Top 10 Cloth Diaper Inserts Review & Giveaway

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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. Elia, a fellow cloth-diapering mother and friend, blogs about fluff at Conservamom and shares my love of the Flip Organics. “They are one of my favorites,” she shared with me, “because of the absorbency and versatility.” And as a plus, “I love that the organic fabric is directly against my baby’s skin.”

Be sure to stop by Elia’s blog and connect with her so you won’t miss any of her upcoming posts and giveaways of cloth diapering products!

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

The Flip Stay-Dry inserts are one of the most popular on the market, and for good reason. Mothers love the soft smooth suede side that goes against baby’s skin and wicks moisture away into the thirsty microfiber core. Julie, who blogs about her experiences with cloth diapers at My Cloth Diaper Stash, told me the first inserts she ever tried were the Flip Stay-Dry’s. “I love them because they are so straightforward and easy for beginners.” Julie also raved about the unique way that the Flip Stay-Dry inserts are constructed: “There are 2 lines sewn into the inserts to help you determine what size to use for your baby: Small, Medium, and Large. Just fold on the seam, and voila…your insert is customized for your baby! This insert really does absorb a lot and even dries fairly quickly for being a “stay dry” insert. I have used it both during the day, and at night with success. I would recommend this Stay Dry Insert to anyone looking for a simple and effective way to cloth diaper their children!”

Be sure to visit Julie’s blog and connect with her to receive updates when she posts cloth diaper reviews and giveaways.

And you can find the Flip Stay-Dry Inserts at Kelly’s Closet.

#5 Bumtique 3-Layer Bamboo Inserts

No folding require for these super silky and super thirsty bamboo inserts from one of our favorite WAHM stores – The Bumtique. You can lay them in a cover (1 or 2 at a time) or stuff into your pocket diapers if you want something different than plain old microfiber. Bamboo is soft, naturally antimicrobial and doesn’t hold on to odors like synthetics. I had to snag some of these because they are just 2 for $6.00 and they perform just as well as microfiber, but with the added benefits you get from natural fibers. Oh, and they can be laid right against baby’s skin…unlike microfiber!  These inserts measure approximate 5×13 and so are pretty close to the standard size “pocket” insert.

#6 Hemp Babies Little Weeds

Did I mention that I love hemp? It’s naturally anti-microbial, extremely absorbent and durable. Recently, I discovered Hemp Babies Little Weeds inserts at Diva Diapers and quickly fell in love. It’s hard to convey just how cozy and cuddly these little inserts are. 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……). They are too beautiful and soft to sell!

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 Bamboo Trifolds

I bought a small stash of these lovely bamboo inserts to use for my newborn. Folded in thirds, they fit perfectly in a tiny cover. Folded in half they make luxuriously soft inserts or doublers for older babies. There are two layers of squishy bamboo on the outside and a hidden layer of thirsty Zorb on the inside.

The Lovely Orchard on Etsy sells them for just $5.95 in packs of two!



Well, that’s a wrap! I hope my reviews will be helpful to you if you’re looking to add some extra absorbency to your diaper stash. Enter the giveaway below and you might score $25 to go shopping at Diva Diapers, Buttercup Baby or Judy’s Lil Quilt Fix (your choice)!

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  1. says

    I have only used MF inserts as far as I’m aware, they were given to me. I would really like to try them all, but the main two I want to try are bamboo and hemp.

  2. says

    We use the thirsties hemp inserts at night with our fitteds. They are the BEST! I also like an insert you don’t have mentioned here: the thirsties duo inserts. They have a fleece side on top of microfiber, snapped to a hemp insert for extra absorbency. I can just lay them in my covers. Similiar to Flip inserts but with the hemp!

  3. Sara R says

    We have babykicks premium hemp inserts, thirsties hemp doublers and hemp prefold, as well as microfiber inserts that come with pocket diapers. We don’t really care for those, but we LOVE our hemp, particularly for overnights (why we bought specific inserts/doublers).

  4. Katy says

    I have a not-so-secret love affair with Blueberry bamboo inserts. They fold into thirds and snap together and are the perfect dimension/absorbency for my not heavy wetter daughter to wear overnight. (If she were a heavy wetter, I’d probably use a doubler.) They’re also great for long car rides because they don’t leak from compression.

  5. Beth R says

    We use hemp inserts at night with our pockets and we love those. I currently just got a Bamboo insert from Rumparooz that I m so excited to try out!

  6. Angela Heffner says

    I love thirsties hemp inserts as well and would love to try the lollydo loopydo’s!
    Thanks for the chance!!

  7. Mary Michaud says

    I love both my flip inserts, and the Joeybunz, which is probably comparable to the Thirsties hemp inserts.

  8. Rachel says

    I make my own with layers of microfiber & hemp terry that work like a dream for doubling up overnight diapers. In terms of commercial inserts, I love RaR’s 6R hemp inserts, Blueberry OS combination inserts with microfiber + organic cotton/hemp, and the new FB elite minky inserts

  9. Nikole H. says

    I really like using a combination of natural and synthetic fibers for long stretches like naps and night times. But I’ve yet to (and really want to) try the Hemp Baby Doublers!

  10. Candice says

    I’d like to try bamboo inserts. i am very new at cloth diapering and the information out there is overwhelming. Posts like this always help. So thank you. I have only 1 hemp babies diaper doubler but would love to add others to my stash. Great post, Now i have ideas of what to buy. Thanks

  11. Brandy Anderson says

    I love the thirsties hemp inserts my baby girl sleeps with that and one microfiber every night and we have never had a leak. I would love to try out some bamboo also, but haven’t got any so far.

  12. Heather M says

    I love anything hemp or bamboo!! It’s natural, so it doesn’t get stinky and it’s just as absorbent or more so than microfiber

  13. Sarah says

    I would love to try bamboo or hemp inserts, because I’ve heard so much about them. I’ve only used cotton ones before (prefolds).

  14. Carrie W. says

    All of these sound amazing. I don’t have any of them. I think I would like to try Hemp Babies Diaper Doublers.

  15. chelsea preston says

    I am using non name brand microfiber and pre fold right now. Very excited about the chance to win and try these

  16. Dana says

    I have only tried MF inserts that came with my BG pockets, I love Thirsties products so I would like to try theirs

  17. Amy S says

    I have the Thirsties DuoDoublers aNd really like them. I’m trying to decide whether to get another pack or to get some of their hemp inserts for nighhttime.

  18. Jessica says

    I have never tried any of these I normaly just use my image prefolds, but I need something new for night time since my daughter is growing out of the current night time system and would love to try the flip stay dry , or the thirsties doublers.

  19. Carrie says

    The Hemp Babies doublers are my favorite cd accessory. They easily make stuffable AIOs perfect for road trips and nap time.

  20. Laura says

    I really love hemp and organic cotton inserts too, but recently I have found that I like the new minky inserts from fuzzibunz, they are very absorbent, not stinky (like microfiber is), and dry much faster than hemp, but are still SO trim!

  21. Sarah Hull says

    I love hemp and hemp/bamboo inserts! They are perfect for overnight! I haven’t tried the Thirsties hemp inserts yet- I would love to though!

  22. jennifer gardner says

    I love my thirsties hemp inserts but i also use gCloth as inserts alot as well the thirsties duo inserts.

  23. Justice Montgomery says

    I actually really love microfiber towels as inserts. I also love my Oeko Popo inserts that are microfiber with a PUL backing. They work great to save the unfortunate delaminated diapers in my stash.

    I would like to try hemp and bamboo or bamboo blend, but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

  24. Dana says

    New to CD and expecting in July. I just ordered my first cloth diapers from and am planning to try bamboo and hemp inserts with them. I want to try EVERYTHING :)

  25. Jessica K. says

    I have only tried regular microfiber inserts but I really want to try Thirsties Fab Doublers and Dry Bunz Fold-Up Diaper Liners

  26. Mk says

    I haven’t tried any yet as the baby is not here! But I am super anxious to try the bamboo inserts that come with the apple cheeks envelopes.

  27. Abbey Vizelka says

    My son is at the 8 month mark and the night time diapers are starting to need a little boost. I have been looking into getting some bamboo or hemp inserts so it’s nice to see a compiled list of good ones. Thanks

  28. Krystal says

    I’d like to try the Hemp Babies Little Weeds. I have a few Baby Kicks hemp inserts and have been pleased with them.

  29. Ashley Ramirez says

    I’m partial to organic bamboo velour inserts… and hemp. But I haven’t had the opportunity to try many different types.

  30. Monica C says

    My night time solution is a toddler size prefold (folded and snappied down for my 10 mo old) and either a thirsties hemp insert or a joeybunz premium insert. I swear my daughter’s diaper is a couple pounds by the time she wakes but we don’t have leaks.

  31. Abby M says

    I use flour sack towels pad folded in my pockets during the day and I love them, they are trim and really easy to care for. I would love to start using hemp inserts for a little boost at night, I also like that they are a trimmer option.

  32. Stephanie Polen Reed says

    I would like to try the Thirsties Hemp inserts. I am concerned with overnight protection and from what you said these might just work. Thanks!

  33. says

    I bought a Flip day pack with the stay dry inserts when I first started cloth diapering and I love them, in fact I just bought 2 more stay dry inserts. I also love hemp babies doublers, rumparooz 6r soakers in hemp and the bamboo insert that came with my applecheeks little bundle. I use a hemp insert with a flip stay dry for my 2 1/2 year old at night and another hemp insert added along with the microfiber inserts in my various pocket diapers for my 6 month old. No leaks!

  34. Sarah Lynne Dupree says

    I love any with hemp and bamboo….especially flats and prefolds that can make my pockets All in twos and save them from staining!

  35. carola says

    I love home-made all cotton inserts (from old T-Shirts and receiving blankets) – the price is just unbeatable! The couple of microfiber inserts we have are really nice, too. I would love to try other inserts as well … hemp, fleece, and other microfiber.

  36. says

    I learned that your 15 month old can make it thruogh the night with two of their inserts, which is great because my son is a heavy wetter and we usually have to use two inserts for day time with most of the pockets we have found. Two at night just doesn’t cut it. A very absorbent diaper is very important for us. Thanks for the giveaway.klshrrs at gmail dot com

  37. Elena says

    I have a question: Can any insert be used in any cloth diaper cover? Or does the brand of the insert need to match? Thanks!


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