Ever wondered how absorbent your cloth diapers are? I’m sure we’ve all wondered it, and this is my very unscientific and unofficial means of giving me an idea of how absorbent my cloth diapers are. In preparation for next weeks challenge, I’ve been playing around with many of my inserts and flats.
My kitchen scale is on loan to a girl friend, who doesn’t want to give it back quite yet…So, I was going to test the absorbency with just my eyes and a pitcher of water. This is very unscientific
I like knowing the numbers, numbers help me figure things out. Otherwise, I feel like I’m just stuffing diapers randomly with different combos hoping for success and without knowing anything… I don’t even know what to compare it to.
For my absorbency test, I borrowed the suggested method of my favourite cloth diaper guru. There are many different ways and many different takes on this issue. It’s a tricky one at best, but its just averages, and just to help you gage an understanding.
My Method: Large Measuring cup full with warm water…. insert/flat/absorbent material in a casserole dish. Gently pour over material until fully saturated. I know that I’ll never get it soaked and dripping, so… I just poured until it looked saturated and let it rest for a bit. If there was anything oozing off, I’d pour it back in the measuring cup.
If your going to test your cloth diapers for curiosity sake and your own scale… Id recommend you use the same method each time.
- Large Rectangular 100% Cotton Receiving Blanket – 14 oz
- Geranimal Receiving Blanket – 12 oz
- Osocozy Cotton Flat – 12 oz
- Flour Sack Towel – 10 oz
- Daytime Flip Flat – 7-9 oz
- Infant Bummi’s Prefold – 10 oz
- Large Peachy Baby Bamboo Insert – 8 oz
- Small Funky Fluff Lux Bamboo Insert – 7 oz
- Large Funky fluff Lux Bamboo Insert – 10 oz
- Small Funky Fluff deLux Hemboo Insert – 6 oz
- Large Funky Fluff de Lux Hemboo Insert – 6 0z
Check out that time I tested the absorbency of my newborn cloth diaper stash!