What are they? Pocket diapers consist of two components a shell or diaper cover, and an insert. Inserts are the absorbent component that soaks up all of the urine. Usually there is a slit or some sort of opening at the front or back of your diaper shell to stuff it full of inserts (see below).
- Things people love about them…and there are people who love them some pocket diapers:You can stuff every diaper at one time and after they are stuffed, they are as easy to put on baby as an all in one diaper.
- These are about middle of the road on price.
- Variety! The most well known names in cloth diapers are almost all pocket diapers. I’d venture to say that pocket diapers are the most popular way to cloth diaper right now. I mean you can even buy them at target and kohl’s these days.
- Easy to change. Grandma or babysitter would definitely feel confident if you left them with a stack of pocket diapers that were already stuffed.
- You can stuff a pocket diaper with multiple layers. For example, if you wish to use a pocket diaper at night you can double stuff it or use an extra absorbent insert or two for the heavy wetting that goes with night time.
- Looks…pockets tend to be trimmer and slimmer than prefolds, and they come in all kinds of colors and patterns these days. I mean did you see the dinosaur pattern in the picture above.
- Most pocket diapers are lined with fleece. It’s a fabric that helps baby feel dry.
- Pocket diapers are kind of a pain to care for. Each manufacturer has their own care instructions and they tend to be just ever so slightly different, and I know for me there was always this fear that I was going to somehow void my warranty. I never liked having to pull a stinky wet insert out of my pockets and toss it in the diaper pail (yes I used a pail back then…we are all wet bag these days). I heard moms say you could just leave the inserts inside and they would slide out in the wash…this did NOT work for me. I tried it once and just ended up with a scrunched up insert down inside my shell…yeah, not cool. Also, if your diapers are going to start getting stinky over time. Yes, I hate to say it, but that does sometimes happen, these are quite likely going to be the culprits. Just due to the synthetic fibers and the washing regimen that they require.
- I like natural fibers, so the fiber content of pockets is a bit of a turn off for me…although I’ve used them plenty, and I have some pocket diapers that have stood up to all four of my children. I actually use them as regular covers now, meaning that I don’t stuff them, I just put them on around a prefold for the whole waterproof quality to them.
- The covers really cannot be used more than once before laundering, so they must be washed every time they are used. Other covers do not have the fleece lining and so they can be used few times before needing to be laundered…not so with pocket diaper shells.
- I’d like to say this more delicately, but I’m just going to come out and say it. As with All-in-ones, getting the poop off of the cover every single time is kind of hard and yucky. I just don’t like how it gets into the area where the elastic is. My washer does not do a good job of getting that elastic area very clean if I don’t do a bit of scrubbing before putting it into the wash. This may happen sometimes with any type of cover, but it happens pretty darn often with pocket diapers.
- Most pocket diapers are lines with fleece. It’s a fabric that helps baby feel dry. I know I also listed this is a pro…and that was not an accident. Some people believe that letting a baby feel wetness helps them learn to use the toilet sooner. I don’t know if this is really true, but I do think it’s worth noting.