Is There a Point to Pockets?

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.

cloth diapers in 2001

Since then, pocket diapers have enjoyed considerable popularity thanks to the rise of quality brands like bumGenius. In addition, the majority of the Chinese diapers on the market tend to be pockets.

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?!

SoftBums Omni Diaper Giveaway

SoftBums Prize Collage

 

Did you see yesterday’s post in which I subjected a SoftBums diaper to boiling, beets, bleach, and Borax? (Vinegar, too, but that doesn’t start with a “B”!)

I fell in love with SoftBums while writing that post! It’s hard to capture in photos, but their diapers’ patent-pending Slide2Size elastic adjustment is simply brilliant and SO easy to use. On the smallest setting, the diaper is comparable in size to a newborn diaper; I let the elastic out nearly all the way, and it fits perfectly on my 26-lb toddler. There are no rise snaps cluttering up the front of the diaper, and you can adjust the elastic to the exact setting you need, rather than being limited to 3 or 4 rise settings.

SoftBums is giving away an Omni diaper along with two “DryTouch” pods – one mini and one large – to a lucky Diaper Wrecker reader. The Omni features a snap anchor in the back so that it can be used as an AI2 (like the Echo), but also has a pocket opening in back if you prefer to stuff your diapers.

Ready… Set… Enter!

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Pocket Diaper Picks of 2013

About once a week this summer, I’ll be publishing free downloadable product information guides to help you find the best cloth diapering products that suit your needs. What makes a diaper worthy of the Diaper Wrecker Product Guide? I only feature established brands with fair manufacturing practices and good retailer relationships. These are brands you can trust because the products are made well, but if you should need support down the road, you’ll get it!

Here’s a peek at the 19 pocket diapers that made my list. Recognize any of your favorites?

Pocket Diaper Collage2

This free PDF provides you with all the information about these 19 wonderful pocket diapers – where they’re made, how much they cost, where the pocket opening is located, the sizing options, the closures available, and which cloth diaper retailers carry them. It’s easy to download your free pocket diaper guide. Just click here: Diaper Wrecker 2013 Guide to Pocket Diapers.

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