Here it is: Our Top 5 Cloth Diaper Brands of 2020
When you first decide to give cloth diapers a go, there are so many questions to consider. How many do I need? How much can I expect to pay? How long will they fit my child? The list goes on and on, and it seems sometimes that the more you read, the more questions you have.
Often times it can take weeks or even months, and hundreds of dollars to find a diaper or a brand that really fits your child’s individual needs. To help you spend less time researching and more time deciding which prints will look best on your babies bum, we’ve compiled a list of our Top 5 Cloth Diaper Brands of 2020, broken down by versatility, longevity of use, leak-proof-ness, and, most importantly, value.
What makes a cloth diaper great?
The options available for cloth diapering can very quickly become overwhelming. Covers, pockets, all in ones, snap ins, prefolds, fitteds… the terminology can get complicated fast, and many of the systems are not interchangeable. For our Top 5, we considered the variety offered and the options available for that brand’s top product.
One of the main reasons people choose to use cloth is to save money. If you’re having to buy new diapers every few months as your child grows, it can significantly decrease the money-saving potential. For our Top 5, we looked for brands that carry diapers with a large weight range, designed to fit newborns all the way up to toddlers.
Do they leak?
No one wants a leaky diaper. No one. We considered reviews, construction, and fit in determining the leak-proof-ness of our Top 5 Cloth Diapers.
When it comes down to it, value is the most important aspect to consider when looking at Cloth Diapers. The price range is incredible, from only a couple of dollars to upwards of $50, so it’s important to find diapers that work well, look good, and come with a price tag that won’t put you into shock.
Bonus: Do they have cute prints?
C’mon, we’re all thinking it. They have to look cute! We considered the variety of prints and colors available from each brand when selecting our Top 5, because cute fluffy bum makes cloth diapering (and cloth diaper laundry) a million times more fun.
Top 5 Cloth Diaper Brands of 2020
If you’re looking for reasonably priced diapers with cute prints and multiple styles available, look no further. From newborn-specific diapers to stylish diaper covers to 100% organic cotton all-in-ones, BumGenius has it all.
With designs ranging from classic white to brightly colored geometric patterns (and everything in between), bumGenius diapers certainly demonstrate how amazing it is when form and function meet, and with a price point of between $14-20, they fall around the midpoint of our top 5 list.
Many bumGenius users reported quickly-relaxing elastics as the main con of using this brand, which can lead to leaks; fortunately, if you love everything else about bumGenius, this can be a pretty easy fix, either as a DIY project or with the help of a friend who can sew.
Favorite product: The bumGenius Freetime and the Flip diaper covers are my all-time favorites!
One of the first big names you will likely come across when researching diaper brands is GroVia, and there is a good reason for this. Like bumGenius, GroVia offers a tremendous range of products. However, they stand out in one very important area. Their O.N.E. diaper, featuring built in and snap-in absorbency (and, from my experience, there’s room to add a flat or prefold), is one of the most recommended choices for overnight use.
Because the inserts are snap-in, it can be bulked up or pared down for regular daytime or nighttime use. Grovia diapers are a little bit pricier, around $25 for a diaper with inserts, but by all accounts, they are well worth it.
Favorite product: Hybrid Soaker Shell. These are an easy on the go option, featuring different types of snap-in inserts.
If cute prints are your thing, check out Thirsties. From individual diapers to precious curated collections, these stylish diapers are cute enough to wear as pants (seriously- they are adorable). But Thirsties has much more to offer than cuteness. They offer newborn sizes all the way up to potty training pants, and their line-up is pretty impressive.
From their popular duo wrap to their all natural line, you are sure to find the right fit. They are a one-stop-shop, offering wet bags, pail liners, and other baby accessories and supplies as well. Coming in at an average of around $20 per dipe with fit ranges up to 40 lbs, it’s easy to see why Thirsties made the list.
Favorite product: Doublers and inserts. Whether you’re a fan of the diapers or not, Thirsties inserts and doublers are amazing. They are very high quality, high absorbency, and can be used with pretty much any diaper.
Along with GroVia, another big name you’re likely to come across is ALVABABY. Despite their popularity, these two brands couldn’t be more different. The main appeal of ALVA is the price- 6 diapers for around $40- but they also provide the cuteness and quality to back it up.
They seem to have endless patterns and colors, so if you’re looking for something specific, they are a great place to start. Their pocket diapers are the most popular (in newborn and one-size), but some sellers may have all in ones or covers from ALVA as well, although they are harder to find.
While some may complain about the quality, most people who use ALVAs claim to have no issues at all with quality, although some report that the PUL may break down over time. Fortunately, the price tag allows for reasonably priced replacements if needed.
Favorite product: Newborn pocket diapers! Just as cute as the one-size, and priced reasonably enough to make investing in them just for the newborn stage a bit easier.
Rounding out our Top 5 is a brand that is probably gaining popularity faster than anyone else in the industry right now. Mama Koala, known for limited prints and fast sell outs, offers incredibly affordable and seriously too cute sets (6 diapers for around $40).
With new releases practically every week, a large size range, and practically every theme of diaper you can imagine, it’s hard to go wrong with Mama Koala. Users say they fit chunky babies, leaner babies, small babies, even toddlers, despite only making diapers in one size. They also sell their popular inserts separately, making stocking up a cinch.
Favorite product: Any of their pocket diaper six packs. Seriously. They are great quality, and absolutely off-the-charts cute!
Thanks for checking out our list of the Top 5 Cloth Diaper Brands of 2020! We know everyone is different, so we would love to hear your opinion. Which diapers do you like best? What do you think of our top picks? Did we leave out your fave? Let us know in the comments below!