White Cloth Diapers – Pro’s and Con’s

White Cloth Diapers – Pro’s and Con’s (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

A simple white diaper is a very versatile thing in your baby’s wardrobe.

When I was first interested in using cloth diapers, I was drawn by all of the pretty colors and patterns.  After all, isn’t the cute factor kind of part of the whole point of using cloth diapers in the first place?

My husband, however, is infinitely more practical than me.  When I was getting ready to load up my virtual shopping cart with FuzziBunz at Cozy Bums, he insisted that I buy white.  Lots and lots of white.  In fact, sixteen of my first nineteen diapers were FuzziBunz One Size white cloth diapers.

I pouted, of course, because I wanted the pretty diapers.  However, I’ve realized something: white cloth diapers are darned useful.

I love to match cloth diapers to the outfits.  If a diaper is going to be peaking out of a onesie, it really needs to match.  Or at least be unobtrusive.  While I do have lots of colorful diapers in my cloth diaper stash, the ever so boring white cloth diapers are a safety diaper.  It will always go with anything I put my kids in.  I don’t have to worry about it clashing with any outfit, particularly if I’m doing a quick change because the baby barfed all over whatever she was wearing.

With a colored diaper, I have to be a little more selective in what I grab so that I don’t dress kids in anything that looks gross.

That’s not, of course, to say that colored cloth diapers are no fun and shouldn’t be in a stash.  They are and they should.  I adore my colorful diapers.  In fact, every diaper I’ve added to my cloth diaper stash since that initial purchase has been colorful.  But I’ve been thinking about adding a white Best Bottom shell to my collection.

I’ve read comments about how white cloth diapers stain easily, et cetera.  I have to state for the record that I only have one white diaper with any sort of stain, and I believe that was from blueberries.  Generally, I find that a quick spray of a stain treater on the cover and a good rinse will get anything out long before it hits the washing machine.  If I don’t get it then, it will typically come out when I strip my diapers anyway.

I say this with white diapers that are over two and a half years old.

So don’t knock white cloth diapers.  It’s a versatile thing.

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. With my first, we pretty much used exclusively one-size motherease diapers… so all white! I loved them. But that was 8 years ago… I’ve accumulated several colours since then and I can’t wait to use them! 🙂

  2. Anne sweden says:

    Great post! I like white diapers for a couple of other reasons, too – they are gender neutral and they just look SO clean and fresh!

  3. I think I only have about 2 white diapers in my entire stash. I find them to be boring. BUT I have 2 boys so the diaper isn’t usually showing unless they are running around in just a t-shirt at home. I can see how white would be nice for girls in dresses and skirts when you would actually see the diaper.

  4. When I first started using cloth I had to have fun colors and cute prints…. HOWEVER, I just ordered 2 white diapers 🙂 I figured they would go with any outfit AND they are gender neutral, so I would be able to use them for future babies 🙂

  5. I don’t own any white cloth simply because the house i used to live in had super hard well water and white anything always ended up dingy. I do have a lot of solid colored ones, and i’m not too fussy about being matchy matchy with the diapers.

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