Cloth diapers may stir up images of constant washing, safety pins and 1957, but they are becoming more convenient and more eco-friendly! Most importantly, they are becoming more Mom-friendly!
Here are some environmentally smart diaper options that we researched that just may help keep our planet healthy and prosperous!
Pocket Diapers, by Happy Heiny's
What they are: They can be made more absorbent with washable fabric inserts that slip into a pocket on the inside of the diaper.
Eco-benefits: These pocket diapers are handmade by moms in the United States from custom-milled fleece. Hemp Stuffins inserts are made from organic hemp -- a plant fiber that's less toxic to process and more biodegradable than fibers from other crops, like cotton. ($16 per Pocket Diaper, $6 per hemp insert; happyheinys.com)
Bamboo Fitted Diapers, by bumGenius
What they are: Superabsorbent and well-fitting diapers with an adjustable hook-and-loop closure.
Eco-benefits: They're made from bamboo, which grows easily without fertilizer or pesticides and has been found to have natural antibacterial elements. ($13; cottonbabies.com)
Adjustable Velcro Diapers, by Under the Nile
What they are: Fitted all-in-one diapers (meaning they're diaper and diaper cover in one) with elastic legs.
Eco-benefits: They get their superior absorbency -- and softness -- from 100 percent organic Egyptian cotton that hasn't been bleached. ($13; underthenile.com)
Organic Absorb-It-All Diapers, by Ecobaby
What they are: Fitted diapers with adjustable side snaps that come in a variety of colors, like pink, seafoam, and buttercup. (Use them with a diaper cover.)
Eco-benefits: Not only are these diapers made of organic Indian cotton, they get their cute hues from natural dyes. ($16 www.ecobaby.com )