Compare Cloth Diapers – Pocket Reviews

Stuffing a Pocket Diaper

Parents choose pocket diapers for ease and convenience. For the rest of the story, we’ve gathered comments from our customers’ reviews of pocket diapers.

In addition to reviews, we are comparing the advantages and disadvantages of each style of cloth diapers to help you find the diapers that will work best for you and your baby.

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Fuzzi Bunz one-size diaper bum genius with velcro Fuzzi Bunz perfect size diapers

Getting a Good Fit with Pocket Diapers

Parents start with a particular diaper for colors and style, but they stay with a particular diaper because it works. One of the most important elements of making a diaper work is getting the fit right so the diaper won’t leak. Fit depends on the shape of the baby, and some brands make getting a good fit easier.

“This diaper has a unique sizing system compared to others I’ve used, and I find it helpful to be able to adjust the elastic tight enough around my babies legs, but keep enough room around his belly, without leaks.” Lisa reviews Fuzzi Bunz one-size diapers on, “Good one size pocket diaper for small babies”

“I have tried a couple different pocket diapers and I liked HH fitted b/c they seem to have a lot of elastic around the legs so they are not too tight on my babies legs.” Mariko reviews Happy Heinys pocket diapers on, “I would buy these diapers again”

Easy to Use Pockets

There is very little specialized knowledge needed to make a pocket diaper work. No long explanations and processes to convey to babysitters, grandparents, or daycare providers. That makes pocket diapers very easy to use away from home.

“We did EC and used these as our naptime and going-out diapers. I found them especially useful because they could be easily put on while the kid is standing up- something mine both insisted on doing as soon as they could stand.” Eleanor reviews Fuzzi Bunz perfect size diapers on, “Awesome”

“We use these diapers primarily on outings and when we send our son to daycare. . . . the best pocket style diaper we have used.” VRon reviews Fuzzi Bunz perfect size diapers on, “Great Diapers”

“Our daycare loves them – they are their fav cloth diapers, they tell us regularly.” Michelle reviews Happy Heinys pocket diapers on, “Our main diapers from Day 1 (almost!)”

Pocket Diaper Inserts

All pocket diapers require inserts. Inserts provide the absorbency of the diaper. One of the disadvantages of pocket diapers is having to unstuff a wet insert, but Apple Cheeks brand touts the inserts coming out in the wash by themselves as a benefit. When it works, customers love this.

“If you are put off by having to unstuff dirty diapers, these ones will solve that problem. We just put these in the washing machine and the inserts come out in the wash as promised, both in a top-loading and front-loading machine.” WL reviews Apple Cheeks Cloth Diapers on, “No more ‘yuck’”

“My inserts didn’t come out all the time in the washer though.” Tara reviews Apple Cheeks Cloth Diapers on, “Nice diaper”

Cautions about Pocket Diapers

A lot of parents are true believers in particular brands, but I didn’t find any raves for pocket diapers in general as pocket diapers. A couple of reviewers had general cautions, though.

“I don’t like that the entire thing has to be washed after each use, but all pocket diapers are like that.” Kristen reviews BumGenius one-size pocket diapers, “Top of my pocket diaper list”

“I would recommend a good fitted diaper for an easy to use, cheaper, more leak proof combination.” Kim reviews Apple Cheeks Cloth Diapers on, “Can find better value and fit”

Not everyone uses pocket diapers as intended. One reviewer mentioned using the pocket diaper as a cover, with the absorbent diaper next to the baby.

“I use these with flat diapers and pre-folds placed on top rather [than] stuffed.” LisaT reviews Apple Cheeks Cloth Diapers on, “My favourite Diaper Cover/pocket Diaper”

Using a pocket diapers as just a cover would seem to negate the benefit of the pocket and wicking moisture away from a baby’s skin, but it also points to the versatility of the style. You don’t necessarily have to use a diaper as recommended. Use a diaper how it works for you.

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Compare Cloth Diapers – Pocket Diapers

AMP pocket cloth diaper on a crawling baby

Continuing our comparison of the differences and advantages of major styles and brands of cloth diapers, today we’re comparing pocket diapers to other cloth diaper styles.

Pocket Cloth Diapers

With a pocket diaper, the diaper itself is made up of two layers. The outer layer is moisture resistant. This is the layer that shows on the outside when your baby is all diapered and ready to go. There is no extra cover to add as you must with fitted or prefold diapers. Another layer on the inside of a pocket diaper wicks moisture. Because there is an opening in the back seam, these two layers together are the pocket.

Moisture absorbency in a pocket diaper is provided by an insert that is stuffed into the back opening. Inserts can be made of any absorbent material, like cotton, hemp, bamboo, or even microfiber. In that way, you have a lot of material choices just like you do with fitted diapers.

Pocket diapers can be one-size, like the Happy Heiny One for All diaper, or sized, like the Fuzzi Bunz Perfect Size diaper. In many ways, pocket diapers are quite similar to all-in-two and some all-in-one diapers that have a piece allowing customized absorbency.

Best of all, with pocket diapers, there are a lot of brands, styles, and closures to choose from. You don’t need to settle for what doesn’t work for you.

Happy Heiny pocket diaper open

Pocket Diaper Advantages

  • Easy to wash. You can separate inserts from most pocket diapers just by shaking them upside down. Just be sure to rinse adequately, and follow manufacturer washing instructions.
  • Easy to dry. Since the pieces separate, the water and air don’t need to be forced through many, many layers.
  • A lot of flexibility in amount of absorbency used, so you can make minor adjustments throughout the day.
  • You can pre-stuff the diapers and let other caregivers treat them almost like all-in-one diapers.
  • A lot of colors, prints, and styles to choose from.

For parents looking for an easy system that allows them to make some customization, pocket diapers have become a popular choice.

Pocket Diaper Disadvantages

  • You have to get the amount and placement of the inserts right or you will have leaks.
  • If your detergent leaves residue or you don’t rinse the detergent adequately, there can be build-up on the inner layer, which leads to odors and trouble with absorbency.
  • If you have many different kinds of pocket diapers, you might find that manufacturers recommend different washing routines for each. It can get confusing and difficult to get everything equally clean.
  • Must wash every part after every diaper change, creating more wash than with simpler systems.
  • The child doesn’t feel wetness of the diaper, which could delay the early potty training advantage found with cloth diapers.

The biggest issue to solve with pocket diapers is finding the washing routine that works with your diapers, your water quality, and your detergent. Sticking with all the same brand or very similar diapers for your whole collection can help solve that problem as well. Once you have that down, you can make pocket diapers work well for you and your baby

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