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.

When you look for Pocket Diapers, search for products with reviews, and be sure to check the tiny icons below the review stars for our Safe Family Promise. These tell you how this product reaches a high standard for you.

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.

Would you like to share your experience with fitted, prefold, or flat diapers? Leave your detailed reviews on each product you have used to help other parents.

Leave reviews here:

The Best Cloth Diapers: Reviews by YOU!

Kissaluvs cloth diapers newborn

When I want to know what cloth diapers customers like best, I go to the reviews. I looked for cloth diapering products with multiple reviews at or near 5 stars. One high review next to a low review could be just personal preference, but a product that consistently gets highest reviews is a very good bet for parents who just want a reliable cloth diaper without too much fuss.

Fuss no more! These are your favorite cloth diapers.

Best Cloth Diapers

Kissaluvs Fitted Cloth Diapers
Kissaluvs cloth diapers

5 reviews
Quality: 5 stars
Price: 4.4 stars
Value: 4.6 stars

“I thought these were great diapers- absorbent and held in messes.”

“Great Diaper” by Eleanor

Motherease One-size Cloth Diapers

Motherease cloth diapers

4 reviews
Quality: 4.8 stars
Price: 4.8 stars
Value: 4.8 stars

“Without a doubt my favourite cloth diaper. Sizing is easily adjustable.”

“My number 1 cloth diaper” by Kristen

Unbleached Cotton Prefolds

Unbleached cotton prefold cloth diapers

6 reviews
Quality: 4.8 stars
Price: 4.8 stars
Value: 4.8 stars

“My son is almost two, and we’ve been using premium size prefolds since he was about a week old. These are so much cheaper than fitted diapers, and they are not difficult at all to use.”

“Prefolds all the way” by Mary

Best Cloth Diaper Covers

MotherEase Airflow Diaper Covers
Motherease Airflow Oceans

6 reviews
Quality: 4.8 stars
Price: 4.8 stars
Value: 4.8 stars

“I swear by these diaper covers and have recommended them to friends. They feel soft to the touch, not plasticy or crunchy.”

“Best diaper covers available” by Nicola

Bummis Super Brites Diaper Cover

Bummis Super Brites diaper cover

4 reviews
Quality: 5 stars
Price: 4.8 stars
Value: 5 stars

“The extra protection at the leg was virtually blow out proof in the early days of very runny newborn poop, which allowed us to leave the house with confidence.”

“Versatile diaper cover that fits many different shapes and sizes” by Lindsay

Best Cloth Diaper Package

Bummis Complete Cloth Diapering Kit with organic cotton prefolds
Bummis Complete Cloth Diapering Kit

5 reviews
Quality: 5 stars
Price: 4.8 stars
Value: 5 stars

“We purchased this kit as it was the most affordable way for us to be able to cloth diaper. The supplies in the kit are everything we needed to get started.”

“Affordable way to start cloth diapering” by Morag

Please Help!

Next month I want to compare cloth diaper styles, and I want to use customer favorites as examples. And, as always, we want other customers to benefit from your experience, good or bad, with any product. The more reviews we have, the more reliable the system as a whole becomes.

Will you please go to’s Baby division, find the cloth diapers you have used, and post an honest review? Include the kind of details you look for in reviews.

Big Green Picture, Big Green Plan

Simply Going GreenBottled water, plastic bags, energy audit, and heat leaks. All easy ways to start making your life more sustainable. These suggestions come from “The Simple Things First,” the first chapter in Simply Going Green, an e-book produced by blogger Kaayla Canfield from the Simply Going Green blog.

Review. Kaayla Canfield, Simply Going Green in Three Years or Less, Kaayla Canfield Publishing, 2008.

Simply Going Green contains primarily Canadian resources but helps anyone to ask enough questions about sustainable lifestyle in order to begin to answer big questions for themselves. The book itself doesn’t ask or address big picture, such as WHY we need to green our lives, but the Foreward from Dave Bronconnier, the Mayor of Calgary begins to. These personal actions encouraged by the book, he writes, are a necessary step toward responsible stewardship. “Choose the actions that best fit your circumstance and create your own three-year green plan to make a difference. Every step you take will reduce our ecological footprint and brighten our future.”

The author herself seems to see the book as a kind of workbook toward that 3-year plan. She left a space next to each item suggesting that readers check off what they are already doing then mark 1, 2, and 3 for items they can do in the next three years. Having marked up the book, the reader has a plan to go green.

Unfortunately, in order to mark each item, you will need to print the book, which quite defeats the purpose of a low-impact e-book.

As an academic, I have a lot of books on paper, a lot of printed research, but I’ve become better over the past 20 years at keeping more of my information in digital format. Especially if I am reading about how to lower my overall environmental impact, I’m less likely to print even in order to use as intended.

Despite this major flaw in the book, I find it very helpful to look over another person’s idea of the most important steps to green one’s life. Though, when it comes down to it, what constitutes a sustainable life includes a lot of personal values. For me, for example, labor must always be considered, which is why fair trade chocolate is now my only chocolate. What sustainable values guided this author’s choices? That isn’t clear.

Most of the book I found a good, general reminder of excellent steps to take. The chapter on children, “Our Precious Little Ones,” was very disappointing, though. So much could and should be said about why parents make the environmental choices they do for their children, and how parents can begin to sort through implications of their choices. Unfortunately, this section is unlike other sections of the book that do help the reader think through choices. The chapter on children ends up being is a shopping guide with web addresses. “[H]armful chemicals and pesticides,” she writes, “may be found in everything from our food, baby bottles, and toys to the diaper they wear.” What harmful chemicals? How do we find them? How should knowing this shape our choices? Follow the links to stores to find out.

Overall, the book is more checklist than guide.

If you are looking for the big, green picture, you will need to provide this yourself. If you are looking for a helpful, simple guide to first steps—steps that could lead you to create your own green family plan—you will find that in Simply Going Green.

Throughout March we will offer guides to getting started with some of the basic practices of attachment parenting and sustainable living. This is Environmental Living Week with tips, products, resources, and personal experiences.