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Are Modern Cloth Nappies REALLY Breathable?

Added on 17 February 2012 in General Info & Advice

Many people seeing modern cloth nappies for the first time and hearing about the waterproofing used in most of them (PUL - Polyurethane Laminate) have a hard time accepting that a fabric can be both waterproof and breathable at the same time.
While there are options offering more breathability (like wool covers or a fitted nappy with no cover), there is no doubt that PUL has revolutionised the cloth nappy industry. But is it really all that much better than the old plastic & PVC covers?

In fact we were were asked the question just the other day at one of our Information Sessions: Don't babies get sweatier and hotter in cloth nappies than in disposables?

Have a look at this experiment by American cloth nappy maker Juliane from Oeko Popo. Here she compares the breathability of a PUL nappy with a disposable nappy.

Interesting, isn't it?


Posted by Katariina on 17 February 2012

Great video! I will post it on my blog too :)

Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Team Darlings on 17 February 2012

Not a problem, Katariina! I had a look at your blog too (with some help from Google Translate!) - you've done a lot of work and looks great. You must be the Estonian Nappy Lady!

Posted by Jennifer on 17 February 2012

That is a very excellent demonstration. Even after lots of cloth nappying I wondered whether that claim of PUL breathability was true. We never used disposables so didn't have those to compare with, just the fantastic properties of wool covers.

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