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Diaper Liners, How do they work and what's the point?

Posted by Julie on 3/27/2011 to Cloth Diaper Reviews

With the multitude of cloth diapering products and accessories on the market we know it's hard to make sense of them all.  Each brand strives to make theirs a little different and hopefully better than the others.  This results in there being soooo many different ways to use cloth diapers, so many accessories and so many choices!

Diaper Liners frequently confuse new cloth diaper users.  What are they and how do they work?

There are many types of liners, let's take a look at a few.

Built In Liners

Built-in liners are designed to keep baby feeling dry.  The absorbent insert or core of that diaper is wicking moisture through the stay dry material, usually microfleece or suedecloth, and holding it in the insert.  Although these liners do eventually feel moist, their synthetic nature gives that dry to the touch feeling which helps keep baby rash free and comfortable.

Flushable/Biodegradable Liners

Flushable and Biodegeradable Liners, such as DiaperRite or Bummis, are designed to help keep baby a little dryer but primarily they help make changing those messy diapers a lot easier.  With these Bio Liners you simply take the diaper to the toilet, remove the liner from the diaper and flush away.  Diaper laundry will become much easier and liners may even help reduce the amount of time you need to use your cloth diaper sprayer.  They catch the majority of the mess however you do still need to wash the diaper and some parts of the diaper may still have gotten soiled.

Washable Liners

Washable Liners are usually made from the same synthetic materials as the inside liner of a pocket diaper.  They are soft, keep baby feeling dry and also catch messes.  The difference is that they do need to be washed.  They can be washed with your diaper laundry.  Some moms, depending on how soiled their liners got, choose to presoak them or rinse them separately before tossing into the diaper pail or washing machine.

You can read more about washable stay-dry liners here.

*Benefits of using washable or flushable liners...

Individually sold diaper liners, washable and flushable, help make diaper washing easier and reduce staining.  Stay-dry liners provide a soft barrier keeping baby dry and rash free.