Best cloth diaper liners for your baby’s bum that makes it easy to clean messy diapers.
What are Liners?
Cloth Diaper Liners are a thin layer of fabric that goes on top of the cloth diaper. You should know those liners are not designed to hold pee. In fact, they are permeable, allowing the liquid to pass through them. They act as a protective outer layer, and we will discuss why and when you would use a liner below.
Types of Cloth Diaper Liners:
Diaper liners can be either disposable or reusable cloth liners.
Disposable Liners :
These are use and throw liners. They are made from cellulose fibers. You can see some brands quoting that their liners are natural and made with bamboo. Actually, these are made of viscose, known as bamboo viscose and rayon viscose, and these materials are only partially natural.
They are called natural because they are derived from plants, but the cellulose pulp is treated with many chemicals to make it into a viscose fabric.
Disposable liners are very thin, soft, and almost looks like a mesh fabric. Since they are very thin they easily let the urine pass through them to be absorbed by inserts beneath them. You will not see liquid pooling over the liners and locking moisture; hence, they do an excellent job of keeping your baby dry.
Reusable Cloth Liners :
Reusable cloth liners can be made of any fabric although commonly they are made of fleece. Many parents prefer to make their reusable cloth liners at home recycling old t shorts, or fleece clothes.
You can also make a bunch of liners from buying fleece. The fleece we are looking here is Microfleece.
Microfleece is thinner than any other fleece. It feels soft next to the skin and let’s liquid pass through it quickly. Because of these, they are often marketed as stay dry liners because the wetness away from your baby’s skin and keeps the skin feel dry.
Natural Alternative to Synthetic Liners:
One of the main reason many parents choose cloth diapers is because they want to avoid exposing their babies to the chemicals that come with using disposable diapers. Fleece liners are made from synthetic materials.
Fleece is also highly flammable, and many clothes made of fleece are treated with flame retardant chemicals. Although I am not sure if cloth liners contain flame retardant chemicals, this would be something you should bring up with the brand, as you will be putting them on your baby’s nether areas.
Not only that some kids are highly sensitive to synthetic materials, leaving you no choice other than to consider liners made from natural fabric.
If you are a parent who wants to avoid chemically processed or synthetic materials, you must be wondering if there are any organic, natural liner options.
Don’t worry; I got you covered.
When it comes to organic cloth liners, you can choose between silk liners or wool liners.
There are very few brands that make these and I will list them below.
Why Use Cloth Liners?
Liners are my friend, and I love how they make cloth diapering easy. Don’t get me wrong. Liners are not one of the must have cloth diaper accessories.
It is possible to successfully cloth diaper without spending money on these fancy accessories but they do make cleaning a lot easier.
Here are some of my favorite reasons why I like to use diaper liners:
They make cleaning solid poop easier:
Dealing with poop has to be the top thing that cloth diapering parents loathe. Liners can make cleaning poop less disgusting. Liners catch all the poop so you don’t have to deal with cleaning sticky poop out of the diaper. Simply remove the liner from the diaper, dump the poop in the toilet and trash the liner ( if it is a disposable one)
If you are using a reusable liner, dump the poop, spray (or rinse) the liner and store it with your soiled diapers until they are ready to wash.
They protect your diaper from mainstream diaper creams:
Diaper creams and ointments contain mineral oils, and petroleum is not recommended to use with cloth diapers. Mineral oils are tougher to wash out of diapers and can cause mineral build up over time.
Diaper rash creams usually contain zinc oxide, which is an active ingredient that helps treat severe diaper rashes. Zinc oxide can leave stains on your cloth diapers. Using liners when using mainstream diaper creams can prevent mineral build-up and stains.
Liners sit between the diaper and baby’s bum keeping the ointments away from the diaper.
They can keep your baby’s bum dry:
As I mentioned earlier, fleece liners are known to give you a stay-dry effect because they do an exceptional job of pulling moisture away from the skin. While disposable liners let the urine pass through quickly, they don’t necessarily make your baby feel ‘dry’ like the fleece liners.
Many pocket diapers these days come with a stay-dry lining made of micro-fleece or micro-suede, so you wouldn’t need additional liners for them.
When you are using natural fibers next to baby’s skin, like hemp or cotton, some babies tend to develop rashes due to moisture. In such cases, you can throw a liner on top of your diaper to keep your baby’s skin dry.
Features of Liners:
When you are shopping for diaper liners you must come across some of these terms below. So I just wanted to go through what those means with you.
Flush-able: Many disposable liners are labelled as Flush-able which blows my mind. Personally, I will not flush anything other than toilet paper in my toilet. I don’t care if a liner is advertised as flush-able, I will not risk clogging my plumbing line disposing them in my toilet.
Don’t trust me? You can read here how disposable liners are not septic-safe and wreak havoc. So unless a wipe is clearly stated as ‘septic-safe’, I will never flush it ( and even if it is septic-free, I will soak the liners in a bowl of water to confirm they actually break down before flushing them in the toilet)
Fragrance/Dye & Chlorine Free : Since you will be using these liners next to your baby’s nether areas, I would avoid any unwanted chemicals like dyes and fragrance.
Size : 5.9 x 3.9 x 5.9 inches
Material : Made from Ineego fiber which is a synthetically processed plant derived cellulose
# Liners in a Roll : 200
Grovia is a popular cloth diaper brand, their wipes and all in one diapers are a personal favorite. They are big enough to cover the entire diaper and do an excellent job of keeping poop contained.
Grovia liners are very durable, some parents have shared that they have even washed, and reused a peed liner.
Size : 8.5 by 11 inches
Material : Made from I100% bamboo viscose
# Liners in a Roll : 100
These liners are BPA, PVC, Vinyl, Phthalate and Lead free, designed in US and responsibly made in China. Bumkins liners are popular in Amazon with mixed reviews. Some parents have reported that these liners are thin and let poop pass through (especially if its liquidy).
But do seem to do a decent job of catching solid poop.
All – Natural Diaper Liners:
Size : 30 by 15 cm
Material : Made from 100% bamboo viscose
# Liners in a Roll : 600
All natural diaper liners are a great value of money and comes in pack of 3 ( 200 roll each). They catch poop extremely well and do not bunch up making it easier to clean up.
They are fragrance free, chlorine free, dye free and compostable.
Disana Silk Liner :
Size : 45 by 15 cm
Material : Made from 100% organic raw silk
Silk is a excellent natural choice for a liner. It has anti- inflammatory and cooling properties that can calm rashes and redness. These liners are made from GOTS certified organic silk, meaning there is no harmful chemical touching your baby. However, these need to be hand washed in cold water.
Washable Cloth Liners:
Reusable liners are washable liners that can be re-used multiple times. There are a very few brands making reusable liners in the market. It is probably because it is cheaper to make DIY liners from scratch.
Let’s Wrap Up:
Liners are not a necessity and definitely don’t need them to cloth diaper. But, they can make cloth diapering very easy if dealing with poop is your biggest concern. You don’t have to use liners full time, with all the diapers. Some only use liners when they are leaving their babies with other caregivers, grand parents or with their partner.
Some daycare centers only accept cloth diapers if they are used with a liner. Liners can make skeptics get on board with cloth.
If you are starting solid food and are terrified about handling poop, then liners are your best friend. They catch most of the poop which can be tossed in the toilet. They can also be used when you are using mainstream diaper creams which can cause mineral build up on your diapers.