What are cloth nappies made of?

Cloth nappies have gained a lot of popularity in recent years as more and more people seek sustainable alternatives to traditional disposable diapers. But what exactly are cloth nappies made of? In this article, we’ll dive into the materials used to make these eco-friendly alternatives.


Cotton is one of the most common materials used in cloth nappies because it’s soft, absorbent, and easy to clean. It’s also a renewable resource that can be grown without harmful chemicals or pesticides. Fun fact: Did you know that cotton was first domesticated over 7000 years ago in Mexico?


Hemp is another popular choice for cloth nappy manufacturers because it’s naturally antimicrobial, which means it helps prevent odours and bacteria growth. Additionally, hemp fibres become softer with each wash making them gentler on your little one’s skin. Beware: Hemp may take longer than other materials to dry after washing.


Bamboo fabrics are both durable and environmentally friendly due to their rapid growth rate – some types can grow up to 90 cm per day! As an alternative material option for absorbency layers or inserts bamboo blends offer comfort without sacrificing protection from leaks.

Organic Wool

Wool covers are perfect for overnight leak protection due to their ability to retain liquid while still allowing air flow through the fabric fibers providing breathability(ideal during hot weather). This fabric does not require frequent washing since wool has natural self-cleaning properties—meaning no extra laundry! However, if necessary use only cold water when washing wool so as not damage or shrink the garment.

Note on sheep’s wool

Sheep’s wool needs harsh chemicals (insecticides) frequently applied against external parasites such as ticks which kill any pests upon contact thus affecting your baby negatively if sensitive hence organic options should be considered e.g. Alpaca wool.


Microfibre is a synthetic material commonly found in cloth nappies because it’s highly absorbent and quick-drying. It can be tempting to use microfibre inserts over longer periods of time due to their absorbency power however extreme care should be taken into proper handling/prolonged use cases since this tight fabric weave has been observed to choke young baby’s finger, toe or genital area as the fabric fibers tighten after contact with body fluids.

Polyurethane Laminate (PLU)

Also known as PUL, polyurethane laminate (PLU) is a waterproof layer usually made from polyester mixed with coated plastic film – adding extra protection against leaks during those everyday mishaps!


Flannel cloth diapers have been popular for many generations now given how natural bring they are especially in colder climes since flannels give super softness and insulation effect which retains warmth around waist abdomen hence keeping babies warmer than other options when worn beneath their clothes.

There you have it. The materials used in making Cloth Nappies vary depending on the specific design, style or preferences of manufacturers but these aforementioned choices are some of the most comfortable and eco-friendly around thus helping people reduce waste while offering quality care for your little one(s).

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