Set of 2 Pieces: 3 layers, all hemp cotton fabric (55%hemp/45%cotton). One side of insert smooth fabric, brushed texture on the other side.
This insert is very slim, so will be good for either very small babies by itself or as doubler (increasing absorbency without creating too much bulk) for babies over 5 months.
These are very slim for how much they are able to absorb. In cloth diapering world hemp is told to be the most 'thirsty' fabric. It is generally fine to use hemp directly on skin, but it can become quite rough to touch, especially if sundrying, as a natural fabric it will also not provide the stay dry feel.
Hemp is often chosen as a doubler for night diapering or very heavy daytime wetters.
It is important to prepare your hemp for the first use. Best is about 20 minutes boil followed by gentle detergent wash, else simply do a hot soak followed by gentle detergent wash. As a natural fibre, it is normal for hemp to shrink by up to 8-12% of its size as well as change shape.
Just like other inserts this will gain its best absorption capacity after a 3-5 washing cycles.
Both handwash and machine wash is completely fine, but machine washing gives better results at keeping smells away.
Every once in a while you can boil your washed inserts (not the covers) for 10 minutes to help rid of detergent remains or unpleasant odors.