Charcoal Bamboo Vs. Bamboo Inserts: The Ultimate Comparison!

If you are one of those looking for answers as to what makes the difference between a charcoal insert and a bamboo insert, this guide will explain what you need to know about these diaper inserts and how you can use each of them to suit your baby’s needs

What Is A Charcoal Bamboo Insert?

This type of baby diaper is made with a soft napped insulating fabric made from polyester and infused with charcoal from the bamboo viscose. This insert with some additional absorbency materials from the viscose can quickly absorb the baby’s sweat and at the same time dry it up fast. 

As a baby diaper, it’s placed like a typical layer on top and bottom with 3 or 4 layers of microfiber materials crammed in between. During the making of these fabrics, the nanoparticles from the bamboo rayon give the fabric the dark grey color. 

There are lots of unverified claims about these charcoal particles and some say it helps to reduce the stink in the diaper clothing although this claim has not been proven, however, it is known that the only benefit the charcoal has on the fabric is to change the color of the insert to a dark color.

Also, it is important to point out that many bamboo charcoal nappy inserts are just bamboo on the outside with microfibers crammed within.

What Is A Microfiber Insert?

If you are looking for a fast absorbent diaper and with the least expensive, the microfiber inserts are. They are man-made ie made from synthetic fabrics and they are renowned for fast absorbency of baby wetness. 

These types of inserts are the most common out there and they are usually the types you find in pocket and overnight diapers. They also dry fast when placed on dryers or cloth lines. Although these MF diapers are very common in many homes – and many mothers love it due to its drying effect; others do not really like using this type and will go all out just to have a replacement with other options.

The reason some parents wouldn’t touch the microfiber inserts is just that the material is synthetic which means that it has some negative effects on the baby. For instance, the insert is not the best when used directly on a baby’s skin because these inserts are so absorbent that they make the baby’s skin turn reddish and possibly cause a rash. The inserts work by pulling moisture out of the baby’s skin and causing the baby so much discomfort.

Also, these microfiber inserts have a shorter lifespan compared to other inserts made from other materials. Most users of these inserts agree that the insert can last you up to a year before it starts showing signs of wear. 

At this point, you will start to notice that it is no more able to absorb as much as it used to and you may start to notice leaks from the legs; and if stripping doesn’t work as before, you may need to find a replacement. 

However, because of the materials, this diaper is made from, it can hold on to stink and baby pee easier than other inserts made of natural fibers. Their capability to soak up more liquid makes it an ideal option for babies who wets more often and always need a change quicker.

Do They Need To Be Prepped?

Microfiber inserts don’t need prepping as they are good as when they arrive at their full absorbency and they don’t have oil that needed to be washed off. however if you feel you need to wash them just once to get the manufacturers chemicals off, that is up to you.

Bamboo Inserts For Babies:

These types of inserts are very quick at absorbing wetness and they are made from natural fibers. Although considered to be natural fiber it is heavily processed with non-environmental friendly chemicals to make a finished bamboo rayon product. and it does not retain the antimicrobial elements from the actual bamboo. 

These materials remain silky soft, trim, and absorbent even after many washes and they are a bit more expensive than the microfiber and cotton. The bamboo insert has not been reported to harm the baby’s skin or not absorbing fast enough to cause leaks.

These inserts are the best for baby wetters because the bamboo made insert can hold on to any moisture it absorbs for a longer period and it’s one of the reasons mothers love using it and it does not have issues with stink or which is also an added advantage especially for people dealing with the hard water issue.

The only drawback with this insert is that it is infamous for its slow ability to soak up liquids which makes leaking a frequent occurrence when a child urinate a lot in a short period and can ultimately cause rashes on the child’s skin because the child will be sitting in a diaper that is soaked wet until the liquid is absorbed

Difference Between Charcoal Bamboo And Bamboo Inserts

The main difference between the two inserts is very obvious; and that is the rate at which both can hold liquid – absorbency. 

On average, it is said that bamboo charcoal inserts can last up to 4-5 hours holding liquid before you start noticing leaks while the bamboo can last up to 6 hours. The materials that both are made from also makes a difference. For instance, the material used in making charcoal bamboo nappy inserts cannot hold as much liquid as compared to natural materials of the bamboo insert.

So, it’s so obvious to spot which of them is much preferable in terms of capacity to absorb liquid and how fast the diaper dries up after absorbing liquid. 

In this case, the bamboo insert is far better to absorb more liquid but its quite slow in doing so while the charcoal bamboo insert does not hold much liquid but I faster in drying or absorbing wetness.

Right now, there are different blends of heavy bamboo fleece that come more absorbent than others but none can absorb more liquid than the bamboo inserts, besides the layer in the diaper is also a factor to consider when choosing which is better or not.

However, the two inserts – the charcoal bamboo and the bamboo inserts do not need any prep before using them, they work just right out of the box

So in essence, the main difference between these insert is that the charcoal bamboo insert is extremely stay-dry while the bamboo still shows or feels some wetness and the charcoal also dry faster and doesn’t show any sign of stains, however, it is advisable to use the bamboo insert during the day as a way to monitor the baby’s urine color in case of infection on the baby.

Bamboo charcoal is not also very expensive and is trim but it is prone to compression leak and it is very difficult to get completely clean and can lose absorbency over time while the bamboo on the other hand is slightly more absorbent and is easier to clean and does not lose absorbency.

How To Prep And Wash Inserts?

It is advisable to wash all inserts before using on babies to remove dirt or chemicals from factory and it is of the best option to wash the natural fabrics than the synthetic for at least the first wash

You do not need any special treatment on synthetic fabrics before using them because they are microfiber inserts while the natural fabrics should be washed with hot water

and at some point, they might need multiple washing to get to their full absorbency because all-natural fabrics contain some naturally occurring oils that need to be washed first so that the inserts can fully absorb liquids. 

These natural fabrics include cotton, hemp, and bamboo.

Note that the bamboo inserts can help your baby’s skin to feel moisture which is very ideal for parents needing to change the baby or know when to change the diaper which usually is between 2-4 hours

The bamboo insert is ideal on baby’s during the day so that parents can monitor the baby’s urination frequency however, for night time or bedtime the charcoal insert will work better because it actually does the opposite of what the bamboo insert does and that is wicking the moisture away from the baby’s skin which will result in the baby having some extra sleep time and it will also prevent diaper rash and if your baby already has a diaper rash, it will help to heal it a lot faster because the skin will remain dry all through the night.


In conclusion, charcoal bamboo and bamboo inserts are not the same because unlike what many people thought, the charcoal insert does not have any bamboo in them at least most of the time. but oftentimes its lines with fleece microfibers.

So, while charcoal inserts do have its merits like giving baby the stay-dry effects and good at concealing stains but its a bit bulky and heavy, so for lightweight, the bamboo insert is very light, more absorbent but more expensive.

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