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Cloth 201: Benefits of a Stay Dry Layer
January 7, 2012 2:43 am | by

Most of us started our cloth diapering journey with one basic style of diaper, whether it was a pocket, prefold with cover, or an all-in-one style. As you gain confidence and learn more about the variety of fabrics and styles, you may begin to branch out and try new things.

One of our favorite problem solving solutions at Cotton Babies is stay dry fabric. What is stay dry fabric? If you have a bumGenius 4.0, you have a type of stay dry fabric! The top inside layer of the pocket, the one that touches your baby’s skin, is suede cloth, one type of stay dry fabric. You’ll find this same fabric on the top layer of a bumGenius Freetime and a Flip Stay Dry Insert.
What makes stay dry so great? Stay dry fabrics wick the moisture away from your little one’s bottom, keeping their skin drier. This can help to prevent skin irritation and rash. This is especially helpful for overnight cloth diapering, when your little one may be wearing the diaper for longer periods of time.
Some people prefer to use cloth diapers and inserts made from natural fibers. Don’t worry! You can add a stay dry layer to get the benefits of each type of fabric. Two of our favorite ways to add a stay dry layer are the Cotton Babies One-Size Insert Sock and a Stay Dry Liner.
The One-Size Insert Sock can convert a flat or prefold into an easy to use insert with a stay dry layer that can then be used in just about any type of diaper cover.
The Stay Dry Liner is great to layer on top of a cotton prefold, flat or an organic cotton all-in-one like bumGenius Elemental. We highly recommend these for overnight cloth diapering when you are using natural fibers.
Have you tried adding a stay dry layer to your favorite style of cloth diaper? What are your favorite styles of stay dry cloth diapers? Share with us!

About the Author

Heather is mom to four, born within 40 months (single, twins, single). She writes transparently about her chaotic household to encourage others through the twists and turns of parenting.



  • sophieandmomma said...
    January 9, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Alright so I liked the sound of a Stay Dry Liner. SO many times I have had the thought of what could keep her skin drier in a cloth diaper? I do change her often, but when night time comes I cannot change her in the middle of the night. When morning comes her skin is red from touching her wet cotton prefold all night! What material is this Stay Dry made out of?
    Also, will it tend to wick too much moisture from her skin to where it starts actually drying out her skin?

    Thank you!

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  • Amy said...
    January 8, 2012 at 12:36 am

    I have used the stay dry sock with Econobum prefolds. The microsuede socks work well but are very bulky for young babes without adding absorbancy. You have to fold the extra length under. Around 22lbs they started fitting decently under clothes. For toddlers they are great for trips. I use them for night & nap dipes with great success for 15lbs & up. You can stuff them with prefolds, microfiber inserts, hemp, or whatever you like then lay in any cover.
    For little babes I use the CB fleece liners with the trifold Econobum prefolds or Flip organic. They add virtually no extra bulk but keep little bums somewhat dry. They also make poo cleanup easier!
    All in all the stay dry sock and fleece liner are a good way to add stay dry options to your prefold stash without buying pockets. I use them regularly.

  • Anonymous said...
    January 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    We love our stay dry liners!

    We started CDing our 5mo old and 2 year old a few months ago on Econobums and Elementals, but our 2 year old kept getting diaper rash. Once we added 4.0s to the stash, it went away. So I quickly went to our local Cotton Babies store in Vancouver, and got a pack of liners for his Econobum and Elemental diapers. Best move ever! Bye bye diaper rash!