Monday, December 22, 2014

Disposable Inserts: Flip, gDiaper and SoftBums

Last week I stared the series about how I have been trying out disposable/hybrid inserts for my cloth diapers and putting them through my cloth diaper trial.  Last week I posted the results for Charlie Banana disposable inserts and Grovia BioSoakers and today I am sharing the results of the remaining three inserts I tested: gDiapers Disposable Inserts, SoftBums H-Pods and Flip Disposable Inserts.

Flip disposable inserts
Number times of uses: 11
Number of leaks: 1
Longest wear without a leak: 4 hours, 30 minutes
Cost: $6.95 for a pack of 18 or $0.39 an insert
The flip disposable inserts are the cheapest of the disposable inserts that I tested but they worked just as well (if not better) than most of the brands.  They are slightly larger than most of the inserts (gDiapers are the largest) so I only used them in my flip covers because they were too wide for the SoftBums and Grovia shells.  These are flexible and can easily be folded to fit how you want and can also be doubled up for additional absorbency.  I doubled them up for night time use and didn't have a single leak.  They are really trim (all of the disposable inserts were) so I found that I had to snap down the rise snaps to a smaller setting so that the cover fit well.  Cotton Babies says that this inserts is dye and fragrance free and are made of bamboo viscose and wood pulp.  Overall this was a great insert.
SoftBums H Pods
Number times of uses: 13
Number of leaks: 2
Longest wear without a leak: 3 hours, 30 minutes
Cost: $7.95 for a pack of 20 or $0.40 an insert
The SoftBums pods were great also.  When looking at them I honestly couldn't figure out a way to distinguish them from the Charlie Banana inserts.  They are the same size, same material, look exactly the same and even performed the same.  I did have 2 leaks with these inserts but both were at 3+ hours so I would say that these still perform really well.  I was able to double them up for night time and even my super heavy wetter was fine over night.  These fit great in my SoftBums covers, Charlie Banana Covers and Flip covers. The SoftBums website says the these inserts are biodegradable and made from soft bamboo viscose. Overall I was really happy with these inserts.
gDiapers disposable inserts
Number times of uses: 8
Number of leaks: 0
Longest wear without a leak: 4 hours
Cost: $14.99 for a pack of 32 or $0.47 an insert
gDiapers is one of the more mainstream brands that I have never tried (but I will have to add it to my list ;)) so I wasn't sure what to expect from their disposable inserts.  I don't have an gDiaper covers to use these in but they worked well in my Flip covers.  These were the widest and longest of all of the inserts so they would not fit in my other covers, but the Flip covers were wide enough to accommodate the size.   These worked really well and like a lot of the other inserts are very customizable with how you can fold them and that they can be doubled up.  I did try these out doubled up for overnight with great results, never a leak.  Even during the day a single insert lasted at least 3 hours!  The gDiaper site says that they are chlorine free, latex free, perfume free and dye free. They are also biodegradable and compostable made of cellulose and wood fluff pulp.
Overall I was really happy with all of the disposable inserts that I tried.  I was apprehensive at first but really pleased with how well they worked.  I love that you get the absorbency of a disposable but with less waste and less chemicals.  After this experiment I am definitely a believer and will be using disposable inserts in the future (and for sure the next time I travel)!
**Post contains affiliate links.  Some inserts were provided for my review but all opinions and results are my own**
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  1. How often did you need to change the covers when using the disposable inserts?

    1. I used them until they got poop on them and averaged about 2 covers a day. I found that there was less leak through with the disposable inserts so the covers were rarely damp. Especially for the grovia inserts!

  2. One thing that i don't like about disposable diapers or inserts is yhe use of chemicals including SAP. I am trying to figure the best inserts for when cloth inserts are to much (plane travel) and so far i know for sure that the flip contain it. So it's a no for the flip in our house. I been trying to find out about the diaper but i guess I will have to look at the package myself. Seems lke a good option so far but i need toake sure there's no sap.