March 15, 2010

Cloth Diapering Fabrics, part 1

When I first started looking into cloth diapers for our daughter, I was amazed by all the fabrics. So many types that I'd never heard of before. I wrote several of them down and took my list into the local fabric store, fully expecting to be able to buy a few things and try making a diaper. But the ladies at the fabric store hadn't heard of these fabrics, either, nor did they have any idea of where to buy them.

Over time, I learned what everything was and how it was used. Given a little time, you'll learn too! In the meantime, here's a primer of cloth diapering fabrics.

PUL - Polyurethane laminate, more commonly called PUL, is probably the most common fabric in the cloth diapering world. It's usually a polyester knit fabric that has lamination applied to the back side to make the fabric waterproof. Nearly every diaper and cover that we carry uses PUL for the waterproofing.

Originally created for the healthcare industry, PUL has the unique feature of being waterproof and still somewhat breathable, unlike the rubber pants our mothers used! Some question the breathability of PUL...I once made a sandwich baggie, thinking it was a brilliant alternative to plastic ziplock bags. But alas, while my sandwich bag held water just fine, it would make my chips as stale as could be.

PUL is BPA-free, phthalate-free, and is CPSIA-approved for use with babies. It does not contain latex. Products that we carry with PUL include BumGenius, Knickernappies, Thirsties, Fuzzi Bunz, and more.

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