Here’s a list of my favorite inserts and doublers, and where to get good deals on them. I love inserts because they can boost the absorbency of your chosen diapering system, but without spending a lot of etra money. They help you get more “mileage” out of the diapers you already own. And there are so many choices of fabrics and styles.
#1 Thirsties Fab Doublers
Thirsties Fabs are one of my favorite daytime doublers. 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. They 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 $7.00, you can find them at Nicki’s Diapers and Kelly’s Closet.
#2 Thirsties Hemp Inserts
Thirsties Hemp Inserts are a really good 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 Geffen Baby Absorbers
Geffen Baby’s made-in-the-USA super absorbent inserts are fast becoming a popular option. With different levels available (Newborn, Quick, High, Super and Ultra), you can find just the right absorbency for your baby’s needs. Made to be compatible with most any diapering system, Geffen Absorbers start at just $11 for a 3-pack, and are made with a thirsty blend of 60% hemp and 40% smooth cotton jersey. You can find them directly at Geffen, or at many cloth retailers online like Nicki’s, Kelly’s Closet and Dearest Diapers.
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 SoftBums Pods
Although they are designed to work with the SoftBums system, I used their inserts before ever trying our first SoftBums diaper. The MiniPod is my favorite way to add absorbency to a newborn’s diaper (no matter which kind you’re using) without adding a lot of bulk. There’s also a one-size adjustable insert, and you can choose from bamboo or stay-dry microfiber. Prices are very reasonable, starting at $2.95 each. Shop at Softbums.com
#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. 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.
#7 Diaper Safari Bamboo Trifolds
This is a great insert that I more cloth diapering families should know about! The Diaper Safari bamboo trifold is made with several thirsty layers of bamboo/cotton with a microsuede layer on top. What that gives you is super absorbency plus a stay-dry effect, all in one. No need to use a fleece liner or stuff your bamboo/cotton inserts inside a microfleece pocket. At just $5.99 each, I think these are a really great price. Other trifold inserts made of cotton or bamboo can be $10 or more apiece.
You can also fold these in half for larger babies. The only drawback I’ve noted is that the fabric shrinks up unevenly at the edges since part of the insert is natural and part is synthetic.
You can find these with FREE shipping at Nicki’s.
#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 Best Bottom Inserts
Best Bottom is an AI2 system with inserts that snap in, but you can use them with any style of diaper. Stuff in pockets, lay in covers, or add some absorbency to an All-in-One. What’s really nice is all the options that Best Bottom offers – stay dry, bamboo and hemp in varying sizes so you can get the right fit and level of absorbency.
Best Bottom inserts are sold at Nicki’s with free shipping over $10.00.