What's the most important to you in a reusable diaper?
Kissaluvs answers to frequently asked questions
Diapers - Fabrics
The answer depends greatly on your water source and washing routine. In soft water with a mild detergent or pure soap, the fleece will stay wonderfully soft. In hard water, you may eventually end up with a sort of short-loop, fuzzy-ish terry texture--still pliable and softer than most terries, but not as soft as the day you bought the diaper.
One of our retailers did some comparative absorbency testing and found that the size 1 cotton fleece diaper absorbed the same as a premium chinese cotton prefold diaper; the fleece/terry combo absorbed approximately 10% more by weight.
Of course, lab testing doesn't address the real-life use/absorbency of a diaper (e.g., your baby doesn't wet the whole diaper at once and let it drip dry!).
The only difference between the fleece and combo diapers is the outside layer. On the combo diapers, the outside layer is knit terry, which is heavier than the cotton fleece. The soaker layers are exactly the same.
The cotton fleece is created by special mechanical and heat processes applied to top-notch terry. Allow us to assure you it's not easy to find a fabric manufacturer who does it and does it well! Some fleeces are artificially created with fabric softeners that wash out quickly (and well they should!), or are really a super-brushed thick flannel. Our finishing is built-in to the fabric itself.
First peruse the details on the Diapering Fabrics page, including the fabric comparison chart.
The major differences between the two types of diapers are:
Heavy-weight knit terry. We use knit terry so the soaker area doesn't get hard over time.
Nope. There is quite a variety of "fleece" in the fabric world ... the fleece associated with many covers and stay-dry products is a poly or "polar" fleece, which acts as a water repellent/pass-through layer and is not an absorbent material. Our fleece is cotton-based fleece, which is absorbent and soft. The term "fleece" is often used to designate a soft and fuzzy texture rather than a specific fabric. Good question, because it's really important to know the content of any fleece fabric, especially in the diapering world where the answer can make a huge difference!
Microfiber Terry. It provides superior moisture absorbency and retention properties making the diapers very absorbent.
How if the fleece inside the Marvels AIO so soft and doesn’t pill or stain like in my other diapers?
Ours is custom milled for us to eliminate issues you have with most poly fleece fabrics. Its engineered to stay soft wash after wash and repel stains better than most.
Nope. Our PUL (poly urethane laminate) fabric is custom made for us- right here in the US- to our specifications to last wash after wash, which knitting it for a softer feel.
eed help with caring for your diapers?
There are many opinions about diaper washing, and many people
have developed additional steps and routines based on their individual needs. Our advice is to start simple and adjust only if necessary
for your baby or water-type. Click here for our wash and care instructions.