Reusable Pocket Style Cloth Diapers: A Comprehensive Guide

Written by: Krystal Keller



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Reusable pocket style cloth diapers have gained popularity among parents in recent years for a number of reasons. New parents love that reusable pocket diapers are eco-friendly, cost-effective, and easy to use. Understanding how to use this style of cloth diaper properly is essential for parents and caregivers looking to make a sustainable or cost effective choice for their babies.

In this informational page, we will delve into the specifics of reusable pocket style cloth diapers, including their construction, benefits, usage, and maintenance.

Construction of Reusable Pocket Style Cloth Diapers

Pocket cloth diapers consist of an outer shell made from water resistant materials like polyester fabric and an inner layer of fabric. At Kinder, our pocket diapers include an Athletic Wicking Jersey (AWJ) mesh material that wicks moisture and keeps baby feeling dry. The absorbent insert is placed between the polyester fabric and the lining in a pocket style opening.

Pocket style cloth diapers are designed to be cool, breathable, and comfortable for both babies and toddlers. The pocket feature allows for easy customization of absorbency by adding inserts of various materials and styles. Absorbent inserts can be placed on top of the lining or inside the pocket based on individual preferences and your child's unique needs.

Benefits of Reusable Pocket Style Cloth Diapers

1. Eco-Friendly: Reusable pocket cloth diapers help reduce waste as they can be washed and reused multiple times.

2. Cost-Effective: While pocket cloth diapers may have a higher initial cost than disposable ones, they prove to be more economical in the long run.

3. Customizable Absorbency: Pocket diapers allow for flexible and highly adaptable absorbency by including additional inserts or experimenting with different insert varieties, making them great for nighttime use. With pocket diapers, you can adjust the absorbency by using different types of inserts, allowing for customization based on your baby's needs

4. Comfortable: Made from soft and breathable materials, pocket cloth diapers are gentle on a baby's skin.

5. Ease of use: Pocket diapers are easy to use, similar to disposable diapers, and simple to clean and maintain, making them a popular choice for new cloth diaper users.

6. Fast Drying:  Pocket style cloth diapers dry quickly due to their design, which includes a pocket opening that facilitates faster drying times compared to other cloth diaper types.

How to Use Reusable Pocket Style Cloth Diapers

1. Preparation: Before first use, wash the diapers to ensure cleanliness. If you are using pre-loved or secondhand reusable diapers, be sure to sanitize the diapers before first use as well. 

2. Insert Placement: Place the absorbent insert inside the pocket or on top of the lining based on your preference. Some brands, like Kinder, include an optional internal snap to ensure that the insert stays snug in place throughout the day.

3. Fitting: Adjust the diaper size to fit your baby snugly but comfortably. For help choosing a rise setting, check out this blog post » 

4. Changing Diapers: Change diapers regularly to prevent leaks and ensure your baby's comfort. During the day it is recommended to change baby's diaper at least once every two hours, or as baby soils it.

5. Washing Instructions: Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for washing and drying pocket cloth diapers to maintain their quality. We have more helpful and specific tips and tricks here »  

how to use reusable pocket style cloth diapers

Maintenance of Reusable Pocket Style Cloth Diapers

1. Washing: Remove any solid waste before washing the pocket stye cloth diapers. Use an effective detergent and avoid homemade laundry soaps, fabric softeners and dryer sheets as they can cause build up that can reduce absorbency.

2. Drying: Line dry or tumble dry on low heat to preserve the integrity of the materials.

3. Storage: Store clean and dry diapers in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight.

In conclusion, reusable pocket style cloth diapers offer a sustainable and practical solution for modern parents seeking an alternative to disposable diapers. By understanding their construction, benefits, proper usage, and maintenance, parents can confidently embrace these eco-friendly options for their babies' diapering needs.

Learn more about the Kinder, Pocket Style Cloth Diaper

Our modern, reusable pocket style cloth diapers feature a three by five adjustable rise setting that is flexible enough to fit most babies from birth to potty training.

  • Kinder diapers feature a soft breathable, athletic wicking jersey (AWJ) lining and waterproof tummy panel, ideal for tummy sleepers.
  • Wide hip snaps and dirty crossover snaps allow for a more customized fit and our wide rear pocket elastic lays flat against babies back for a better overall fit and performance.
  • All Kinder diapers also feature interior snaps that allow the option for our inserts to be snapped securely in place during use.

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