Have you ever thought about expanding your cloth diaper horizons? Are you tried of your classic cloth diaper routine, and want to spice it up with a little fleece? Check out these ideas for cloth diapering with fleece.
What is Fleece?
Fleece is a man-made or synthetic normally made from 100% polyester fibers. At times fleece is combined with natural fabrics such as cotton, wool, hemp or bamboo to provide increased absorbency.
- Super Soft
- Comfortable for baby
- Breathable material allowing for increased air circulation
- Great ability to wick moisture away from baby’s bum
- Great option for nighttime/naps
- Cheaper/Vegan alternative to Wool
- Easy to wash – just throw in with your other diapers
- Dries Quickly
- Water repellent
- Made of Synthetic material (for some)
- Tend to be on the bulky side
- Must be washed after each use
Where is Fleece Found in Cloth Diapering:
Fleece soakers are a type of cover (see definition below) used to put over a fitted diaper or prefold. Soakers are often sewn in sized options (S, M, L, XL) with an extra soaker pad to help absorb urine. If you look at the picture to the right, you will see the fleece soaker actually sewn into the fleece cover. Thanks to Living Green Baby for the photo. P.S. This cover you see is very inexpensive at only $6.45!
Fleece Shorties are very similar to Fleece soakers, but only a little longer, like a pair of shorts. They also act as a cover to keep moisture inside the diaper and that baby feeling dry. A lot of these shorties also have an extra absorbent sew in layer in the crotch area as well. These ARMY shorties are made by Semi Crunchy Creations.
Longies are very similar to Shorties except they are the length of pants. Longies still give baby the benefits of the soaker and shorties but they help to keep the baby warmer especially in the winter. I always found them as an easy alternative to pants. They also make a great nighttime option. These cute Boston Red Sox longies are made by My Fun Clothes.
In the cloth diaper world, fleece covers are often seen as a more inexpensive and synthetic cover option to wool. Fleece covers are worn over a fitted cloth diaper or a prefold with a snappi/fastener. Fleece covers provide a lightweight breathable option that helps to keep your baby feeling dry. Examples of these fleece covers are Fleece Soakers, Fleece Shorties, and Fleece Longies.
I recently started using Fleece liners with my diapers because of some bad stains I was getting. These fleece liners are super soft. and breathable and help to wick moisture away from the baby. Simply place a liner over your diaper and it acts as a barrier between your diaper and your baby. A liner is not to be used instead of an insert, it simply acts as a barrier. Liners do not do much in retaining fluid absorption. Liners are also a great option if you have to use a “non-cloth diaper safe” rash ointment for any reason.
Cloth Diaper inserts can also be made of multiple layers of fleece or even ub a blend with bamboo, hemp, or cotton. In these blended fabrics you get the benefits of fleece with the absorbency of the other material.
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