Pocket diapers: Why choose them?

Although we have a stash of almost every type of cloth diaper, the majority comprises pocket diapers, and we do tend to reach for them first.

But why are pocket diapers so popular?

Pocket diapers first hit the cloth diaper scene in 1998 when Tereson Dupuy founded the FuzziBunz brand. FuzziBunz pocket diapers are often considered the first modern cloth diaper.

A pocket cloth diaper is a two-part system. The diaper itself is made of two layers: a waterproof outer fabric usually made of TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) or PUL (Polyurethane Laminate); and inner fabric made of moisture wicking material (usually micro fleece) that is safe to touch baby’s skin.

The inner fabric has an opening at the front or back of the diaper called a “pocket.” This allows an insert to be slid inside between the two layers. Inserts are often made of microfiber or micro terry, but can be made of hemp, bamboo, or another absorbent fabric.

Pocket Opening

Pocket diapers are the most like all-in-one diapers, and next to the AI1, the closest to disposables. Once pocket diapers are stuffed, they function as a single piece, making them easy for caregivers to use. However, unlike AI1 diapers, pockets dry quickly.

After my last rinse cycle has finished in the washer, I pull all the diaper covers and pocket diapers out. Just from the spinning in the washer, the pocket diapers (sans inserts) are barely damp. I hang them to dry outside on our balcony, and, in full sun, they’ll be dry in about an hour. Meanwhile, I stick the pocket diaper inserts in the dryer on high, and they’ll be finished in roughly the same amount of time.

I have several brands of all-in-one diapers, and they will not dry outside, unless they’re in full sun all day long. In the dryer, it takes multiple cycles to dry an all-in-one.


  1. Similar to an all-in-one
  2. Less expensive than an all-in-one (usually)
  3. Daddy-friendly (according to Hubby)
  4. Dries quickly
  5. Wicks moisture from baby’s skin
  6. Easy to customize absorbency


  1. Must be stuffed before each use
  2. Must be washed after each use
  3. Most inserts must be removed prior to washing.

Like to know more? Read my reviews on the Rumparooz pocket diaper and the BumGenius 4.0 pocket diaper.

Still not sure if pocket diapers are for you and your baby? You can always take advantage of the trial periods offered by many cloth diaper stores, like Diaper Junction.

Note: Post contains affiliate links. Opinions are my own.

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