ducky- Exclusively through Cotton Babies June Cloth Diaper Collectors Club

June 1:
Thirsties' Palm Paradise and Tortuga- Available through participating Thirsties retailers for a limited time

Buttons Diaper's Shortcake- Available through participating Buttons retailers for a limited time

June 4:
Lalabye Baby's Lily Bee- Available through participating Lalabye Baby retailers for a limited time


Mother ease Watermelon, Pink Flamingo, Sail Away, and Sea Turtles swim diapers- available through Mother ease
Bambino Mio Rainforest Collection- Available at participating retailers

June 7:
Lighthouse Kid's Company Funfetti and Red, White and Bloom- Exclusively through Green Path Baby for a limited time


June 8:
Thirsties' Good Fortune- Exclusively through Spray Pal for a limited time





Week of June 10-16
June 13, 10 AM CST:
Best Bottom + Planet Wise Grand Finale- Exclusively through Nicki's Diapers for a limited time


June 14

10 AM EDT:
Smart Bottoms' Independence Adventure- Exclusively through Lil' Tulip's for a limited time


10AM CST:
Lighthouse Kids Company's Beach Garden, Bug's Life, and Dream Weaver- Exclusively through Nicki's Diaper's for a limited time




June 15. 12 PM EDT:
Buttons' Cosmos- Exclusively through Diaper Junction for a limited time


Week of June 17- 23
June 18
10 AM CST:
Nicki's Diapers' Brainfreeze- New regular-lineup for Nicki's Diapers
12 PM CST:
Smart Bottoms Far Travels- Available exclusively through Abby's Lane for a limited time


BumGenius Playball! Series- Now available from Cotton Babies. This series comes with an interesting ordering process, so check it out!


June 19, 11 PM CST:
Smart Bottoms' Incognito- Available through participating Smart Bottoms retailers for a limited time

June 20, 10 AM CST:
Imagine and Planet Wise Palm Beach- Available at participating retailers

June 21, 9 PM CST
Lalabye Baby Sarchi- Re-releasing at participating retailers for a limited time

June 22
2 PM CST:
Buttons Diapers Antsy Pants- Available at participating retailers for a limited time




3 PM CST:
Lighthouse Kid's Company Violet's Garden- Available exclusively at Abby's Lane for limited time