I’ve been cloth diapering for a while and until now, I’ve really hated it. It didn’t seem worth it when I couldn’t find quality, affordable diapers, not to mention inserts. Thankfully, I’ve had about two years of experience and I really love them. I have recently been using charcoal bamboo inserts. Inserts are the part of the diaper that goes into the cover. They really make or break the diaper because they are what absorbs the waste.
I really like what I’ve found in my charcoal bamboo inserts and haven’t had many problems. I use the charcoal bamboo/microfiber blend, which has about five layers total. But there are pros and cons and they may not be suited for everyone.
1. Absorbent. These things are great. I don’t think I’ve had a leak since using them. I use them at night and on the road. They really soak up the waste and I only use boosters at night, but most of the waste goes to the charcoal bamboo.
2. Smell. I’ve tried other inserts and boy, do they hold smell. My mother would say, “oh, she’s using cloth diapers. We’ll have to deal with the smell.” I have to admit, she was right. Many inserts can really stink after a soak or two and even when they are washed, the smell can still be there. However, with the charcoal bamboo, I am unable to smell much of anything. Even poop doesn’t cause them to retain smell. With others I would know right away when it was soiled. With these I have to feel the inside of the diapers to even know they are wet.
3. Texture/Weight. Many people complain that inserts, such as hemp or microfiber, can be very bulky when worn. They can also be very stiff after they are dry. However, the charcoal bamboo inserts are very soft and don’t bulk up in the diaper.
1. Absorbency. While they are very, very absorbent. they aren’t the most absorbent inserts out there. Many people claim that hemp is more absorbent. If you have a heavy wetter, you might need to double up in the diaper to prevent leaks. I certainly have to put in a doubler at night.
2. Difficult to find. These diaper inserts have only recently rose to popularity, so the most common inserts you may find may still be microfiber. I had to order mine online from a person selling them second hand. Other than that, there were may be two other listings online.
3. Confusion. The charcoal bamboo isn’t the only type of bamboo insert. There is regular bamboo, which are white inserts and bamboo blends. I once purchased inserts that were just charcoal bamboo and not charcoal bamboo blends, they didn’t not work as well. The best I’ve tried so far is the bamboo/microfiber blend, two absorbent fabrics. I don’t believe there’s much different between charcoal and regular bamboo, other than the smell, maybe.