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Stuffing Pocket Cloth Diapers
The great thing about pocket baby cloth diapers is that you can shove almost anything inside the pocket bit. The pocket consists of a waterproof outer bit (in cute colors), and a fleecy inner lining. This wicks the wee away from the baby’s skin. The moisture gets soaked up by whatever you’ve decided to put inside.
The following are a few examples of items I use for stuffing pocket cloth diapers:
Pocket diaper inserts: are the absorbent portion of the cloth diaper and are available in several different styles to include minky, microfiber terry, bamboo, and organic cotton.
Some insert brands, such as the one pictured above, snap-in.
Cloth diaper inserts look like maxi pads and you place them inside a cloth diaper. This is nice if you have a baby that is a heavy wetter.
Some cloth diapers come with extra padding that is sewn inside them that takes forever to dry.
The great thing about using a cloth diaper insert is instead of waiting for a built-in pad to dry, you can just remove the insert and put in a new one. These are often sold with the pocket diaper.
2. Terry Cloth Squares
Terry squares: a folded-up piece of terry cloth, cut to size if necessary.
I chose to use old bathrobes. I actually bought 9 of them for $2 from another mom. I used them to make 30 13.75″ X 5″ inserts (double layer). I’m big into recycling, and this is a nice way to repurpose old bathrobes.
Prefolds: stitched layers of cotton that you fold.
Prefold cloth diapers are the thick rectangles of absorbent cotton fabric that most people think of as old fashion cloth diapers. Prefolds often get a bad rap because many people have only seen the inferior “diapers” made by big companies. They don’t realize that not all prefold cloth diapers are created equal.
The cloth diapers you’ll find in big stores are often made with polyester batting (it says so right on the label). Or, they are made from very thin fabric with just a few layers. Really, they are intended to be used as burp cloths but can make excellent insert material!
When you shop for prefold cloth diapers, you’ll find that there are two main kinds. Indian prefolds and Chinese prefolds. Those names simply refer to where the diapers are made. Indian prefolds tend to be a bit softer and slightly more absorbent. Chinese prefolds tend to be more durable. Honestly, the differences are slight, although you’ll find many people who swear one is better than the other. I have used both on my baby and have no real preference.
No matter which kind of prefolds you choose, you’ll enjoy how well they work and how easy they are to use. I have used prefold cloth diapers on my little girl at least half the time (starting right from birth). I love how easy they are to use, both as a diaper (with a cover) and folded up and stuffed in a pocket diaper as an insert!
4. Old T-Shirts
* cut-up old t-shirt (oh yes, in an emergency!)
We use old T-shirts that have reached the end of their useful life.
Boosters: small wads of absorbent material, usually used to boost fitted diapers.
A booster pad is an extra absorbency slim pad insert for use in any brief, diaper or other absorbent undergarments when extra leakage protection is needed, such as overnight, shopping trips or unavailability of a restroom for any length of time.
My favorite is the GroVia stay dry booster.
6. Microfiber Cloths
Microfibre cloths: the super-absorbent ones (often in vile colors) usually sold as cleaning cloths. Just fold and stuff!
Micro Fiber is 100 times thinner than a human hair, yet incredibly durable and absorbent. In fact, the fiber found in just one inch of Micro Fiber thread would stretch to the length of three football fields!
Using an industrial microscope, you can see the difference in fabrics. The thread in materials like cotton and wool look to be thick with rounded edges, just like a string, while Micro Fiber displays thousands of “edges” on each thread due to its sheer density. The Micro Fibers are so small that they clean away grime that other fibers simply can’t detect. The tiny fibers clean microscopic dirt, providing brilliant streak-free shine.
* cut-up old t-towels or bath towels or use flour sack towels
I use those old hand towels, I take 2 towels lay them on the floor and roll one side toward the center, and then roll the other side about the same and then place both in the pocket.
This leaves a small gap in the center, which channels the urine into the towels, and out into the diapers, I like to wait and flood my diapers, and this works great.
I sometimes wash my make-do-towel-inserts out in the bathroom sink and hang them to dry outside, if it’s sunny they dry in less than an hour, but for the last few days it’s been cool and I hang them inside and they dry overnight.
8. Any Combination Of The Above
* any combination of the above.
Using any combination of the above will give you added absorbency.
Basically, as long as it’s absorbent, you can stuff your pocket baby cloth diaper with it.