What Are Nappy Liners?
In the world of reusable nappies there are different nappy systems and many different components you might put together to create the ideal nappy for you and your baby. Nappy liners are the piece of material that is on the top of the nappy closest to babies skin. The liner catches solids while allowing liquid to soak through into the main bulk of the nappy away from babies skin.
Nappy liners don't add to the absorbency of the nappy, instead they are there to make nappy changes easier and quicker. The liner catches the poo so the nappy is easier to deal with. They also protect the rest of the nappy from staining, protecting them from nappy creams that can be hard to wash out. And in the case of a fleece liner they are excellent at keeping babies bottoms dry.
You can opt for either a reusable or disposable liner.
Reusable liners are made of a number of different materials. Fleece is a popular option as it is very resistant to staining as well as being great at wicking away liquid and keeping little bottoms dry and so at less risk of nappy rash. Silk liners are also brilliant for keeping babies bottoms dry and are popular as a natural alternative to fleece although they are more expensive.
The other option is to use disposable liners. These are very thin squares of fabric usually viscose. They are often made of bamboo viscose which is biodegradable and so will decompose if disposed of correctly. Disposable liners don't act as a stay dry layer in the same way that fleece does, however they are very handy for catching and disposing of a poo especially if you are away from home.
It is also worth noting that there is no reason you have to use liners. It's completely up to you. Many parents will experiment with both disposable and reusable liners as well as not using a liner at all before finding their own ideal for ease of use, ease of washing, effectiveness and baby comfort.
Difference Between a Nappy Insert and Liner
Inserts or boosters are different to liners in that they provide the absorbance. You can build up as much absorbance as you need in a nappy by adding different boosters, and generally you will find you need more absorbency at night when the nappy is on for a longer period of time, and that absorbency needs to be increased as the baby gets older.
Unlike liners, inserts are made of absorbent material and are the part of the nappy that soaks up the liquid. Inserts and boosters can be made of various materials including cotton, bamboo and microfiber. You can then mix and match to build the perfect nappy for your baby. Some inserts are more absorbent than others, and some absorb more quickly.
Whereas liners are very thin inserts and boosters can be much thicker depending on the material and the level of absorbance you choose. You can also get inserts that are a thin fabric you fold to give layers. This means they are much quicker to dry than bulkier boosters and inserts which can be invaluable if you don't have much drying space.
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