Cloth diapers are an old solution to an age-old problem that is being revisited by many. These days, they’re CUTE and collectable as well as highly functional and sustainable. Here are the black-owned cloth diaper brands that I love.
I’ve been about that sustainable lifestyle since my college days, so when my husband and I found out that we were expecting, my automatic response was to join all of the natural parenting groups on Facebook, as one does. I started to learn a lot about cloth diapers and I also joined cloth diapering groups.
A sad reality that I came to realize is that most of the natural parenting “support” groups on Facebook lack diverse representation. Many of them go as far as to defend microaggressions towards people of color instead of making it a safe space for all. When I started to discover groups specifically for black moms and parents who were seeking natural options, I felt included, safe, and seen.
Learning about black-owned cloth diaper brands through these groups, and even seeing one of the brands developed by local cloth diaper shop owners tired friends has been fun and inspiring.
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West Coast Dipes
I discovered The Crunchy Boutique via social media when my son was about 1.5 years old. When I was pregnant with him, I drove almost an hour to the nearest cloth diaper store. I didn’t return because it was just too much, and definitely would have not been a fun trip with a toddler who didn’t like car rides. The team behind The Crunchy Boutique is a black family, and they are all about building up their community. When they founded their cloth diaper brand, West Coast Dipes, we definitely had to try it out even though Greyson was potty trained during the day. Their diapers worked overnight, and they even created and sold some amazing trainers for a while. I’m always excited when they release a new line of cloth diapers, and I suggest you start collecting their beautiful prints today!
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Shine Cloth owner Deja is super active and hilarious on social media, which is where I first saw her brand. She shares every win and struggle that she goes through with her business with us, and gives us the real behind a black woman working for herself to create cloth diapers for our babies. The diapers that she creates by hand are bright, colorful, and unapologetically black and beautiful. Imagine galaxies, Cardi B, kente cloth, and Tupac. Well, you don’t have to imagine it – she creates them on real diapers that you can purchase from her. So run, don’t walk, and do just that!
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There is a massive variety in types of cloth diapers that exist out there, which is part of what makes it both exciting and intimidating. One form is using the natural moisture wicking properties of wool. Wool diapers in beautiful, deeply rich colors are a specialty at Cooper Rose. They also sell apparel with affirmations to remind kids with brown skin that they are important and beautiful, linen bonnets and bibs, and khanga (kanga) baby wearing wraps.
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Just when I was about to give up on cloth diapers as an overnight solution, the Crunchy Boutique team showed me Pooters Diapers. What a GAME. CHANGER. Their website calls the “hemp overnight fitted” diaper “the absolute best overnight cloth diaper you can buy for a heavy wetter.” It is the truth for my family! These diapers kept us from using disposables when my son became a heavy wetter at night, and I am so GRATEFUL for that!
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