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Absorbency

Cloth Diaper test results

What is Absorbency Testing?

Absorbency testing is a some-what controlled method of understanding how a cloth diaper absorbs liquid. It’s an unofficial measure of how a product performs using kitchen science and helps us create a scale of reference to better understand how products work together.

My Approach

I weight the product, then pour warm water over the product until the cloth diaper is soaked. I let any drips drip, and weigh the saturated product.  

I repeat three times and take an average in fluid ounces.  

Just an Estimate

This is just an estimate of the products maximum absorbency function. 

Real life results will vary and maximum absorption IRL would cause leaky diapers.

Performance

The amount of liquid is not the only indicator for successful cloth diapering – the way a material absorbs and holds onto liquid is another key performance indicator. This is not indicated here but I did chat about a bit on my youtube channel.

It’s more than the type of textile

Absorbency is about the products weave, blend, and quality

It’s easy for cloth diaper bloggers and brands to say “hemp is the most absorbent” but that’s a broad statement that doesn’t adequately support you in finding the right cloth diaper. Every textile performs differently, and the conversation should be about finding the right product designed by brands to meet your needs as a cloth diaper family. This might mean that a cotton cloth diaper is the best choice for an overnight diaper for your family. 

Cloth Diaper Absorbency Chart

Other Valuable Cloth Diaper Lists

Blogs I’ve Written and Products I Recommend

These will link to my personal blog – www.simplymombailey.com

Do I have a heavy wetter?

What does this term mean and are you using it correctly?

Heavy Wetter Overnight Diapers

Cloth diapers that worked for my first.

Overnight solutions

Light wetter solutions  for my second.

Flat Cloth Diapers

Flat Diapers for overnight. 

Reusable Options for bedwetting

Cloth diapers for toddlerhood and preschool

Prefold Absorbency

Flat Absorbency

Cloth Diaper Inserts Absorbency

Fitted Diaper Absorbency

These numbers are a average of all three, some might not add up because I averaged the diaper amongst three trials the insert, and the total. But the difference of .1 of an ounce isn’t going to make or break a product experience. 

cloth diaper absorbency list
Ultimate Cloth Diaper Absorbency List
Cloth Diaper Absorbency List - Prefolds, Flats, Cloth Diaper Inserts

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Professional Cloth Diaper Educator

Bailey brings 5+ years of cloth diapering experience and conversation to the cloth diaper space. She's not just your every day mom blogger sharing her experience - Bailey is immersed in the cloth diaper community learning from other parents and growing as an individual. She wants to find the cloth diaper solution that truly works for you.

Bailey believes we need to stop and listen to cloth diapering parents. We need to recognize our own bias and preferences and focus on solutions that work for you, not us. The Cloth Diaper community needs to recognize the privilege of being able to cloth diaper, and provide spaces for more conversations and stories.

Cloth diapering is not about rules but about our own strength as parents to do the best we can for our children with the resources available.

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