Liners, Doublers and Inserts – Please explain

Is it a liner, a doubler or an insert? What does a liner do and how is it different than a doubler?

Let’s break it down so you’ll be able to easily differentiate between a liner, a doubler and an insert.

Liners are usually made of one layer of fabric (reusable or disposable) and are used on top of your diaper and against baby’s skin. You’d use a liner when you want easier clean up after a poop, when you’re using a diaper cream and want to keep it from touching your diapers, and at times it’s used to wick moisture from a baby’s skin (such as when using fleece liners). Liners can be reusable or you can also use disposable liners. Liners are not for absorbency. They are used as barriers and should not be confused with doublers or inserts.

A doubler is fabric that is used to add absorbency to your diaper, but without a lot of bulk. Doublers are multi layered and are often made of cotton, bamboo, hemp, or blends. Hemp and bamboo are more absorbent than cotton, so we recommend them for doublers if you need more absorbency but not as much bulk.

Inserts are made of multilayer micro terry, fleece, hemp, bamboo or cotton and are used as the main absorbency in diapers. In pocket diapers, inserts are inserted in the pocket of the diaper. In all in one diapers, the inserts are sewn into the diaper. And in hybrid diapers, the inserts have a layer that can be worn against the baby’s skin and so you simply lay it on top of the diaper cover and against the baby’s skin.

For cloth diapering questions, please contact Giselle at Granola Babies any time. We’re always here to help in your cloth diapering journey.

From left to right: Liner, Doubler, Insert
Top to bottom: Insert, doubler, liner
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