Pocket Inserts - a comparison of types

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Pocket Inserts - a comparison of types

Post by Dunners » Wed May 04, 2005 3:21 pm

Taken from Ruth at Green Nappies (http://www.greennappies.com)

Summary of inserts most commonly used in pocket nappies


Flannelette flats (traditional flannelette nappy square)
- very fast drying,
- cheap,
- trim,
- reasonably absorbent for the thickness,
- a great, very trim option for short periods of time during the day,
- two needed at night,
- needs to be folded into pad shape.

Terry flats (traditional terry towelling nappy square)
- very fast drying,
- cheap,
- quite absorbent,
- quite bulky,
- needs to be folded into pad shape.

Flannelette prefolds
- trim,
- less folding required,
- available in patterns and colours,
- reasonably absorbent for the thickness,
- 2 needed at night,
- not as fast to dry as squares,
- more expensive.

Microfibre Towels
- very trim,
- very absorbent,
- less folding required,
- superfast drying,
- cheap,
- are only suitable for use inside a pocket, never directly against
the skin, because of their super absorbing qualities,
- can be quite squishy (i.e. they absorb a very large amount but are
not as good at holding on to it. The usual recommendation is to
double them up with a natural fibre such as cotton or hemp, as these
are much better at locking in the moisture. Many people use one
microfibre towel with one hemp prefold behind it as a great
overnight nappy.)

Hemp prefolds
- very trim,
- very absorbent,
- less folding required,
- antibacterial and antifungal properties,
- 1 or 2 needed at night, depending on how much your baby wets,
- not as fast to dry as squares,
- more expensive (top of the range insert)
Last edited by Dunners on Sun Nov 26, 2006 9:28 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Post by Dragonfly » Sat Jul 30, 2005 8:41 am

Thanks, I was wondering about that!! Considering pocket nappies and a bit confused..
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Post by Dunners » Sun Nov 26, 2006 9:32 am

I've just made this a sticky.

Bamboo is a new option. If anyone has any comments to make a list like those above feel free to LMK.

Also, if there's another pocket stuffer that is not mentioned please LMK.
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different types of pocket inserts

Post by serabera » Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:04 pm

I use a 5 layer insert, which I have found fantastic. 3 layers of hemp and 2 of microfibre. These are also becoming very popular in the hire kits I run for Porirua City Council as they aren't bulky and provide very good absorption. I team up the 5 layer with a 3 layer hemp if needed. If I use cloth at night, I use 2 five layer inserts. I have had a number of people say their babies are heavy wetters and find the microfibre inserts just dont last the distance. (I was getting leaking problems with 2 hemp inserts sometimes). They have been so pleased with the five layer with the addition of the hemp 3 layer. WIll be selling them soon as they are soo good. cheers, Sarah

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