For the last four years, I’ve been just fine with the microfiber inserts that came with the majority of our cloth diapers. I always figured anyone who just had to use natural fiber inserts all the time were overstating the wonders of natural fiber or understating the benefits of microfiber.
Since I started using Ella Bella Bum and AMP Duo diapers, I’ve been using AMP hemp inserts to stuff. (Just those particular brands, though. If microfiber is fine and the inserts that come with the diapers fit and do the job, why change?) Recently, though, I noticed something: Eudora would have to be changed more frequently if we used a microfiber insert. As much as I love my plethora of cloth diapers and matching her diapers to her outfits, I have zero love for the drama of changing her: the screaming, the twisting, the attempting to kick my wrist with the foot she wrestles free, etc.
And she’s starting to wet more heavily during the day. In a microfiber insert, I’d have to change her in under two hours. When using natural fiber inserts, I could go longer. (While I’d rather change her more frequently, I prefer not sustaining damage to my wrist from the kicking.) So with that in mind, I’ve started “upgrading” my inserts.
I’ve found that the AMP hemp insert is my very favorite: it’s relatively cheap for good quality hemp, it holds up very well, and it’s made in Canada. Another insert choice that I have a lot of regard for is the Thirsties Duo insert in either hemp or stay dry. (The hemp is just a hemp insert; the stay dry has a thin microfiber insert covered with microsuede that snaps to the hemp.)
AMP hemp is my preferred insert in AMP diapers, Ella Bella Bum, Charlie Banana, and original FuzziBunz one size diapers. I prefer the Thirsties inserts in the wider crotch diapers like bumGenius 4.0 and the 2013 FuzziBunz Elite. I’ve got an AppleCheeks two layer bamboo that I’m trying out, along with an AMP bamboo insert that I need to prep to try.
Have you made the switch to natural fiber inserts? What’s your favorite?