Today in one of my favourite Facebook groups, a Mama was asking about this Kawaii package deal from theluvyourbaby.com (the official site for ordering directly from China-made Kawaii, based in Richmond, BC):
“Essential Combo: 30 microfiber inserts & Happy Leakfree Diaper Covers”
What’s wrong with this picture? Well, you should NEVER put a microfiber insert directly against baby’s skin. You know how, when you touch microfiber, it feels like the material is grabbing onto your skin? Imagine that on baby’s most most delicate skin for hours on end! Microfiber is great at pulling out moisture, which is why it’s great in diapers, but it will also pull moisture from baby’s skin. That’s why microfiber is used as an insert in pocket diapers: it doesn’t actually touch baby. The only way to use the system being sold by Kawaii – laying the insert in the cover – means the microfiber goes directly against baby’s skin.
If you’re mobile, you have to click Product Description and scroll all the way down to an oddly titled section, “Additional Stability,” to learn that you are supposed to cover the microfiber with a liner. The liner would have to be wrapped completely around the insert to fully protect baby’s skin, so it’s really not a convenient system.
There are brands that offer microfiber inserts for reusable covers, but the microfiber insert is topped with another material, such as fleece. (Best Bottoms and Flip, for example.)
I’m afraid that those new to cloth will snap up this package deal without knowing that microfiber is harmful when placed directly against the skin. Baby will quickly get a rash and parents won’t know what’s going on!
I’ve dealt with Kawaii in the past, and as far as the “china cheapie” scene goes, they’re my favourite of the bunch. I just want to make sure no poor baby bottoms get red and sore due to this poorly designed combo. This combo would be perfect with the cotton prefolds that Kawaii carries.