After you've decided on the models for your little one's tushie, now you're facing another decision.
Which inserts you should choose?
The joy you get from using cloth diapers and saving thousands of dollars is slightly lessened when you have to scrub poop off a cloth insert before throwing it in the washer.
We know this can get a little bit overwhelming, so we'll take it slow. First things first:
What are inserts?
- Inserts: are the main absorbent layer stuffed into a pocket diaper or laid in a waterproof cover.
Bamboo is often considered a natural fiber. More expensive than microfiber and cotton, bamboo inserts are silky soft, trim, and absorbent. Also found as bamboo velour or charcoal bamboo, rayon from bamboo wicks moisture away from baby’s skin at three to four times the rate of cotton.
Bamboo is often blended with cotton to give the insert a little more structure.
Pros of Bamboo Inserts
- Very soft
- Trim and absorbent
- Absorb quickly
- Bamboo is also naturally deodorizing, anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic
- Unlike fleece liners that add bulk to a diaper, bamboo liners are lightweight and won’t weigh down a diaper.
Cons of Bamboo Inserts
- more expensive
Microfiber is the most common material used in inserts and the most economical. Microfiber inserts absorb liquid quickly and dry quickly. However, they tend to flatten over time which reduces their absorbency, and they’re prone to compression leaks. Microfiber is not recommended to go directly against baby’s skin because it absorbs wetness so well that it can cause a rash on your baby’s skin.
Pros of Microfiber Inserts
- most economical
- absorb quickly
- dry quickly
- can hold up to 8 times its weight in water
Cons of Microfiber Inserts
- don’t last as long
- prone to compression leaks
- hold diaper stink
Charcoal inserts can hold upwards of 180 ml of moisture and still feel dry. The ideal choice for an overnight or napping diaper inserts and/or to prevent/heal diaper rashes. The dark color hides stains.
Pros of Charcoal Inserts
- Naturally deodorizing
- Dark in color
- Eliminates the need for rash creams
- Thermal Regulating
How to wash?
- Wash no more than 12 - 18 diapers at a time.
- Use your washer's highest water level.
- Pre-rinse with cold water and no detergent.
- Use a regular warm water cycle and cloth-friendly-detergent (a detergent that rinses clean).
- Dry diapers in the dryer or hang dry or a combination of both.
Note: If your baby is solely breastfed, you can just throw the diaper into your diaper pail. The initial cold rinse will remove the poop. This is because the poop of breastfed babies is water soluble.
After your baby starts solids, you should shake off what you can into the toilet before placing the diapers into the diaper pail.
- Suitable weight: 3-15 kg
- Size: 36 x 14 cm
- Age Range: 0-24 months
- Quantity: 1
- Gender: Unisex
- Feature: Super-absorbency