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I use flips with my son, cover and inserts and hes starting to pee a ton. Ive never had leaks but I know im going to need a doubler soon. I was thinking of using 2 inserts but I dont want it to be to bulky. Im ok with using 2 at night but not all the time I think it would be to much. Any sugestions on something that would work? Anything homemade thats not to bulky? Thanks in advance!
What are you using as inserts now? The staydry? Since those are microfiber I don't know if they are the most absorbent. The organic inserts are supposed to hold a ton. I think the trimmest thing would be a hemp doubler behind the staydry if that is what you have now. I use medium size GMD trifolded prefolds (not stay dry but cheap!) And they hold an awful lot.
Yeah ditto, you can definitely wash prepped hemp with the other diapers!!!
To prep I would boil them with a dash of dish liquid for 10 minutes or so (you should see a ton of oils come out and smell it), then wash and dry a few times with towels or regular laundry, then they should be good to use. The absorbency will keep improving for awhile but you won't need to worry about affecting the microfiber inserts.
Hemp fabric will be wayyy more absorbent than T shirt cotton. If you make T shirt doublers, then depending on the fabric thickness I might make them more like 6 layers. That is how many layers the Flip organics have and they are also cotton jersey (then they get trifolded for 18 layers of absorbency in the insert). I think the GMD cotton twill doublers are 8 layers but they are a more open weave than jersey. You could also make them 3 layers and twice as wide as you need, then fold in half to use. Just my opinions here I like my doublers to be very absorbent so I only need one! But you can always double up on thinner ones if they are not absorbent enough for you, no big deal.
ya hemp will hold a ton more than a t shirt, so if thats an investment you can afford to make id look into getting some. You can buy hemp yardage online too so if you are into sewing you could probably make your own and save a bit
You don't always save a lot of money with buying hemp online and making your own because it is really heavy to ship. So I would price it out and be sure you are saving! You can also look for used deals, that saves you prepping time too
I have a bunch of newborn Flip inserts and I will stick one of those in the bottom of the diaper if she's going to be wearing it a long time. I've also used GMD terry cloth wipes as doublers since they're so thin and pretty absorbent.