Diaper Reviews, Types of Diapers

The Best Pocket Diapers of 2019

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Pocket cloth diapers are a style of diaper that consist of a shell and an insert. The shell has an outer waterproof lining with an inner lining of a stay-dry material to go against the baby’s skin (usually microsuede or fleece). You stuff the insert into one end of the diaper between the outer and inner lining.

Pockets have a lot of perks. Once they are stuffed, they go on exactly like a disposable diaper would, making them a great diaper to leave with caregivers. You can also customize the absorbency by using different types of materials for the inserts or adding a second insert.

Last year, I compiled a list of the best pocket diapers of 2018 and while I still love those diapers, I’m honestly surprised at how much my opinion has changed for what would be the best. I’ve got some new pockets here I know you’ll love, and if you’re looking to build up a stash or add to one, these would be awesome choices.

Here are what I believe to be the best pocket diapers of 2019.

1. Lalabye Baby Diapers


Lalabye Baby cloth diapers are one of my absolute favorites now. If I could go back in time, these diapers would be the bulk of my pocket stash. I wrote a separate review of these diapers that you can read here.

I love these pockets for being versatile. If you don’t want to stuff a pocket, you can just snap the inserts in like an all-in-two! Rayon bamboo makes up the standard inserts. NOT microfiber. It is so rare for a pocket diaper to come standard with inserts made from high-quality materials, and this brand does it.

They might be a few bucks more per diaper than some other pocket brands, but they are so worth it. Check out Lalabye Baby diapers at Nicki’s Diapers!

Pricing: Upper Mid-Range

2. Mama Koala

Mama Koala diapers earn the number two spot due to their affordability, how easy to get they are (Amazon Prime!), the amazing & huge variety of prints, and how many happy customers they have. Check out my brand review on them here.

These diapers are seriously awesome. They are great quality and while the main place they are sold is on Amazon, Mama Koala is a small family business. If you are budget conscious but worried about buying from Alva or other cheapies due to ethical concerns, Mama Koala is a great choice for you. They work to ensure clean & safe manufacturing that pays a fair wage.

Check out all the awesome packages Mama Koala has here! You won’t be disappointed!

Pricing: Low Range

3. Thirsties Natural Pocket


Thirsties Natural diapers have become one of my favorites (LOVE the all-in-one!) Now they have one available as a pocket!

What makes the Thirsties Natural Pocket so special? The organic cotton and natural materials touching baby’s skin!

Most pocket diapers contain synthetic materials. The pocket’s inner layer is usually a micro-fleece or micro-suede (some diapers also have a synthetic athletic jersey material). The moisture-wicking capabilities make these materials a natural choice. This allows the baby to feel dry, even when they have wet their diaper.

The downside of this just depends on how you feel about synthetic materials. Some crunchy mamas only want 100% natural materials against their baby’s skin all day. Other babies may have a sensitivity to synthetic materials and need something natural, such as cotton, against their skin to prevent rashes.

The Thirsties Natural Pocket diaper is a great choice for families that want the perks of a pocket diaper with 100% cotton touching the skin. The inserts are also made from hemp & cotton making them a huge step above the standard microfiber insert. They are available in a snap or hook & loop closures.

The Thirsties Natural Pocket is available at Nicki’s Diapers.

Pricing: Upper mid-range

4. Rumparooz


Rumparooz pockets are a great choice if you want a pocket with the protection of double gussets. Great materials make up this quality diaper, making it an awesome choice for people wanting to build a stash for use with multiple kids.

Another perk of Rumparooz is that they have a lower starting weight for use than most one-size diapers, which means you may be able to literally use these from birth to potty training (unlike other one-size diapers that usually work best starting around 10 lbs).

Get Rumparooz Pockets at Nicki’s Diapers by clicking here!

Pricing: Upper mid-range

5. BumGenius 5.0


In the top five pockets of 2019, I wasn’t sure if bumGenius was going to make the list. The brand has always served me well over the years, but I have learned about and tried so many new brands of cloth diapers that I wasn’t sure if I would put this in a top five spot.

However, after much contemplation, I can’t deny that bumGenius deserves a spot on this list because many of the issues people had with bumGenius in the past (mainly elastics that relax) has been improved with the bumGenius 5.0.

bumGenius is an ethical brand that is easily accessible. Stores like Target and Buy Buy Baby carry them making them easy to purchase with coupons.

They provide a forgiving fit that will work for almost any baby, from skinny to chunky. I’ve had one of each!

You can get the bumGenius 5.0 pocket diaper at Nicki’s Diapers.

Pricing: Mid-range

Which to Choose?

You really can’t go wrong with any of these pockets. I love ALL of them! Mix and match when building your stash. Then you can see which is the best fit for your baby and your lifestyle. Overall, I’m sure you’d love any of them.

What do you think the best pocket diapers of 2019 are? 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 if you have any questions or concerns. I'd love to help!

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  1. Katja says:

    Thank you for putting together the list of the best pocket diapers this year. My friend is pregnant with her first baby and wanting to try cloth diapers, and I think putting some of the pocket diapers in her baby shower gift bag will be perfect.

    I will take your advice and mix and match them all together, so she can later decide which ones are the best for her baby.

    1. Thanks, Katja! I hope your friend finds it helpful. Here are some other suggestions, too: Best Pocket Diapers of 2018

  2. Nimrodngy says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing with us such an amazing article about best pocket diapers of 2019. 

    I have a boy of about 1 year and I would really like to buy him such a product. My favorite is Rumparooz. I have always searched the internet for pocket diapers but I didn’t find anything with high quality and something that could help my child. The price of $ 23.75 is reasonable and the biggest advantage is the 100% organic cotton material.
    Thanks again. I think any parent should have something like this for their child. If you don’ t mind, I will share this article on my social media account. Wish you all the best! 

    1. Holly Lee says:

      Glad you found it helpful!

  3. MrBiizy says:

    Hello Holly, I just started my research on cloth diapers and never would have been able to give a proper explanation of Pocket Diapers before now; thanks for the insights on what it truly means.

    They look cute and would probably make life easier for her and for me too. Since all of them are your favorite, anyone would do; testing for the perfect one is not a bad idea either.


    1. Holly Lee says:

      Thanks! Glad you found it helpful to get you started on your purchasing your diaper stash.

  4. vesna7777 says:

    Thank you so much for this detailed post. I like them all 🙂 It is beneficial to your readers that your opinion changed from 2018th (majority of our opinions changes over the time, due to new experiences and growth, it’s a good thing!) since we found out about these 5 new suggestions. I didn’t try any of it while my kids were using them but I’ll be happy to share your post to ones who need it 😉


    1. Holly Lee says:


  5. Thank you, Holly, for your article on the best pocket diapers of 2019. I have been changing diapers for my little ones but never came across those kinds of diapers, I’m still discovering and learning and I assume that pockets diapers are eco-friendly, economic, kind to skin, money savers…

    I wish I knew of them before. thank you!

    1. Holly Lee says:

      Yes, they are all of the above. Thanks Eva!

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