Ultimate Guide to Hemp and Bamboo Inserts & Doublers, Cloth Diaper’s Best Friends


Back in February, I wrote: Curious about Microfiber, Hemp, and Bamboo inserts? Is there a RIGHT way to use them in a cloth diaper? I refer people to it alot! As a spin off, it seems appropriate to include a post comparing a number of different hemp and bamboo doublers. If you said to me, “I need more absorbency but I still want it to be trim, what should I get?” My answer would be, hands down, hemp or bamboo! Besides being super absorbers, they don’t hold onto stink and wash easily as well.

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Itsy Bitsy Bums, a cloth diaper and natural parenting store, was kind enough to provide me with a few different brands of doublers to test out and review. While I was given these doublers I am still giving you my sincere honest opinion here. Abby, the owner of Itsy Bitsy Bums, was super helpful to work with and I just wished I lived closer to their brick and mortar Itsy Bitsy Bums store that is located in Kansas City, MO. I would have loved to visit their cloth diapering and babywearing classes when I was a newbie!

I added two of my own inserts (Ragababe and Thirsties) to the bunch just to include as much information as possible. As it turned out, I found a new front runner in my night diapering system, which I was surprised about because I already really liked what we were using. I tested these in our night and naptime diapers and have used and washed about 25 times. This list is organized in order of my preference and recommendation. Ok, so what are we looking at here…

From L to R: Peachy Baby Large and small,  Thirsties Hemp Insert Large, Babykicks Joeybunz Premium Medium and Regular OS, Ragababe Medium, Sloomb Large, Hemp Babies Large.

From L to R: Peachy Baby Large and small, Thirsties Hemp Insert Large, Babykicks Joeybunz Premium Medium and Regular OS, Ragababe Medium, Sloomb Large, Hemp Babies Large.

1.  Peachy Baby Bamboo Inserts

This is my new favorite. I cannot get over how trim they are (thinnest most effective doubler I have ever used). I was a staunch supporter of Thirsties Hemp Inserts and while they are still awesome, Peachy Baby’s are thinner! These are made in Canada of 70% Bamboo Rayon/ 30% Organic Cotton and come in a two pack of one small and one large. Even after approximately 25 washes, these have remained so soft that my husband actually caught me rubbing it on my cheek after I took it out of the dryer! All inserts have some shrinkage after washing. These started out 5”x14” for the small and 5”x16” for the large. They now measure 4.5”x11.75 for the small and 4.25”x 13.75” for the large. The quality of construction is very high. They still look like new. I will be buying more of these. Because these are made of bamboo, the inserts are very versatile. They can be used by themselves, together, or added to another insert to make the ultimate cloth diaper. These can also be used from birth till potty training! Check out Autumn’s review of the Peachy Baby inserts and diaper! I LOVE these!!!

2.  Thirsties Hemp Inserts

These were part of my personal stash already. You can find my full review of them HERE. They have been my go to add on’s for our bullet proof night time diapers. In case you are wondering, that is a Kawaii Goodnight Heavy Wetter with both microfiber inserts and two large Thirsties Hemp Inserts. Yes, big butt, but totally dry in the morning. I now wish I had more of the Peachy Baby Bamboo Inserts as they made the fluffy butt slightly less fluffy. Thirsties is still a great option though! Thirsties Hemp Inserts are made in the USA of 55% hemp/ 45% cotton. They measured 5.5”x 14.5” new, now almost a year later they measure 5”x13”. Easy to add to any diaper that needs a boost, washes well and are also very reasonably priced for a two pack.

3.  Babykicks Joeybunz Hemp Doublers

I received one Premium Medium Babykicks Joeybunz Hemp Doubler and one One Size doubler. The premium is like two inserts in one because it’s sewn together at one end and open at the other for faster drying. These are made in the USA of Hemp/Cotton (I was unable to find exact blend). Starting dimensions are 15.25″ long (6″ at the widest part and 4.5″ at the center). They currently measure 14.5” and 5.75” at widest and 4.25 at center. Super trim at only 1/8”. Babykicks recommends these as replacement inserts for any cloth diaper. They are contoured to provide a better fit around the legs. There are a lot of glowing reviews on these. I needed to use all three layers, (they were still trim) in our night diapers. Having to use more would raise purchase price because you would need to buy more. I did have a few loose threads around the edge serging, nothing major. I just snipped off, no problem. These are also just slightly rough feeling to me. Because of these reasons, these were pretty middle of the road for me.

4.  Ragababe Organic Cotton Sherpa Inserts and Doublers

These were part of my personal stash and I have been using them for most of Sophia’s life (19 months). Ragababe in general are my favorite diapers. These are made in the USA of a 100% organic cotton outer and 90% Bamboo Rayon/ 10% polyester inner. I was unable to find starting measurements, but they currently measure 10”x4” for the doubler and 11.75”x4” for the medium insert. There are a couple of reasons I didn’t rank them higher: The actual doubler is kind of small, so I actually use their medium sized inserts to double up during the day. And secondly, they are slightly thicker than the other inserts mentioned above. So in order to get enough absorbency for night, we would end up with a pretty bulky diaper. Finally, they are on the spendy side. On the plus side: they are very absorbent, well made and remain soft even after years of use.

5.  Sloomb Organic Bamboo Doubler

I received a large doubler to test. Most people usually receive this doubler inside one of Sustainablebabyish’s organic bamboo fitteds or OBF’s. You can also buy these separately though. This is a decent day time doubler. These are made in the USA from 70% viscose from bamboo and 30% organic cotton. Starting measurements are 13”x4” and currently measure 13”x3.75” (very little shrinkage). The biggest drawback is that after a while, these start to feel stiff. Like when you dry clothes outside in the winter. They can be softened up with a little Mrs. Meyers Fabric softener if you need to.

6.  Hemp Babies Hemp Doubler

The one I received to review oddly enough measures bigger than the listed dimensions on the website. The fully prepped dimensions are listed as 14.5 in. x 4 in. Mine currently measures 15.5”x4.5”. ??? These are actually made by Cotton Babies here in the USA of 55% Hemp and 45% Organic Cotton. Truth be told, these are the thinnest doublers on the list. But also not one of the most absorbent because of that. I would say this one is probably the most versatile because you literally fold into any size you want and it still razor thin. I’m kind of lazy, so I didn’t reach for these because I had to fold it (otherwise it wouldn’t even fit into the diaper). Obviously it is easy to fold, but like I said, lazy is my reason. This was just my personal preference to rank this one lower I think many would find it higher on their own list.

**Wrap-up** I reviewed the larger sizes of all inserts and doublers because that is what my 21 month old needed. However, most of these come in sized options and some in one size. They can all be used interchangeably in any cloth diaper. And whether you choose hemp or bamboo you will be making a good choice.

Please click this link in case you missed it posted above: Curious about Microfiber, Hemp, and Bamboo inserts? Is there a RIGHT way to use them in a cloth diaper? It will explain a lot about hemp and bamboo including how to prep for use!

Alright! Any other hemp or bamboo inserts or doublers you would like to see reviewed? Do you have a favorite?

Itsy Bitsy Bums is generously matching what they gave me in a giveaway for All About Cloth Diapers readers! That means you can enter below to win: Peachy Baby Bamboo Inserts – 2pk, Babykicks Joeybunz Hemp Doublers (Premium Medium and Regular OS), Sloomb Organic Bamboo Doubler, and a Hemp Babies Hemp Doubler. This is only open to US residents as IBB does not ship internationally. Please use the rafflecopter form below to enter. Good Luck!

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About Jennifer Reinhardt

Jennifer is a 33 year old SAHM to one beautiful little girl named Sophia. She closed her business, Curves, when she found out she was pregnant so she could stay home with her. Jennifer fell in love with cloth diapers even before Sophia was born and searches for ways every day to share the love!

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163 Responses to “Ultimate Guide to Hemp and Bamboo Inserts & Doublers, Cloth Diaper’s Best Friends”

  1. Amy Lumley Says:

    I would love the A&A cotton daydream blanket (at least till my kids stole it from me!)


  2. Jodi Armstrong Says:

    I’d love to try the ring sling or sloob diaper :)


  3. Melissa Says:

    I want to try them all! Especially the glass water bottle. I have wanted one for a long time but I haven’t yet gotten around to buy one.


  4. Leilani y Says:

    I’d like to try the Sakura bloom essential silk sling. I would love to wear my baby in one of their slings. They are attractive and practical.


  5. JamieC Says:

    The bamboo inserts that I LOVE are by Lalabye Baby. They are ultra thin and super absorbent. Definitely recommend adding these to the comparison.


  6. Charlotte R Says:

    I love the idea of ring slings but haven’t had a chance to try one yet. Would love to try the Sakura Bloom Ring Sling – Essential Silk


  7. Rene Pollard Says:

    I would love the Chewbeads – Essex Necklace!


  8. breanna R Says:

    I would love to try a ring sling. I am enjoying exploring different babywearing options.


  9. Gretchen Says:

    I’d like the Ergo Winter because I live in Alaska!


  10. Jennifer Says:

    I would get the Sloomb happy little clouds!


  11. kelly Says:

    LOVE this post!


  12. Kat Says:

    I’d like to try the sloomb diapers because they look really soft and super absorbent.


  13. melaine Says:

    I would like to try have been making my own diapers!


  14. Rachel Says:

    I’d like to try a Sloomb HLC diaper because they look sooooo soft!


  15. Crystal T Says:

    Wow, this was just the information I was looking for! Thanks!


  16. Meegan Willi Says:

    Comfy Joey Ring Sling – Two-tone Linen Collection – I have a mobi and a Chicco carrier, but I would like another wrap one and one that is easier than the mobi.


  17. Heidi Says:

    I would love to try anything by Sloomb, especially the jade velour, but what really appeals to me right now is the Aden and Anais day dream blanket! Looks so cozy :)


  18. ginger Says:

    i’d love to try the peachy green….
    we are using flip night-time inserts with thirsties,
    but I am open to something new!
    ps: love ibb! the first place I bought diapers ;)


  19. Rachel Says:

    aden & anais daydream blanket because I’ve always been jealous of my kiddos’ blankets!


  20. Elaine T Says:

    Happy little clouds! I love sloomb


  21. Elaine T Says:

    I love my thirsties hemp inserts bout would love to try other brands! Always looking for night time solutions!


  22. Jennifer Rianhard Says:

    I would love to try Kissaluvs Kissa’s Premium Designer Wipes – 12pk. I’ve really been thinking about buying some and making some solution to go with my cloth dipes! :)


  23. Mackenzie Says:

    I would love anything cloth diaper related. We are expecting our 3rd in 7 or less weeks. This is our 3rd child but first time cloth diapering. Our stash is small as we are just beginning. Anything would be a blessing to us.


  24. Sarah Crum Says:

    I would love any of the ring slings. We have an Ergo and Moby but no ring sling and I would love one!


  25. Jutta P. Says:

    Definitely would love to try a Sakura Bloom Ring Sling in Pure Linen!


  26. Holly Says:

    I would love to try a ring sling or amber necklace!


  27. Rachel Rich Says:

    Yes!!!!! Love to try the inserts!


  28. Rebekah Beasley Says:

    The teething necklaces, Aden & anais anything…love them!!


  29. Jessica Says:

    I would love to try Sakura Bloom Ring Sling – Essential Silk because I don’t have a ring sling and I love natural fibers for my baby.


  30. Shanon Steffy Says:

    I would love to try Tiny Tush!


  31. Hannah D Says:

    I really want a Lifefactory bottle


  32. Valerie S Says:

    The obf – I hear they’re great at night.


  33. vanessa Says:

    I would get the Adian & Anias dream blanket.. Big people like cozy blankets too! And I would get the Toki Doki Diaper bag, because I’ve loved that artist since before I was a mom!


  34. Amanda Felton Says:

    I would love to try the Happy Little Clouds jade velour diapers. They look very cozy


  35. Sarah Ann DC Says:

    I’d like the linen ring sling for Summer. It’s hot already!!


  36. Rumsita Says:

    I’d love to try a Lifefactory glass bottle. I’m slowly trying to move away from plastic & toward glass and stainless, so this would help me out with that!


  37. Lauren Says:

    Chew beads Greenwich necklace would be amazing for my teething nursling.


  38. Jourdan Says:

    I would love to try the chew bead necklaces!!!


  39. Reilly Says:

    What a great giveaway! I have heard these are great for night time and have always wanted to try doing cloth at night.


  40. Sara Says:

    I’m loving my hemp inserts so far!


  41. Tara C. Says:

    The Applecheeks starter kit. I’ve heard lots of great things about applecheeks but haven’t been able to try.


  42. Beth Says:

    I’d love to try Sakura Bloom Ring Sling – Pure Linen! :)


  43. Ashley Says:

    I would like to try the sustainablebabyish


  44. Tracy Dennison Says:

    sustainablebabyish | sloomb Happy Little Clouds – Silver Velour in Jackie.


  45. Lara P Says:

    Excited to try some new inserts!


  46. Ashley Says:

    Comfy joey ring sling in limeberry!!


  47. Jeannette Says:

    The Comfy Joey Ring Sling in Linen would be wonderful in this hot summer weather! I love that it is so adjustable and could be used on all 3 of my boys!


  48. christine k Says:

    I’d love the Aden & Anais – Cotton Daydream Blankets, because I wanted them since they came out! I would love a nice blanket for me to curl up under :)


  49. Angela Britz-Robertson Says:

    Blueberry Bamboo Flats. I’ve been using flour sack towels as flats and would like to try some more options.


  50. Vicki Hall Says:

    I love the Sophie keychain.


  51. Kasi Says:

    Momma Goose – Specialty Amber – Leaf Tri-Color Necklace so I can match my little one.


  52. Brook Says:

    I would love the JuJuBe Legacy Hobo or the game day Chew Beads – GO ROYALS!!


  53. Lara Clinton Says:

    I’d like the Ergo carrier!



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