Review: Pocket Diaper from The Bumtique

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a big fan of WAHMs (working-at-home-moms). As a mother myself, I enjoy supporting other moms, and as an American, I do prefer to buy American-made if possible. When I came across The Bumtique, Angela was testing out a new diaper pattern, based on customer feedback. I purchased a “tester” diaper.

If you’re not familiar with “testers,” diaper manufacturers will often sell a new design (a tester) at a discount in exchange for the customer’s honest assessments. This is a great way to try new brands.

Angela started sewing cloth diapers for her second child after deciding to live more healthy and more frugally. She quit smoking after 15 years, and sewing diapers became an outlet for her anxiety and stress.

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Crossover tabs and snaps for small babies

For my tester, I received a one-size pocket diaper with a hidden PUL layer and a tie-dye blue cotton on the outermost layer. The inside layer (against my son’s skin) is made with a 100% polyester stay-dry fabric, to keep moisture off his skin.

The diaper has snaps on the front of the diaper, allowing the rise to be adjusted to four different settings. The crossover snaps along the waist can be used to adjust the diaper to fit a very small baby. The size adjustability means this diaper will fit most babies from 10-35 lbs., a great money saver.

This diaper did not come with an insert, as Angela was not making them at the time. I was able to use microfiber inserts from other pocket diapers in my stash, without any issues.

I’ve used this diaper for a couple of months, washing about every other day. It’s holding up without any issues. I haven’t had any issues with staining either. Once I had to sun the diaper for a couple of hours, but the stain sun-bleached out quite easily.

5 months- 18 pounds

I’m also able to get a good fit on my son, both through the waist and the rise. I wish I’d been able to get a good photo of the leg elastic around his legs (he was just too squirmy), but it does fit nicely without gaps. I’ve had no trouble with any kind of leakage either. Baby J still has plenty of room to grow.

I wash this diaper with the rest of my stash, and then usually hang it to dry in the sun. I really don’t have any complaints about this diaper. It does the job, and it was a great price.

The Bumtique has prints available that, frankly, I haven’t seen elsewhere. Angela’s most popular print is the ’80s “Rainbow Brite” print. She also sells diapers in He-Man, TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Transformers, Raggedy Ann & Andy, and a Mario print. She has a Star Wars words print that the sci-fi nerd inside me is absolutely loving! To see a list of available prints, click here.

Currently, custom pocket diapers and AI2 diapers retail for $15 at The Bumtique, which is a great price for these nostalgic prints!

The Bumtique sells pocket diapers, all-in-two diapers, fitted diapers, newborn-size diapers, and inserts. Babylegs are also available. The store has free shipping every Friday as well as a referral program. Visit here to see a list of discounts and specials. “Like” The Bumtique on Facebook to keep abreast of store stockings, new prints, specials, etc.

Note: I was not compensated for this review. The opinions are my own and may differ from that of others.

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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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