What Cloth Diapers Are Liked Most by Skeptics?

Ah…cloth diapering skeptics. The Mother in Law, the Daddy, the Mommy, the friend, the daycare provider, the list may go on for you.

My tip? Have a few diapers in your stash that are Skeptic-friendly. These are the kinds I like to have on hand when someone is watching my baby or when I am out and about and know someone will be watching me change a diaper in a changing room and will ask about cloth diapers. I could have that diaper right there and say, “See? It’s pretty easy!”

Based on the thousands of survey responses collected at Padded Tush Stats, here are the ones ranked highest for being Skeptic friendly.

Ragababe Easy All in One

Why do I think this works?

This diaper has hook and loop closures (those are those velcro-like closures). That means it is just the same as putting on a disposable diaper. Also, the Ragababe is VERY absorbent, so you are likely to have fewer leaks. Biggest downsides of this diaper are (a) they are hard to get because the stockings happen only every so often and (b) they are sized, so you have to buy a new size once the baby grows out of the existing size.

Tots Bots Easy Fit

Why do I think this works?

This diaper is also easy to put on because of the hook and loop closure. Because the tongue stuffs in, it cleans easier and dries faster. The newest version has minky on the inside, so any skeptic will love seeing how soft it is up against the baby’s skin. The downside? You have to stuff it (although it unstuffs itself in the wash).

bumGenius 4.0

Why do I think this works?

This is a really popular diaper. In fact, it won the Padded Tush Stats Cloth Diaper of the Year award for 2011. I think it does well because bumGenius does a thorough job of getting good, well tested products out there. It is one size, so it fits from birth to potty training. It also comes in both snaps and hook and loop closures. The downside? You have to stuff and unstuff the diaper and, if you get the hook and loop version, people have noted that the laundry tabs don’t work too well.

bumGenius All in One (sized)

Why do I think this works?

This diaper is about as easy as it can get. No stuffing. Hook and loop closure. You just put it on and you are done. You can stuff it for extra absorbency. The downside? Takes a long time to dry, they are sized, and they are discontinued (so you would likely have to buy used).

Softbums Omni All in Two/Pocket Diaper

Why do I think it works?

The diaper has a hook and loop closure (but snap closures are also available), so it is easy to put on. You can re-use the shell, which helps save money. It gets really small, so it fits most newborns well. You can stuff the pocket to add in some more absorbency. The downside? The inside of the cover is not wipeable, so if you re-use the cover, it may smell faintly of pee.

Thirsties Duo Pocket Diaper

Why do I think this works?

The diaper has a great hook and loop closure. The double gussets help prevent leaks. There are pocket openings on each ends, so it self agitates in the wash. The duo sizing makes it to where you can have a the diaper on a little baby and the baby doesn’t look like he/she is being eaten alive by a diaper–and yet that same diaper lasts for much longer than most newborn diapers.

So that’s it! What do you think are the most skeptic-friendly cloth diapers? You can compare more statistics by going here. If you have tried out these or any other cloth diapers, please go here to fill out a survey.

Tara Porter

Tara Porter

Tara Porter began using cloth diapers in 2011 when she felt that using disposable diapers was costing too much money. The problem was, a lot of the highly recommended diapers weren’t working for her baby. What she finally discovered was that her baby was skinny and a heavy wetter, and that diapers worked differently for those baby types. Because of her professional work with survey design and statistics, she designed Padded Tush Stats as a way to determine how different cloth diapers worked on different babies.

Tara moved on to other career endeavors in 2014 but can still be found online blogging about health and fitness at Fit Baby Steps.
Tara Porter


  1. Mara says

    This is super helpful. I have been wanting some daddy friendly diapers, but didn’t know what to order. This definitely gives me a place to start. Thank you!

  2. Annette says

    This is really helpful. I’m currently building my stash and some of my relatives aren’t 100% convinced cloth will be as easy as disposables. I’m going to get some of these for when they are watching baby.

    • says

      My mom was always fine with my using cloth, but preferred to use disposables when she was watching the kids. She had 6 kids, so she was totally used to disposables, and that was fine with me. However, the last time she watched them overnight I came home and she said, “That’s it! I’m convinced! I’ll use the cloth!” Apparently when she got up with the baby in the middle of the night, she discovered a poosplosion awful enough to make her a believer 😉 So sometimes family members come around just by seeing that there are LESS messes sometimes with cloth!

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