After 3 years of cloth diapering (so far) I decided to compile a list of my favorite inserts and doublers, and where to get the best deals on them. I love inserts because they can really boost the absorbency of your chosen diapering system, but without spending a lot of money. They help you get more “mileage” out of the diapers you already own. And there are so many choices of fabrics and styles!
Here are my top 10…in no particular order:
#1 Thirsties Fab Doublers
Thirsties Fabs are my favorite, basic day time doubler. They are made of 3 plush layers of cotton velour and can be purchased according to size and gender, which is unique and fun compared to most other inserts on the market. Now, these aren’t meant to be super soakers – Fab Doublers are trim inserts that add just a little bit of extra absorbency to your diapering system. They work great paired with fitteds and prefolds, and can also be stuffed into pockets or used alone in pairs. And the price is great! Just $7.25 for a pack of 3. You can always find them in stock at Diva Diapers.
#2 Thirsties Hemp Inserts
Thirsties Hemp Inserts are my overnight solution. You can pick these up in 2-packs at Diaper Junction. Made of 55% hemp and 45% cotton, they are a great solution for heavy wetters, or for whenever you think baby might have to go for a while without a change. Unlike a lot of hemp products out there, these are not stiff or crunchy when wet. The knitted jersey fabric is very soft and smooth. Thirsties Hemp Inserts will take a bit longer to dry than other inserts, but this is always to be expected with denser fabrics. At about $8.75 for a pack of two, they are an excellent value for the money, and if you’re purchasing them just for overnight, you’ll only need a few.
#3 Flip Organic Inserts
I call my Flip Organic Inserts “luxury prefolds.” They are generously sized and are made of high quality organic cotton. The lines of stitching on these inserts makes them very easy to fold in thirds. And they get softer and more absorbent the more you wash and dry them. A nice perk is that you have organic cotton right up against your baby’s skin. They are thick, though, and take a long time to dry.
Kelly’s Closet sells the Flip Organic Inserts, along with the coordinating one-size covers, but Flip Organics can be used with virtually any system.
#4 Flip Sty-Dry Inserts
Flip Stay-Dry inserts very popular because they combine a thirsty microfiber core with a soft suedecloth top which keeps your baby feeling dry and wicks moisture away quickly. The Flip inserts have two lines sewn in to help you fold and choose a size: small, medium or large. It dries fairly quickly and can be used day or night.
#5 Diaper Rite Cotton Doubler
At just $1.69 each, this is one of the best values around. Made of the same lovely, quilty cotton that you find in prefolds, the Diaper Rite cotton doublers are compact and soft. They are perfect for adding just a little bit more absorbency to a diaper. Each doubler is made with 8 layers of Indian cotton.
The natural cotton cleans up and dries very easily. No folding is needed. These inserts measure approximate 4.25×12 so they are ideal for smaller infants; I really hope Diaper Rite will add a larger size in the future. For now, I just use 2 for a larger baby or toddler.
#6 Hemp Babies Little Weeds
Hemp is naturally anti-microbial, extremely absorbent and durable. Recently, I discovered Hemp Babies Little Weeds inserts at Diva Diapers and quickly fell in love. The hemp fleece fabric feels kind of like very fine sherpa. Made of 55% hemp and 45% certified organic cotton, Little Weeds are a serged with natural thread and can be folded in half or in thirds. They make wonderful pocket stuffers, night time doublers or even stand-alone diapers for newborns and small babies.
In fact, that’s just what I’m going to do with my Little Weeds. Samuel has outgrown them, but they still work for 8-month-old Susanna. When she’s bigger, I’m tucking my Little Weeds away for a newborn stash (just in case……).
At just $5.95 each, they are great a value for the money. You can always find them in stock at Diva Diapers.
#7 Knickernappies LoopyDo Inserts
Looking for another hard-working night time doubler? The Knickernappies LoopyDo inserts are amazing, and very highly rated (they are #1 at Diaper Pin!). Many pocket-diapering mothers will tell you that by combining separate hemp inserts and microfiber inserts they found a bulletproof night time solution for their child. Knickernappies very cleverly put this combination together in one great insert. And to save you some time and trouble, they arrive at your doorstep pre-washed and ready to go. They are sized so you always get a great fit and no extra bulk.
Good news! These #1 rated soakers are just $7.49 at Kelly’s Closet.
#8 Kissaluvs Super Soaker Diaper Doublers
Here’s another super doubler that may be just the ticket for your heavy wetter: the Kissaluvs Super Soaker. Like all Kissaluvs products, they are made of natural fibers and feature two layers of unbleached knit terry plus a third layer of absorbent cotton fleece. They are twice the weight of the regular Kissaluvs doublers and retail for just $4.49.
You can find the Kissaluvs Super Soakers in packs of 3 for just $11.95 at Diaper Junction. What a great deal!
#9 Hemp Babies Diaper Doublers
If you like natural fibers paired together like hemp and cotton, then you’ll love the Hemp Babies Diaper Doublers. They use the same fleece material you’ll find in the Little Weeds, but in a trimmer shape and with no folding needed. These can be laid in a cover or stuffed inside pocket diapers and come in size small or large. You’ll find the Hemp Babies doublers at Kelly’s Closet for anywhere from $3.00 to $4.00, depending on the size you need.
#10 BabyKicks JoeyBunz
The hemp blend fabric makes for a super trim yet thirsty insert, perfect for boosting an overnight diaper, or for stuffing in pockets. JoeyBunz come in different sizes. From left to right above: Premium JoeyBunz, One-Size JoeyBunz and sized JoeyBunz. You can find them with free shipping at Diaper Safari and Sweetbottoms Baby.
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