It’s no secret that Pocket Diapers make up the majority of my stash. I love them! They require extra time and effort than other styles, but for me the fit and customization potential is just too good to ignore.
My husband does not agree, he thinks that stuffing and unstuffing is too much work. So, with the understanding that pockets aren’t for everyone, here are some of my favourite pocket brands and their performance on my baby.
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Funky Fluff LUX Diapers
The great thing about the Funky Fluff LUX is both mine and my husband’s needs are met. He can use them as an All In Two by laying the Insert on top of the pocket, and I can get my cozy, smooth fit by stuffing the inserts inside. I have an in-depth review of the Funky Fluff LUX diapers here. The pocket has an opening at front and back to easily stuff your inserts. The shells come in Bamboo, Stay Dry and a new Athletic Wicking Jersey. The stay dry shells are harder to stuff because they are much less stretchy and flexible than the Bamboo or AWJ, but even with my large hands I can stuff the stay dry shells with just a bit extra effort.
The fit is great, it’s adjustable from birth to toddler and is snug enough for my skinny legged guy. The absorbancy provided by the 2 Bamboo LUX Inserts included with your diaper (or you can buy the shell seperately) is overwhelmingly effective. I sometimes include both inserts, but for me we can get 2 hours out of just the Large insert. Hemp Boosters are available seperately for naps or car rides. Even with both the Small and Large LUX inserts, and a Hemp Booster, the diaper isn’t hard to stuff and, while somewhat bulky, still fits comfortably under my baby’s clothing. I can also use the small insert with one booster for great daytime performance even at 19 months.
Kawaii Pure & Natural Pockets
I bought these on a whim because they were on sale at the time and only about $4 each (regular price is $9.95 and still a heck of a deal). The Kawaii Baby Pure & Natural 0-22 lbs included two microfibre inserts, but I bought Kawaii Bamboo inserts to swap out. I ended up using one microfibre and one bamboo together with great success.
They are pretty dead-on with their weight max, and my boy outgrew them at 22 lbs. They have a velcro fastener which gave me great fit at all ages for him, and the rise snaps do get quite small for a good newborn fit. I found the materials to be good quality for the price, and after 2.5 years of use on two kids they are still functioning. I don’t think they’ll make it to a third baby, though.
The PUL is great and holds in wetness well. The velcro tabs require diligence to keep them in good working order- cleaning out fluff and hair regularily and always using the laundry taps to secure the tabs during washing and drying.
Thirsties One Size Pocket Diaper
I love these Thirsties One Size Pocket because of the great fit I get on my skinny guy. They are always snug around the legs. They do have a few downsides though, but I have been able to rectify all of them.
Firstly, the included inserts are great, in the beginning. They include a microfiber insert snapped on top of a hemp insert. Until my guy was 9 months, this was enough on its own. I’ve since bought their Large Hemp Inserts separately to add one underneath the original inserts. This helps add absorption but also they are wider which helps reach the edges of the diaper better and prevent leg saturation. You could remove one of the snapped layers of the original inserts if you find them bulky, but the bulk wasn’t an issue for me and my son’s clothes all fit well over top.
Lastly, the diapers don’t have a snap that allows the waist to “cross over” so you cannot fasten the diaper closed when rolled up, or cross the waist to get a snug fit on a newborn. I didn’t use them until 3 months so it wasn’t an issue for fit. But something to keep in mind.
The seperate inserts are quite affordable, well made and work in all my other brands so it has not been an issue for me to add them in. Overall, I still like these diapers a lot and they are regulars in my stash. The prints and colours are also super cute!
Pocket diapers can be a great option if you are okay with the extra time stuffing after washing and unstuffing before pailing. The nice even, comfy layers you achieve with pockets are a plus and you can easily customize absorption with boosters as needed.
They can also provide a stay-dry element if desired, and once they’re stuffed they are very easy for babysitters or grandparents to put on because everything stays in place.
Give these brands a try and let me know your thoughts!
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we have alot of pocket diapers in our stash too. we have a little bit of everything, but mostly pockets.
I totally agree with you about Funky Fluff. For me, it was love at first site when i saw a picture of FF in Red, Orange, Green, Purple, Yellow color. Omg what an eye candy. But to my disappointment most of those colors were retired. But I am eyeing on them as they are introducing new line up soon. Our first diapers were Kawaii and they are great diapers. No problems, so economical. They still make a major chunk of my diaper stash. I haven’t tried Thirsties ever and I hope to try them soon… 🙂
Leigh Williams Kitchens says
I first I was dead set against using pockets because “whose got time for that” with all the stuffing. But my grandson likes feeling dry & is a little human super soaker. I now realize if I have to boost ALL his diapers and add a stay dry lining anyway I might as well use a pocket! So far my Kawaii is my favorite of the few I have but I really want to try a Thirsties. I love my other Thirsties products and it’s the only one I see with double TPU gussets. Their hemp inserts are really trim and absorbent too.