Switch To Pocket Diapers

Mickey | General | Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

In this article, I want to tell you why we switched from organic diapers to synthetic pocket diapers.  I’ll talk about the benefits and the trade-offs as well.

Organic Diapers

Our plan was to have our daughter use organic cloth diapers for at least a year.  Many parents feel strongly about having natural fibers for their babies, especially in sensitive diaper areas.  We ended up using organic prefolds for our daughters first 6 months.  They were great.  I would highly recommend prefolds–even organic ones–because they are tried and true, they are easy to use, and they are probably the most economical choices for cloth diapers.

The Leg Change

Around her 5th month, our daughter’s legs got a lot chunkier.  Although it was super adorable, it made cloth diapering a bit challenging.  While the diapers still fit her, they were tight around her legs, leaving marks and quite possibly cutting off some circulation, depending on her positioning.  After searching online, I found several forums where parents were discussing the “chunky leg” issue.  Apparently, it’s fairly common. After a little research, we decided to put our prefold/wool diaper cover system on hold (save them for our next child) and try out pocket diapers, as recommended for chunkier-legged babies.

Pocket Diapers Worked

We tried a couple brands of pocket diapers out, including FuzziBunz, BumGenius and Happy Heineys.  We were most happy with the Fuzzibunz and BumGenius.  While all three solved the chunky leg problem–they all fit great–the Fuzzibunz and BumGenius had better snapping systems.  They were just easier to use and adjust.  It’s hard to say which one fit better.  Quite honestly, all babies have at least slightly different shapes.  So, even if I told you the BumGenius fit better for our daughter, the same might not be true for your child.  You just have to try and see for yourself.

Benefits and Trade-Offs

Obviously, having diapers that weren’t “choking” our daughter’s legs was a benefit.  Other Benefits:

  • Pocket diapers are great for night time.
  • They are so easy to use.
  • The snapping systems allow adjustments for both waist and legs; this is key for a good fit, and less leaks.
  • They are easy to clean.
  • Priced well.  Not as cheap as prefolds, but not as much as fitteds.

The biggest trade-off, for us, was not using organic anymore.  The pocket diapers we chose were fleece and microfiber.  Although we could have gotten organic BumGenius (not Fuzzibunz), the price was certainly higher, and we needed to keep the expense down at that time.

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