Over the years, I’ve reviewed LOTS of newborn cloth. I’m often asked, “What did you do when your newborn started leaking out of her diapers?” Invariably, the diapers are still fitting just fine, but they aren’t holding enough liquid. Babies’ absorbency needs change very quickly. If you’re using disposables, the only answer is to buy the next size up. With cloth diapers there’s an easier solution: try adding Geffen Baby Absorbers to get more mileage out of those adorable little newborn diapers.
The beautiful newborn pictured above is my niece, Evangeline Marie, who arrived last month! My sister-in-law, Katie, received a selection of newborn-sized Geffen Absorbers to try out in exchange for a review: the Quick Absorber and the Super Absorber.
With 5 layers of 60% hemp and 40% organic cotton, Geffen Absorbers are tops in the market for hemp content. They are made in the USA. Quick Absorbers are jersey and Super Absorbers are fleece. Here are the measurements after washing:
Geffen Absorbers will need to be washed at least 3 or 4 times before use.
They are durable and very soft. But the best feature is how much absorbency you get from such a trim little insert. They barely add any bulk at all, even in a tiny newborn diaper. They are the perfect solution to those early weeks when newborn diapers fit great, but your baby’s output is increasing.
Here are just a couple of ways you can use them:
- Tucked inside a newborn prefold (below left)
- Doubled up and laid in a newborn cover (below middle)
- Added to a newborn all-in-one diaper (below right)
Geffen inserts are less bulky than microfiber AND the hemp/cotton fabric isn’t prone to odors building up. Hemp and cotton do stain easily, though, so I keep mine looking nice with the Buncha Farmers natural stain stick.
You can even use the newborn size beyond the newborn stage. Here’s the Quick Absorber laid inside a medium fitted:
Geffen Baby inserts are sold in packs of three, and start at just $12.78 per pack.
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Have you ever used cloth diapers on a newborn? What did you do to boost the absorbency?