When you put a cloth diaper on your baby, do you ever wonder just how much liquid your cloth diaper inserts absorb? While I looking for better overnight nighttime cloth diapers for my daughter, I have been searching for the most absorbent inserts with the least amount of bulk to put in her overnight diapers. To figure out the absorbency of my various inserts, I have begun doing absorbency tests. No, my method is not entirely scientific, but pouring water onto the insert until the insert is saturated and stops absorbing the liquid is a fairly good estimation. For my second round of tests, I compared Best Bottom Stay Dry, Flip Stay Dry, and generic microfiber inserts.
♥ 0 to 1/4 cup
♥♥ 1/4 to 1/2 cup
♥♥♥ 1/2 to 3/4 cup
♥♥♥♥ 3/4 to 1 cup
♥♥♥♥♥ 1 cup or more
Best Bottom Stay Dry Inserts (Large) ♥♥♥♥♥
Of all my cloth diapers, my Best Bottoms are my favorite. Now that my daughter weighs a little over twenty pounds, she needs the large size of Best Bottom inserts. I have to say that, as impressed as I am with the absorbency of the Best Bottom hemp inserts, I am even more impressed with the results of my testing on the Stay Dry inserts. After performing my quick absorbency test, I discovered that the large Best Bottom Stay Dry inserts comfortably hold 1 cup of water but will absorb up to about 1 2/3 cups of water!
Best Bottom Stay Dry Inserts (Medium) ♥♥♥♥♥
In a pinch, I still sometimes use my medium Best Bottom Stay Dry inserts in my daughter’s diapers. Smaller in length than the large, the mediums still hold an impressive amount of liquid. By my calculations, the medium Best Bottom Stay Dry inserts absorb about 1 cup of water.
Flip Stay Dry Inserts ♥♥♥♥♥
One of the most recent additions to my cloth diaper stash is the Flip diaper system. I recently bought three Flip covers and six Flip Stay Dry inserts. I like my Flips okay, especially the way in which the diaper shells fit my daughter. As for the absorbency of the inserts, the Flip Stay Dry inserts score very high. According to my quick absorbency test, the Stay Dry inserts from Flip hold about 1 1/2 cups of water.
Generic Microfiber Inserts ♥♥♥♥♥
Microfiber is an incredibly popular material for cloth diaper inserts. Of all my inserts, I probably have the most of the microfiber. Some of my microfiber is from Alva Baby, some from FuzziBunz, and a handful from other diaper companies. As far as I can tell, all of the microfiber is exactly the same or at least incredibly similar. And, microfiber gets a good reputation as a good material for cloth diaper inserts for a reason. By my testing, an average microfiber insert holds about 1 cup of water.
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Flip Stay Dry, Large Best Bottom Stay Dry, Medium Best Bottom Stay Dry, and Microfiber Inserts © 2012 Heather Johnson
Large Best Bottom Stay Dry Insert © 2012 Heather Johnson
Medium Best Bottom Stay Dry Insert © 2012 Heather Johnson
Flip Stay Dry Insert © 2012 Heather Johnson
Generic Microfiber Insert © 2012 Heather Johnson