Summer Fluffin': My Perfect Cloth Diaper

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As we reach the last day of the first annual (hopefully) Summer Fluffin’ cloth diaper event, I debated what to share with you as my final words (for the event because I will continue to post about fluff!). I debated doing some cost analysis, going into more depth on using cloth with a newborn, sharing mishaps such as a backwards KL0 or a fitted without a cover, or just posting photos of W with a fluffy bum! But then I decided I would share the features I would take from diapers in my stash to create my perfect, dream cloth diaper. I was inspired by the What Does The Perfect Cloth Diaper Look Like? post at All About Cloth Diapers.

10 Features of My Perfect Cloth Diaper

  1. Pocket: My ideal diaper would be a pocket because of the versatility of pocket diapers. Pockets are some of our favorite diapers and make up the majority of our current stash. The pocket would also feature elastic on both sides of the pocket opening like on our Lovely Pocket diaper.
  2. One Size: My perfect diaper would be a one size that fit from a very small size so it was truly one size! It would have a elastic adjustment system like our Fuzzibunz One Size.
  3. Inserts: The inserts would be shaped similar to the shape of the diaper so they wouldn’t get twisted up. Some of my favorites include our MiniMaestro and Best Bottom inserts. The inserts would also be all natural so we didn’t get the microfiber stink!
  4. Snap In: The inserts would snap in place once in the pocket like on my Glow Bug Cloth Diaper and in our hybrids (Best Bottom and GroVia) so they stayed in place but were still easy to remove.
  5. Gussets: I am a huge fan of gussets on my diapers and loved the ones on our Lil Joeys and Thirsties Duo Diapers during the newborn stage. Our Thirsties Duo Wraps also feature gussets. I wish all of my diapers had gussets.
  6. Aplix: Although I am coming around to snaps, we started out as aplix fans and I don’t think that will just fade away. The perfect aplix tabs would be similar to those on our MiniMaestro pocket or AMP AIO. The aplix would also be extremely durable like the aplix closures on our GroVia shells. I also love the way the entire front of our GroVia shells are the loop fabric.
  7. Trim: Like most people, my perfect cloth diaper would be as trim as disposables. I would take the trimness of our bitti d’lish for my perfect diaper. I would love to be able to carry a good stash of diapers in my diaper bag!
  8. Absorbent: My ideal cloth diaper would be as absorbent as when I use my Artsy Fartsy Foo Foo hemp inserts with a microfiber insert. They would be able to be used during the day and at night without a second thought.
  9. Boy Print or Minky: Yes, my ideal cloth diaper would be in a really great print (like our Best Bottom green giraffe print or our GroVia owls) or minky like our itti bitti bitti d’lish! Even better would be a combination of the two like in my checkered Envibum!
  10. Affordable: Of course, my dream diaper would be very affordable. I’m thinking under $15 would be fantastic!

So, what features would your perfect cloth diaper have? What brand has come the closest to perfect for you so far?

I want to thank all of my wonderful readers who have made this event a success! It has been wonderful to hear your opinions on all of the topics, so please continue to share! If you ever have any questions or just issues you’d like to discuss, I’m always willing to give my advice! I depend on all of you for advice sometimes and am here to try to help. Together we can all be successful cloth diapering families! The world needs more of us!


  1. Felicia R says

    I think your idea of the perfect diaper closely matches mine, I would do snaps over aplix though! BumGenius and Thirsties have come the closest to making our perfect diaper. We love our BG 4.0s but have had a few leak issues at night. So I might have to play around with getting a hemp insert to try with it. We love our Thirstie Duos (hemp insert, gussets, pocket). We just got 2 size 2’s to use the duo at night again since my chunky monkey quickly outgrew her size 1’s. The only thing that would make them better is if they were a little cheaper and if I could have gotten snaps. I got them used and they only had aplix.

    “Summer Fluffin'” was fun! I enjoyed reading the posts daily and hope I get lucky in the giveaways! I love reading about new CDs and reading about other people’s experiences with them. Thanks for the event and the giveaways, I’m sure it was a ton of work to put together!

  2. says

    I like your idea of the “perfect diaper”. I enjoyed reading all 3 of your posts daily and the Summer Fluffin’ even was awesome! I hope to win something with how many giveaways I entered but truly I learned a lot about all the different brands/types of diapers that are out there so thank you! :)


  3. says

    Just wanted to let you know that I have been having a blast with this event….we both know I was waiting for several weeks for it to FINALLY arrive :) It’s been so informative hearing opinions on all types of CD’s and so helpful for me as I endeavor to decide where exactly to begin on this journey :) Thanks again….and thanks to all your sponsors as well…It’s been a blast, can’t wait til next year (I say that with confidence because I am certain this will be ANNUAL!!!!) xo

  4. Kari M says

    that’s a great list! thanks so much for your hard work on all these posts! it’s been GREAT to read!!!!
    i think my perfect cloth diaper would be: pocket, with an insert that can be used in or out (like applecheeks), snaps (sorry no aplix here! :)), trim, great print that doesn’t fade, and a VERY stain resistant lining (my only complaint with Grovias – they stain SO easily).

    thanks again!

    • Felicia R says

      Kari, have you tried sunning your GroVia soakers? My LO gave one insert a run for it’s money this weekend. It came out stained from the washer but I sunned it and you would never be able to tell she pooed in it.

  5. Tamara Sz says

    For the newborn stage my Duo diaper came the closest. It was easy to use, cute, contained messes really well, and fit perfectly.

    As for now, I don’t have a “perfect” but I have lots of good ones: babykicks 3G, BumGenius 3.0, and Tiny Tush being my favs–maybe a combo of the 3?

  6. says

    I have thought about my perfect cloth diaper over and over again. Here’s what I’ve come up with:

    Type: Pocket, one-size
    Features: It would need to open at both ends, and be wide enough to place the inserts easily. Either that, or the interior lining could snap out, you could place the insert on the diaper, then re-snap the inner lining to make sure you get it placed in the exact position.

    It would need to have small zippers on both sides of the inserts (if the interior didn’t un-snap) so that the insert couldn’t wiggle its way out during the course of playtime.

    It needs to be a one-size, but it needs to have at LEAST four rows of snaps instead of the standard three that I normally see. It would need to have hip snaps as well to prevent wing droop. ALL snaps need to be hidden.

    Elastic in both the front and the back (think AppleCheeks), and be able to have the elastic replaced easily (like you could get a kit and do it at home yourself).

    Double leg gussets is almost a requirement.

    It would definitely need to be waterproof with a hidden layer of PUL or TPU (like on Oh Katy diapers). The outer could be a minky, and the inner could be a hemp.

    It would come in a variety of colors, prints, etc.

    It would really nice if the inserts snapped into place, but this isn’t necessary. Either way, the insert needs to be as wide as the diaper (or close to it) to prevent messes. It would be nice if the insert was made of hemp as well, because I’m really worried about microfiber and stink issues.

    And it would need to be trim enough to fit under regular clothes, jeans, etc.

  7. Melissa says

    Sounds like a good list!

    For me, important features in a diaper are: No unstuffing of poopy inserts, one size, reasonable price, pocket or sleeve to add absorbency, and snaps (I’m not the aplix fan that you are)

  8. Rachel N says

    my perfect diaper would have snaps, separate for the hips and waist, gussets, stay dry lining, super absorbant but trim fitting, unstuff itself in the wash, and cute colors and prints. So far I think applecheeks has come the closest, if only they also had gussets.

  9. juani says

    One-size/4 rise adjustment, outer gussets (like how some diaper covers have them), cross-over snaps, double-row snaps, hip snaps, 2 bamboo/hemp inserts with microfiber inner that opens up completely into a long strip for easier washing/drying, pockets open at both ends with the closure flaps, haven’t tried minky yet but definitely an outside material that is not plastic-y, under $10, free shipping, wide variety of boy/girl/neutral/super cute prints, bamboo/fleece inner layer. Am I being too greedy?

  10. Kelley says

    We are just beginning ur CD journey. I love your reviews and advice for making them work. Thanks for the information. Now we have some idea on what CD to tart out trying.

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