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The inside scoop on inserts

Here at Bear & Moo, we specialise in pocket nappies.  Why?  Because we like them.  There's no science behind it, just that's our fave.  We set out to make it easy for people to get started using reusable cloth nappies and we didn't want to overwhelm you, so we stuck to one kind.  

reusable nappies

But we do have two different types of inserts.  

Inserts are the absorbent part.  They are the fabric that you put inside the pocket to soak up the wetness and ensure the nappy doesn't leak.  

There's two types of inserts here at Bear & Moo.


All our reusable cloth nappies come with a single microfibre insert as standard.  This is enough to get you started.

The pros:

  • Affordable
  • Quick-drying
  • Absorbs quickly

The cons:

  • Not as absorbent as other fabrics
  • Can cause compression leaks (if it's really wet and gets sat on, it can squeeze out a bit like a sponge)
  • Cannot go directly against the skin as it wicks the moisture away so well that it can remove natural moisture from baby's skin too, causing irritation - so only put these inside the actual pocket.
Cloth nappy storage


We offer bamboo inserts as an add-on.  Something you can buy separately if you want to add them to your collection.  

The pros:

  • Bamboo is a natural fibre
  • It's incredibly absorbent. 
  • It can sit against the skin too, so you could put it on top of the nappy rather than in the pocket if you really wanted to.  

The cons:

  • More expensive
  • It can take longer to absorb, so if your little one holds on and lets go all at once, it may not cope with such a large amount of liquid at once.
  • Needs to be soaked before use (not really a 'con' as such ... just a need to know!)


With both my boys I have found that a single microfibre insert has done us well a lot of the time.  I will sometimes double them up, but not regularly.  Many other people have found that a single microfibre insert isn't enough and they have regular leaks.

So what's the answer?

Double up!

Mix a quick absorbing insert (microfibre) with a more absorbent insert (bamboo) for the ultimate in inserts.  Will this guarantee you'll have no leaks?  Absolutely not.  There's so many factors that we can't guarantee that!  But it's definitely a great place to start.

If you choose to do this, put the microfibre on top of the bamboo and then put them both inside the pocket.  The microfibre will absorb quickly, and then slowly filter through to the bamboo, meanwhile nothing is touching the little one's skin. 

Also, a quick note.  There are other types of inserts on the market including hemp, cotton and charcoal.  These all vary in absorbency and quality so feel free to do your research on these too.  For now, we'll stick to what we love!


Still have questions?  Flick us a message and we'll do our best to help!

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