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December 25, 2012

Pocket Nappies: What Should I Know When Buying Pocket Cloth Nappies?

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Pocket Nappies: What Should I Know When Buying Pocket Cloth Nappies?

Pocket nappies are basically a sewn ‘pocket’ with a waterproof layer and soft inner liner and a space inside for stuffing some variety of absorbent material. This can vary, so read on to find out more!

Our Nappy Experts are invited to contribute to these cooperative questions so that you get a range of informative and experienced responses about the topic. Enjoy and discover something new, and share with us in the comment box below.

Let’s see what they have to say:

What should I keep in mind when buying pocket cloth nappies?

Lara from Extremely Nappies (closed):

Some pocket nappies, like Extremely Nappies, fit from birth all the way through to toilet training. That way you don’t need 3 sets in 3 sizes. You want to make sure you have enough absorbency – so check if the boosters (inserts) come with the nappy, and if you can get extra inserts for future boosting as bub gets bigger, or for overnight.  Some pocket nappies are suitable for use as night nappies, (like Extremely Nappies plain coloured nappies), but prints are for day use.

Carly from Pikapu Modern Cloth Nappies:

When purchasing a pocket nappy be sure that you can get your hand inside the pocket comfortably as you will be stuffing and un-stuffing this pocket numerous times. Also ease of getting your hand in there, i.e. is there a cover over the entrance, you want to be able to get in there as easily as possible because remember if bub has done a poo explosion you don’t really want to get your hand down in there amongst it.

Jenny from Baby Bare:

Pocket nappies are great as they allow you to add as much absorbency as your child needs. They also hold the material in place so it can’t fall out of place to make your child uncomfortable or wick onto clothes if it makes its way out of the nappy. Your child can also be skin to fabric with the suede cloth or other fabric designed to stay dry and drag away the moisture. You can hide boosters away rather then pop them next to babies skin.

You can also buy any brand of booster in general- Unlike with a snap in that is designed only for one company’s boosters and inserts. This may save you money as you can shop around for cheaper options on your more expensive nappies. Alternatively you may have a cheaper nappy shell that you can boost with better quality boosters.

The draw back I see is that you have to empty the pockets out for the washing process. Not as easy as just throwing an all in one in the machine. The other is that you have to stuff the pockets before use so assembly may take a little longer then with an all in one. Otherwise – pocket nappies are great!

Jodi from MCN Lovers R Us:

Is it easy to use? Some pocket nappies have tiny pockets and BIG inserts so take a lot of time and persistance to get them ready for use. Also think about how easy and affordable extra inserts will be if they don’t come with 2nd inserts – as bub gets older they will need more absorbency.

 Helen from Ezy Peezies:

When purchasing cloth nappies there were always a few things that I liked to keep in mind:

– finding a nappy that looks and feels beautiful

Part of the reason I chose to use cloth over disposables is because they look and feel so much nicer! Look for natural fabrics like bamboo, which are not only soft but good for sensitive little bottoms. EzyPeezies nappies use both bamboo outer and inner layers, meaning they feel more like a soft tshirt rather than a waterproof nappy, and come in a range of beautiful vibrant colours that look cute poking out from underneath any outfit.

– Easy to use

Nappies always have to be easy and simple to use, and easy to care for. Pocket nappies with a waterproof outer layer, like EzyPeezies are quick and simple as you don’t need additional covers, clips or pins and the inserts are removable for washing making for faster drying times. Charcoal bamboo inner layers are also great, as they are very forgiving on stains compared to regular white nappies.

– Cost

Although cloth nappies are an investment, its still a large upfront cost. So choosing a quality nappy, that is also affordable is important.

– Size adjustability and fit

I have always preferred to go with a one-size-fits-most nappy as it means only buying one set of nappies, and if you have two children in nappies you don’t have to worry about who’s is who. Its important to find a nappy that has a wide range of adjustment points to suit different sized and shaped babies. Things like additional hip snaps are important to help create a better fit and prevent leaks. EzyPeezies nappies go one step further with a unique OSFM pull-up design meaning that one nappy fits right from birth, to toilet training.

Kate from Bouncing Sprouts:

Do your research, you don’t have to pay a fortune for great quality but also don’t be fooled by “ebay cheapies” which can lack in quality in regards to materials, design, absorbency & fit.
One size fits most (OSFM) pocket nappies with poppers are great as they can be used from birth to potty training.

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December 17, 2010

What are the Benefits of Pocket nappies?

Spring Green Promise Nappy Sponsors – Congo Advice #7

The Sponsors of the Spring Green Promise Nappies are your Nappy Doulas for this series of ‘Congo Questions’.

All Spring Sponsors were invited to contribute their expertise. Each donated a special cloth nappy as a giveaway prize to become an ambassador for ‘Nappy Change’ as it stops a disposable heading to landfill each time it is worn. This seasonal giveaway strives to reach 100 donated nappies in a future round, and you can register at any time to play.

I’m pleased to have contributions from a number of your Green Promise Nappy Sponsors included in this article. I’d like to thank them for their time and for sharing their experience to help you make the most of your green nappies! We have Kyra from Bubbalooba, Lara from Extremely Nappies, Katerina from Twinkle Lily, Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products, Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba,Yoland from Bumbino, Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies, Nat from Little Diamond Bums and Liz of Real Nappies NZ.

Let’s see what they have to say:

What are the Benefits of Pocket nappies?

Kyra from Bubbalooba:

I love pocket nappies because they dry so much faster, especially when you can unfold the inserts!

Lara from Extremely Nappies:

A pocket design allows for quick drying and customized absorbency. You can add extra boosters for older kids and for overnight: add as much as you need. Because the boosters come out, they dry fast. Faster turn around means you need less nappies. And they go on in one piece, making them as convenient as disposables. Childcare centers love them!

Katerina from Twinkle Lily:

Customise to your heart’s content. Whether your bub is a light or heavy wetter, you can adjust absorbency to suit even through those heavy wetting periods without having to invest in more specialised nappies.

Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products:

Usually quick drying, Poo doesn’t make it onto the boosters and absorbency is adjustable

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

1. Stuff as much or as little as you like according to baby’s wetting needs

2. Once stuffed, they are just as easy to put on as an all-in-one nappy

3. The pocket outer shell dries quickly, so additional insert sets can be purchased and used with the dry shell while waiting for the previous batch of inserts to dry.

4. The inner lining is smooth, so solid waste is washed/scraped off more easily from the lining than nappies designed with absorbent flaps (e.g. quick dry AIOs or AI2s)

Yoland from Bumbino:

The main benefit in my mind is the ability to neatly customise the absorbency inside the pocket of the nappy. For example, when I am travelling I will choose re-cycled and potentially disposable pieces of towelling for the inserts and leave my slower drying (albeit more absorbent) bamboo inserts at home. You can customise the absorbency inside the nappy but it still looks nice and neat because the inserts are contained inside the pocket. I like the fact that the parts are separated for washing and drying. Potentially the parts are washed more thoroughly and they do dry faster they are separated from the nappy. Also, having parts separated means that the outer nappy shell (elastic etc) can be afforded a little extra care while the inserts can be left in the dryer or the sun a little longer.

Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies:

The absorbency can be adjusted to suit your baby, they can be slim fitting if they need to be but can also be bulked up to use as night nappies. Also fast drying since the inserts are taken out for washing.

Nat from Little Diamond Bums:

These nappies are great as the insert and outerlayer can be separated to reduce drying time. They can also be adjusted to suit your baby i.e. additional inserts can be inserted for heavy wetters.

Liz of Real Nappies NZ:

Pocket nappies are perceived as simple nappies to use and are great when someone is looking after your little one as they are easy to use – downside is don’t expect your babysitter to fish in the pocket and pull out the wet nappy at change time, they will probably just want to change the whole nappy, so more washing…

The comment question for you is:

How many Pocket nappies do you have? What do you like about pocket nappies? Please leave your stories and thoughts in the comment box below…

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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:

Which brands of pocket nappies do you have in your stash?

What do you prefer about pocket nappies?

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