3.27.2013

I'm breaking up with my pocket diapers

I've heard pocket diapers are the gateway to cloth diapering. Maybe that's true. At one time the majority of our stash was pockets. We invested in 18 Fuzzibunz one-size at one time. I used to love doing cloth diaper laundry. Stuffing diapers wasn't a chore, but something I actually liked doing. It may sound crazy, but surely some of you can relate.

I went from loving my pockets to thinking they were okay. I didn't mind them. A new pocket diaper was welcome in my stash, but recently I've changed my mind. My pocket diapers have become the last diapers I reach for in my stash. When I do use them, they tend to spend days on our drying rack because I just don't want to stuff them. It's become a chore.

Last week, BumGenius announced two new adorable prints. They are so cute and I love them, but there's one problem. They are only going to be sold as 4.0s (pockets). So sadly, I will never own an Irwin or Maathai. I stashed away most of our Fuzzibunz stash into an empty drawer in the nursery. I've slowly been selling off our other pockets. I'll wash one, see it hanging on the rack, and on a whim decide it's time for that diaper to go. This week, the lucky diaper was a Knickernappies one-size in Ooga Booga.

If I had it to do all over again, my stash would be full of prefolds and flats with covers and a few all-in-ones. Our stash is pretty large, so I can afford to destash a few diapers. I haven't really been replacing them with new diapers either.

Do you still love your pocket diapers? What's your favorite style of cloth diapers?

12 comments:

  1. I have found that stuffing doesn't take very long. After almost 4 years you do develop a system. When the 2nd baby came along I too was a bit tired of them, but w/aIOS the propensity for them to be made with MF is high and that just doesn't work for us. I tend to let it go until someone can be with the kids (like my hubby) or do it first thing in the morning before the kids get up. Even having to fold flats, it takes under 10 minutes and I can do it while I watch the morning weather... or one at a time straight out of the laundry basket. Whatever. To me covers and prefolds work really well for newborns but it's harder to keep the legs clean with a bigger baby and you go through more covers. To each their own. Where do you sell yours?

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  2. I just started following you last week and can totally relate. We're hoping to add another child to our family but it hasn't happened and my little one has begun potty training so we've begun selling our stash. And the ones I sell, are the pockets. I loved the pockets at first, just like you. But after playing with other diapers through friends, I really like the prefolds and covers. Thinking that I might get a few more of those for the second baby, I hope to have. :)

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  3. I have a Fuzzy Bunz elite in my stash and have been given a few SUnbabies (havent gotten them yet) but I think they are pockets too. I dont really think I will like them, they look like a pain in the but to unstuff and stuff, extra laundry steps are not really making me excited about Cloth. I think Flats and covers, partially attached insert AI0 (like BG free Time or Chelory) are going to be our way to go. Hubby said he is down for what ever I pick, he said last night "I dont care just pick it and show me how to change it" I am so lucky! But I think I like the hybrids best, the covers are versatile and the inserts look easy to launder! I also love that I can keep the same cover for a few changes and if I run out of clean inserts I can just put a prefold or flat in there. I am probably going to buy some more covers to go with the flats and prefolds I keep getting from people who bought them and never used them. People really love to give away flats! If you start selling off COVERS let me Know !!!

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  4. I wish I hadn't converted so many pockets to snaps or could afford to replace them. I'd give them all up for AIOs/2s and a few fitters AMD covers!

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  5. I started with pockets, but then our second was born with a sensitivity to synthetics, so anything with fleece was out. That's when we went to prefolds and covers, and I can't believe I spent all that time stuffing diapers! Love, love, love our prefolds :) We still have some pockets and some all-in-ones but they're mostly reserved for babysitters or special outfits that need something super trim.

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  6. Yea... We were just like you but switched to flats and prefolds

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  7. Three years in and still in love with my pockets.

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  8. Prefolds and covers still are my go-to system, especially with 3 in cloth. I don't have time to stuff pockets for 3 children to last us 2 or 3 days! Plus, cotton and bamboo are just so much more durable than microfiber and microfleece. And we can repurpose them later as rags and burp cloths.

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  9. I like the pockets at night or for a longer drive in the car or unstuffed for swimming.. I also love prefolds and covers. I started with prefolds and covers last year with 2 in diapers and just recently added the pockets. Love them both

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  10. At this point I'm keeping them for my husband since anything with moving parts (AI2s and prefolds) freaks him out. Maybe I should start making him stuff them. He'd probably get over his fear of "flappy diapers" ;)

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  11. I started with prefolds and covers intending to switch to pockets when Little One got bigger and more mobile. Now I don't see that happening. I have one pocket in my stash and I only ever use it for night time. I like being able to reuse my covers and I really don't like unstuffing dirty pockets. My husband likes our system - he changes diapers and helps with laundry!

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  12. Pockets were great for a short while, but quickly found that we were not a fan of microfiber and I absolutely did not like stuffing pockets every other day! I use primarily prefolds, trifolded in a cover, while DH prefers AIOs like Swaddlebees Simplex and for daycare a whole stash of GroVia AI2s. We've found prefolds and fitteds with covers to be best for newborns, and have destashed all but just a few Apple Cheeks pocket diapers. Those are even used more often as covers and rarely get stuffed anymore.

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