Diaper liners

Recently, one of my cloth diapering momma friends was considering giving up cd’ing because of the poop. Don’t blame her. Who likes to deal with poo? I asked her what kind of diaper liner she was using and she tilted her head and looked at me with a blank stare (it reminded me of the RCA dog – for those of you who remember records).

There are these wonderful inventions called diaper liners. They are thin, flushable paper-ish products that you lay inside the diaper. Then when it comes time to change the diaper, you just pick up the liner (filled with poo) and toss it into the toilet. My favorite ones (so far) are the Imse Vimse Flushable Liners made from rice paper.

One of the best things about them is that they’re reusable if your baby has only peed. You just throw it in with the diaper.  I usually get about 4 or so uses out of each one. They get softer and a bit smaller with each washing. They do eventually get holes which isn’t good for catching poo – at which point they get thrown away.

While we were moving we used disposable diapers and wipes. We didn’t have a washing machine for about a month and there was no way I was going to the public machine with the diapers every other day (I hate going with my regular laundry). Anyways, I didn’t think we’d be getting a washing machine right away (we don’t have hook ups so we had to figure something out) so I bought a super huge pack of the Target brand Up and Up wipes for sensitive skin. Since we have so many, I use the disposable wipes in combination with my flannel wipes.

I had discovered (by accident) that you can wash the disposable wipes with your cloth diapers. So I also use those as diaper liners. I don’t flush them – I just fling the poo off in the toilet before I throw the wipe away (or if I’m out, I just toss it in the trash). After awhile they get little holes (also not good for catching poo) so I use them for cleaning. They really make great dusting cloths.

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4 comments on “Diaper liners
  1. Luciana says:

    Question: if you can wash the liners and reuse them up to 4 times, are they really flushable/biodegradable?


  2. Wendy says:

    Yes, surprisingly. The liners are made from really thin rice paper. I have an HE machine and I get up to 4 washes. But, when I was using my top loader, I was lucky to get two.

    If you have a septic system, I’m not sure I’d risk it. But if you have a city sewage system it should be fine. If you read the Imse Vimse Flushable Liner reviews on Amazon you can get an idea of how well they have worked for others, too.

  3. Amy says:

    So you just wash the up and up wipes with the cloth diapers and do you dry them or let them air dry? When you say they get holes is that after the first wash or repeated washes? Are they soft? Do they give a rash that you have seen? Do they work as good as imse vimse disposable liners? I know you have to throw them in the trash just looking for something cheaper that will work than buying the disposables or using fleece or etc. Sorry so many questions.

  4. Wendy says:

    Great questions! Yes, I just wash the wipes with diapers. I let them air dry because they take just a few moments and they get more “beat up” in the dryer, but I usually air dry all my diapers anyways. As for the holes, sometimes it happens on the first wash, sometimes not for several. I think it depends on how the wipe was woven and if it had any weak spots to begin with. Yes, they are soft but definitely very dry. As for rash, I never noticed them specifically giving my son a rash… other things did. As for comparing them with Imse Vimse. Imse Vimse liners definitely work the best on the first try. BUT the washed wipes work better than the washed Imse Vimse. And you can’t beat the price of the wipes. I know you have to throw them out, but considering that they are getting multiple uses, I feel like they are a good choice for the environment and they are definitely cheaper.

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