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Cloth Diaper Made Easy – The Pocket Diaper

The title ‘Cloth Diaper Made Easy’ will throw some people off. When thinking of cloth diapers, many conjure up images of flats and prefolds covered in poop, trying to rinse them off in the toilet (while making a mess), and then trying to get them clean in the wash but having them still come out dirty.

The idea of keeping something around that’s been pooped in is pretty disgusting. How on earth can that be sanitary?

Believe it or not, it is! And it’s not the disgusting process that many think it is.

Innovation

Cloth diapers have evolved away from needing to fold them and pin them to a baby. That type of diaper is called a flat. They’re still around and have many uses beyond diapering.

But if you’re not into the whole folding thing, there are cloths that work just like disposables.

There are the All in Ones (AIO) to start with. They have no folding and no inserts. You put them on the baby as is. When baby pees in them, take them off and throw them in the wash. Once dried, they are ready to use. No assembly required.

pocket diaper with inserts
pocket diaper with inserts

Another modern cloth diaper is the pocket diaper. This one does have some assembly. It comes with inserts that you have to put in the diaper and take out before washing.

Pocket Cloth Diapers

Pocket diapers are the ones I’m going to talk about in this post. They’re the only modern ones that I have. Thankfully, they’ve worked great and satisfy our needs.

Pockets have a water protective covering on the outside and fabric on the inside, the part that goes against Baby’s skin. Between these two layers is a pocket that can be stuffed with multiple inserts.

Absorbency

The nice thing about the pockets is that you can adjust the absorbency level. There are four common inserts that you can use: microfiber, bamboo, flats, and prefolds.

cloth diaper inserts
From left to right: microfiber, bamboo, flat

I have three of these inserts, all but the prefolds. They each have a different absorbency level and rate.

From least to greatest, the volume of absorbency is microfiber, bamboo, and flat.

From fastest to slowest, the rate of absorbency is microfiber, flat, and bamboo.

The purpose of the microfiber is for quick absorption so that wetness doesn’t stay next to the baby’s skin.

Bamboo absorbs liquid the slowest but can hold more than microfiber.

Flats are made of cotton and absorb at a decent pace and have the highest volume of absorbency among the three.

The last one, prefolds, I don’t know it’s absorbency levels compared to the other three since I don’t have any. My guess would be that they have a higher volume that can be absorbed even compared to flats due to them being thicker.

Interchangeable

Different kinds of inserts mean that you can use the ones that suit your needs.

I always use microfiber for the first layer as the one that goes closest to the skin (but not on the skin, the diaper has a layer of fabric naturally between inserts and Baby’s skin).

During the day, I add either bamboo or a flat as the second layer to provide good volume hold. A microfiber by itself doesn’t hold much and will leak easily.

3 layers of cloth diaper inserts
3 layers of cloth diaper inserts

For nighttime use, I use all three: microfiber, bamboo, and then a flat. With this combination, I never have to worry about leaks during the night when the diaper isn’t getting changed.

What About the Poop?

Poop is probably the greatest concern among those who are thinking about cloth diapering. I remember having it myself. But the truth is, once you’ve gotten used to a routine with cloth diapers, poop isn’t a concern.

Breastfed poop is water soluble. So it gets thrown in the wash as is. Solid poop gets knocked in the toilet and then the diaper goes in the wash.

I say wash, but usually they go in some type of hamper before the wash. I use Kanga Care Wet Bags.

The Wash

Is it really that easy? Just throw it in the wash and it comes out clean? Yes and no. Yes, if you have a routine down that fits your family and brand of cloth diapers. No, if you are using a routine that isn’t right for your household and brand.

There are hundreds of videos and blog posts out there about proper wash routines for cloth diapering. I remember going through them. But the best advice I got came from two places.

The first was the manufacturer’s website for the brand of cloth I have. My pockets can’t be washed in hot water. If I did, the waterproof lining would get damaged, and I would have leak problems.

The second is Allaboutclothdiapers.com. That’s my go-to place whenever I have questions about proper care for my cloth diapers.

It saved me from having to strip my diapers. I just needed a new detergent.

One part of the wash routine that is universal is a prewash. The prewash takes out all the yucky stuff, poop and urine. Without it, you’re trying to wash your laundry in poopy and urinated water.

That is gross.

Prewashing is a must for clean cloth diapers.

So long as you have an appropriate wash routine, you don’t have to worry about smells or diapers coming out dirty. My diapers come out so clean that I use the flats for both inserts and bibs.

Yup. The very same ones. The come out of the dryer and I grab them at random for whichever purpose I need them. Whether it’s as an insert or a bib.

They get thoroughly cleaned in the wash.

And I do use the dryer. It is not recommended to as it can cause them to not last as long. I accept that eventuality for ease of use. We’re going 10 months strong and no problems yet.

Cute

One of the best parts of cloth diapering is how cute the patterns are. Here are some of my favorites.

designs of cloth diapers
Different cloth diaper designs. The deer in the top center is my #1.

My husband has two favorite lines when it comes to our cloth diapers. The first is, “That’s an exquisite design for something that was made to be pooped in.”

He’s not wrong.

The second line he loves to tell people is that we have paid $0 for our diapers. We’ve had a baby for 10 months and we’ve paid $0.

That was made possible by family and friends who bought us cloth diapers for the baby shower. I had them on the registry. We’ve been using the same ones since.

People love to buy cloth diapers. The designs are adorable. Family and friends are eager to add to the stash.

Cost from Extra Washes

Back to the $0 thing, we do have more laundry that we do. So it’s not completely 0$. I just can’t track how much extra I spend in water from cloth diapering.

The plumbing in the house I live in was really jacked up when I moved in. It was a while before the full extent of the problems were identified. What we’ve had to pay in water has fluctuated greatly thanks to the bad plumbing.

There are others who can measure it. I’ve seen one youtuber say her price in water only increased by $5 a month. That’s not bad at all.

A Clean Option

Cloth diapering has evolved. They are not the same diapers your grandmother used. New designs work just as easy as disposables. Most importantly, they are a very clean option.

Cloth diapering does not mean you have to deal with poop in your dryer or smelly clothes. If that happens, your wash routine needs to be adjusted.

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I’d love to hear your thoughts about cloth diapering. Have you done it or are thinking about it? Has your experience been good or bad?

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From one angle this seems more expensive due to the bigger water costs, but from another angle, since you don’t deal with constantly having to buy new throwaway diapers that will save you some money as well. Let alone the concept of what happens if your throwaway diapers have used up and you just happened to forget to refill your stock. With cloth diapers
you don’t have that problem. Heck, you can even keep them for future use for brothers and sisters. So from that angle they have their advantages.

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Using cloth diapers is definitely a lot cheaper than using the disposables, even if laundry costs are taken into account.

Cloth diapers have certainly evolved a lot since I had my baby 13 years ago, and I did try the cloth for a while, but the inserts were so badly made and they always leaked. I think the materials, like bamboo, that they use nowadays are much better to stop leaking.

The impact on the environment would certainly be a lot better if more people could go from disposables to cloth nappies.

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I have been satisfactorily educated today by your article on the modern diaper! Back in my early days when I was babysitting, or child minding, we use the old fashioned towelling diapers that needed to be changed constantly and washed and placed in steri-nappi to make sure there were no germs and then hung out to dry!  What a long and involved process that was!  Coupled with that was the added issue of nappy rash, so you had to make sure you put baby cream on the baby / toddler to prevent the rash from happening.Needless to say, those babies… Read more »

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Paul

Dear Nicole, By GODS grace on 2nd of March 2019, my wife gave birth to a boy baby. While at home we use new cotton clothes (cotton dhoties) for our baby instead of diapers and we don’t wash it (use and throw). My wife was concerned because for the past 3 months we bought a lot of cotton clothes and the price is also quiet expensive (lol). One of my friend recommended Pocket Cloth Diapers while visiting the baby. So I just did some research on it and your post means a lot to me and gave me helpful insights. The advice… Read more »

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Stella

Whao! This really look nice. The diaper am familiar with is the disposable ones. I also saw those ancient napkins that serve the purpose of diaper with my grandma.Being a mother, I understand how much mother spend on diapers every week before the kid is fully grown up. Pocket diaper should be a new treat in the market. Did you say when a kid poop inside this diaper, it will get absorb inside the diaper? Hope there is no adverse side effect with long wearing of pocket diaper? Can it be useful for kids that are one year or one… Read more »

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I used cloth diapers for all my children. It was many many years ago. We used the flat diapers, folded it and used safety pins to secure it in place.

Wow, I just love the pocket cloth diapers that look so pretty and cute. My daughter is pregnant and we were just talking about cloth diaper. I will be taking care of my grandchildren, I find the pocket cloth diapers really useful.

Thank you for sharing this article 🙂