Pocket Nappies 101 - Everything you need to know about pocket nappies
The basics of pocket nappies
Pocket nappies consist of two main parts - the main outer nappy, which has a “pocket”, and the insert which is what you put inside the pocket to create the absorbency. They fit like a traditional disposable nappy, with either velcro or poppers, and most come in birth to potty size, which means they last for ages.
The pros of pocket nappies
- You can vary the absorbency as needed. So if your baby is a heavy-wetter, you might want to add another insert, or change up the material of the insert.
- Super simple to use. This makes them ideal for sending to the in-laws’ for a sleepover, or teaching the nursery how to use.
- Pocket nappies are really quick-drying, which is ideal if you don’t have a huge stash or time to wait for them to dry.
The cons of pocket nappies
- They do need stuffing before use. Some people like to stuff as they go, whereas others will spend some time prepping them after the wash. It’s not a huge amount of time, but it’s a little more faff than some other options.
- Although some inserts will work their way out of the washing machine themselves during the wash cycle, some you’ll have to unstuff yourself which can be a little gross if they’re a messy one
- Unlike other options, you can’t use the outer nappy more than once before washing, which means a little less space in your changing bag, and a little more washing.
The best pocket nappies
At The Nappy Den, they sell plenty of fab pocket nappies for all budgets. If you’re looking for a cheaper option, Alva Baby nappies come in gorgeous, bright designs for under a fiver, or the other end of the scale are Econaps which offer a snap-in or pocket option at £21.50.
My Little Gumnuts have stunning, earthy designs, and a five-layered Bamboo Insert (made with 2 layers of bamboo and 3 layers of microfiber) for great absorbency.
Seedling Baby has twin gussets to avoid leaks and a bamboo prefold and a microfibre booster, which can be used together or individually depending on your child’s needs and the size setting of the nappy.
Another example of a nappy that offers a popper or insert pocket option is Little Love Bum, which are incredibly popular due to their beautiful designs and a fantastic fit.
With La Petite Ourse you get 2 thick inserts which are 70% bamboo and 30% polyester, plus microfleece on the inside to keep your baby dry.
As you can see, there are plenty of benefits to pocket nappies, and there is an option at every price point.
Do you use pockets? What do you love about them?