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!”
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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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