Cloth Diaper Tip: Using Flats for Inserts

Posted by Becca on 1/15/2013 to Cloth Diaper How-To

Its been awhile since Ive had a baby in diapers. In fact, when my second baby is born, it will have been nearly two years that weve been diaper free. But I still remember clearly what happens to microfiber inserts over timethey stink. Microfiber is just so, darn good at absorbing liquid that over time, ammonia from your babys urine can get trapped in there, usually due to High Effeciency washers. Stripping your diapers, sunning them on the clothesline, and pre-soaking them are all great ways to get rid of this stink, but Ive found an even better onescrap the microfiber for some flats!

Flat diapers, if you arent aware, usually consist of one large, single layer piece of birdseye weave cotton that is folded in many different ways to suit the size and/or position of absorbency for your baby. Now, theyre great on their own with pins or a snappi and a cover, but have you ever thought of replacing your pocket diaper inserts with flats? Not only are they made of all natural fibers, which generally get less stinky than synthetic fibers, but since it is just one layer, they are super easy to wash and dry, even if you have a high efficiency washer! Besides, depending on how many flat diapers you use at a time, your pocket diapers might not be as bulkyespecially during the day. In addition, you may find that you fall in love with flats on their own, used under a diaper cover as they are super soft and so breathable next to your babys skin. Personally, I switched between pocket diapers and flat diapers all the time because I never did make up my mind which one I liked best.

So, the next time youre just tired of smelly microfiber inserts and you dont feel like stripping them again to get the stink out, grab a flat diaper instead. Fold it to the size you need, double or triple it if you want, and stuff your babys pocket diaper with it. I think youll find that due to the durability and wash-ability of this product, youll be delightfully surprised at the results.

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