We all belong to one of those cloth diaper groups on Facebook. Right? One of those groups, where everyone and their great aunt is praising pocket cloth diapers as the end all and be all of the worlds.
“I love my Happy Flute!”
The bumGenius 5.0 works perfect”
“Don’t know where I’d be without Alva.”
“Nothing better in life than a pocket cloth diaper and some charcoal bamboo.”
Oh ya, I call bullshit.
7 out of 10 times when people talk about cloth diapering they think about cheap cloth diapers and 85% of the time this is a pocket cloth diaper. Not real statistics – just my perceptions of cloth diaper facebook groups.
A pocket cloth diaper is a diaper with a pocket in it that you put the insert in. The pocket is typically made of microfleece, but sometimes other materials like AWJ (in Funky Fluff), or microsuede in bumGenius.
Today, I’m calling bullshit on the simplicity and awesome-ness of pocket cloth diapers.
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Pocket cloth diapers suck.
- Standard Microfibre Inserts – Microfibre sucks because it feels weird on my hands and because it’s synthetic and because it’s not the best choice for everyone. The list goes on.
- It’s usually standard. That sucks.
- Girl wants choice.
- Stuffing Pockets – In what world, does a cloth diapering parent have the extra time to stuff cloth diapers? The mere act of putting an insert INSIDE a cloth diaper with ginormous adult sized hands is cause for a mental health break.
- But because they come with microfibre the inserts HAVE to go inside. Fuck that shit.
- Save time, use natural fibre inserts and cloth diaper covers and no more stuffing! This is also why I don’t like all in one cloth diapers (some of them).
- Gaps & Fussing Galore – If you stick an oversized fluffy microfibre insert into a pocket cloth diaper this sometimes gives room for fluff space and weird fit issues. If the fit isn’t just right, this can lead to leg gaps and spacing issues which equals LEAKY WET NIGHTMARES.
- Not always, the case, but the mama’s I’ve seen in real life who struggle with gaps and leaks, the problem was instantly resolved when we just put the insert against baby’s skin and the diaper overtop. Something about not being inside the diaper gave the diaper MORE ROOM to fit OVER TOP of the insert and create that nice tight seal for the elastics in the crease of the leg.
- Really, microfibre inserts are unusually wide, and they seem to just add space where space isn’t needed.
- This problem can even happen in other brands of pocket cloth diapers, and an issue I struggle with when using Funky Fluff Diapers and when I stopped stuffing them my leaks went away.
- One & Done – It’s no fun when you can only use a cloth diaper once and not ever again. With a pocket cloth diaper the diaper is tossed in the laundry pail for wash day, but with covers, you can use them again.
- Sadly, all in one cloth diapers have this fate too.
- But not a cloth diaper cover! You can reuse them, even if they are lined.
- Diapering is NOT rocket science – other care providers can figure out other cloth diapering systems that don’t involve pockets. All in ones, to hybrids, to snap-ins, and prefolds and covers are all easily managed by people have all ages and abilities. Want to learn more about the different types of cloth diapers? Check out this basic podcast from the Cloth Diaper Podcast.
Consider Other Options
Pocket cloth diapers are not the cheapest way to cloth diaper.
Yes, you can buy cheap grey market cloth diapers off Amazon and Etsy, and but really, what the track record on that?
As an advocate for sustainable consumerism, consider shopping in Canada, and check out the budget-friendly options on the market. Cloth diapering is not about having a million cloth diapers. Cloth diapering is about staying on budget, doing your part for the environment, and keeping baby health.
Pocket cloth diapers are not the easiest way to cloth diaper. We need to break up with this myth. It’s just one way to cloth diaper, and for many families, like mine, it’s the hardest way to cloth diaper.
So, what else is out there?
So many other amazing options and depending on what you need will depend on what will work best for you.
Some families find pocket cloth diapers are AMAZING, but that’s just not me and my cloth diapering experience.
For me, the time to stuff cloth diapers is not worth any perceived value. Instead, I rather use a stash of all in one cloth diapers (which I also find frustrating), or prefold cloth diapers and covers. I prefer to kick it old school because it means less fuss on laundry day.
I’m here to tell you, and encourage you, to check out other options and see what might work for you. That’s why I suggest these three cloth diapers to get you started and this is my perception of the best cloth diaper predicament.
There’s no one way to cloth diaper, and if you’re working on building a stash, start with a little of everything and pick and choose what works for you. It seems daunting, but you can do this and so can the people in your life. It’s just a diaper, we got this.