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Old 12-04-2012, 07:12 AM   #1
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Newbie here- I was wondering what the concern is with using cloth diapers that have some synthetic fabric in them like polyester? Tia!

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Re: Question about synthetics

My primary concern is not being able to breath. I think others are concerned about chemicals.

I have always used wool and usually with 100% cotton flats or prefolds though. I don't know what most diapers are made of. Is polyester used in cloth diapers?
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:29 AM   #3
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I was looking at Dappi pinless contour and in the description is says:

"100% cotton inner and back layer, double thick rayon/polyester felt middle layer, soft elastic at leg offers the best of comfort and durability for the most comfortable fit for your active little one. Velcro Fasteners for a snug adjustable fit . Machine Washable"

I wonder if since it's the middle and not actually touching baby's skin if it would be okay..??
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I would say there are a lot of simply functional pros and cons of polyester/synthetic fibers vs. natural. Off the top of my head:

Pros of synthetic fibers:
- stain-resistant/don't hold stains easily
- feel soft even when line-dried
- generally less expensive
- colors less likely to fade/be damaged
- generally more durable
- some make effective stay-dry inners: suedecloth, microfleece, minky, athletic wicking fabric
- polyester fleece is a vegan/breathable alternative to a wool cover (for those with wool allergy or who want something they can just wash like regular clothing)

Cons
- May retain odors if not fully clean
- May require more rigorous wash routines to be fully clean
- Some little one's are sensitive to polyester and it can cause irritation
not natural (maybe that's a dumb con LOL)
- Generally do not breathe quite as well or stay quite as cool as their natural alternatives

Pros of Natural fabrics
- Renewable resource
- biodegradable
- generally higher absorbency w/o wicking

Cons
- generally more expensive
- colors are more readily damaged by chemicals (in particular bleach)
- the absorbent natural fibers used in diaper inners are not stay dry
- Some little one's are sensitive to natural fibers/feeling wet and it can cause irritation
- pesticides used to grow natural fibers (although this can be avoided by buying organic or something like hemp, which isn't grown with pesticide)

That's all I got
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I was looking at Dappi pinless contour and in the description is says:

"100% cotton inner and back layer, double thick rayon/polyester felt middle layer, soft elastic at leg offers the best of comfort and durability for the most comfortable fit for your active little one. Velcro Fasteners for a snug adjustable fit . Machine Washable"

I wonder if since it's the middle and not actually touching baby's skin if it would be okay..??
What is your concern, just having a man-made fabric touching your baby? Are you planning to use 100% wool covers also? I think it would be fine, a rayon/poly core sounds similar (to me) to bamboo fiber fabrics; bamboo fabrics are made almost like rayon only the initial raw material is bamboo instead of cellulose.
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I guess I'm not sure whether or not to be concerned. I just seem to hear a lot about the importance of using natural fibers for diapers so I was curious as to why some people feel that way.
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I guess I'm not sure whether or not to be concerned. I just seem to hear a lot about the importance of using natural fibers for diapers so I was curious as to why some people feel that way.
I think it will depend on who you talk to, lots of "crunchy" mamas use CDs and so have a bias toward natural fibers.

I don't know whether or not polyester fabric is safe to wear, although it seems like most people think it is The internet is full of both fact and misinformation. But I think that if you are the type of person who wants to be as natural as possible in every way, shape, or form, then using cloth diapers with natural fibers is the way to go. Me, personally, I like to use natural within reason. My son gets rashy if all his diaper have natural fibers against his skin, so we use a lot of diapers with stay-dry. And he needs breathable covers so although we don't use PUL covers (they do not breathe well) we use mainly polyester fleece. It's just a more practical choice for us (with the natural alternative being wool).

http://naturalbabyusa.com/blog/is-po...o-our-children

http://www.wrongplanet.net/postt164930.html

http://bodyecology.com/articles/top_...p#.UL4pve_yY4g

http://grist.org/article/umbra-clothing1/
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Re: Question about synthetics

My biggest motivation to avoid synthetic absobent materials is the washability factor. Cotton just washes clean more easily, and I don't want a complicated wash routine.
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The only time I have problems with synthetics is for absorbent material, microfiber just doesn't work for us. But as for fleece inners and PUL outers, I am not ashamed to say, I love my plastic cloth diapers. Lol
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