I have been hooked onto cloth diapers even before my baby was born. My initial attraction towards them was because of their beautiful prints and hence another accessory to match with my baby’s frocks. Let’s say, I went a wee bit overboard with my addiction which has been successfully curbed now. 😀
It made me explore all the cloth diapering options here in Qatar and find online websites that ship to Doha. I thought about writing this blog post to help others and myself in the future inshaAllah (before I forget everything I have read and researched about this topic)
Different types of Cloth Diapers and it’s availability in Doha, Qatar.
Pocket Diapers – These are one of the favourites in the cloth diapering community due to its ease of drying and versatility in stuffing with different inserts. They are basically a diaper cover (with a PUL layer which makes it waterproof) with a pocket in which different types of inserts can be stuffed in. Eg microfiber, organic cotton, charcoal bamboo etc.
Availability in Doha
Lulu – Green future
Ansar Gallery – Alva, Luvable Friends (not always stocked)
Happy Baby Wakrah – Luvable Friends (not always stocked)
Baby Shop – Juniors (Not always stocked)
Flats – The most versatile of all diapers. Used by our dear grandmothers too. Any cloth which absorbs well can be made it into a flat. They are held with the help of snappi or a boingo.
Availability in Doha
Available in Lulu as a set of 12. Muslin clothes are also found in Mother care, Mama and Papas. IKEA Himmelski burp cloths can also be used as flats. If you are feeling brave enough, the tea clothes from IKEA can also be used since they are essentially fabrics that absorb and so cheap.
All-in-One Diapers – They are basically similar to disposable diapers. Just put them on your baby. No stuffing or any extra work. The only con is it might take a longer time to dry but with newer designs like the Grove AIO, Thirsties AIO, Smartbottoms AIO etc which has inserts that are stitched only on one end, drying time has been comparatively reduced. Unfortunately, I have not found any shops that sell AIOS here.
All-In-Twos – A diaper cover with inserts which are snapped on it. I have reviewed a similar type earlier here. Easier for drying.
Haven’t found any here in Doha.
Fitted – Just a thick absorbent material in the shape of a diaper with snaps to fit. They do not have a PUL layer. They are used with a diaper cover. Perfect for summer if you do not want to use a diaper cover or for night-time diapering. (With a cover, of course) An example of fitted diapers.
Availability in Doha
Lulu does stock a type of fitted but I wouldn’t recommend it since it has microfiber inserts which ideally should not be used directly on baby’s skin.
Prefolds – A type of square or rectangular piece of cloth divided into three sections with additional layers in the middle section so as to make it more absorbent.
Diaper cover – I have not seen any diaper cover with PUL or TPU here in Doha. Found a few plastic covers in Lulu. Will not recommend them as they tend to get hot since they are not breathable.
CD friendly detergents available in Doha
Tide Original with no fabric softener
Persil Non bio etc
Any mainstream detergent with no fabric conditioner/softener will do.
Washing Cloth Diapers
Here are some articles explaining washing. I often go for a pre-wash (the shortest cycle on my WM with half the amount detergent mentioned on packet) A main wash at 40°/60 with the full amount of detergent as mentioned on its packet and finally a short post-wash (This can be skipped apparently but I chose to do it so as to rinse off any extra detergents and for my peace of mind)
Where to buy cloth diapers from?
Online CD website based in UAE
Eggs n Soldiers – I came across this Dubai-based online shop when I was searching around. They have a good collection of Bumgenius, Blueberry etc. I had interacted with the owner and she said they ship to Doha. Have not bought from them for a review.
Shop and Ship /Shipping forwarder services.
Aramex Shop and Ship – excellent and on time.
Shopfans – A relatively cheaper forwarding service compared to Aramex. You can hold your parcels for a certain number of days before they are shipped to Doha. Have used them twice and have been a good experience.
Connected from Qpost – Not used. Reviews by others do not sound good though it might be starting trouble.
Some of the sites I have used with the above services.
Amazon – Products that do not ship to Doha.
Abbyslane – Excellent customer service and free shipping within US
(The only reason I used above sites is because of their sale at that particular time. Try to find stores in the US which have free US shipping and that have sales when you are shopping, so that you are not spending tonnes of $$ besides the shipping forwarder. Earth day and Black Friday are the times when most cloth diapering shops are on sale
This FaceBook group always have updates on current CD sales)
Cloth diaper shops with international shipping
Do confirm with the shop owner before you buy.
Disclaimer : I have not bought from any of these shops except one Indian shop. Please do your own research before buying. This is only a small consolidated list of shops I have found that ship internationally
(I had asked in an Indian cloth diapering Facebook group for vendors who ship internationally/Middle East, the above vendors replied – though most of the websites do not have a notice on their page about shipping internationally. Please consult with each vendor for further information)
For a complete list of cloth diaper sellers in India, check out Haajra’s post.
Do you know of other shops and cloth diaper sellers who ship to Doha/Internationally? Leave your comments below, I shall add to the list.