~Absorbency~

 
 

 

In my quest to help you decide what diaper will work best for your little one for different situations I wanted a way to help judge absorbency of diapers. These charts are to help judge overall volume or amount of absorbency which is dictated by how much absorbent material there is in a diaper. Speed of absorbency is a separate (but important for forceful wetters) issue that is dictated by the density or looseness of the weave. The looser the weave the faster the absorbency. For volume of absorbency I have seen lots of water testing done, but they all seem so variable in results based on how many break in washings were done (very important when judging absorbency of unbleached or hemp fabrics which increase in absorbency with washing) what they were washed in (detergent residues interfere with absorbency) how hard the water is and numerous other variables. Also I would not want my babies diaper to be dripping wet from front to back when I take it off my babe so that makes it confusing too! So to decrease the variables of these types of tests what I have is some simple charts of product weights. Weight is determined by how much material is present to absorb. Different types of materials are on different charts because they cannot be judge against each other by weight. But in general hemp is thought to be twice as absorbent for its weight then cotton is. Cottons with nonabsorbent polyester blended in for durability and stretch will need to be decreased by the percentage of poly to compare.

I still have lots of products to weigh..

55% Hemp/45% Cotton Blends
(All hemp products at DiaperWare are this blend!)
Product Size Weight in pounds Weight in ounces Notes
Prefolds
BabyKicks Small
 0.19
3.0
 
Medium
 0.25
4.0
 
Large
 0.32
5.1
 
XLarge
 0.43
6.9
 
Polar Babies Infant
 0.25
4.0
 
Standard
 0.35
5.6
 
Super Deluxe
 0.47
7.5
 
Contours
Inserts
BabyKicks Joey Bunz Small
0.14 
2.2
 
Medium
0.15 
2.4
 
Large
 0.18
2.9
 
Ducky Buns Small
 0.14
2.2
With Microterry Flap
Medium
 0.16
2.6
With Microterry Flap
Large
 0.18
2.9
With Microterry Flap
Happy Heinys Stuffins Small
 0.16
2.6
With one small Oval Insert
Medium
 0.21
3.4
With one Oval Insert
Large
 0.26
4.2
With one Oval Insert
Swaddlebees Small
 0.14
2.3
 
Medium
 0.16
2.6
 
Large
 0.175
2.8
 
Doublers
Polar Babies    
0.08 
1.3
Topped with microfleece
   
 

 
Fitted Diapers
Sugar Peas Two Sized Size 1
 0.29
4.7
With hemp snapin soaker
Size 2
 0.40
6.4
With hemp snapin soaker
Sugar Peas Side Snap Small
 0.24
3.9
With hemp snapin soaker
Medium
 0.31
5.0
With hemp snapin soaker
Large
 0.40
6.4
With hemp snapin soaker
Swaddlebees Hemp Pocket    Medium
0.21
3.4
No insert
Large
0.24
3.9
No insert
AIOs
   
 

 

 

Cotton, Cotton Blends and Organic Cotton
Product Size Weight in pounds Weight in ounces Notes
Prefolds
Baby Textiles Preemie
0.081
 1.3
 
Infant
0.20
3.2 
 
Premium
0.29
4.7
 
Toddler

 
 
Green Earth Textiles Preemie
0.088
 1.4
 
Infant
0.19
 3.1
 
Premium
0.33
 5.2
 
Toddler

 
 
FunOrganic        
       
       
French Terry Large
0.39
6.2
 
Ringspun Jersey XLarge
0.375
6.0
 
       
       
       
Flats
Contours
  Kissaluvs Newborn/Small
0.12
1.9
10% Polyester
Medium/Large
0.225
3.6
10% Polyester
Doublers
   

 
 
Fitted Diapers
FunOrganic Small

 
 
Medium

 
 
Large

 
 
XLarge

 
 
Kissaluvs Size 0 Fleece
0.16
 2.5
10% Polyester
Size 1 Fleece
0.25
3.4 
10% Polyester
Size 2 Fleece
0.28
 4.5
10% Polyester
Sugar Peas Two Sized Size 1
0.22
3.5 
With organic cotton snapin soaker
Size 2
0.30
4.8 
With organic cotton snapin soaker
AIOs
   

 
 

 

Microterry/Microfiber
80% polyester, 20%polyamide
Product Size Weight in pounds Weight in ounces Notes
Inserts
Cotton Babies One Size
0.144
2.3
Weight includes plastic snap, so actual material weighs slightly less!
Fuzzi Bunz Small
0.081
1.3 
 
Large
0.113
 1.8
 
Happy Heinys Small
0.075
1.2 
 
Large
0.138
2.2 
 
Swaddlebees Small
0.075
 1.2
 7 oz absorbency per Swaddlebees
Medium
0.088
1.4 
 
Large
0.093
 1.5
 10 oz absorbency per Swaddlebees

 

All items weighed were unwashed from my stock. Different batches may have slightly different weights. All information is based on my best knowledge of these products. Please let me know if you see something that should be changed.

 

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