New vs. Used Micro Inserts
I've been saying it for years, if you're having issues with your cloth diapers it may be your micro inserts.
The micro-terry, (the fluffy part) wears down over time and is simply not as capable of absorbing liquid like new inserts.
The problem, if all your inserts are equally as worn or you only have experience with buying gently used diapers and inserts, well then you may not know what you're missing and just how absorbent your cloth diapers really can be.
Cost of Micro Inserts?
Micro inserts can range in size and cost. Generally you can find inexpensive ones for as little as $2-$3 each and up, depending on the brand and style.
We suggest evaluating your inserts after about six months depending on how many diapers and inserts you use and how often you wash. If you only have used cloth diapers then we suggest you buy a minimum of six new micro inserts that you can use to double up with your used ones and to help you see the difference between new/old and compare.
Maria of Change-Diapers.com recently created an awesome and simple video to show you just how worn out inserts can affect absorbency. Check out the embedded video below and then shop for new cloth diaper inserts at Diaper Junction!
Sue B Date 1/26/2014
I am so glad this has come out as I got some used that are a little thinner. I had wondered with different feels to some of them if there was a difference or if it was just the brand. I will check for ones that have thinned out in my stash.
Mary Date 1/26/2014
This honestly made me cringe. I really don't like microfiber and this is one of the reasons why.
Rachel S Date 1/27/2014
Boo...I wish I had known this before purchasing a bunch of microfiber inserts to use for extra absorbancy. I wonder if there is any way to wash the old ones in order to re-fluff, at least a bit?
Maggie M Date 1/28/2014
One of the many reasons I prefer to only use natural fibers.
Jamie Date 1/31/2014
Can you wash them with vinegar and baking soda to make them more absorbent? I saw a trick for doing that with your towels and wondered if the same would apply for inserts.
Due to the frigid weather we're having in the East, I've had to hand wash our diapers a few times because the water freezes in the pipe draining from our washer and I think that has made our inserts more absorbent because I thoroughly get the soap out of them...even with an extra rinse or two in the washer, I'm sure some suds still sneak past.
Johnny Miller Date 1/31/2014
This article was is so awesome! We only use BumGenius Flip Stay-Dry microfiber inserts and we had no idea about the thickness that could affect its performance! We bought them used and new. And, we are comparing the thickness! LOL
Ashley Date 1/31/2014
That's really interesting! We buy mostly preloved diapers and I thought as my son has aged he was just becoming a super soaker! I've been adding a bamboo insert behind each microfiber one. I wonder if the inserts can be stripped or bleached to bring some life back into them before completely buying new inserts.
Sam G Date 1/31/2014
Thank you for the info! Though I cloth diapered my one daughter, it has been a while and I feel relatively new to the whole thing!
Jessica H. Date 2/1/2014
I never thought about my inserts getting worn out. But it makes sense. Just like when you dry something in the dryer...what do you think all that lint in the lint trap is or where it come from.
Samantha Yoder Date 2/4/2014
Before my baby was born I bought a few preloved diapers from a local shop because I wanted to actually get some hands on experience with these things before I started using them. I purposely picked out the flatter looking inserts because in my mind less bulky = better, I didn't even realize at the time that I needed to be concerned with things like absorbency. I ended up preferring prefolds or AIOs to pockets so I haven't really had to use them anyway. At least it was only a few bucks wasted.