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Cloth Diapering for Beginners – II 

I am back and as promised, this post will be about the different kind of inserts and boosters (that we have and love).
In simple terms, inserts refer to the cloth pads that we use with (stuff/snap onto/place) inside different kinds of diapers.

Boosters are add-ons to inserts to increase the absorbency of the diapers for night time, longer time usage, etc.

So, let me quickly share details of the different types of inserts and boosters and the ones that we have been using successfully.

1. MICROFIBER INSERTS: These are the cheapest and wick pee the fastest. However, their capacity isn’t much and they should never be used against the baby’s skin directly (as they are capable of wicking all moisture).

We used these inserts with pockets diapers when we started cloth diapering and they typically lasted us 1.5-2 hours tops.

Microfiber Insert

2. MICROFIBER INSERT WITH MICROSUEDE TOP LAYER: These are the same as microfiber inserts but have a microsuede layer on top because of which they can be used even with covers. The microsuede layer will keep a dry feeling to the baby.

Microfiber Insert with a Microsuede Top Layer

3. NATURAL FIBER INSERTS: This comprises of all other natural fiber inserts like cotton, bamboo cotton, terry cotton, hemp cotton, etc. All these can absorb a LOT of pee but none of them give a stay dry feeling to the baby.

These work for longer periods of time, say 3-4 hours easily and overnight when paired with a booster.

You can use these with a stay dry liner if your baby is sensitive to wetness or if you prefer it that way.

Clockwise: Bamboo Cotton Insert, Padfolded Prefolds, Organic Cotton Insert, Padfolded Flats

4. BOOSTERS: Since boosters are used to add absorbency to existing inserts, they are mostly made of natural fibers. These may be thinner than your regular inserts. However, if you do not want to invest in them, you can simply try and see if using two inserts at a time work for you.

Geffen Baby Quick Absorber
Smart Bottoms Hemp Booster (small)
Little Lamb Bamboo Booster

We usually add a booster in case we are going out and know that we may not really be in a position to change the diaper every 2-3 hours and for night times (because they stay on the bum for at least 8-10 hours).

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of all that is available. Rather I am writing this based on what we have and love. So feel free to experiment and find out what works for you and your baby.

Although it may seem like there is a lot to it, cloth diapering is no rocket science. Give it a try and I am sure you will get a hang of it in no time. Feel free to comment below and ask any question(s) that you may have.

P.S: We change A’s diaper every 2-3 hours and immediately in case of poo. Only the overnight diaper is on for 8-10 hours.

16 thoughts on “Cloth Diapering for Beginners – II ”

  1. Hey cool write up😊 this is super useful for me.. How do you prep the diapers? I have washed them a few times.. Still no absorbency..


  2. Hey cool write up.. This is super useful for me.. How do you prep the diapers? I have washed them a few times.. Still not absorbing much..


      1. There are lots of them. Cloth diaper shop, Lulu baby, eco green cloth diapers, peekaboo cloth diapers, to name a few.
        Join Cloth Diapering India on Facebook. They have a list of vendors. 🙂


  3. Hey Madhu,
    I have been following you IG and got to see this blog from there. Very informative. Kudos to you for all your posts. I am expecting soon this year and intend to cloth diaper. Heard that microfleece or microsuede is not good on baby, is it true or toppedwith other insert it’s fine.. What about the microfibre with microsuede insert?. Is it good on a new born.. Anyways I have to start to experiment more on CDs.


    1. Hi Jyothi,

      Microfiber should NEVER be used directly against the baby’s bum because they suck all the moisture and can cause bad rashes.
      But microfiber inserts inside pocket diapers are completely fine since they won’t be touching the baby’s skin directly. However, they do not work very well on heavy wetting babies since they cannot hold a lot of pee and hence require to be changed sooner.

      Microsuede and microfleece are different from microfiber and a lot of pocket diapers have a microsuede/fleece inner since they provide stay dry feeling. They are completely okay to use.


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