Cloth diaper, cotton diaper

We know cloth diapers or cotton diapers from the 20th century, but nowadays they are making a comeback. It offers many advantages such as high cost savings, earlier potty training of the baby, anti-allergic and, above all, very cozy with all those diapers on the washing line. Moreover, it is extremely good for the environment. Still, some parents find the journey to cloth diapers a bit difficult. For example, how do you deal with a safety pin and how many diapers do you need?

The cloth or cotton diaper

Cloth or cloth diapers used to be very common. Every baby was raised with it. Animal skins were used for the cloth diapers and later pieces of cloth. The real cloth diaper had come into use from the beginning of the 20th century. The first disposable diaper came into use around the year 1960. Nevertheless, the cloth diaper was still used for many years. It wasn’t until the end of the 20th century that the disposable diaper completely replaced the cloth diaper.
However, this did not last long. At the beginning of the 21st century, parents longed for the cotton or cloth diaper again. And not entirely unjustified, because in addition to the disadvantages, the cloth diaper also offers many advantages:


  • Many of them have to be purchased at once
  • The standard color of the cheap diapers is white, less attractive
  • They need to be washed out a lot: extra work
  • Some parents find working with a safety pin scary



  • It is better for the environment
  • Babies with cloth diapers are more likely to be toilet trained because they can feel the wetness themselves
  • One-off purchase costs, no more after that
  • Nowadays also available in cheerful colours
  • Washable diapers are available with press studs: no more using a safety pin
  • Reusable for the next baby: more cost savings


The cloth diaper

The ideal cloth diaper is made of cotton, which absorbs a lot of moisture. The old-fashioned diaper is a large square cloth that is folded in a certain way. It is also called the pike diaper. The hydrophilic diaper is normally used as a drying cloth for the baby, but can also be used as a diaper in an emergency. Folding the diaper has different methods. The kite is most commonly used, but the triangle is still popular and above all very easy. The triangle method is especially easy to learn for grandparents or babysitters. The cloth diaper is folded once in half into a triangle. The triangle is placed with the point downwards. The baby is placed in the middle of the triangle with the point extending between the legs. Then all three points are brought together at the level of the navel using a safety pin.

Diaper pants and insert

A cloth diaper alone is not always practical: it leaks quickly and with feces in it it becomes difficult to clean. Special inserts collect the feces. The insert can be easily thrown away, so the diaper does not have to be scraped clean first. Plastic pants prevent the baby from getting wet pants or the bedding from getting wet when the diaper is full and wet. Plastic pants can start to heat up sooner. It is therefore preferable not to use this continuously.


Place the baby on a mat with raised sides to prevent falls. The diaper is loosened and the safety pin removed. The buttocks are wiped with a clean tip of the diaper. Any insert is thrown away in a bucket and the diaper in a diaper pail, both of which are ready. The buttocks are washed with some lukewarm water (if desired). This removes urine residue. This prevents diaper rash. Avoid using soap unless absolutely necessary. Place the baby on the diaper and use an ointment if necessary. Fold the diaper and secure it with the safety pin. Always place one hand under the pin to avoid poking the baby’s skin. The pin closure starts on the outside of the diaper, so not against the skin. If necessary, use diaper pants.
Always use large safety pins with double shackles. The head of the pin can be slid downwards, making it less likely to open. The dirty diapers can be put in the soak and are preferably washed at a minimum of 60 degrees. It is better not to use fabric softener to prevent allergic reactions. The diapers can be put in the dryer, but to save costs they can also be put on the washing line. They dry fairly quickly. Ironing the diapers is sometimes necessary. It is recommended to have approximately 20 cloth diapers in stock and an average of 4 to 6 plastic pants. Inserts for cloth diapers are available at the drugstore. Safety pins can be purchased at the baby store or drugstore.

Colored diapers with press studs

Convenience serves man, and in response to the old-fashioned cloth diapers, there are the cloth washable diapers. These basically work the same as the regular cotton diaper, with the difference that they are available in different colors and have press studs. No more hassle with safety pins. The disadvantage is that the diapers are much more expensive to purchase than regular cloth diapers. Moreover, they are available in different sizes, which means that multiple sizes often have to be purchased.

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