You don't have to use the inserts that come with your pocket diapers. *Gasp!* "Say what?!" I know that's what you're thinking. Lol. But it's so obvious and so true. AND, to my own embarrassment, it took me several months to come to this conclusion. So I thought I'd share it with you.
Before I continue, please keep in mind that my microfiber feelings are only my own. You don't have to agree with me. In fact, it seems that the majority of the cloth diapering world does NOT agree with me since most pocket diapers come with microfiber. I am only offering up my experience with it to help someone else.
Reasons why you might not want to use the inserts that came with your diapers:
1. While you love the cut and fit and style of the actual pocket, you aren't feeling it for the inserts. In fact, the inserts are making you question your sanity.
2. Your diaper only lasts half an hour before the inserts are totally soaked-along with your little one's clothes- and THAT is making you crazy.
3. You and/or your child have a sensitivity to the insert materials.
4. Despite all of the wacky things you've tried with your wash routine, the inserts continue to hold onto the pee smell unless you do something drastic with them. And who wants to do "drastic" at every wash??
5. *Fill in your own awesome excuse here, please.*
1. Prefolds. This is my all time favorite. They're natural fibers. They're nearly impossible to ruin. They last and last and last...They can be used in the pocket as an insert or against baby's skin with the pocket acting as a cover. They can be trifolded and placed in there or you can snappi/pin if you so choose.
2. Flats. So easy to wash. Even easier to dry. They can be folded in a million different ways and still work. Again, they last forever. AND they can be used in all the same ways as the prefolds.
3. Hemp. This is a super trim option and very absorbant. The only issue is that sometimes it can hold onto stink too, though I haven't experienced this phenomenon with mine.
4. Bamboo. Again, very trim and super absorbant.
5. Disposable inserts. This is like the hybrid cloth diapering option. It works out to be a bit pricey since you have to replace your inserts all of the time, but it's an option worth mentioning and is great if you'll be travelling and will have zero access to running water/washing machines.
So again, this is what I've found works for us. If it works for you too, then great! If not, then keep doing what you're doing if you're happy with it! Have a great Tuesday everyone! I'm off to stalk the mailbox for a package I'm expecting...hehe...