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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.



Date: 10/24/2016
i LOVE using flats in pocket diapers! for added absorbancy, i may double with a hemp insert or 2 (for overnight) but especially with the diaper rite bamboo flats, its a win! i handwash my diapers so this method of diapering washes easily for me, and i line dry, which flats dry SOOO much faster than prefolds or inserts! plus for a typical day, a flour sack towel works just fine and theyre dirt cheap. i was able to build a stash of 24 pocket diapers (alva, kawaii, and nickis) with inserts (alva came with microfiber ones i dont use but i found great hemp inserts from a WAHM for a great price!) and flats (including my bamboo sz large from this site) for under $200 ($179.36 to be exact). and because it washes quickly/easily and line dries relatively fast, turn around time for laundry is quick! then its just like folding typical laundry, you stuff tgem and theyre ready to grab n go. by far my favorite cloth system! even better, i have some covers as a backup just in case or for cutting back on diaper bag space (although i have used pockets as covers before). i remember first looking up cloth diapering and thinking flats were inconvenient, outdated, and a hassle, but now i see them as a crucial, wonderful, convenient part of my diapering system! rant over lol

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