Parents always want the very best for their babies—from the coziest crib to the comfiest diaper.
And when it comes to comfortable diapers, everyone is going for bamboo diapers nowadays. But are they really a better choice than cloth diapers? Today we are going to do a direct comparison between bamboo diapers and cloth diapers and see if bamboo diapers are really the comfort king or if it is just smoke and mirrors.
What Are Bamboo Diapers?
For starters, bamboo diapers are fabricated differently than your average disposable diaper. They are made from bamboo fibers and other natural, biodegradable materials. These fibers are naturally absorbent with anti-microbial and odor-absorbing properties.
But how do bamboo diapers measure up to their cloth counterparts? Let’s find out!
Bamboo Diapers V/S Cloth Diaper
Comparing their qualities one by one would help you understand which one is better, bamboo diaper or cloth diaper:
Absorbent Material Protects Against Leakage
Both cloth diapers and bamboo diapers absorb moisture. However, the bamboo diapers have a core that tends to soak more moisture and draw it away from your baby’s skin. Cloth diapers, on the other hand, are made from a cotton blend that tends to leak once it is completely saturated. Also, any pressure on the cotton will squeeze out the liquid, thus making it very uncomfortable for your baby.
The core in a bamboo diaper has substantial padding that absorbs 70% more liquid than disposable diapers, meaning they soak up even more moisture than the cloth. Bamboo diapers have a gentle gathering around the leg and side panels that locks moisture inside the diaper. Cloth diapers have no side protection around the legs.
Breathable And Durable
Bamboo diapers also exceed cloth diapers in terms of breathability. Most cloth diapers are made of breathable material. However, they are breathable only when they are dry. On the contrary, bamboo fiber doesn’t compress as easily, thus allowing for air circulation. Moreover, the diaper contains a breathable back sheet to make air flow through the surface.
Regarding durability, you might guess that cloth diapers are tear-resistant and therefore, are more durable than bamboo diapers. Although the cloth can withstand the pulling and tugging that comes with rolling and crawling in later months, bamboo diapers can hold their own in the durability category. Bamboo fiber does not tear easily while staying pliable.
Reduce Risk Of Diaper Rash
Another crucial aspect of diapers, in general, is how well they protect against rashes. On the one hand, the best protection is changing diapers often and keeping your baby clean, but some materials pose a high risk of skin irritation which can lead to a rash. Though it happens on rare occasions, some babies have this type of allergic reaction to cloth diapers. However, most bamboo diapers do not contain harsh chemicals, dyes, fragrances, or latex. So, these hypoallergenic properties lower the chances of a rash developing. Likewise, with bamboo’s naturally antimicrobial qualities, there’s even less chance of developing diaper rash.
Bamboo fiber tends to dry faster than cloth. It serves a dual purpose; first, to absorb moisture away from your baby’s skin, and second is to evaporate it as quickly as possible. So, bamboo diapers, again, come out on top. As mentioned, the core draws moisture away as the back sheet allows for fast drying.
Conclusion: Which One Is Better?
Overall, bamboo diapers are safer and more convenient to use (as no laundering required for the disposable type). Plus, they are just as eco-friendly as cloth diapers since they’re sustainably sourced from renewable materials and are biodegradable. So, if you want to give your baby the most comfortable and healthiest choice in diapers, give bamboo a try.