When I first began to cloth diaper, I used microfiber. It is probably the most popular type of insert available. I was new to cloth diapering, so I didn’t quite know what I was getting myself into. I tried them and a year later, I am still using them…the same ones. Some people love them, some people hate them. Here’s my review of the pros and cons.
1. Absorbency. Many people, like me, worked their way up the cloth diapering chain. I started with pre-folds, old style type diapering. So it was a relief to be able to use diapers that I could leave on for more than five minutes. The inserts lasted a good two wets and soaked up moderately well.
2. Texture/Weight. They were relatively thin and I didn’t have much trouble fitting them in. They absorb a lot so they are naturally thicker. They can easily fit with another insert without any discomfort.
3. Easy to find. I didn’t have trouble finding them online and they are pretty affordable. These are normally the default type of insert that most manufacturers will sell you when buying a diaper cover. So don’t expect to have to search hard for these.
1. Absorbency. After using these for a while, I felt like something wasn’t right. They were better than the cotton pre-folds, but they just weren’t doing what I thought they would. Many people online have shared similar problems with these inserts. They do absorb, they just aren’t the best out there. I now use bamboo inserts, which absorb a lot better. Also, I only use my microfibers as doublers underneath the bamboo for extra support at night.
2. Texture/Weight. I had to stop putting these on my kids in public because they were very bulky. The quality ones you buy are long and you can really see them through soft clothing. Also, they are very stiff when dry. Many diaper covers, cover the baby’s bottom completely with fleece or cloth. However, some expose the insert and they are a bit too rough to wear against skin.
3. Smell. I never had to check when my kids soiled their cloth diapers. With microfiber inserts, you know. These inserts hold smell very well and can hold them even after they are washed. There are many inserts out there, unlike microfiber, that do a better job with the smell. I never use these away from home because it would be too offensive to others.
4. Confusion. When purchasing these, especially online, you’ll need to be careful of the quality. I made the mistake of purchasing low quality microfiber inserts and they held nothing. Another order I had, the inserts were well made and more absorbent. The thicker, the better. If they feel thin, they will not absorb much. There are many sellers selling the thin unusable ones.