Cloth Pocket Diapers
When you're new to cloth diapering, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the many options in modern cloth diapers. While you may be relieved to learn that rubber pants and safety pins are a thing of the past, deciding among prefolds, fitteds, and all-in-ones can leave you confused. If you want to discover the best possible cloth diapering option for your family, buy a trial pack that includes a variety of cloth diapers so you can experience them all for yourself. But if you want a simple, one-stop solution to your cloth diapering needs, then pocket diapers could be what you're looking for.
Pocket diapers consist of two parts: the main body of the diaper, which includes a waterproof cover and a wicking inner layer, and an absorbent insert. The main body has an opening, or pocket, at the back of the diaper, which allows you to "stuff" the insert into the diaper. The insert should lie flat throughout the body of the diaper. When you put the diaper on, the inner wicking layer draws moisture away from your baby's skin into the absorbent insert, while the waterproof outer layer keeps his clothes dry. Although the two-part system adds the extra step of stuffing inserts to your diaper wash routine, many veteran cloth diapering families feel that the advantages of pocket diapers outweigh the trouble of stuffing.
What are the advantages of pocket diapers?
1. Pocket diapers are trim. Cotton diapers such as prefolds tend to be thick and bulky, since several layers of material are necessary for sufficient absorbency. All-in-one diapers, which don't require stuffing, are also usually bulky to prevent leaks. But pocket diapers are flexible. You can adjust the absorbency by adding more inserts, or you can make the fit trimmer by using fewer inserts.Continued on the next page