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I pulled into the parking lot at the grocery store and unbuckled my 4 month old from his carseat. He was wet, no, he was soaked. Completely soaked. His diaper, his onesie, and his pants were all completely saturated with urine. “Are you serious?!?” I muttered to myself in frustration. I had just changed him, it was the last thing we did before getting in the car. And we were only in the car for ten minutes! Growling under my breath, I laid him on the front seat for a diaper change. After a complete wardrobe change, and some huffing and puffing on my part, we finally began our shopping trip.
I was so frustrated. This wasn’t the first leaking incident. I was the first of my family and friends to try cloth diapers and at times I felt pretty clueless about it all. If this is how it was going to continue, I was ready to pack up my diapers and send them off to Goodwill.
A few months later, a good friend of mine transitioned her daughter into cloth diapers and was telling me everything she had learned about them. I realized that I could put more than one (or even 2) inserts in the diaper at a time! Yes, I was that clueless, don’t judge! What’s more, she told me all about hemp inserts and their absorbency power. Using her suggestions, I gave it another try and it worked!
Many of you may find my cloth diapering naivety comical and others may sympathize because you have been there (maybe you still are there!). Since the time of that story, I have been successfully cloth diapering at least one child (at times two) for the past three years. Here are some basics that I’ve learned…
- Don’t be afraid to use more than one insert!
My daughters are dry during the day with 2 inserts in their diapers. At night, we bulk up to 3 to ensure that we wake up dry.
- Don’t get discouraged!
If you try something new in your nighttime routine and Baby wakes up soaked at 3am, don’t call it quits yet! You will probably have some troubleshooting to do before you find the perfect setup that works for you. Just keep trying different combinations and different fibers until you find what does work – and then pour yourself a glass of wine to celebrate!
- All babies are different!
Obviously! There is no “right way” to use inserts in your cloth diapers. What works for your friend’s child may or may not work for you – and that is okay!
Here is the nitty gritty on the insert materials themselves…
- Absorbs quickly
- Can irritate skin if used directly against Baby’s bottom
- Very soft
- Absorbs more than microfiber
- Natural fiber
- Super absorbent, but slow
- Made from a combination of cotton, microfiber, bamboo and viscose
- Most absorbent kind of insert
It is often recommended that you use a combination of inserts. For example, the microfiber absorbs really quickly but can’t hold a lot and the hemp is really absorbent but it soaks in urine slowly. So, if you pair them together the microfiber can catch the urine quickly as the hemp soaks it all in.
If you are having trouble finding something that works for your little one, don’t give up! Keep trying different combinations. Ask others what works best for their children. You will find a solution and the process of getting to that solution will make you a more confident cloth diapering momma!
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