inserts on hand...besides the ones that your diapers come with. The problem is that it's not that obvious. Each modern pocket diaper usually comes with one, usually two inserts, which is all you need to use that diaper.
So what's the big deal? Just as your cloth diapers experience more wear and tear the more often you use them, the same is true for your inserts. Micro-fiber terry loses it's "terry" the more it's used and the longer it's used. Worn out microfiber inserts are often the culprit when baby's diaper is all of the sudden leaking or and doesn't seem to hold as much as it used to.
The other factor to take into consideration is that if you have the exact amount of inserts you need for the number of diapers you have, what happens when you need to double or triple stuff a diaper for long car-rides, overnight or naptimes? You'd end up with more clean pockets than you have inserts to put in them.
In order to prolong the life of your inserts, keep your diapers functioning properly and have enough to use for those nights or days when you need a little something extra, it's a very good idea to invest in extra inserts.
Check your local cloth diaper boutique or online retailer and see if they don't have a discount when you buy in packs of 3, 6 or more. Add your new inserts to your cloth diaper stash and rotate out any inserts that seem to have lost that fluffy terry feel. You can still keep the worn out ones, just use them as rags for dusting or for cleaning!
So how about you? Do you have extra inserts? How many do you have and when did you decide that you needed them?