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Are you wondering about the difference between organic cloth diapers and regular ones? There are a lot of reasons to choose organic cloth diapers, but it all boils down to this:
Organically grown cotton is significantly better for the environment than conventionally grown cotton.
Not only does organic cotton preserve water resources better than conventionally grown cotton, but it helps to reduce the number of toxic chemicals we throw onto the earth. Keeping our earth healthy is one of the best ways to protect our own health, the health of our children, and future generations.
Organic cloth diapers can come in many styles and types. All-in-ones are a very popular style but can be pricier than some other kinds of diapers. Prefolds are the most budget-friendly style that has organic options, but don’t worry if that doesn’t excite you–there are other economical styles, too!
In this article, you will find my absolute favorite organic diapers in different price ranges. When applicable, I’ll specify what my top choice is in each group.
Misconceptions About Organic Cloth Diapers
Before I give my top organic recommendations, let’s clear up some misconceptions.
Some people believe that if they choose organic cloth diapers, their baby will get less exposure to toxins. However, it’s unlikely that conventionally grown cotton is going to retain any pesticide residue after processing. As far as direct concerns to a baby’s health, there isn’t really a difference between the organic fiber or the conventionally grown fiber.
But in the bigger picture, fewer pesticides used on the earth is healthier for all of us. So yes, overall it is healthier.
Another misconception about organic cloth diapers is that the fibers are softer and more durable due to the differences in harvesting methods. It is possible this is true, but I don’t know if it is truly all that significant of a difference.
The last misconception about organic cloth diapers I’ll address is that they’re too expensive. While many are expensive, there are organic cloth diapers out there that can fit easily into almost any budget. However, let’s start by looking at some high-end options.
High-End Organic Cloth Diapers
Smart Bottoms Smart One Organic All-in-One is a fabulous, high-quality organic option. Smart Bottoms are made in the USA and have a fabulous reputation. I wrote a more detailed review here: Smart Bottom Diapers Review
These diapers are priced a little higher than some, but if you have the budget they are an excellent choice. They are made so well and do a fabulous job. The Smart Bottoms company is always working to make their best diaper possible, and they release updated versions as they become necessary. They do not settle for less than their best.
This diaper is a highly absorbent option with 10 layers of organic cotton in its inner layer. It has four rise settings, which is more than most other one-size diapers (most only have 3). This will allow you to get an even more precise fit.
There are two versions of the Simplex all-in-one, so make sure you are looking at the organic version. Even though there are two versions, the organic version is not even marked up that much higher than the regular version. That makes choosing organic a no-brainer!
This diaper has 12 layers of organic cotton for absorbency and the inner flap is topped with a stay-dry layer of microfleece. If you wish for only natural fibers to touch your baby’s skin, you can tuck the flap with the microfleece inside the pocket in the diaper. This pocket also allows you to add extra absorbency with booster pads if needed.
I really love the fit of the Simplex. It by far is one of the coziest diapers I put my babies in!
Mid-Range Organic Cloth Diapers
Thirsties Natural AiOs are an excellent mid-range budget choice for an organic all-in-one. This diaper has an 11-layer organic cotton and hemp mix in the inner part of the diaper making it a high-absorbency option that would be great for all babies.
Thirsties also has a ton of adorable prints available, including the beautiful floral you see pictured here.
I really love the design of Thirsties diapers. They are very easy for babysitters/grandparents/daycares to use and it’s so easy to get a great fit.
The Grovia Organic All-in-One has up to 10-layers of organic cotton for absorbency. It also has side snaps instead of front snaps. Neither front nor side is necessarily better than the other; it’s just a matter of personal preference. Many people like the side snaps because it allows the diaper to stretch well over the babies hips.
These diapers are very trim and attractive. They give a snug and cozy fit for almost all babies.
They can even easily be converted into a trainer when the time comes for potty training! The side snaps will definitely come in handy at that time.
The Elemental is the organic all-in-one offered by bumGenius. It is all one piece and offers a trim fit with a quick dry time. It has 6 layers of organic cotton for absorbency. This is not as much as some other organic diapers, so if you have a heavy wetter, you may wish to try out one of the high-end organic diapers in this list.
It’s a toss-up, but my favorite in this grouping is between the Thirsties and the Grovia. The Elemental is a great diaper, too, but I like the extra absorbency I’m able to get in the other diapers.
Budget-Friendly Organic Cloth Diapers
Using organic prefolds is the most budget-friendly way to purchase organic diapers. Prefolds are a little more cumbersome to use than an all-in-one, but it’s really not so bad once you get the folding methods down.
Osocozy Organic Cotton Prefolds are one of the most popular organic prefold options for the budget-minded. They are very absorbent and soft. Another perk is they make great cleaning rags once your kids are out of diapers! 😉
You will need a waterproof cover to use with the prefold, but you should be able to reuse the cover for multiple diaper changes. You shouldn’t need more than 2-3 covers per day that you want to go between washes (so 6 would be a good number for every other day washing).
You will also want to get a few Snappis to fasten your prefolds.
All-in-Two Systems with Organic Inserts
All-in-two systems consist of two pieces: a diaper shell and an insert. The three main all-in-two systems are bumGenius Flips, Best Bottom Diapers, and Grovia Hybrids. Click the names to read more detailed reviews about them. All three of these have insert options that are organic and would be a great choice.
All-in-twos are pretty much as easy as all-in-ones, but because the inserts are separate from the covers, it makes them much more economical. It’s the same economical concept as prefolds–you will need 2-3 shells/covers per day and enough inserts for how often you want to go between washings, but there is no folding involved. You just lay or snap an insert right into your cover, and then you’re done!
I personally prefer an all-in-two system over prefolds & covers, but both diapering options are great for going organic on a budget. Prefolds would most likely be the cheapest route you could go if you have to save as much money as possible.
I have used all three all-in-two/hybrid systems and I don’t have a distinct favorite. They all worked well for us. If I had to pick, I would probably lean towards the Grovia Hybrids–I just find myself reaching for them the most, but I enjoy using the other ones, too. The price differences aren’t significant, either. I recommend taking a look at my reviews linked above for more information to see which you think would suit your family better.
Choosing Organic Is the Responsible Choice
Choosing to go organic is one of the best things you can do for the health of the planet. Any of these options are excellent choices. I recommend thinking about your budget and your lifestyle and then making your final selection from there. You really can’t go wrong with any of them.
Check out Kelly’s Closet and the Grovia website to make your organic purchases! Grovia offers a 10% off coupon for being a first-time customer and signing up for the email subscription. Kelly’s Closet often has promos you can take advantage of, too. Click here to see their current specials.
Which organic diaper do you have the most interest in? Let me know in the comments!