Favorite Cloth Diapers : Top 5 Affordable Cloth Diapers

If you’re new to cloth diapering, I know one of the first questions you may have is “what are your favorite cloth diapers?” What brand, where do you purchase them, and how many should I buy?

I wanted to share some insight on our favorite cloth diapers after two years and two babies.

We started out with a stash of 6 Charlie Banana Cloth Diapers and 18 Coqui Baby Cloth Diapers. I would recommend starting with 24 diapers total, and you should be able to wash every 2-3 days. While we liked the Charlie Bananas, our babies grow big and they grow fast, and the diapers just didn’t end up being a good fit for us. However, if your babies are on the smaller side, they may work great for you! We LOVED the Coqui Baby diapers (for the fit and the price) and they made up a majority of our stash, but after daily use with our son, the elastic failed on all of them within a year or less. So we set out to find a better option.

I liked the idea of a less expensive diaper, just in case we ended up needing to replace them again. A friend suggested Alva baby diapers, and after trying those and a few other less expensive brands, here are our

Top 5 Favorite Cloth Diapers:

favorite cloth diapers

1. AlvaBaby Cloth Diapers – These are often compared to BumGenius diapers for their fit at a fraction of the cost. Alva diapers have cute prints and have held up really nicely for us.
2. HappyEndingsTM “Night, Night” Cloth Diaper + 5 Layer Charcoal Bamboo Insert – Our favorite night-time diaper!
3. AngelicWare Cloth Diaper + 5 Layer Charcoal Bamboo Insert – These fit Nyah great starting from when she was just a few weeks old, and she is still wearing them. Love them for the leg gussets that prevent blow-outs!
4. LBB Cloth Diapers – Very similar fit and style to Alva diapers, and have also held up really well.
5. EcoAble Cloth Diapers – Great for younger babies as well, because of the leg gussets to catch the poo.

Favorite Cloth Diaper Essentials:

Burt’s Bees Baby 100% Natural Diaper Rash Ointment – I’ve tried several different cloth diaper friendly creams, and I haven’t found anything that works as well as Burt’s Bees!
Planet Wise Hanging Wet/Dry Bag – We have at least two of these wet/dry bags. One we keep in the kids room and one hangs on the back of our bathroom door for soiled diapers. The dry pocket is awesome for storing clean diapers if you need to take your diapers with you for the day.
Bumkins Cloth Diaper Sprayer – This is awesome for rinsing out your cloth diapers once your little ones are eating solids, and now that Liam is potty trained, it’s also great for rinsing out his little potty after he uses it.
GroVia Cloth Wipes – These are the softest wipes that hold up to lots of use. We make our own wipes with an easy solution of 1 cup water, 1 Tablespoon of baby soap, and 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil. Warm in microwave for 1 minute, and just pour over wipes.
Muchkin Wipe Warmer – We store our cloth wipes in this wipe warmer. The GroVia wipes fit easily folded in half, and the warmer helps keep them feeling warm and fresh.
Tide Powder – We use the Original Tide Powder for our cloth diaper laundry. We live in San Diego and have hard water, and it has always kept our diapers clean. I’ve never had any issues with stripping, etc.
Drying Rack – This laundry drying rack has been awesome for drying all of our cloth diapers & inserts! I would buy the same one in a heartbeat!

If you’re just starting out with cloth diapering, you might also be interested in our Easy 5-Step Routine for Washing Cloth Diapers.

I hope this was helpful. Please come back and share what your favorite cloth diapers are!

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