Why Cloth Diapers?

Why Use Cloth?

There are two completely different kinds of diapers in the world. One is a simple, three-panel rectangle of five to seven plies of soft and natural cotton. The other is a tremendously complex combination of heavily treated paper pulp, polyethylene (and other plastics), glues, dyes, synthetic perfumes, and — above all — a superabsorbent chemical, sodium polyacrylate, that absorbs urine and holds it in a “gel” next to a baby’s skin. We think that if you see things from your baby’s standpoint, and apply the same standards of comfort and health that you would for your own body, cotton is the obvious choice. But since some of the propaganda for disposables has focused on making cotton diapering appear to be a grossly inconvenient and messy practice suited to the turn of the last century rather than this one, you understandably may want to know what’s really involved in cotton diapering care.

First of All, A Word About All Diapers

When you’re a first-time expectant parent, especially an expectant father, the thought of diapers tends to conjure up some pretty yucky imagery. The actual diaper experience, though, is a lot lighter weight, and in fact supplies some of the nicest encounters between parents and babies. Healthy urine is sterile, as long as your baby doesn’t have to wear a urinated-in diaper for very long, so changing a wet diaper is no more unpleasant than discarding a wet towel. As for that other output, yes, there are some epic messes once in a while. They are just as epic, by the way, whether the diaper is cotton or disposable, because while the “disposable” tag implies you get rid of the yuck at arm’s length with the dirty diaper, the baby’s skin in the early days usually has at least as much yuck as the diaper itself. Nothing short of a diaper that vacuums your baby’s bottom will ever change that. So, since the epic doesn’t happen all that often, relax and enjoy the diapering years, which we guarantee you will pass all too quickly, especially if you use cotton diapers.

Why Cotton?

It’s a matter of comfort and health. The comfort is something you know about from your own clothing. It stems both from cotton’s soft touch on sensitive skin and from its breathability — which ventilates the skin and helps evaporate the potentially irritating ammonia that starts to form as soon as a baby wets. As for cotton’s health for babies, it has thousands of years of history behind it. Cotton is the fabric of choice for use directly on the skin. Like its comfort, its natural absorbency is the polar opposite of the combination of paper pulp, plastics, and “superabsorbent” chemicals in disposables. We can provide A to Z testimonials from moms whose babies experienced irritation with disposables that went away immediately with cotton.


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Return Policy
Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.  Our items are guaranteed to be free of defects for 90 days from date of purchase.  Upon arrival, please inspect your order carefully.  If any item is defective, please notify us at sales@cottonwoodbaby.com . Improper care or washing methods voids our guarantee.

We accept product returns with your customer receipt within 30 days of purchase. Items must be in their original condition. We are unable to accept pre-washed or used products. Return shipping is the buyer’s responsibility.


“I just wanted to say thank you for making such wonderful baby products. I ordered the cloth inserts for the Gdiaper and I never knew it could be so easy. I also wasn’t expecting the inserts to be so nice. I can’t thank you enough!”

“I wanted to thank you for such a nice phone call the other day to lead me in the right direction with my order. I have used the inserts and love them! They are soooo soft and absorbent. My baby’s skin is not red at all anymore and he is one happy baby boy! Thanks for a great product! I have already let several gDiaper friends know about your inserts and they will be ordering!”

“I want to first thank you for making such a wonderful product. I have only been using my inserts and hemp doubler for a day/night now and have noticed such a difference in quality already. This morning was the first time in a while that my son didn’t have wet skin!”

“Everyone on the gDiaper yahoo list said you were helpful, and boy are they right. My daughter is almost out of smalls so I just placed my order for the medium/large inserts and the doubler for night. I really appreciate your help and can’t wait for them to arrive.”

“I’ve started using the inserts with the g-diapers this morning and I love them! This is my first experience at cloth diapering and it’s much easier than I thought. My son actually pooped in the very first diaper I used and it was a breeze to clean.”

“I first want to say that your gDiaper inserts are fabulous! I ordered 12 med/lg and have been using them for the past week. I plan to order much more next month.”

“I do love the inserts and even use them in my Bum Genius 3.0 and Fuzzi Bunz during the day and at night!”

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“Six months ago, we were only using disposables, never thinking we could do cloth-and now I am so committed to using the cloth diapers, I can’t believe how easy it really is. I would recommend your company to anyone looking to make the leap with the gdiapers-you have been very supportive and helpful. I am sure my son and the earth would thank you too!”