Although the initial outlay can be slightly higher ― at around $25 to $30 per piece (and you’ll probably need around 10 pieces at a time) ― the eventual savings are pretty epic. Forbes estimates that you’ll be saving US$1,000 ($1,327) to US$1,200 when you use cloth diapers instead of disposables during your child’s diapering years.
Of course, there are other factors to consider ― some mothers simply prefer the convenience of disposables, while others find it overwhelming to wash so many diapers a day.
For mums like Jessica Lee, using both reusable diapers and disposables gives her the right balance. “We use cloth most of the time ― I’ve got around six or seven pieces ― but when we go out, or if we travel, then we use disposables. I find that I don’t have to buy that many disposables, but I get the convenience when we’re out.”
So, if you’re thinking about switching or starting on cloth, we’ve rounded up some labels for your perusal. Scroll through the photo gallery to see them all!
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Charlie Banana 2-in-1 reusable diapering system (One size)
PRICE $149/Set of six FROM Mothercare WHAT These one-size diapers are a great alternative to disposable diapers. Highly absorbent and soft, they are suitable for both daily and overnight use. Elastic straps and fasteners on the diaper allow the diaper to grow with your little one. The diapers feature a pocket for slipping in absorbent inserts. Each set of diaper covers (six) that are suitable for both girls and boys ― boasting various designs ― come with 12 inserts.. PARENTS SAY These not only look so adorable, they last many, many washes! “I bought two sets of six, and these 12 diapers have seen both my children from the time they were born, till they were toilet trained at 3 years old,” says Genevieve Chan. “I must have saved thousands of dollars in disposable diapers.” Also, the disposable inserts and flushable nappy liners are extremely convenient for travel. It’s a bit pricier than other brands, but you can be assured about its quality.
Baby Leaf One Size Pocket Cloth Diaper
PRICE $24.90 each FROM Redmart WHAT Every Baby Leaf diaper, which has two three-layer microfibre inserts, can fit babies from birth till age 3. The snap buttons let you adjust the diaper for the perfect fit on bubba, while the waterproof outer layer prevents leakage. The micro-fleece inner layer keeps your baby comfortable and dry. PARENTS SAY These value-for-money reusable diapers are snug and comfortable on your baby. Says, Jessica Lee, mum to Jervon, 1, “I bought a variety of brands to try, and Baby Leaf is reliable at a reasonable price. However, there are a lot of snap buttons, which can be quite confusing for first-time mums.”
Kanga Care x tokidoki Rumparooz G2 Cloth Diaper
PRICE $35.90 each FROM Pupsik Studio WHAT Think again if you believe that cloth diapers only have boring prints. Fans of todidoki designs will love this reusable diaper, which offers four diaper sizes in one diaper, and fits newborns till they are potty trained. It comes with a Rumparooz 6R Soaker, a pair of inserts. One is a contoured newborn insert with two snaps, the other a one-size insert with various snap settings. You can use these inserts in various combinations, depending on your baby’s age and gender. PARENTS SAY Mums who use this brand love the thickness and absorbency. This eco-friendly diaper is also less harsh on baby’s skin, so it’s great for little ones who are prone to diaper rash. However, it’s slightly pricier than other brands.
PRICE $7.00 each FROM Lazada WHAT Adjust this diaper to your desired size by snapping the different rows of buttons together. While it’s waterproof, it also allows your baby’s bottom to breathe, so it’s great for sensitive skin. It comes with one insert and is available in nine colours. Suitable for babies from 3 months to 15 kg. PARENTS SAY “I bought this initially because it was so cheap, just to see how I could adapt to using cloth diapers. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was. For the price, there were some leakage accidents, but you can get those even with disposable diapers anyway,” says Lerine Ng, mum to Vincent, 6 months.
Bambino Mio Solo All-In-One Cloth Diaper One size 4kg+
PRICE $35.91 FROM Agape Babies WHAT Simple and stylish, this diaper is made of super-soft fabric that will ensure that your baby stays comfortable and dry. Suitable from for babies from 4 months, adjust the nappy size with the adjustable poppers and hook-and-loop fastenings to suit your baby’s shape. A pull-out tab system makes removing the insert really easy. PARENTS SAY It’s available in numerous cute and unique prints ― we like this bumble bee print! Ng says, “I liked this one the best because of the stretchy outer fabric ― it hugs my baby’s bum nicely and prevents leaks.”
Moo Moo Kow One Size Snap Cloth Diaper
PRICE $24 each FROM Pupsik Studio WHAT This Singapore cloth diaper brand has four size adjustments to fit your baby. Soft elastic gathers contain leaks, while the soft inner suede cloth and durable waterproof, breathable fabric keeps baby's skin dry. Available in five colours, the soft and stretchy diaper can fit babies from 3kg to 18kg. One of the most popular brands on the market, each cloth diaper comes with two stay-dry inserts. All Moo Moo Kow cloth diapers come with one-year local warranty. We’re impressed! PARENTS SAY Mum of two Hilda Tan has been using them for 3 years, “They are reliable and reasonably priced, and I especially love the cow print. Plus, I like to buy local!”
GroVia Cloth All-In-Ones
PRICE $24.90 FROM Baby Online WHAT Made of organic cotton, these diapers are super-soft and absorbent and features water-resistant TPU in the outer cover. With stretchy tabs for a perfect fit, the cotton inner soaker is sewn together, so you won’t need to fold, stuff or keep track of how many covers and inserts baby needs. However, there is the option of using an extra snap-in soaker for older babies or heavy wetters. PARENTS SAY This will appeal to parents who dread the idea of having to pack both inserts and diaper covers when going out. We also love that it’s made from organic cotton ― perfect for those with sensitive skin.