My little guy graduated from adorable cloth diapers to underwear last week, which led me to reflect on some of my favorite diapers throughout the years. With almost three years of cloth diapering under my belt, having tried every cloth diaper style, I can say that I definitely have favorites. My disclaimer is that this is my own list of the best cloth diapers for boys, as I’ve not tried every diaper on the market. From flats to all-in-one (AIO) cloth diapers, I’m discussing my picks for the best cloth diapers for boys.
Often overlooked, flats are an extremely versatile and economical way to cloth diaper. I only had a few in my newborn stash, so I never got creative with different flat folds. Flats make my best cloth diapers for boys because you are able to tailor your diaper fold to provide maximum absorbency in the front of the diaper, while still having a trim diaper. Padded Tush Stats has this wonderful chart of flat diaper folds, with links to instructions and tutorials.
While flats are an extremely economical cloth diapering option, spending a little more for natural fibers yields better results. My recommendation is for Geffen Baby’s Hemp Jersey Flats; not only are Geffen Baby Hemp Jersey Flats incredibly soft, they’re made from 60% hemp and 40% organic cotton, making them super absorbent (great for heavy wetters and/or older babies). Did I mention that Geffen Baby cloth diapers are made in the USA?
Interested to find out more about Geffen Baby products? Check out my review of Geffen Baby Hemp Jersey Prefolds.
If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know that I began cloth diapering with a simple routine of prefolds and covers. In fact, I still advocate for prefolds in the newborn stage, as they’re the perfect no-fuss cloth diaper (and inexpensive compared to AIOs) when your bambino is [literally] blowing through 15-20 cloth diapers a day. I prefer natural fibers, as the absorbency of hemp and organic cotton can’t be beat (not to mention using a cloth diaper made from material that’s not bleached or made from synthetics). Prefolds are one of the best cloth diapers for boys because you can tailor your fold to provide maximum absorbency in the front.
I preferred using both the bikini twist and newspaper folds when D got a little older and was beginning to become a heavy wetter. The bikini twist not only makes for a trimmer fit between the legs (great for more mobile babies), it also allows ALL layers of the diaper to absorb. The newspaper fold allows for extra material in the front of the diaper, again, perfect for boys. You can see how to create these folds (and others) in This West Coast Mommy’s post, 6 Ways to Fold a Prefold Diaper, and Change-Diapers.com’s Prefolds Aren’t Scary. My prefold pick is BabyKicks Hemp Fleece. BabyKicks prefolds are incredibly absorbent and soft; you just want to cuddle with them!
Interested in learning more about BabyKicks Prefolds? Check out my Prefold Comparison post.
The SoftBums Echo with a One-Size Bamboo Pod is my pick for the best AI2 cloth diaper for boys. The Bamboo Pod is incredibly absorbent, and the extra length of the One-Size Pod allows you to fold the pod/insert down in the front of the diaper for extra absorbency. The Echo is a one size diaper featuring leg elastics (Slide2Size), allowing you to customize the fit of your diaper shell (from birth to potty training), making it a budget-friendly and trim cloth diaper option.
How’s your cloth diaper sense of humor? Check out these 15 Cloth Diapering Truths.
I originally swore that I’d never buy AIO cloth diapers because they seemed so…impractical (one and done usage) AND expensive. As much as I wanted to be frugal with my cloth diapering, all-in-ones really are wonderful for older babies, and perfect for busy parents. I will be the first to tell you that all AIOs are not created equal and some work much better for boys. In the AIO category, my best cloth diapers for boys pick is Smart Bottoms.
I’m a Smart Bottoms Cloth Diaper Ambassador for good reason — Smart Bottoms and Old-Style bumGenius Elementals* (OBGEs) duke it out in my stash (but I have a few more OBGEs because I was able to grab some used at a steal). After receiving a Smart Bottoms Smart One for review a couple years ago, I became a believer and quickly added more to our collection. Not only are Smart Bottoms made in the USA (bonus points there), but they are made from organic cotton (read: super absorbent) and feature a tongue-shaped attached insert; this, my friends, is the game-changer. When it comes to AIOs, Smart Bottoms Smart Ones are the number one best cloth diaper for boys (in my humble opinion). Not only can you fold the tongue to add more absorbency in the front of the diaper [where your son needs it], it is also an incredibly trim diaper; trust me, you’ll be shocked by the absorbency of Smart Bottoms when you see how trim they are on your little one.
Curious to know why I’m adamant about using natural fibers when cloth diapering? Check out my Cloth Diapering with Natural Fibers post.
* While one of my favorite AIO diapers, I’m not including OBGEs in this list because they’re no longer available for purchase new (unless you find someone who’s been hoarding them).
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