Friday, July 30, 2010

FAQ: What's the difference between microfleece and microfiber?

Q: I'm a little confused. Most things I've read say that it's not good for microfiber to touch the baby's skin. But then pocket diaper descriptions say they have a layer of microfleece. Are these two different? What's so bad about microfiber?

A: When people start cloth diapering, there is so much terminology to explain. It would absolutely be easier if the names microfleece and microfiber weren't so close. Microfleece is often used in the lining of pocket diapers. It's a "stay-dry" fabric, meaning that urine and wetness pass through and the smooth fabric itself retains a fairly dry feeling. Microfiber, on the other hand, is very absorbent and feels like terry. Little loops like terry increase surface area and absorbency.

Why shouldn't microfiber go against the skin? It's too absorbent. This is great for a diaper insert, but not so great against the skin. If there's no urine to catch, it begins wicking away moisture from the skin. After a short time, the skin can become chapped and irritated.

Since microfleece is not absorbent, it doesn't continually drain the skin of moisture. It will allow liquids to pass through, however, making it a good choice for a stay-dry pocket diaper.



Tasha said...

This is very helpful! Thank you for posting this. ~ I made cloth diapers for our baby (first kiddo--now 4 months), and used microfiber (car detailing towels) as the internal soaker. I'd been seeing the words "microfiber" and "microfleece" but have never been able to determine the difference, especially in the world of cloth diapers.

I'll soon begin working on the next size diapers for our little one and will probably use different fabric, so this Really helps a lot.

Thanks again for posting.

Khursten said...

Thank you for this question AND answer! I've been wondering this myself and didn't know that micro fiber shouldn't touch baby's skin! So helpful, thank you!