Cloth diapering has been in the local parenting scene for quite a number of years now, although our mothers (and grandmothers!) would probably say that the concept of using cloth diapers has been around for generations (referring to the traditional lampin).
Whether it’s the lampin or more trendy, “high tech” systems that are used, cloth diaper advocates and users cite numerous benefits of using cloth diapers — including being safer for babies and the environment, and being much cheaper than using disposables.
While this may be a debatable topic, it’s safe to say that many Filipino mothers have chosen to use cloth diapers for their little ones. Here are some of their top picks:
1. Dandy Nappy Iris Pulga, baker and homeschooling mom of two, prefers to use this brand on her daughter (who’s still using cloth diapers at three years old!) because they are “not so expensive, not bulky and work so well at night, or when we go out.”
You can find Dandy Nappy diapers on sale on Facebook.
2. Alva Fe Victoria Demdam works in the Finance Department of the Couples for Christ Global Mission Center, and has a 1.4 year old baby. She swears by the Alva cloth diaper brand, citing the following reasons:
- It helps keep baby free from diaper rash. - It’s eco-friendly, and stylish with plain and different printed designs. - It’s washable and re-usable so it saves them a lot of money. - One size fits all because it’s adjustable.
Fe bought her Alva diapers from Lil’ Kornet Atbp. on Facebook.
3. Thirsties Duo Sign language instructor and mommy blogger Que Sullano-Gavan says her favorite cloth diaper brand is the sleeve/pocket Thirsties Duo diapers. She used cloth diapers on her son until he turned 1.5 years old.
“We can choose how many inserts, or pieces of cloth made of different absorbent materials, to place in it, depending on the need,” Que shares. “We started with fitted diapers Chino Pino (diapers that look like disposable diapers but are made of cloth), which is a good brand to test if you are curious about cloth diapering.”
Que’s Thirsties Duo diapers were bought from the U.S. but they are also available now at Rustan’s and Hobbes and Landes.
4. next9 Joyce Miranda Romualdez is an entrepreneur with two kids. Her eldest has been using next9’s cloth diapers for three years. “It was actually one of a few brands available locally three years ago,” Joyce says. “It's very absorbent, durable and comfortably soft.”
“They’re affordable, too (around P300 per diaper), especially at that time, when most pocket diapers were still imported and expensive (around P1000 per piece),” Joyce adds. “Surprisingly, some of the expensive ones I bought before are already torn.”
5. Baby Leaf Amihan Mabalay Cornista, contributing writer to the Philippine Online Chronicles, says her family prefers Baby Leaf diapers because “they're super absorbent, unlike others, and are affordable too!” Amihan’s baby is currently 2.1 years old, and has been using cloth diapers since she was 3 months old. “I really love Baby Leaf because of its quality, and it’s so affordable,” Amihan adds. “It is our favorite overnight diaper.”
6. Babyland Quality assurance analyst Krystyna Sevilla Quimpo says Babyland diapers’ durability and texture are two of the reasons why she prefers them to other cloth diaper brands. “It’s softer than Alva, though I also like Alva because it has more designs,” she shares.
“Babyland diapers are more affordable though, and quite durable because I got to use them until my son (now four years old) was potty trained,” Krystyna adds.
Krystyna loves the brand so much that she has become a reseller of Babyland cloth diapers herself in Bacolod, via her Facebook page.
Do you use cloth diapers or are thinking of using them? Why or why not? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below!