Do you think tossing disposable diapers is much easier than laundering cloth diapers?? You have decided to use eco-friendly cloth diapers but it seems a headache to wash and dry them?
With modern covering technology and inserts, now using cloth diapers are as convenient as disposable ones. Inserts and soakers are introduced in a cloth diaper system to manage ultra-absorbent capabilities. Let’s learn how!
What Are Inserts?
Inserts are the attachment of the cloth diaper made of natural or man-made materials that help to avoid leakages. Depending upon the type of cloth diaper you are using, there are different kinds of inserts – inbuilt or separate. The cloth diaper covering allows the liquid to pass through them to the insert which absorbs the liquid. This allows your baby’s skin to be dry. When multiple inserts are used to increase the absorbency level then they are called boosters or doublers
Do Cloth Diapers Need Inserts?
Inserts or soakers are separately kept inside the cover of a cloth diaper or woven between the diaper. Inserts can be easily pulled out from the cover (the cover can be reused) and washed. At bedtime, parents can stuff as many inserts as they want so the baby won’t leak through the night and have a peaceful sleep.
Nowadays, inserts are coming in a variety of fabrics like cotton, bamboo fabric, microfiber which are filled with ultra-absorbent fiber. Disposable inserts are also a good choice if the mother is working. All you need to do is toss the insert and apply the new one. One can buy a roll of 100 single-use inserts for nearly $10.
If you using All-in-one cloth diapers you won’t need an extra insert. All-in-one cloth nappies are sewn into one folder just like disposable diapers.
How Many Inserts Do You Need for Cloth Diapers?
Different kinds of cloth diapers need different stuffing. You don’t need to stuff inserts in all-in-one cloth diapers as it has an absorbent shell sewn in. But AIOs are also coming with additional attached pockets to increase absorbency which is ideal for nighttime.
In pocket diapers, you can customize the soaking level by putting in 1-3 inserts into the pocket that is made up of free-dry material. These inserts require less drying time. In one-size cloth diapers, there is velcro fitted to adjust the size and have large inserts which absorb more.
Hybrid diapers consist of one cloth insert and a disposable insert which needs to get toss after spoiled. You only need 1 insert during the daytime and 2-3 inserts at night in pocket and AIO.
Which Inserts Are Best for Cloth Diapers?
You must be wondering which insert you should choose for your baby? It depends on your personal preference. Here are the insert types and decide which and how many cloth diapers insert to buy and which cloth diaper inserts are best for you.
Hemp is a natural fiber, anti-bacterial insert that has ultra absorbency. Hemp is best used with a combination of other inserts such as microfiber or bamboo. If you love ultra-absorbent in an active monsoon region, hemp is not a great option. It absorbs a lot of liquid so it takes time to get dried.
Microfiber is synthetic inserts that usually come along with cloth diapers. It has an ultra-absorbent quality and is very economical. Microfiber is soft for your baby’s skin but it does not last for very long because microfiber stinks easily.
Bamboo Cotton Insert
Bamboo cotton is soft, long-lasting nature fiber inserts. It has ultra-absorbent capability and fasts too. This insert is far better than cotton or microfiber and performs excellently when used along with other inserts. This insert is one of the best inserts for cloth diapers.
Organic Cotton Insert
This cotton natural fiber insert had been used traditionally in the form of ‘langots’. Langot is triangular-shaped cloth underwear worn in Asian countries. Cotton insert is easily available and is best recommended for the baby’s skin. Cotton insert is very soft for your baby but has absorbency only when used with multiple layers. It, in turn, increases the load of the diaper.
Charcoal Bamboo Insert
Charcoal bamboo is a synthetic, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial fiber. This fiber is a feel-dry material made by spinning charcoal on the bamboo. This insert comes with 3-5 layers of microfiber sandwiched between 2 bamboo layers.
As night-time is a bit complicated than daytime. All you want is for your baby is to get 8 hours of peaceful sleep without leakage. This solution could be achieved by using combinations of different inserts. Bamboo cotton inserts with hemp inserts or cotton inserts with bamboo cotton inserts are a great combination for a tranquil sleep.