They were bulky. We got compression leaks. AND why did they still smell even though everything was clean?! I’m talking about my microfiber inserts. Many pocket cloth diapers come with them; I had a ton from my Kawaii Goodnight Heavy Wetters. I was SOOO happy when I was able to trade up and finally break up with my microfiber forever.
Microfiber (MF) absorbs fast and a lot. It’s less expensive to make than natural fiber inserts like hemp because the material is synthetic (man-made). Microfiber tends to have a shorter lifespan than other inserts as well. I’ve heard some people say after a year their MF was already shot. Because of the synthetic material, it also tends to hold onto stink more than other kinds of cloth diaper materials. Kim at Dirty Diaper Laundry has a great description with photos that explains exactly why that happens. Stink is not the only problem, hard water mineral buildup also occurs in a MF insert faster than a natural fiber insert because of the same reasons.
As I mentioned, I had a ton of microfiber inserts. When I finally had enough replacements, I packaged them up and donated them to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope. They still worked. But I had found something WAY better…
Geffen Baby Super Absorbers and Super Absorber Plus!
You may notice that Geffen Baby is a sponsor of AACD. I am blessed and honored to be able to work with Geffen Baby. I am NOT recommending their products because of that or any products they have sent me for review…
I am truly and honestly a Geffen Baby Fan Girl! <3
If you follow me and especially if you are in our All About Cloth Diapers Facebook Chat group (go join!), you know that I sound like a broken record sometimes about this. Whenever someone mentions that they are thinking about switching microfiber inserts out or looking for trim, absorbent inserts….I say Geffen Baby!
Last year I wrote that Geffen Baby was a game changer for me! I had been introduced to their Jersey Hemp Prefold and fell…in…love. Since then I have had the pleasure of also trying the universal inserts and I can say they are equally amazing.
Geffen Baby’s Universal Absorbers (available in different sizes and absorbencies) are made to be compatible with all brands of cloth diapers. The best part (besides being trim and absorbent) is that they are made in the USA! I love US and Canada made products, don’t you?
I know that MF comes with many pocket diapers and it is an added expense to buy different inserts to use instead. I’m not saying that microfiber won’t work or that it is evil; it does work for many people. What I am saying is that there is a choice…a better, amazing choice!
Hemp/cotton blend inserts are the most absorbent and natural option you can find. They will also be the trimmest. Finally, hemp washes easily and doesn’t hold onto smell as it is naturally antimicrobial. Just be sure that you dry them fully (either hanging or machine). I’ve never had this problem, but some people say hemp can smell if not dried thoroughly. Although wouldn’t anything smell if it was stored damp?
There are some brands of hemp that tend to get crunchy with use. I’ve not found that to be the case with any of Geffen Baby’s products. They have stayed soft in my hard water wash after wash. BTW, Geffen Baby products have the HIGHEST percentage of hemp that is available on the market!
You can mix and match inserts and prefolds in any brand cover. The only rule you need to follow is that if they fit, you can use it!
I used a no name co-op charcoal bamboo insert (Cbi), Kawaii Microfiber insert and a Geffen Baby Super absorber Plus.
If you’ve been thinking about breaking up with your microfiber inserts or just upgrading from whatever you currently use, you’ve got to look into Geffen Baby!
If you are starting at the newborn stage you might want to start with the Super Absorbers (there are smaller sizes available). The Super absorber can be folded to a length that will work in any cloth diaper, even tiny ones! Even folded in half these are still really trim. You can stuff in a pocket cloth diaper or just laying inside any cover. The Absorbers can go directly against baby’s skin with no worries.
Above is a Geffen Baby Super Absorber in a Ragababe Small (9-18lbs).
And here is a Geffen Baby Super Absorber Plus in a Ragababe Small (9-18lbs).
You can buy these in 3 packs and they are only $4 per insert! It is really a great investment because they will last through potty training and for multiple babies.
If you are switching or stocking up a little later (after the 3-6 months stage) you could totally go with the Geffen Baby Super Absorber Plus! They are more absorbent and can still be folded to fit into smaller diapers.
I have to tell you that when I first saw these in person, I thought…”Come on! What is that going to absorb? It’s so thin, there’s nothing to it.” Boy did I get proven wrong! I did at home absorbency tests on my cloth diapers and found Geffen products to be at the top. As thin as the Super Absorber Plus was it held 9 oz! The Super Absorber, which is smaller held 5.5 oz. and the Ultra Absorber held 8 oz. You have got to check the other absorbency results out! Click here for that post.
These inserts are trim, which means you can totally double and even triple them for the appropriate amount of absorbency. Three of the Plus would be 26 oz of absorbtion using my tests (unofficial). They would still be pretty trim for any cloth diaper, much less a night cloth diaper! I’m no professional photog, so please excuse the bad cell pics. I couldn’t seem to get a good close up! But these things are trim!
Side view of a Super Absorber.
Three Plus stacked are still not as tall as a dime.
Break up with your microfiber! Upgrade your leaky inserts! Your cloth diapers will be the trimmest around and you won’t look back!
Anyone ever try Geffen Baby products? Do you love them as much as I do?
Jenn is a long-time cloth diaper educator and a passionate small business advocate. She has worked in the reusable diaper industry for over a decade, helping millions of families via her websites All About Cloth Diapers, Thinking About Cloth Diapers and Cloth Diaper Geek as well as hundreds of small businesses during that time. Her goal always to provide simple, reliable information.