Diaper Reviews, Types of Diapers

The Best Pocket Cloth Diapers – Top 5 of 2018

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Pockets are one of the most popular diaper choices for families that go the cloth route. Finding the best pocket cloth diapers can be a bit of a challenge sometimes, but there are so many fabulous brands from with to choose.

Pocket diapers are a diaper made from a shell/liner and an insert. They typically have an outer layer of PUL (though you can find different outer materials, too) and a liner made of fleece or suede. There is an opening at the back of the diaper (though some have the opening at the front) for you to stuff inserts in. Once the pocket is stuffed, it can go on just like a disposable diaper, making it an easy choice to leave for babysitters and daycares. These diapers come with both snap and hook & loop fasteners, so you can make a choice as to which you would prefer.

There are SO many choices out there and many great brands. I have tried many of them myself, and I have some clear favorites. I have also done extensive research on many different types of pockets, especially before each time I make a purchase. While I feel confident that you will love these, I must throw in the disclaimer that everyone likes different kinds of products for different reasons, and some babies are shaped differently than others and do better with different brands.

1. BumGenius 5.0

BGBumGenius 5.0s gets the number one spot for many reasons:

  • Extremely high-quality product that can last through multiple kids.
  • BumGenius can actually be found at some brick and mortar stores, which is not very common with many other brands of cloth diapers. They can be found at both Buy Buy Baby and Target (though usually only online at Target, but sometimes you get lucky in store), meaning they can be added to baby registries, making it easier for friends and family to know what you want. This is a very accessible brand (I should add–if you live in the US).
  • So many adorable prints! The prints are often in honor of a famous person with great contributions to society.
  • One size fits babies from about 8 lbs to potty training (though I found from 10-12 lbs on to be more my experience).
  • Reasonably priced–it is not the cheapest pocket by any means, but it is also not the most expensive. On a scale of $-$$$$, I give it a $$.

2. Thirsties OS Pockets

thirsties-pocket-diaperThirsties is an amazing brand with pricing comparable to BumGenius. For how awesome these diapers are, I would have thought they would cost more. Here are some of the perks:

  • Several adorable prints
  • Extremely soft and comfortable
  • Diaper comes with higher quality inserts than the standard microfiber that comes with other brands
  • Extremely absorbent
  • Double leg gussets guard against leaks
  • One size
  • Price: $$ out of $$$$.

3. Rumparooz G2 One Size

rumparooz-pocketThe Rumparooz G2 is another great choice. I love how cute and cozy they are. Here are some perks of the Rumparooz G2 Pocket:

  • There is a double gusset for the legs that helps make sure you get a good seal.
  • The inner lining is a microchamois material, meaning is it incredibly soft and doesn’t pill. It’s also hypoallergenic.
  • It is fluffy and comfortable WITHOUT being bulky.
  • Many beautiful colors and exciting prints to choose from.
  • TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) outer shell as opposed to PUL (polyurethane laminate)–TPU is thought to be biodegradable, and is made with a head bond as opposed to the chemical bond of PUL. However, you do need to wash and dry TPU on lower heat than PUL.
  • One Size
  • Price: $$$

4. Charlie Banana

Charlie Bananas are another awesome choice. The diapers have a lower rise than some other brands which made me nervous at first, but I soon realized there was no point in worrying. These diapers are cozy and comfy, and they also are a little more adjustable in my opinion than some other brands, which makes getting a good fit easier. Here are some perks of the Charlie Bananas:

  • Super soft and comfy
  • Easily adjustable in the snaps to get a more precise fit
  • Good quality diaper that holds up well over many years
  • Trim fit
  • One Size
  • $$$ (out of $$$$)

5. Alvababy Pockets

Ah, yes. Alvas. These are a “China Cheapie” diaper. They are extremely economically priced, which is why they made the list. There are several other “China Cheapie” brands, but Alvas have been my favorite. They also have a fit and style very similar to BumGenius, so if you like BGs, you will probably love Alvas, too. Here are the perks of the Alvas:

  • Similar fit and style to BumGenius, so if you like BGs but want to spend less money, you can go for Alvas.
  • Several colors and the amount of prints they have is growing all the time.
  • One Size
  • Customer Service is good.
  • Priced $ out of $$$$

One thing I will say about the Alvas is that (in my experience), they have not held up as well as some of the more expensive brands. However, they are easily repaired if you can use a needle and thread. The price honestly can’t be beat, and if you are on a budget and don’t mind spending some time doing repairs once a year, Alvas are a fantastic choice.

Pockets–A Solid Choice!

There is a reason that pocket diapers are so popular. They are easy to use, easy to clean, easy to put on…. I would say the only downside to a pocket is if you are used to all-in-ones–you might find it annoying to stuff. If you aren’t sure if a pocket diaper is what you are looking for, there are several other styles of cloth diapers. All families can find a style that will suit them perfectly.

What do you think? Cloth diaper veterans out there–what is your favorite pocket? Cloth newbies, which one sounds the best to you? Let me know in the comments!

Holly Lee

I'm Holly and I'm the mom of two awesome young boys with a girl due summer 2020. We have been cloth diapering for 6 years. My family and I live in Minnesota with our dog, Ruby, and cat, Gherkin. Outside of Rocking the Cloth, I am also a middle school teacher. Thank you for visiting Rocking the Cloth--feel free to email me at holly@rockingthecloth.com if you have any questions or concerns. I'd love to help!

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  1. Riaz Shah says:

    Hey Holly,

    Wow I didn’t know that there are cloth diapers already! I only knew of the disposable ones. I’m eyeing the Rumparooz G2 One Size, it’ll make a super cute gift for my friend’s baby shower. One question though, since the baby will be pooping a lot on the diaper and that we have to wash it often, do we clean it by hand manually, or just dump it in the washing machine?

    1. Holly Lee says:

      Great question! Rule of thumb is when baby is on milk/formula and no solid foods, you don’t need to do anything about removing the poop. Breastmilk poop is water soluable–it will dissolve and wash away. Formula poop will rinse away just fine, as well. Once they start solid food, then you have start removing poop before washing. Here is a post about different ways to do that! Cleaning Cloth Diapers at Home – What Do I Do with the Poop?

  2. Curtis says:

    I am a little older, so all my babies are grown up long ago. However, I have a lot of experience changing diapers, and that includes both cloth and disposable. Pockets is a new concept to me and I like it. But, good regular cloth diapers have so many uses, beside just being a diaper. Pockets don’t seem to do anything but be a diaper. Is that right, or can they used for other things, like rags for cleaning, waxing your car because they are so soft, even blowing ones nose?

    Are pocket diapers easily washed in a washing machine?

    It looks like they would fit newborns, up to maybe a year or so. Is that accurate?

    I am glad to see cloth diapers come with snaps and Velcro or other easy to close openings. Those baby pins were very sharp and dangerous.

    Great information here for parents.

    1. Holly Lee says:

      Hi Curtis! You are right that pockets don’t have a ton of use outside of being a diaper. But if you purchase a one size diaper, they can be used from birth to potty training! The size of the rise is adjusted with snaps. And they wash great in the washing machine!

  3. julienne murekatete says:

    Wow, interesting review. I didn’t know that there are cloth diapers, I only knew of the disposable ones. It seems that we are having innovation everywhere. I have a question, can cloth diapers be washed? Can we find the size of cloth diaper from the birth up to which age?

    I would like to recommend these brand new to my brother who has baby clothes shop.

    thank you 

    1. Holly Lee says:

      Hi Julienne! Yes, you can definitely wash them! 🙂 If you purchase “one size” diapers, they have snap settings that can adjust their lengths, making them suitable from birth to potty training. You can also get sized diapers for a more exact fit, but most people do well with one size, especially once their baby is at least 10 lbs or so.

  4. Dale says:

    This is amazing.  I had no clue that these even existed.  My kid just had a new baby and they are using the traditional cloth diapers and in my opinion they just aren’t cutting it.  I think Im going to order some of these for them.  I love all the info you provided me with.  Cant wait to show the kids the website.

    1. Holly Lee says:

      Glad you found this helpful, Dale!

  5. Cathy says:

    I am planning to go back to cloth diapers – just like the old days – once I have my first born so this is a good introduction to the product type and prices. We are planning to have a few more so budgeting is definitely in the list. I would want to invest in something that can last a few children so thanks for the heads up on BumGenius. 

    1. Holly Lee says:

      Glad it helped you out Cathy! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions when the time comes! 🙂

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