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Inserts and inserts - the differences

by Jeffrey Scholten on May 06, 2020

Using washable diapers is sometimes like a maze. There are so many different options that you wonder if you are making the right choice. We try to take you into the world of washable diapers.

In this blog we will talk about inserts, boosters and inserts. We are going to tell you exactly what they are, if you need them and how to use them.

 

What are inserts?

Inserts and inserts are often mixed up. Inserts are non-absorbent sheets that you place on the inside of the diaper against your baby's buttocks. Urine passes through the insert to the absorbent core of the washable diaper. The inserts are used to collect stool to prevent the stool from settling in the diaper.

Two types of inserts are available, disposable inserts and reusable inserts. Reusable fleece inserts are supplied with the bamboo diapers from LittleLamb and the bamboo night diaper from HappyBear. The fleece inserts are moisture permeable and soft. Stool does not stick and you can easily throw it in the toilet after changing it. Fleece inserts are very durable because you reuse them.

The disposable inserts are available in rolls of 100 sheets per roll, are biodegradable and can be flushed down the toilet *

* This depends on your sewage system. A narrow drain in an older home may cause a blockage more quickly. We recommend that you throw used inserts in a trash.

 

What are depositors?

Inserts, also called boosters, are often used in combination with pocket diapers. Most pocket diapers come with inserts, but this varies by brand. Inserts are available in different types of fabric, each with its unique properties.

Microfibre inserts
Microfibre inserts are made of a synthetic fabric. A microfibre insert is supplied as standard with almost all pocket diapers. They absorb quickly, but cannot retain as much moisture as bamboo, for example. That is why microfibre inserts are often combined with other inserts.

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Bamboo charcoal inserts
The bamboo charcoal inserts are a combination of microfibre, charcoal and bamboo. The charcoal is said to reduce acidity and help prevent diaper rash.

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Cotton inserts
Cotton is a fast-absorbing fabric that can also absorb quite a bit of moisture. Prefold inserts, for example, are made of cotton and are often used for newborn babies. Some parents put other inserts in a folded cotton prefold insert.

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Bamboo inserts
Bamboo is an extremely absorbent material that is naturally resistant to bacterial growth. This makes bamboo an excellent choice as a pocket diaper insert. The antibacterial properties prevent the accumulation of unpleasant odors and keep your inserts clean. The bamboo inserts absorb less quickly than, for example, microfibre. Use the bamboo inserts in combination with other inserts.

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Bamboo-cotton inserts
The bamboo-cotton insert absorbs fairly quickly and much thanks to the bamboo-cotton mix! No more hassle with different inserts, but an insert that is perfect for any situation!

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Hemp inserts
Hemp is a natural substance known for its incredibly absorbent and anti-fungal properties.

While it may not absorb as quickly as microfibre or other fabrics, it can absorb much more moisture. Use a hemp insert for example under a microfibre or bamboo insert. This gives a maximum absorption capacity; the first pad can absorb quickly, so the hemp pad can absorb the remaining moisture, so you don't get leaky as quickly.

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Which and how many deposits should I use?

Although you can simply use two microfibre inserts, parents think the combination of 1 microfibre insert and 1 bamboo insert together with 1 hemp insert works best. The microfibre pad absorbs quickly and retains less moisture, while the bamboo and hemp pad absorbs less quickly, but retains more moisture. When using multiple inserts, make sure that the microfibre inserts are always on top. The best combination does not exist, because this differs per child. A child who urinates a lot at once benefits more from an extra microfibre pad, while a child with smaller puddles benefits more from a combination of other pads. In the beginning it is therefore mainly experimenting which combination of inserts works best for your child.

If you have any questions about washable diapers or the use of inserts, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to advise you in making the right choice.