A disposable multi-layer diaper of high absorptive capacity is provided which comprises as a first layer, to be brought into contact with an infant's skin, a porous, fibrous, non-woven bonded facing web of controlled wettability made of mixed long and short fibers. A second layer, in juxtaposition to the facing layer, is a highly porous, loosely compacted cellulosic batt having greater wettability than that of the facing web. Beyond the cellulosic batt is an impervious backing sheet adhered to the batt over a widely distributed area of adhesion. The final or outermost layer is a fibrous material which is adhered to the backing sheet, and which enables the diaper to have the feel and handle of a cloth diaper. The outermost layer, preferably, is a non-woven web made of mixed long and short fibers that are bonded together with a water-repellent bonding agent.