Cloth diapers…All-In-One vs. Pocket…help!

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

@IzzyBear:  we tried both and I MUCH prefer the pocket diapers. They allow you to add extra inserts or take some out to fit what suits your baby. If I used AIOs overnight, my daughters entire crib would be soaked with pee because they were not very absorbant for us. And I always used a new shell, even if my daughter peed, that’s gross to just leave it.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I agree with the PP – we always use a new shell + insert even for just pee. It’s really nice that you can customize absorbancy with extra inserts.

I’ve only used pockets so I can’t say much about AIOs but I’ve heard they’re a pain to clean and take a long time to dry.

If you want a brand recommendation, I suggest you look into bumGenius 4.0 pocket diapers. We have very few leaks with those compared to others we’ve tried, and they’re one size for 8lbs and up.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

@IzzyBear:  I will also add that we used disposables until her belly button scab came every because even though she was over 8lbs at birth and could technically fit into the one size dipes, they irritated her already sensitive belly button.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

@IzzyBear:  I didn’t try the newborn size. I had several people warn me that their children only wore them for a few weeks and that seemed like a waste of money to me 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

You can get AIOs that have flaps which open up for faster drying time. We have some from BumGenius and TotBots. I, too, like the pocket styles since I’m able to double the inserts overnight. You can also get inserts of different materials for different absorbancy.

My baby is super-wiggly, so sometimes the AIO/pockets are easier to wrangle him into when he’s enthusiastically kicking his legs. For economy, though, I really like prefolds plus wraps.

If there’s a cloth diaper shop in your city, see if they offer a cloth diapering class. Ours did, and that’s how we found out about different styles and brands. We got a lot of hand-me-down dipes, too.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We’re going mostly with pocket diapers and prefolds. The prefolds are great for newborns because you can fold them like the newborn diapers. I know the hospital will give us a pack of disposables, so we might use those until the umbilicar cord falls off, kid can no longer fit in them, or we run out.

I’ve heard AIOs tend to leak more and people do end up putting more inserts to help contain the fluids.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

You have to change the entire diaper for both styles. I use Sunbaby pockets & love them. I throw the inserts in the dryer while the outers sun-dry, which is super quick whereas I’ve heard with the AIOs take much longer to dry because the absorbent part is sewn in. The flip side is you must then restuff the pockets once dry, so it’/s all about personal preference. I’ve only ever used pockets & plan on sticking with them, so I don’t really know all the pros and cons from experience (people rave about Bum Genius AIOs).

 

As for seeming weird, all my friends had kids before I did & laughed at me when I told them I planned to cd. Literally everyone including my MIL, SIL & bf thought I was crazy saying I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Now they say how cute his diapers are 🙂 I don’t know anyone irl who does cloth. I would advise to buy a few of each kind and try them before you commit. And just warning you- buying diapers is addicting!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I plan on using pocket diapers with extended tab prefolds. I joined a diaper co-op and I’ve gotten 25 diapers for $75 and they’re sooo cute! My niece’s pockets leak sometimes and I bought a prefold and asked her mom to try it out instead of the insert. It worked perfectly! 

 

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

Just curious – has anyone used pocket diapers with inserts BETWEEN the child and the diaper (to prolong the cover’s use)? I’m talking materials that are soft to your baby – like flannel, hemp inserts, etc. Does it work out, or are you better off just using the diaper the way it’s intended…by putting the inserts directly into the pocket, then changing every time?

Logically, I see no reason why it couldn’t work?

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

@IzzyBear:  I bought a lot of pocket diapers on ebay by mistake. I figure I can just go get some prefolds to rectify the mistake, putting those on under the pocket diapers instead of using inserts, if necessary.

I’ll be baby-sitting my nephew, so I figure I can give them a go on him. He’ll be with me a lot, so we’ll see how many explosions we end up having with my inserts-above-the-pocket idea.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@CookieCreamCakes:  Prefolds and covers would work better than the pockets + inserts used like you describe. No harm in trying, though.

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