Absorbency Test | Monarch Inserts

monarch store cloth nappy absorbency test

 

When shopping for cloth nappies, making sure you have the right level of absorbency to match your babies output is as important in reducing leaks as getting the right fit.  To assist you in choosing the perfect nappy for your family's needs, I have tested the absorbency of our Classic, Ultimate & Pull-Up range of bamboo and hemp inserts. 

 

All inserts used in this test have been washed a minimum of 10 times and have reached maximum absorbency. We recommend soaking new inserts for 4 hours prior to their first wash, this step 'preps' your insert, immediately increasing capacity.  Our inserts (especially inserts containing hemp) reach their full potential around 8-10 washes.  If your baby or toddler is a super heavy wetter, we suggest boosting your nappy or changing the nappy more frequently until this max level is reached.

Aim:  To measure relative absorbency of current Monarch inserts.

Inserts tested:

  • Classic 5-layer bamboo insert 
  • Classic 5-layer hemp insert 
  • Ultimate 3-layer bamboo nap insert 
  • Ultimate 5-layer bamboo insert
  • Ultimate 5-layer hemp insert
  • Pull-Up Shell with absorbent core (Training Pants) LOSFM
  • Pull-Up 4-layer hemp trifold
  • Pull-Up 3-layer bamboo booster

    My Method: 

    1. I weighed each dry insert individually, before immersing them in a sink of warm water for two minutes.
    2. I hung each insert out and waited until the inserts were no longer dripping wet and weighed them individually.
    3. I repeated this process twice times to allow for variation.  Variation did occur and was >15gms.  I have chosen to post the median measurement.

     RESULTS

    • Combined absorbency of a Classic Night Nappy set: 368g
    • Combined absorbency of an Ultimate Heavy Night Nappy set: 706g (2x Nap inserts)
    • Combined absorbency of a Pull-Up Nappy Set: 652g

    Classic Inserts

    DRY Weight

    WET Weight

    Absorbency

    Classic 5 Layer Bamboo

    92g

    dry bamboo insert weighed

     

     297g

    wet cloth nappy bamboo insert

     

    Holds: 205g

    Classic 5 Layer Hemp

    73g

    hemp insert classic nappy

     236g

    wet hemp insert

     

    Holds: 163g

     

     

    Total Absorbency

    368g

     

    Ultimate Inserts

    DRY Weight

    WET Weight

    Absorbency

    Ultimate 3 Layer Bamboo Nap

    52g

    dry bamboo nap insert

    168g

    wet bamboo nap insert

    Holds: 116g

    Ultimate 5 Layer Bamboo

    78g

    monarch cloth dry bamboo insert

    285g

    monarch cloth nappy wet bamboo insert

    Holds: 207g

    Ultimate 5 Layer Hemp

    94g

    ultimate cloth nappy hemp insert dry

    309g

    ultimate hemp cloth nappy insert wet

    Holds: 215g

     

     

    Total Absorbency

    538g

     

    Pull-Ups

    DRY Weight

    WET Weight

    Absorbency

    Pull Up Shell - Absorbent Core

    (Training Pants)

    151g

    350g

    pull up nappy with absorbent core

    Holds: 199g

    4 Layer Hemp Trifold

    147g

    498g

    Holds: 351g

    3 Layer Bamboo Booster

    42g

    144g

    Holds: 102g

     

     

    Total Absorbency

    652g

     

    As a comparison for relative absorbency of our Monarch cloth compared to disposable nappies, I also tested 3x size 4 (10-15kg) Huggies Ultimate Disposable Nappies.

     

    Disposable Nappy DRY Weight WET Weight   Absorbency
    Huggies Ultimate Sz4 Nappy

    49g

         

    445g

          
    Holds: 396g

     

     

    What are some key features of hemp and bamboo fibres?

    Bamboo
    Hemp
    Absorbs quickly - fantastic for flooders*
    Has the capacity to absorb 20% of its weight before feeling damp
    Softer fabric
    Tighter fibre, trimmer insert
    Reaches full absorbency quickly
    Sustainable 

     

    * A 'flooder' is the name associated with a child who holds his/her urine for a period of time and releases it in one go, thus flooding the inserts before they are able to absorb all of the urine.  This leads to leaks and is more common in boys and older toddlers who have more bladder control.


    All Monarch inserts are completely interchangeable and many families customise their insert set up based on their little ones changing output. The only rule is there are no rules! 

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