Pocket cloth diapers are an extremely versatile system. You can pretty much make any pocket, inexpensive or pricey, nighttime worthy. It all comes down to the inserts you choose.
My slam dunk nighttime insert combo is 2 microfiber inserts (either 2 single inserts or a 6r soaker) with 2 Hemp Babies underneath.
Now occasionally I have forgotten to change him right when we wake up and 2 hours later the outer PUL is wet. But, that’s my fault for trying to do 20 things before I changed the diaper.
Two recent comments in regards to this topic come from Yardley and Kas:
Yardley: New to cloth. Been using pockets on my 2 year old for naps/bed she is potty trained. Want cloth for my new LO due in Feb. Bought some nb fitted, prefolds and covers. However, I need some inserts for the pockets I have. There are so many choices! What do you recommend hemp, fleece, bamboo something different??? I am just ok with the microfiber they are a little stinky, bulky and I really need something more absorbent for nights. Do you have favorite brands? Does it matter if they have fleece or jersey on one side?
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I was wondering what’s the best quality for inserts, I’ve heard that microfiber is not so good because it doesn’t soak quite well and can stink after a while, which would you recommend for starters? bamboo or hemp?
There are dozens of choices available for cloth diaper inserts so it’s no wonder they have questions.
In February, I wrote an article on the subject of inserts and doublers called What are the best cloth diaper doublers? I list several options along with links on where to purchase.
Yardley, when buying inserts to go inside a pocket it’s best to use brands that do not have a microfleece or suedecloth top. The reason being the stay-dry fabrics need more pressure for the urine to pass through. Having 2 layers of this to pass through can cause leaks. This would be more likely to happen at night when baby isn’t applying any downward pressure to the inserts.
As far as trim vs. bulky, an insert that contains hemp will result in a trimmer cloth diaper bum. Knickernappies SuperDo is a great example.
Kas, I like your choice of words. The best quality in terms of longevity would be bamboo and hemp. Microfiber really starts to go down hill at about a year. Downhill = stink, leaks and a significant change in appearance (flat, discolored, rougher).
Bamboo and hemp will lose some softness but a bit of cloth diaper safe fabric softener (like Ecover) will work magic on them.
My favorite soakers overall are the Rumparooz 6r soakers. They are available in microfiber, bamboo or hemp. They’re amazing.
Bamboo and hemp soakers have the added benefit of being able to use them in a pocket or laid inside a cover. Microfiber can only be used inside a pocket.
Another excellent fiber choice is organic cotton. Recently, I (re)discovered a Geffen Baby insert that had been mistakenly buried in my cloth diaper cedar chest. I am now constantly grabbing it for extra absorbency.
You’ll quickly realize that finding a suitable insert for daytime use is fairly simple.
Nighttime cloth diapering, on the other hand, can be a challenge for some families. I encourage families new to cloth diapers to keep it simple. Whether you are using pockets, fitteds or prefolds make sure and buy several Hemp Babies or Kissaluvs super soakers in order to make your existing daytime system work for night.
As you experiment and find your comfort zone then you can branch out and buy different diapers for different occasions. However, doing this will most likely drive your husband crazy. Mine never understands why I have to put a “nighttime diaper” on Camden.