Proof: PUL Cloth Diapers Are More Breathable Than Disposable Diapers

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The cloth diaper community has always stated that PUL (polyurethane laminate) cloth diapers are more breathable than their disposable counterpart.  I have always believed this to be true and the evidence in babies (less rashes) has supported this claim.  Still, it would be nice to have a real study to support this fact.  I don’t know of one but I did see a pretty convincing experiment conducted by the WAHM and mom behind Oeko Popo diapers.

This experiment uses boiling water and steam to show PUL is more breathable than the plastic lining in disposable diapers.  The more water droplets on the inside of the glass that was placed over the diaper means the more breathable the material.

You can guess which diaper won!

What a fabulous experiment courtesy of Oeko Popo diapers.  I am currently reviewing their Batumee diaper so keep an eye out!

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Kim Rosas began Dirty Diaper Laundry in 2009 out of a desire to help more parents understand modern cloth diapers. She lives in Florida with her husband of 5 years and her two boys. Even though none of her boys wear diapers anymore she is still just as committed to promoting them. In her spare time Kim enjoys video editing, photography, and coffee.
  • This is an awesome vid Kim! You think of the best posts, I would have never though of this experiment. This is a great way to help explain (one of) the difference and between cloth and disposable and  explain the benefits of cloth for babies.

    • Anonymous

      I can’t take credit for any of it. The experiment was done by Oeko Popo but I thought it was genius so I asked if I could post her video. I wish I had thought of it!!!
      Please excuse typos and brevity. Sent from my iPhone

  • Anonymous

    Love the video! Thanks for sharing. PUL is some amazing stuff.

  • Eleslie

    Video gone??? :(