What are Microfleece Diaper Liners For? (Diaper Advice)

What’s the point of using those microfleece diaper liners?

Recently, I was asked why someone would use microfleece diaper liners in their cloth.  The reasons are plentiful.

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If you’re using natural fiber diapers or some sort of fitted, you’ll find that they are not the most efficient at wicking away moisture.  Microfleece diaper liners wick away the moisture from baby’s bottom.  A dry bottom is less likely to be a rashy bottom.

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Fact: babies poop in diapers.  No matter how beautiful or expensive your cloth diapers are, they are, ultimately, intended to be recepticals for urine and feces.  Sometimes that poo falls right off the diaper and life is a breeze.  Not all babies have poo that just falls right off, and not all families have a diaper sprayer.  It’s significantly easier to dunk and swish a microfleece diaper liner than a whole diaper.

Microfleece Diaper Liners Protect

Paranoid about poo stains on your cloth diapers?  No problem.  Microfleece diaper liners will keep the poo from actually touching the diaper.  Your baby has a wicked rash (thanks to those acidic teething poops) and you’ve got to use some butt paste or something prescription.  No problem.  Microfleece diaper liners will be a barrier between the diaper and the bum that will keep your diapers safe and keep you from using disposables.  And if the liners get too gross for you to cope with, they’re awfully cheap.

Have you used microfleece diaper liners?  Why do you love them?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. I haven’t used them, but plenty of people see them as a must-buy.

  2. Some of the diaper systems I use have a microfleece liner. It works well, actually very well. Anything that helps keep my son’s bum dry is a good thing.

  3. I actually went to the “scraps” section of Joann’s and bought a roll of leftover fleece for $2.50 and made about 15 pieces of fleece for my dipes. Works wonderfully, for all of the reasons you listed. I love selling people on fleece, especially when it’s such a cheap option to keep your baby dry, keep your dipes free from stains, and easier to plop poo in the toilet!

  4. Jennifer L says:

    We used microfleece-topped inserts a lot for my kiddos. One of my kids was so sensitive to fleece that we had to discontinue using it (and he couldn’t wear fleece PJs or behind his knees would break out in huge blisters!!!), but my others never had a problem. I used to use fleece scraps as liners when they’d get diaper rash, too. 🙂

  5. Rachel N says:

    I mainly use fleece liners on my diapers that are not stay dry when my kiddos are going to be napping or sleeping in them. For poo stains I would rather just sun my diapers than stick a liner in them all but thats just my personal preference.

  6. Lissa E. says:

    I just got a great deal on fleece at JoAnn’s. I am hoping liners will help with diapers causing a red bottom overnight.

  7. Marilyn Ryan says:

    Im excited to use the micro fleece liners they seem like a great idea.

  8. Right now I am planning my diaper buying for my baby due in October. I’m planning on using mostly prefolds during the newborn stage, and I’m considering getting some fleece liners to help with the problems you mentioned above. How many fleece liners do you think is a reasonable amount to get? Thank you!

    • I’d get a couple dozen. That way you’ve got plenty on hand. Newborns go through lots of diaper changes, and it sucks to feel rushed to do laundry when you’ve got a thousand other things on your plate.

  9. Vicki Hall says:

    I use microfleece liners for all these reasons also flushable liners would be kinda pricey if you used one for every diaper change.I don’t think flushable liners are as soft either.

  10. Bekah Kuczenski says:

    I use microfleece liners for fitteds that don’t have a stay dry inner or I also use them if my daughter has a rash and I want to use Desitin. Yes I know you should never use Desitin with cloth, but I love it 🙂

    • There are times you do what you need to. And, really, if you’re going to use a non-CD safe cream (I prefer Boudreaux’s Butt Paste), then a microfleece liner is the way to go.

  11. My son is very sensitive to moisture and before I knew this I bought a lot of natural fiber diapers. So off to Joann’s I went to buy some micro fleece. It really helps keep the rashes down, and now that we’ve started solids they are helpful with cleaning up poop even though we have a diaper sprayer.

  12. Victoria Wollf says:

    Aha, so that’s the trick, since I’m breaking family tradition and going back to cloth it’s so helpful to find posts like this. Was wondering what to do in just this scenario 🙂

  13. I’ve slowly been building my diaper stash. I’ve got one microfleece and the rest natural fibers. Thanks for the review I’ve been trying to figure out what cloth seems better.

  14. Jennifer H says:

    We use them all the time. I bought a yard of microfleece off of Amazon, cut them in to small and large rectangles, and used them with our newborn and infant prefolds and flats. Works great!

  15. Microfleece sounds like a great option 🙂 Sometimes we get so obsessed with the prettiness of our diapers and liners and forgot about the functionality. You could also make your own! I am fond of my microfiber inserts.
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  16. I definitely want to try using microfleece liners to avoid staining. I plan to buy some fleece at the fabric store and cut it up myself to save some money as compared to the store bought fleece liners. I also like that it means I can use natural fiber diapers but they will be stay dry and then when potty training comes about I’ll stop using the fleece so that she can feel the wetness.

  17. Hi y’all! My 15 month old, baby girl developed a severe blistering rash that turned brown and peeled about a month ago. I believe it to be because she has begun sleeping through the night again (with a wet diaper). What’s throwing me for a loop, though, is that she slept through the night from the time she was 6 wks old up until 10 1/2 months and has been wearing cloth diapers since she was a newborn. Why did she never develop a rash during that long span of time??
    I breastfed her exclusively for a year, and she has just recently started eating three solid meals a day, with breast milk in the morning and right before bedtime. Could it also have to do with the fact that my boobs are still getting used to the lack of nursing and therefore she is getting a lot more milk right before bed, resulting in a more soaked diaper during the night??
    I switched her to disposables at bedtime and have been applying the ointment our holistic doctor prescribed at every diaper change, and it has been improving a lot, but I don’t want to continue spending money on them, as well as contributing to the growing landfill issues, and most importantly, I don’t want all those chemicals on her little bum! I mean, after all, isn’t that why we all switched to cloth?! 😉 I’m so glad to hear that I can go back to cloth diapers!! I had no idea that I could use a fleece liner to keep the moisture away from her skin while she sleeps AND create a shield between her diaper and the rash ointment!
    Can someone please give me some advice on the technical side of this? Why the rash all of a sudden? And also if y’all could please recommend the brand of fleece liners you love and use!! I’ve heard good things about Bummis, but I would really love an ORGANIC material! Thanks so much!

    • I suspect that it’s going to be a combination of things: how much she’s drinking right before bed, that the acidity of her urine has changed due to the addition of solids to her diet, etc. I’m using AMP fleece liners, I think, since that’s what Cozy Bums, my local store sells. If you want something that’s natural rather than a synthetic, there’s also raw silk liners. However, the raw silk liners will have a different texture and be less effective at wicking away the moisture. Good luck!

  18. When using micro fleece, do you put it next to babies skin or is it sewn between a different fabric?


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