All you need to know about Cloth Diaper Inserts and Liners

Hi friends, as promised I am back with my next post on Cloth Diaper. By now, you must be aware of major types of modern cloth diapers available in the market, some of you might have made up your minds too about which type of cloth diaper you want to buy for your little ones. But a Cloth Diaper without an Insert (also called as Soaker or Booster by some) is like a no absorbent piece of cloth which is good for nothing.

If you are new to Cloth Diapering, you may want to read my post on Types of Cloth Diapers >> Here <<

Thus, before starting with the types of inserts, let us understand what is the difference between a liner and an insert, as many get confused with these two words easily. In very simple language –

Liners are to line the inner side of the diaper to keep the skin in contact dry and protected.

Inserts are to be inserted into the pocket of the diaper and are responsible for all the absorption.

Easy right?

Liners can be disposable or reusable/washable. Pocket and All-in-one diapers already have an attached liner to them. Some people still like to use a separate liner in these diapers for the ease of cleaning.

Inserts are washable and are to be placed inside the pocket or in between the liner and the outer cover of the diaper. These can also be placed directly above the liner except for microfiber inserts.

Now you know the difference!

I have prepared a small table distinguishing between Liners and Inserts on the basis of 5 features –



Please Note – Never place Microfiber Insert in direct contact with baby’s skin as that can pull in all the moisture and excessively dry the skin.


Now let’s see what are the most common types of Inserts available in the market on the basis of their material –

1- Microfiber –

These are not a natural fiber but are quite cheap and have a great absorbency but tend to get bulky when moist.


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2- Bamboo –

These are again synthetic fabric and are super absorbent but unlike microfiber, these are quite soft and comfortable.


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3- Hemp –

These are the natural or organic fiber usually blended with cotton to make them comfortable. These have the best absorbancy of all, also dry out fast and are not bulky. But these are the most expensive of all.




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I hope now you have got a clear idea about Liners and Inserts and how these are used in a Cloth Diaper. If you still have any queries, please feel free to write them down in the comments below.

In my next post on Cloth Diapers, I will write about different brands available in the market and which among those are my favorites. Till then, do share your views or experiences about cloth diapers in the below comments section.


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    Kamana@SocialandStyle October 16, 2017 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    This is so informative! My little one is 7 weeks and I will surely try cloth diapers!

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      Neha Sharma October 17, 2017 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      That’s great! Thanks for liking it.

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    Priyanka October 16, 2017 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Very useful Post, specially for the new Mummy’s.

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      Neha Sharma October 17, 2017 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      Thanks Priyanka.

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    Tia October 16, 2017 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Very informative i have yet to go invest in some but i love seeing different reviews on them!

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      Neha Sharma October 17, 2017 at 6:48 pm - Reply

      Don’t think much, you will never regret investing in Cloth Diapers.

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    Melani Rayen October 16, 2017 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    Totally an informative post for new mommy’s out there…Have tried and used these cloth diapers and as you say these are really useful ones !

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      Neha Sharma October 17, 2017 at 6:49 pm - Reply

      Thanks Melani.

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    Stephanie October 16, 2017 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    I needed this! I have a love hate relationship with our cloth diapers. I just can’t seem to figure it out. So this was very informative! Might have to give it another go..

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      Neha Sharma October 17, 2017 at 6:50 pm - Reply

      Please do so. If you still have any queries, feel free to ask here or you can also mail me at

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    Charu Gujjal October 17, 2017 at 12:05 am - Reply

    This is super useful. When i began with my cloth diaper journey, I had no clue about all this. Had a tough time understanding different types of inserts etc

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      Neha Sharma October 17, 2017 at 6:51 pm - Reply

      Thanks for liking it Charu.

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    Summer October 17, 2017 at 12:26 am - Reply

    This was a great post. I cloth diapered all my babies and really had a love/hate relationship with it. I think the key is understanding what it is you are buying and how to use and clean them properly. I went through a few different styles before I found one I liked. This will be helpful for new moms for sure.

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      Neha Sharma October 17, 2017 at 6:52 pm - Reply

      Absolutely, a little understanding is needed before starting cloth diapering journey. Thanks for stopping by.

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    Taylor Boehme October 17, 2017 at 12:35 am - Reply

    I’m a cloth diapering momma with a toddler. This is super informative, thanks for sharing!

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      Neha Sharma October 17, 2017 at 6:52 pm - Reply

      Glad you liked it.

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    The Unfiltered Momma October 17, 2017 at 5:57 am - Reply

    Props to you for using cloth diapers! That’s awesome. If I ever make the switch this would be helpful

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      Neha Sharma October 17, 2017 at 6:53 pm - Reply

      Glad to know that. Thanks.

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    Britney October 17, 2017 at 6:18 am - Reply

    We cloth diaper too! I love how informative and descriptive you were.

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      Neha Sharma October 17, 2017 at 6:53 pm - Reply

      Thanks for liking it.

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    LaToya October 17, 2017 at 6:53 am - Reply

    Wow! These are so neat! I always wondered about cloth diapers and how they worked. Thanks for sharing, this was very informative.

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      Neha Sharma October 17, 2017 at 6:53 pm - Reply

      Thanks for liking it.

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    Chantal October 17, 2017 at 7:23 am - Reply

    This was extremely informative. I never considered cloth diapers before reading this. I always thought of them as more work

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      Neha Sharma October 17, 2017 at 6:54 pm - Reply

      Thanks you liked it.

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    anupriya October 17, 2017 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    i have used microfiber inserts for my elder kid, and they were very useful. The absorption is limited though, as in not aas good as it is claimed to be, yet we had a decent time, whenever we could not use disposable diapers due to rashes.

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      Neha Sharma October 17, 2017 at 6:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks for sharing your experience Anupriya.

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    Clair October 17, 2017 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Great post! I wish I had this when I was using cloth diapers on my son. I had no idea where to start and all the differences in liners.

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      Neha Sharma October 17, 2017 at 10:26 pm - Reply

      Thanks for finding my post useful.

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    Disha Bhandari October 18, 2017 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    I am just starting out my CD journey and this helps so much!! Thank you

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    Michelle October 18, 2017 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    Great post, very Imformative. I didn’t know much about cloth nappies, and the difference between liners and inserts. I found it very helpful 🙂

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    Khushia October 18, 2017 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    I don’t have kids but your post is very interesting to read. I’m surely going to share this new mommies I know.

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    Shipra Trivedi October 18, 2017 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    Super liked it. I never used cloth diapers for my son. But I read each and every blog on cloth diapers so that I can recommend my family members and can explain them about using it. Sharing this post 🙂

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    Elina Wadia October 18, 2017 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    This post is definitely going to come handy for those new to cloth diapering. Very informative!

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    Sonam October 18, 2017 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    Informative post about CDing even I’m using cloth diaper but didn’t know much about hemps and liners but after reading really get updated.. Will share this with few of my cousins who are pregnant soon going to deliver this will really help them to understand CD.. Good job

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    Nayantara Hegde October 19, 2017 at 1:26 am - Reply

    I quite like natural fibres like hemp and organic bamboo cotton. they are super absorbnt and last all night for us. thats almost 10 to 12 hours. Its such a relief to know that you dont need to wake up to do diaper changes at night

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    Deepa October 19, 2017 at 1:31 am - Reply

    I didn’t know so much about cloth diapers. This is very useful for new moms.

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    Nikita @beingmammabear October 19, 2017 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    This is so informative. I have just been using the inserts that come with our Superbottoms diapers. I never wondered about what material they were made out of. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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    Shrishti October 20, 2017 at 12:19 am - Reply

    Wow this is the first time I am a little clear on the liners and inserts and now I really wonder about which one we get with our cloth diapers . BAsed on the information provided by you , will now keep a check on the same

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    Shilpa Bindlish October 21, 2017 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Thanks for making the difference clearly understood. I would have considered liners and inserts same 😛 There is so much of variety available in market these days. Nice post.

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    Deepika October 23, 2017 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Great detailed post. I’ve never but now going to try Hemp!

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    karuna chauhan October 24, 2017 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    When i started cloth diapering way back in 2015 I rarely came across such informative posts by Indian moms! great job. this is going to be super useful for new CD moms!

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    Amy January 23, 2018 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Disposable diapers are convenient, but they come with a lot of baggage of their own. What if you could get the convenience of disposable diapers in the goodness of cloth? Read on…

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