When it comes to cloth diapering, there are so many options of diapers and diaper covers that what works best can be confusing. Much like most parenting decisions, what works best differs from parent to parent and baby to baby. But if you’re looking for a light, breathable and easy to maintain cover for a fitted diaper, I would strongly suggest you try fleece.
Once the word on the cloth diaper street spread about fleece and its ability to wick away moisture from baby’s skin, the popularity of this material spread. Fast. Diaper Pin explains
Fleece is basically a synthetic, 100% polyester fabric with an altered ‘structure.’ This altered ‘structure’ facilitates moisture transfer through the fabric – some will say ‘absorb’ through the fabric. Polyester fabric, in and of itself, does not absorb moisture at all.. Instead fleece wicks moisture away from the skin to its outer surface where it can do one of two things:
- Spread out and evaporate if exposed to air.
- Absorb into another fabric-usually a cotton ‘soaker’ of some sort.
Mothers are making their own fleece diaper covers, buying them online or getting them custom-made for their little one. And why not? One of the great benefits of fleece is that it’s an affordable fabric. It is also very soft and light, it doesn’t pill, and maintaining it is easy- you simply wash it with your diapers, and drying can happen on the line or in the dryer. This fabric dries very quickly, which is great when you need a cover sooner than you realized.
There are so many companies selling fleece covers now, like Happy Heinys and Stacinator. I’m not sure how I stumbled across Mama Bird and her fleece diaper making skills, but I’m sure glad I did. This Missouri mother of four’s adorable patterns were too cute resist. With an extra liner of fleece in the middle of her fleece soakers, we’ve had no overnight leaks (yay!) and the prints are even more adorable in person. Mama Bird also sells fleece longies, skirties and hats in a variety of fun prints. Does your little one like dinosaurs? Pick up a dinosaur print! You can even email her requests. Just be sure to check out the sizing information here first.
The longies are so soft, comfortable and light, I almost wish they would come in adult sizes so I could wear them!
You can “like” Mama Bird’s Facebook page here, and ask her any questions about fleece or her products. Give fleece a try, and I’m sure you won’t regret it. And if you’re already using it, tell us about your experience!