Pocket diapers are the preferred cloth diaper system of many moms. They’ve been around for quite a while – Tereson Dupuy, the former owner of FuzziBunz®, filed a patent for the pocket diaper way back in 2001. You know, back when Friends was still on the air and the first Harry Potter movie came out. The average cost of a gallon of gas was $1.46. And most shockingly, iPhones were still six years away.
However, if you’re thinking about using cloth diapers, I’d argue that you should walk right past the pocket diapers and head straight for the all-in-twos. Here are five good reasons why:
1. Easier to Clean
You probably never do this, but I’ve been known to get a little over-zealous with heavy-duty diaper rash creams (like my personal favorite for red bottoms: Doctor O’s). Add to that the fact that I hate messing with diaper liners. Repelling happens sometimes.
If you’re using a pocket diaper and you have a repelling problem, you have to be careful in how you clean the diaper. The stay-dry lining of a pocket diaper can’t be separated from the more delicate parts of the diaper – the laminate and elastic.
If you’re using an all-in-two and you have a repelling problem, you only have to clean the insert itself, which is sturdy and can handle some harsher treatment. Go ahead and use some really hot water (>160° F) – in fact, that’s a very easy way to “melt” away any residual greasiness.
2. More Customizable
So you’ve heard that pocket diapers are customizable because you can add inserts if you need more absorbency. You can stuff a pocket diaper with microfiber, cotton, hemp, or whatever other type of fiber you want.
All-in-twos have different insert options as well. Pretty much any brand of AI2 offers a stay-dry (synthetic) insert as well as a natural-fiber insert choice. Plus, some brands (including GroVia, gDiapers, SoftBums, and Flip) even offer a disposable insert option to create what is known as a hybrid diaper, which is great for traveling.
3. Less Expensive
When you use an AI2 system, you’ll use approximately three to six inserts for every one cover or shell. This makes the average cost per diaper change much lower than pocket diapers.
Good news! You can buy even more diapers!
4. Longer Lasting
Pocket diapers get a lot of wear and tear.
Stuff. Use. Un-stuff. Wash. Stuff. Use. Un-stuff. Wash. Stuff. Use. Un-stuff. Wash. Stuff. Use. Un-stuff. Wash.
You get the picture. The process of stuffing and un-stuffing pocket diapers stretches out the laminate and can cause it to bubble or crack early.
Because you don’t have to stuff/un-stuff inserts or wash the shells after every single use with an AI2 system, AI2 shells are subject to significantly less wear and tear than pocket shells. You should get at least twice the life out of your AI2 shells compared to pocket shells.
5. Less Laundry
Since you’re not washing AI2 shells after every use, your loads of diaper laundry will be much lighter. Who wouldn’t appreciate that?!