Perhaps your baby has very delicate skin, constantly dealing with diaper rashes, and you can only use the priciest baby wash & lotions. You may be wondering if baby’s sensitive skin will tolerate cloth diapers. Well, most likely, yes. In fact, you may find that cloth diapers resolve most of your rash issues!
My middle child’s rashes from disposable diapers were what finally convinced me to switch to cloth. We started our stash with a handful of stay-dry (suede-cloth inner) pocket diapers, and the change in his skin was remarkable. So much so that I started washing diapers twice per day, so we could keep him in cloth all day, as we added diapers to our stash as our budget allowed.
A baby may be sensitive to heat, moisture, chemicals, synthetic fabrics (like the polyester micro-fleece or suede-cloth you find in stay-dry cloth diapers), or any combination of the above. Of course, there is always the possibility of food allergies or medical concerns, and any rash should always be examined by your doctor!
If you are frustrated with your baby’s sensitive skin being irritated by disposable diapers, consider trying a handful of natural fiber prefolds, covers and micro-fleece/stay-dry liners. The cost will be minimal, and you can try natural fibers (the prefolds), and also try the stay dry liners if your child seems sensitive to moisture. From there, you can decide if you want to stick with prefolds & covers, or perhaps try pocket diapers with stay-dry inners, or all-in-one, all-in-two or fitted diapers with only natural fabrics touching baby.
If you find that your baby is sensitive both to moisture and synthetic fabrics, try using a natural fiber diaper and changing it very often. When you are using cloth diapers, the cost of a diaper change is negligible, so you can change your baby every hour without feeling like you are throwing a quarter in the garbage can every time!
Though cloth diapers are thought to be more “breathable” than disposables, you can also use fitted cloth diapers – sized or one-size diapers generally with natural fibers, and no water resistant layer – around the house without a cover to give your baby’s skin more air.
Does your baby have sensitive skin? Did you find a solution in cloth?