7.25.2012

The truth about microfiber


A lot of my stash is used to be pocket diapers. When I first began cloth diapering I was extremely particular about my inserts.  The insert that came with the shell had to be stuffed into that exact diaper. No mixing and matching! Bumgenius inserts go in Bumgenius diapers. Don't stick a Happy Heiny insert in my Bumgenius diaper. Seriously.


Unfortunately, most cloth diapers come stock with microfiber inserts. At first, I had no problems with microfiber. I read multiple posts on Facebook where moms were discussing hating microfiber, but I didn't see what the big deal was. Now I get it!

Let's talk about microfiber...
Microfiber is a synthetic material. It is great for absorbing liquids quickly. If you have a heavy wetter, you could stuff your diaper with two microfiber inserts (which can be super bulky) or you could stick a hemp doubler behind the microfiber insert. You should never put microfiber directly against your baby's skin. Because it absorbs so well, the microfiber will absorb all the moisture and can cause a nasty rash. Always be sure to have a layer of fabric between skin and microfiber.  It is one of the cheapest insert options for diapers. It dries very quickly in the dryer.

Here are some common problems with microfiber...
Compression leaks: When your baby is sitting for long periods of time (car rides, high chair, or not yet mobile) in the same position the compression of their weight can cause the liquid in the insert to leak out. This seems to be my number one complaint with microfiber. A lot of times I would find this happening when Noah was on my hip. Then I had to change his diaper, his shorts, and my shirt. Not a happy mama!

Absorbency: Microfiber is great for absorbing quickly. And it can hold a lot, but natural fibers (hemp, cotton, bamboo) can hold even more! Once your insert is full of liquid, the pee won't have anywhere else to go and you'll get leaks.

Bulk: It is one of the bulkiest inserts I own. Especially if you have a heavy wetter and are doubling up inserts. Talk about a fluffy butt!

Smell: The inside of a microfiber insert can really trap in the smell of urine. Eventually, you may find yourself stripping your diapers to get rid of the dreaded ammonia smell.

So now that I've confessed my microfiber woes, what now? I've begun replacing all of my diapers with inserts made of natural fibers. Slowly, but surely I'll get there. Check back soon for part two, where I tell you what I'm using instead!

What are your thoughts on microfiber? Love it? Hate it? Share your thoughts below!

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