Mailbox Mondays

Mailbox Mondays 2/28/11 – Stuffing Diapers With Microfiber & Hemp

stuffing #clothdiapers via @chgdiapers

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Sandi says:

Hello Maria. We double-stuff our pocket diapers because our son’s a pretty heavy wetter. Sometimes I’ll have two types of inserts go into a diaper- standard micro-fiber (or whatever comes with the diaper) and then a hemp insert (usually Knickernappies brand). Would it matter which insert I put closest to baby’s bottom? Usually the hemp insert is thinner so I put that on top.

Hi Sandi.  Hemp and microfiber are a great night time combo; we use Knickernappies Superdo inserts and they were a lifesaver!

I’d actually recommend putting the microfiber closest to the baby and hemp underneath.  The reason is that while hemp is very, very thirsty, it doesn’t absorb as quickly as microfiber.  Liquids can be absorbed into the microfiber quickly, then locked away in the hemp underneath.  This seems to be the one two punch to keep baby’s tush dry all night!

That said, nothing bad will happen if you do the reverse!

How about you all?  If you use two insert types in your pockets, which do you put on top?

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  • March 1, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    >When using pockets at night on my 3.5 year old, I sandwiched a hemp terry insert between two microfiber inserts…seemed to do the job. A little bulky, but it beat changing the sheets every day!

  • February 28, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    >We usually use pockets at night. I usually stuff it with a microfiber insert on top of a tri-folded infant prefold. I actually used the same logic as you to decide which goes on top: the microfiber, theoretically, wicks the moisture away from my son and it absorbs (more slowly) into the prefold below. Hope this helps. What a great question!

  • February 28, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    >We do microfiber and terry cloth, and putting the microfiber on top always absorbs better.

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