People often ask what the best cloth nappy is. I’m sorry to say but there is no one perfect nappy. However, I promise you there is a perfect reusable nappy for you. And this blog is about working out which one that is.

This blog post isn’t going to contain anything new or ground-breaking I’m sorry to say. What it is going to do is take existing information and present it in what is a new and hopefully helpful format. We often talk about different types of nappies and break down the pros and cons and of each but I thought I’d flip that format on its head and start with the requirements and tell you what nappy would be best to fit those criteria.

I find myself saying often to customers “it depends what your requirements are” so let’s break down what that means first. What we mean by that is no nappy will be “all the things” for all the people. Some people like modern cloth nappies, some prefer traditional cloth nappies. Like everything else in life, there are compromises that need to be made. Often absorbency and drying time are in conflict. Ease of use and price. Durability and absorbency. The list goes on but let me examine each of these criteria one by one so you can see what’s right for you and your family.

My main concern is budget

If this is the case, firstly cloth is a great choice. Even buying Candies, which are an all-in-two and not the most cost effective you’ll be saving money. See the chart below.

Infographic showing the cost of cloth nappies.

If budget is your biggest motivator I’d be looking at flats (muslin or terry) or prefolds. These will be your most cost-effective solutions. These options are more work but with a bit of practice, you’ll be fine (here are some videos of how to use a flat and a prefold). You can also re-use covers more frequently with flats and prefolds, so you need to buy less. Both flats and prefolds also have great longevity, you may need to start boosting flats at a certain age but that’s easy to do. And newborn prefolds that fitted around your newborn in an angel wing fold (below) can be padfolded and used as boosters (below) as they get older.

Steps to fold a prefold cloth nappy into an angel wing fold.


Steps to fold a prefold cloth nappy into a padfold or trifold.


My main concern is ease of use

Candies are your best friend! These are super easy to use and not fussy about getting a great fit. Simply snap in the trifold and put on bub. No folding, no Snappis and no separate covers. For newborn nappies look at our Pebbles, they’re an all-in-one and are as close as you’re going to get to a disposable, you just have to wash it. They don’t have the longevity of Bambams but they’re great for out and about and grandparents or middle of the night changes.


My Main concern is drying time

Flats will be your jam! Muslin or bamboo terry, they’re both a single layer of fabric so will dry very quickly.


My Main concern is durability

You want your nappies to get through more than a couple of kids and you plan on being a bit rough with them? Stick to cotton, it’s not quite as absorbent as bamboo but it can take a hell of a lot. Use cotton prefolds or flats because they don’t have any elastics or plastic components so they can be washed at higher temperatures.


My main concern is containing poo

While all cloth nappies will contain poo a lot better than disposables because the elastics are thicker and stronger; a fitted nappy will be the absolute winner. Bamboo Delights for one-size-fits most and Bambams for newborns are both great options. A fitted nappy is absorbent all the way around and they have elastics in the legs so you can get a great leg seal and boost outside the nappy. They require a separate cover over the top and this creates a second barrier for poo so they’re near bullet-proof.


My main concern is absorbency

If you’ve noticed bub is a heavy wetter and your biggest issue is getting enough absorbency I would look at a fitted nappy because they are absorbent all the way around so there is simply more surface area for absorbing. The other thing to look for in any nappy is bamboo. Bamboo isn’t as hardy as cotton so there is a delicate balance required to make sure the fabric doesn’t fall apart too quickly but some percentage of bamboo will definitely be a plus.


My main concern is how damn cute cloth bums are!

This is understandable, cloth bums are absolutely gorgeous! I mean what disposable mum is sad during toilet training? If you love some cute prints then Candies are where you’ll want to be at for one size fits most nappies and Pebbles for newborns. These come in gorgeous prints and there’s always a new range around the corner. Check out the latest prints here, if you dare!

Toddler sleeping in all in two modern cloth nappy.

My main concern is being able to see them or try them first

Looking at cloth nappies online can be super confusing and overwhelming. Fear not! We have retailers across Australia including Nest Nappies in Brisbane and Darlings Downunder and Little Green Footprints in Melbourne. We also do expos frequently throughout the year, check out our events page to see when we’ll be coming to your hometown. And… if none of those options work we also do trial packs. These trial packs are great because they’re a no-risk option. We have a money-back guarantee if the nappies aren’t for you and if you do like them (which why wouldn’t you?) most of them come with a voucher to put towards a bulk pack!

I hope this has helped you think about what’s important to you in your cloth nappy journey and gave you some idea of what nappies might be right for you. If you’re interested in finding out more or would like to discuss the right choice for you please feel free to email us via our contact form.

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