Pocket cloth diapers are a highly versatile system. A pocket cloth diaper contains a pocket whereby you “stuff” the amount of desired absorbency into the opening. You may choose to use 1 insert creating a very trim cloth diaper option. By adding 2 inserts you are adding a bit more bulk (still fairly trim) and more absorbency.
For nighttime use, a pocket cloth diaper can be stuffed with as many inserts as you can fit. In the following video you will see how I prepare a nighttime diaper.
For daytime use, I show you how to stuff a Charlie Banana with 2 microfiber inserts.
Not shown in the vide0 but a part of my daytime stash are Fuzzi Bunz Perfect size pocket diapers. I stuff them with 1 microfiber insert. This gives you a very trim diaper (similar to a disposable diaper) and still provides absorbency for 2 hours (approx).
Depending on the pocket cloth diaper, you may or may not have trouble stuffing the pocket. Some openings are more narrow than others or the PUL is sticky creating a friction as you stick your hand in.
The Fuzzi Bunz Perfect size has a very generous pocket opening, whereas the Fuzzi Bunz one-size is a tighter squeeze.
Don’t be alarmed by the “fluffy butt” syndrome. For nighttime purposes your child’s development isn’t going to be affected.
Younger infants usually don’t need more than 2 microfiber inserts or 1 microfiber + 1 hemp. As the child grows you will recognize the need for more absorbency by the presence of leaking.
Pocket cloth diapers are an excellent choice for your baby’s diaper needs. You will find brands ranging from $10 up to $30. Most of the time, they all perform the same.
The price difference is affected by country of manufacture, quality of materials and employee provisions.
It is important to do the research and consider reviews from other parents.
- Cutiepoops (budget)
- Kawaii Diapers (budget)
- Thirsties Duo Diaper (trimness)
- Rumparooz (nighttime, pockets)
- Fuzzi Bunz (pockets)
- Charlie Banana (pockets)
- Bum Genius 4.0 (pockets)
Depending on your baby’s body type or sensitivities, some of these diapers will be a better fit. Kawaii diapers tend to leave red marks on the thighs. Rumparooz have a very short rise/low rise fit. Bum Genius and Cutiepoops have a suedecloth inner, the others are microfleece (Rumparooz is microchamois).
I always recommend trying out one before you buy a whole stash. It may look like the perfect diaper on screen but may be a disaster for your child.
I have been using pocket cloth diapers since the beginning of my journey in 2005. I started out in Happy Heiny’s and have tried dozens over the years. Each child has needed something a little different than the last but we always find what works best with a lot of patience and experimenting!
There are many, many families, however, that successfully use the same cloth diapers for multiple children ;)
If you are new to cloth diapers, I encourage you read through 5 Simple Steps to Begin Cloth Diapering and get started today!
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