March 19, 2010

Part 3 of our series on cloth diapering fabrics

Microfiber & Hemp Together - This combination is the dreamboat for diapering products. They aren't actually woven into one fabric together, but paired together, as they are with LoopyDo inserts, SuperDo inserts, and Knickernappies Stackable Menstrual Pads, they are a perfect package. Microfiber absorbs quickly and can catch even the fastest stream of urine. It holds it while hemp soaks it up and locks it in. More companies don't produce this combination for several reasons: cost of shipping the fabric...suppliers for hemp do not sell microfiber and vice versa, meaning two shipments from two places. There are also special cutting and sewing requirements. The biggest reason is that hemp shrinks. Knickernappies prewashes all of their hemp at a professional fabric-washing facility to ensure their hemp doesn't shrink under their microfiber. Way cool!

Microfleece - The inner fabric for many pocket diapers is microfleece. Microfleece is a type of polyester that is fuzzy and soft. It also has the unqiue ability to pull (or wick) moisture away from the skin. As long as there is an absorbant layer underneath, urine with pass through the microfleece and soak in below, leaving the microfleece almost dry. Baby's skin is kept dry, too! This helps prevent rashes and moisture related discomfort. Knickernappies, Fuzzi Bunz, and Happy Heinys all use microfleece as the inner fabric for their cloth diapers.

Suedecloth - This fabric serves the same function as microfleece...it wicks moisture away from the skin. It's also a polyester, but the look and feel of suedecloth is a lot different from microfleece. Where fleece is fuzzy and plush, suedecloth is flat and almost smooth. It stains a little more easily than microfleece, but doesn't pill at all so it stays looking new for a long time. BumGenius OneSize Diapers and BumGenius All-in-One diapers use suedecloth as the inner fabric.

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