Using Cloth Diapers with Inserts

Using Cloth Diapers with Inserts

Once you have decided to use cloth diapers you will have to make lots of choices. You will have to decide which type of cloth diaper is best for your family and which type will be best when you are on the go.

If you are using a diaper such as a pocket diaper or flat you will be required to use inserts inside. Along with diaper type, you will have to decide which type of insert to be used. How to use cloth diapers with inserts is the most frequently asked question. In this article, you will find out how to use inserts and which type of insert is the best? 

Diaper Insert

Absorbent materials used in inserts

Inserts used in cloth diapers are made up of bamboo, microfiber, cotton, and hemp. For soakers, absorbent material is sometimes topped with microfleece.  

  • Cotton
  • Most familiar and the oldest fabric used in the cloth diapers is cotton. A good thing about a cotton fabric is it is easily available, affordable, and absorbent. Knit cotton is used in fitted diapers and some all in one cloth diapers. Inserts and other prefolds are made of woven fabric. You can convert prefolds into cloth diaper inserts also for your pocket diapers.

  • Bamboo
  • A combination of bamboo fleece and the bamboo microfiber is the great combination of inserts that you will find in the market. This combination of inserts is super soft and easily wicks away moisture. It will help your baby to be comfortable even when he/she is wet. Bamboo fleece is not a natural fabric. It is synthetic so it is not considered as eco-friendly. Charcoal bamboo inserts are the best inserts available in the market. 

  • Hemp 
  • Hemp is the best insert in the world of cloth diapering. Hemp inserts are durable and thirsty. Inserts will not be made of 100% hemp; it is usually blended with 55% hemp and 45% cotton. This combination makes it more comfortable and softer. After washing hemp stuff might become stiff so you have to make it soft using a dryer. 

    Hemp inserts are super absorbent and thin. Cloth diapers made of hemp will be expensive, but in terms of absorbency, these diapers and inserts will give you the best results. These diapers can be best fitted to the body of your baby. 

  • Microfiber
  • This absorbent material is man-made. It is a blend of polyamide and polyester. These inserts are lightweight and can be quickly dried. A disadvantage of using microfiber insert is they can irritate the skin of your baby. You might have to use a barrier in the shape of fleece liners between the baby’s skin and microfiber inserts. Microfiber inserts are fluffy so there is a possibility that on compression some moisture will wring out. In general, bamboo, cotton, and hemp are more absorbent fabrics than microfiber. 

  • Minky
  • It is another man-made fiber with good absorbent power. It is very much similar to microfiber when it comes to absorbency but it is less bulky than microfiber. It will not feel rough like microfiber and repel stains better. Cleaning of Minky inserts is easier than the microfibers. Using these inserts you will face fewer issues of a stink over time. 

  • Zorb 
  • It is a blend of microfiber, cotton, viscose, and bamboo. The purpose of designing it was to improve performance and reducing the cost of using cloth diapers. Each layer of zorb usually contains 2 to 3 layers of bamboo, Terry, cotton, hemp, or microfiber. Manufacturers of zorb claim that this fabric will hold and absorb 20 times more moisture than the other fabrics. This fabric is a miracle for the cloth diapers. Stink issues will not appear by using this fabric. 

  • Disposable inserts
  • These inserts provide flexibility to families to switch between disposable and cloth diapers. You can choose hybrid diapers such as G-diaper, flip, and Grovia. You can also purchase special disposable inserts for these special cloth diaper covers. It is an ideal choice for those parents who don’t want to carry dirty or wet diapers back home at the end of the day. 

    Keep a few things in mind while buying cloth diapers

    • When you are comparing different brands and styles of cloth diapers never forget to think about inserts. 
    • Some diapers include inserts in the price.
    • Some brands do not offer inserts so you will have to buy them separately. 
    • Many cloth diapers come up with microfiber inserts. Microfiber inserts are not effective absorbents so most of the parents prefer to buy other insert options. 


    You might have heard about liners. There are two types of liners. 

  • Biodegradable liners
  • These liners are like a soft piece of paper. These types of liners are only for one time use. Such liners make the cleaning of poopy diapers easy. You will simply have to lift the liner from the diaper and flush it to the toilet or basket. There are lots of well-known brands that are manufacturing these biodegradable liners. 

  • Fleece liners
  • These liners are also known as stay-dry liners. These liners are reusable and you will have to wash them after each use. They are effective as they wick moisture from the baby’s bum. Some parents use a protective layer of rash cream. Fleece liners help to make the cleaning of messy diapers easy. Fleece liners are breathable and are known as stay-dry liners. These are the best liners for babies, especially at night because these liners will help the baby to stay dry, and it will extend the sleeping time of your baby. 


    New parents have this question in mind. How to use cloth diapers with inserts? You will have to consider lots of things such as the diaper’s brand and style. While purchasing cloth diapers consider the insert types and find out which one can be best for you and your baby. Look for all the options above and then purchase the best inserts for cloth diapers. 

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    Sky Hoon
    Family Man. He is a family man and married with 1 child. Spent countless nights changing diaper and surprised how outdated diapers are. Nevertheless, there is no solution yet as a parent, just want to research more about diapers.
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