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

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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. Savannah Turner Says:

    7 I’d love one of the Aden & Anais blankets. All of their stuff of is SO soft!

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  2. Denise Says:

    I would love to try the chew beads and the Aden & Anais daydream blanket!

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  3. Katie Says:

    I would love to try one of the jujube diaper bags!!

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  4. Bethany Dawn Says:

    Not for right now as summer is just starting… :) But I would love to try to Ergo winter carrier… We walk a lot and keeping baby covered and warm is so important!

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  5. Ainee ramos Says:

    I would love to try sloomb HLC. I tried sloomb snapless before but got lazy to pin/snappi it so i sold them but now i would like to try the one with snaps

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  6. Nikki C. Says:

    I’d like to try the gen-y go bag! It looks super nice for outings

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  7. Rebecca T Says:

    I’d love a Gen-Y GO Bag for an easy way to carry my diapers and other necessities when I go out.

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  8. Taylor M Says:

    I would love to try one of the daydream blankets by A&A! They look like such a soft cozy blanket that would be used all the time!

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  9. Amy Perez Says:

    I love the Ergo carrier! I really need one :)

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  10. AmandaL Says:

    That cotton daydream blanket from Aden & Anais would be awesome!

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  11. Rachel R Says:

    Chewbeads Stanton Bracelet because my teething child keeps trying to chew on my watch!

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  12. Beth Ann Says:

    Sloomb, but I always want new diapers! I also want to try the glass bottle, I have a friend who uses a glass water bottle and LOVES it. :)

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  13. Bekah Kuczenski Says:

    I would love to try an A & A daydream blanket because it looks so cozy!

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  14. stephanie moss Says:

    I would like to try the sustainablebabyish diapers

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  15. Beki Lozano Says:

    i would love a Gen-Y GO Bags in the sucka punch print so awesome!!

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  16. April E Says:

    Would love to wrap myself up in the Aden and Anais Cotton Dream Blanket, but the practical side of me knows I should be looking at the ring slngs

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  17. Jennifer Says:

    I’d love the sakura bloom linen ring sling! we love babywearing and that would be awesome for quick up and downs!

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  18. Jenn Smith Says:

    I would like to try the Sustainablebabyish happy little clouds fitted, I have read great reviews on them and have been searching for a nighttime solution that works for us!

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  19. Jennifer Tippett Says:

    I would like to try an Ergo carrier as I have always wanted to try a soft structured carrier as I only have a wrap otherwise. And the chewbeads necklaces for obvious reasons, lol.

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  20. Liberty T. Says:

    I would love to have the Comfy Joey Ring Sling in Two-tone Linen Collection!

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  21. Sabrina S Says:

    Would love to try the Aden & Anais Dream Blanket! Gorgeous!

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  22. Sabrina S Says:

    I would love to try the Aden & Anais Dream Blanket! Beautiful!

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  23. Katie Says:

    The body butter looks heavenly!!

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  24. Angela M Says:

    I’d love a Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared – great for my baby in cloth and my other two potty-trained kids!

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  25. Raymie Alonzo Says:

    I would like to try the Sustainablebabyish happy little clouds velour. I’ve never seen a velour diaper but then again I am a newbie at all this cloth diaper stuff. Happy to learn though!!

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  26. Chrystylyn Says:

    I’d love to try sustainablebabyish.

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  27. Kylie Says:

    Chewbeads- Hudson Necklace looks real Cute!

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  28. Katherine Reed Says:

    Sustainablebabyish happy little clouds, jade velour look amazing. Or the Ju Ju Bee legacy bag (polka dot print) Be Prepared!

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  29. Britni Bradford Says:

    I’d love to try the Momma Goose – Specialty Amber – Chunky Tri-Color Necklace. it’s funky looking and fun!

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  30. Aurora Says:

    I would love to try these out.

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  31. emily Says:

    Would love to try one of the Ergo carriers–I have my 6 month old hanging on me most of the time and would love to try a different carrier. And I’d also like the Peachy Baby bamboo inserts, I have some that work great and would love to find more!

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  32. Abbie Says:

    I’d love to try the happy clouds fitteds. Everyone raves about fitted diapers so if like to see if they would work for us.

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  33. Cheyanne Williams Says:

    I would like to try the Sustainablebabyish sloomb velor because I have not tried a fitted diaper before but I have heard lots of great things about them.

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  34. Nature Relax Says:

    Love the ergo carrier.

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  35. Amanda Says:

    Sustainablebabyish sloom Happy Little Clouds because I have seen them all over and feel like I need to try them :)

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  36. Candice Says:

    After battling recurring stink issues with our microfiber inserts for six months, I am seriously considering replacing them with cotton, bamboo, and/or hemp. Are the inserts you reviewed in this article good for DAYTIME diapers? Would a GMD prefold be a good (less expensive) alternative or would it be too bulky? A lot of the bamboo and hemp inserts I have seen online are very pricey and geared towards nighttime (super-absorbancy) needs.

    Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated!

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    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      Hi Candice, Yes any of these inserts can be used during the day. They are all interchangeable in pretty much any diaper. A GMD prefold would be fine. But the bamboo version will be more absorbent than any cotton one. Yes it will be more bulky than these reviewed.

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  37. Emily M Says:

    Love the amber necklaces!!!!

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  38. Emily M Says:

    I JUST posted on my facebook page for suggestions about leaking cloth diapers! This is perfect timing!

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  39. Sara Strum Says:

    I’d like to try sloomb happy little clouds.

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  40. Jessie Says:

    I would love to try one of the sustainablebabyish sloomb diapers. I would be ecstatic if I could find a cloth nighttime solution and I’ve heard this is the diaper to try!

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  41. amy acevedo Says:

    Comfy Joey Ring Sling – Two-tone Linen Collection… So pretty!

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  42. BB Says:

    I would love to try the silk ring sling!

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  43. Vanessa O Says:

    I would Loooove love to try and def. Own an aden and anais blanket!!! I love my baby’s blanket and I always tell people how I wished they made them for adults!! So excited to find out they actually do!!

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  44. Mia W Says:

    The A&A Daydream blankets look delicious

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  45. SS Diapers Says:

    I absolutely LOVE Abby and the team at Itsy Bitsy Bums! Amazing staff, Amazing Store! I’m so lucky to live 30min away :)

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  46. Amanda M Says:

    I would love to try chewbeads because my 5 month old is always looking for something to grab or chew on these days

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  47. Nicole Bear Says:

    I would like the sustainablebabyish | sloomb Happy Little Clouds – Silver Velour because they are gorgeous, and I have heard great things about them.

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  48. Candice Says:

    I would LOVE one of the sustainablebabyish fitted diapers! We just switched to fitteds with wool covers at night and have loved it so far. :)

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  49. Ann Says:

    I’m a new fan of best bottoms hemp inserts and overnight doublers. I also have a nicki’s diapers bamboo AIO. How do those stack up?

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  50. Monique Says:

    I would like to try the Ju-Ju Be Legacy Be Light, it is super cute.

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  51. Melissa Says:

    Peachy Baby inserts – I don’t love the inserts I am using right now

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  52. Shanda Says:

    I would love to try a sustainablebabyish fitted because we are still trying to find a good nighttime solution and I think they could be a good solution.:)

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  53. Jess B. Says:

    I would like to have My Homegrown Baby Book since I am hoping to have my first home birth this fall with baby #3.

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  54. Brooke Says:

    i like the amber necklaces!

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  55. Jessica Says:

    The Lifefactory glass water bottle!

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  56. Deidra Says:

    I would love to try the sustainablebabyish products and amber teething necklaces.

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  57. JiMele Says:

    the comfy joey ring sling would be so handy to use since it’s adjustable!

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  58. Amylisa Says:

    I love the mommy necklaces (I already have a few!), but the Sloomb HLCs look so fluffy and sound so nice that I want to reach out and feel them!

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  59. Elizabeth Says:

    Thanks for the great info! I have learned so much about cloth diapering during my pregnancy and soon will be able to put my new knowledge to the test!

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  60. Amye k Says:

    I haven’t tried the peachy baby inserts but I do have one peachy baby cover that I bought from itsy bitsy bums. It fits my newborn and my large toddler I love it! I will have to get the inserts when I can buy another cover. I have a few pictures of my nb in the diaper on Instagram @amkempflo.

    For the moms delight item I can’t decided between a momma goose amber necklace or the arm woolies. I’m always cold! They would be a great way to
    Stay warm with out adding bulky clothes when running around after 4 children.

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  61. Shannon Says:

    Great informative post as I’ve been wanting to try out some hemp for my 6 month old’s overnight dipes but can’t spend the money to try them all.. and what an amazing giveaway to be able to do just that!

    I love the Mama amber, especially the Leaf tri color but we would also love the Sloomb Happy Little clouds, an amazing dipe from what I hear but again above our budget :)

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  62. Trisha B Says:

    I would love to try the Ergo winter edition carrier. Not that I need the winter stuff, but I don’t have a carrier for my 3year old, because he weighs 40lbs…

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  63. Krista C Says:

    I want to try out the amber necklaces.

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  64. Claire Rheinheimer Says:

    I love the sloomb Happy Little Clouds – Silver Velour, I don’t have any of the sloomb products.

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  65. Judith Martinez Says:

    I would love to have a Aden & Anais – Cotton Daydream Blanket! They look so comfy!

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  66. Sheridan Says:

    I like the Aden & Anais Cotton Daydream Blankets

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  67. Jenni L. Says:

    Thanks for this informative post! I’m currently trying a standard BumGenius microfiber insert with a charcoal bamboo insert underneath, hoping it works!

    As for the products I so want to try a Sakura Bloom in silk!

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  68. Andrea Says:

    The surprise and delight momma item I would like to try and why: Oh my goodness that whole pages speaks to me… calls to me! I think the Aden + Anais daydream blanket because I love, love the burp rag I have by them as well as the muslin swaddle blanket I have. I think a big blanket from A+A would be like wrapping up in a bit of Heaven. Also, would love to try a sbish as I have heard so many good things about them and they are too expensive for me to splurge on at this point.

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  69. Jay Dee Says:

    I would like to try the Ergo Carrier – Designer Collection – Winter Edition, because I’ve heard that Ergo carriers are very nice.

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  70. Mariah Says:

    There’s an insert that could be better than Thirsties?! This I’ve got to try!

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  71. Brooke G Says:

    I love my thirsties!! I hope to replace all my MF with them.

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  72. Amanda D Says:

    Would love the sustainablebabyish sloomb Happy Little Clouds – Silver Velour. Haven’t tried these yet, so they would delight this Momma for sure.

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  73. Lisa Says:

    Toss up between apple cheeks starter & little Joey ring sling

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  74. Lisa Says:

    Need more thirsties inserts!!!

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  75. Jennifer Says:

    I love bamboo/hemp inserts, and I LOVE Itsy Bitsy Bums! They’re my new go-to cloth diapering store! :)

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  76. Karissa Oien Says:

    Happy Little Clouds diaper!

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  77. Csnice Says:

    I would love the sloomb diapers from sbish or any of the amber teething necklaces!

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  78. Michelle H Says:

    I would love to try the Boba Air carrier, as well as any of the chewable jewelry.

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  79. Aurora P Says:

    Love the Ergo Carrier – Designer Collection – Winter Edition

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  80. Lizi Says:

    Chew beads!

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  81. Michelle T Says:

    I’d like to try everything on that page! I’d like to try the Little Clouds because I’ve heard do much about three sloomb company. They sound ecoconcious and everyone raves about the diapers!

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  82. Anne Perry Says:

    I’d like the.Aden & Anais – Cotton Daydream Blankets

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  83. Tiffany Says:

    I’d love any of the Happy Little Cloud diapers or the Ergo!

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  84. Autumn Beck Says:

    Sophie Keychain! Super cute and who doesn’t need a cute Keychain!?

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  85. Rena Gordon Says:

    I would love to try the thiristes hemp insert because I havr a big night time/heavy wetter!!!!

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  86. Sam C Says:

    I would love to try a Sakura Bloom ring sling!

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  87. Julie S Says:

    We LOVE Itsy Bitsy Bums! We used their trial package when starting out and just received the rest of our stash today! I love their bags and chew beads are a fave!

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  88. Tracy Gordon Says:

    I would love to try the Aden & Anais day dream blanket because I can only imagine how soft and cozy it would be,

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  89. Emily Richardson Says:

    Thanks for this review! I’m still experimenting with doublers and liners. I thinkI finally have a system for night (sustainablebabyish at night with fleece liner) but still trying to figure out my daytime routine. This helped!

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  90. Tess Hanner Says:

    I would like to try the Aden + anais blanket because I love the swaddlers, washcloths and bibs we have for my daughter. The more you wash them, the softer they get!

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  91. Tess Hanner Says:

    Thank you for posting this! It’s super helpful to me as I am very interested in getting more bamboo inserts but didn’t know where to start or which ones were good quality. I’ve bookmarked this page now for future reference!

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  92. Courtney Hays Says:

    Love these comparisons, since I’m in the market to add to my bamboo and hemp stash;)

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  93. Vanessa P Says:

    I would love to try the peachy baby inserts. Perfect timing for this post as I was just thinking about buying doublers & starting to research them.

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  94. Rochelle Says:

    I would like to try the jujube bag!

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  95. Natalie Dixon Crewell Says:

    I need all the natural fiber inserts I can get

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  96. Leela R. Says:

    I’d love to try a Sakura Bloom ring sling.

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  97. THF Says:

    I would love one of Aden + Anais’ adult daydream blankets for myself! My son has both the muslin and bamboo dream blankets, and a full size one would be awesome! I would also love to try any of the sustainablebabyish fitteds. We have a small stash of kiwi pie fitteds, and I would love to add some of these to the mix!

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  98. Christin Huether Says:

    I would love to try a Ju Ju Be bag from IBB! Or a sbish fitted diaper. They have so many great products!

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  99. Sarah M Says:

    I love the Aden&Anais dream blankets!

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