For the most part, the cloth diaper hype is all about different styles and prints, while the products we rely on the most don’t get the same amount of love. (Because, have you seen Flutter By? Wow.) However, it’s absorbency like the Stay Dry Duo Insert that makes a cloth diaper caregiver’s world go around. One of the most common questions in the cloth diaper world is ‘Which is the best insert for babies with wetness sensitivity?’ Wetness sensitivity can be uncomfortable for baby and stressful for baby’s caregiver, not to mention difficult to overcome. Rashes become more prevalent, parents become more frustrated and sometimes, caregivers give up on cloth diapering altogether. Enter Thirsties Stay Dry Duo Insert! In this article, we will breakdown the fiber facts, design and prep and care for the Thirsties Stay Dry Duo Insert. And since this workhorse is all about the fibers, let’s begin with the fiber facts.
Thirsties Natural One Size All In One[/caption] When I think of Thirsties, I think fiber first. The Thirsties signature 55% hemp/45% organic cotton blend is one of my absolute favorites and this blend happens to be one half of the Stay Dry Duo. Products like the Thirsties Duo Hemp Prefold and the Natural One Size All In One cloth diaper share the same hemp/organic cotton blend as well. The Stay Dry Duo Insert actually has two inserts that snap together to make one complete absorbency system. I know that extra steps aren’t everyone’s favorite thing when it comes to cloth diaper laundry, but in this case, it’s absolutely worth it. The first insert is constructed of two layers of Thirsties’ fast absorbing microfiber terry and topped with their stay-dry and stain-resistant microfleece. If you were wondering, yes, stain-resistant microfleece is a must. This makes introducing solids so much easier on your wash routine and on yourself. The second insert, which should be snapped to the underside of the microfiber insert, consists of 5 layers of the super-absorbent 55% hemp - 45% organic cotton jersey. Again, that signature blend is where you are going to find the bulk of your absorbency, even though it’s the trimmest layer by far. It’s like the best of both worlds, if ‘both worlds’ were all about catching poop. #ThirstiesTip I find that if I snap all our inserts together fresh out of the dryer, other caregivers are more likely to grab and use them. Because there is a length difference in the size one and size two inserts, I find it easier to sit down and snap them all at once so that I don’t end up with two odd sizes at the end of diaper laundry.
Thirsties Stay Dry Duo Insert[/caption] The thoughtful design of this insert is why I refer to this particular product as a workhorse. The microfleece/microfiber insert is fast absorbing and pulls wetness away from baby quickly preventing rashes and helping to relieve wetness sensitivity. It also help solids sit on top of this layer, making waste removal quick and simple. So, why is this important? When babies feel wet, they become irritable, uncomfortable and can have a difficult time focusing. Adding this stay dry insert to help keep baby feeling dry between changes will allow the caregiver to prep a bottle, throw in a load of clothes or even finish the last bit of (cold) coffee without worrying about whether baby will become cranky or rashy. It’s key that the stay dry layer stay on top of the hemp/organic cotton layer for a few reasons:
- We don’t want microfiber touching baby’s skin.
- The stay dry layer will absorb faster than the hemp/organic cotton layer.
- The hemp/organic cotton layer truly shines in its ability to absorb a large amount of liquid and is best served underneath the microfleece/microfiber layer.