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August 31, 2010

Pocket Nappies: What Does This Mean?

In Search of the Best Cloth Nappies: Pocket Nappies

A pocket nappy – the goal of this article is to clarify for you what the term ‘pocket’ nappy means, and to introduce you to some of the cloth nappy shops who offer these adjustable and quick drying pocket nappies.

These nappy retailers and nappy makers have been asked to describe the pocket nappy for you in their own way, depending on the time thay had available to contribute when I asked; you’ll see quick, concise definitions as well as detailed explanations that reveal more about the composition of the nappy fabrics, materials and designs. I am certain you will discover everything you need to know about them in their brief or detailed descriptions – I did! Once you know, pop over and look at their pocket nappies with your enhanced understanding of the features and benefits of the pocket nappy.

Our Nappy Experts explain Pocket Nappies for you in a variety of ways…

Kyra from Bubbalooba:

Pocket nappies have a removable absorbent insert, which helps the nappy dry a lot faster! They do require a tiny bit of extra work, as you need to stuff the nappies after every wash, and remove the insert before washing, but these are my preferred nappy just for the quick drying time.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

An outer waterproof shell sewn to an inner stay-dry liner, with an opening (pocket!) in the front or back of the nappy to slip in some absorbent fabric (insert)

Lara from Extremely Nappies:

Pocket nappies are the best: they tick all the boxes. I won’t use anything else! All I make at Extremely Nappies is pocket nappies. They go on as easy as disposables, as they are the same shape and they fasten with top quality velcro. They have a staydry inner that goes against baby’s bum, so fluids pass through into the middle. In the pocket there are removable absorbent inserts which come out for washing and therefore dry much, much faster than if they were sewn in. On the outside is a layer of breathable, waterproof material, to keep baby’s clothes dry. It’s covered with a funky cotton print so they look good!

I use 2 types of material for absorbent boosters (or inserts): microfiber and bamboo (or hemp). This is a popular combination, here’s why: microfiber soaks up fast, like a sponge, holding 7 times its weight in water, but just as if you sat on a sponge, the water would squeeze out. So it needs another material to hold that water, to lock it in, so to speak. Hemp and bamboo absorb 3 times their weight in water, and don’t release it under compression. They are much trimmer than cotton, so baby’s nappy isn’t too bulky, and they’re environmentally friendly crops, grown without chemicals. They are also anti bacterial and anti fungal. How cool is that?

The legs are elasticised to contain any mess, yet covered with soft microfleece or suedecloth to protect baby’s skin. The velcro ensures the nappies go easy on, easy off, and Extremely Nappies have laundering tabs that let you fold the velcro securely shut, so it won’t snag in the wash. They are also double sided, meaning the velcro tabs can cross over, to fit really tiny waists. The pocket is simply an opening at the back, where you insert the boosters into the shell (stuff the nappy). This is a major design advantage, because you can choose how much absorbency to use. For overnight or older toddlers with big bladders, you can add an extra booster (or any soaking material you like). The great thing about removable boosters is that the nappy dries in 3 parts, which takes several hours, instead of several days.

Extremely Nappies are also One Size Fits All, because if you invest in nappies they should fit to toilet training, without you having to buy bigger ones later. Some pocket nappies have snaps to change adjust “rise” – I found snaps an annoyance on other nappies, so always left them undone (on the biggest setting) and they worked just fine on a newborn. So I designed these without snaps, and they fit from 3.5 kg to 15 kgs- they’ll just look a bit bigger on a tiny baby than a toddler.

Nicole from Krap Katchers:

Pocket Nappies are just that, pockets! You can truly customize the nappy to suit your baby’s needs by stuffing the pocket with however many absorbent inserts desired. Pocket Nappies are also extremely quick drying as you can pull them completely apart and have them ready to go again in no time!

Kelly from Pepper Place:

A nappy with some sort of opening to slip your absorbent material in. The opening can be at the front or back, on the inside or (rarely) the outside of the nappy. They usually have a waterproof outer and stay-dry inner, but can be all or partly absorbent too.

Laura of Cloth Nappy Co:

Pocket nappies are precisely what the name implies.  Between the waterproof outer layer and the inner lining there is a ‘pocket’ in which to put an insert of either hemp, bamboo or microfiber.  Pocket nappies usually come in One Size Fits All with either a hook & loop or snap buttons system for adjusting the nappy to fit your baby. Pocket nappies can dry faster than all in one nappies as there is less material in them.

Now you know exactly what a pocket nappy is and the best features and benefits of this style of modern nappies.

To summarise this series of articles about the meaning of the various nappy styles, Amy of WeePantz clarifies the main components of modern nappies, to reassure you that it is actually easy to choose the nappy style that suits your lifestyle, baby and budget:

Essentially, all nappies are comprised of similar components, remembering this helps us to not get confused when looking at new brands or styles of nappies.

The main components of a nappy are:

1. Absorbency (whether it be sewn in on an AIO, Stuffed in a pocket or the entire nappy in a fitted or a flat or a prefold)

2. Waterproofing (covers, PUL layers, woollen soakers etc)

3. Stay Dry Layer (flushable or washable liners, or the microfleece/suedecloth layer in a nappy)

4. Fastening (Velcro, snappis and snaps)

When we remember that, I think its easy to figure out what a nappy needs to have in it, and how we want our nappy system to work. For example if you want it all in one you get an AIO, if you don’t mind attaching stuff, then you can look into other options like pockets, AI2’s, fitteds etc. A parent can decide what is right for them rather than being confused by all the options available.

Thank you to all our nappy doula’s for their contributions,
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A question to you about pocket nappies:

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