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MarylandMama April 8th, 2013 07:26 PM

CD absorption question
 
I posted this on the CD board also, but thought since we have so many CD experts in this DDC, I would post here, as well. So I prepped my inserts, both the microfiber and the bamboo. I wanted to compare them to see which was more absorbent to decide whether or not it was worth it to spend the extra money on the bamboo when I really stock up. I prepped them both in exactly the same way (but separately b/c I understand that natural and synthetic fibers have to be prepped separately), put one insert of each type onto paper towels (to be able to see any soaking through), and poured one tablespoon of water onto each one. The water leaked straight through both. Did I do something wrong? It seemed like nothing absorbed. I'm wondering if I screwed up in prepping somehow, but even without being prepped at all, I feel like one tablespoon of water is not a lot to hold. I am concerned and wondering if I made a mistake... Does anyone know what is going on?

edgeofelise April 8th, 2013 07:51 PM

Re: CD absorption question
 
Did it go *through* the insert, or repel off the sides? You'd only need to worry about them not working properly if it's repelling. If it's just wicking through to the other side really quickly that's okay, because you'll have a water-repellant (PUL, fleece, wool, whatever kind of cover you're using) layer overtop and it'll keep it from leaking. The whole insert will end up soaked, not just the area where the wetness first hits it.

How many times did you wash the bamboo? Natural fibers often need about 5-6 washings before they're fully prepped, and they'll still continue to be more absorbent the more times you wash them. They do typically absorb more than man-made fibers, but they can also hold on to stink and be harder to care for. Microfiber also tends to absorb more quickly, so a layer of MF closest to baby's bottom (but not touching; it can really dry out skin) with a layer or bamboo or hemp underneath is a great combo.

I hope that made sense, lol.

navywifey2003 April 8th, 2013 07:55 PM

Re: CD absorption question
 
^^ this exactly. The insert works by pulling the moisture in away from babies body. The shell of the diaper is what keeps the moisture from escaping once its inside the insert.

lalap April 9th, 2013 03:51 AM

Re: CD absorption question
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by edgeofelise (Post 27269750)
Did it go *through* the insert, or repel off the sides? You'd only need to worry about them not working properly if it's repelling. If it's just wicking through to the other side really quickly that's okay, because you'll have a water-repellant (PUL, fleece, wool, whatever kind of cover you're using) layer overtop and it'll keep it from leaking. The whole insert will end up soaked, not just the area where the wetness first hits it.

How many times did you wash the bamboo? Natural fibers often need about 5-6 washings before they're fully prepped, and they'll still continue to be more absorbent the more times you wash them. They do typically absorb more than man-made fibers, but they can also hold on to stink and be harder to care for. Microfiber also tends to absorb more quickly, so a layer of MF closest to baby's bottom (but not touching; it can really dry out skin) with a layer or bamboo or hemp underneath is a great combo.

I hope that made sense, lol.

I'm confused. How do you get the microfiber closest to the baby without it touching? Use a liner? We also have both natural and synthetic options in our new stash.

MarylandMama April 9th, 2013 06:28 AM

Re: CD absorption question
 
The water soaked straight through. No repelling at all. I washed the bamboo ones 5x. I am confused. If everything soaks straight through to the cover, how is anything considered absorbent? It goes through to the cover and then get picked up by the rest of the insert from the cover? I was really disturbed to find that not even one tablespoon of water was absorbed. That doesn't seem like a large amount. I don't understand how everything doesn't leak this way. I feel like kind of an idiot bc I know tons of moms CD and don't have leaking problems, but I don't get it. I'm trying to approach this scientifically (just how I am) to make the best choices and now I'm wondering if I'm going to have constant leaking. I just don't want to shell out a ton of money on this, have them not contain anything, and then end up with disposables anyway. I was getting really excited about this and I feel a bit deflated.

SassySami April 9th, 2013 06:51 AM

Re: CD absorption question
 
what type of diapers are using? a fitted? pocket? what?

a fitted well be wet faster then a pocket, because the pocket has the inside , insert, outside..

MarylandMama April 9th, 2013 07:09 AM

Re: CD absorption question
 
AI2 and I also got one pocket to try. Not sure that I'm going to like the pocket. I tried putting them both on DD for practice and I already didn't like stuffing the pocket and it was a lot puffier looking. But the inserts are supposed to go with both b/c they are part of the same system.

SassySami April 9th, 2013 07:36 AM

Re: CD absorption question
 
AI2. need a lot of prep.. they have a lot of layers and require a lot of dry time..

I love our pockets, that is all we use. Stuffing them takes as long, as drying AI2 haha


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