If you look back at the past 30 years of cloth diapering so much has changed. Before 10 years ago most of the available choices on the market were the traditional prefolds, rubber style pull on pants, and pins.
In 1999, Tereson Dupuy, invented the FuzziBunz pocket cloth diaper in a desperate need to find something that would help her son’s chronic diaper rash. Many people credit Tereson of revitalizing the cloth diaper industry.
In the late 70‘s and 80’s, the diaper service industry was moving along at amazing growth but when the 90’s hit there was a steep decline in customer demand for diaper service and many services closed their doors. This created a new need for a “new age” cloth diaper and hence the industry exploded.
The doors for creativity were like a flood gate with one manufacturer after another trying to produce what they thought was the perfect cloth diaper. As the years went on new styles were created- hybrids, all-in-two’s, etc. Many manufacturers came and went- most of them had the creativity sense but didn’t have the know how to market their diaper.
Today I could say many of us would agree that there are so many choices available. Each brand & style caters to a different Mama (or Dad) depending on their lifestyle and budget. I am sure if we lined up every brand and style of cloth diaper available it would at least take up a couple of grocery store aisles!
It has been amazing to see the cloth diaper trends- from pocket diapers, to one-size diapers, and now the latest; hybrid diapers.
It will be interesting to see what this the cloth diaper industry will be in another 10 years and what the ratio of cloth diaper users and disposable users. Lets hope that cloth will continue to climb!
What are your thoughts about the future of the cloth diaper industry? We would love to know!
By Kelly W- aka “The Cloth Diaper Whisperer”