Today’s post is from Naurelle Palmer, owner of Tots and Toddlers.
One of the best-known Modern Cloth Nappies on the market, pocket nappies are so-named because they have a pocket in which you can place absorbent inserts (also known as soakers, boosters or doublers). Pocket nappies usually contain a suedecloth or microfleece lining to wick moisture away from baby’s bottom and a hidden waterproof layer of PUL or TPU. They are known for their ability to be customised for different absorbency needs and their ease of use.
Familiar shape for disposable nappy users
If you, or someone who will be changing your child, already use disposables, the design of a pocket nappy can be quite comforting. Just like with a disposable nappy, you simply open the nappy, put it under bub’s bottom and fasten it. Which brings me to the next part…
Easy to use
Pop your insert into the pocket, put the nappy on and away you go. When it is change time, reverse the process. Nappy off, insert out, and put the nappy and insert into a bucket until wash time. Many people choose to send pocket nappies to child care or leave them out for grandparents to use, as they see them as a failsafe option for someone who is not confident in using cloth nappies.
No loose parts
Once the nappy has an insert inside its pocket ready for use, there is only one piece to contend with, no extra bits that can slide out of position as you try to put the nappy on.
One step process
Generally, pocket nappies have a waterproof layer built into the outer part and, therefore, do not need a cover. With this in mind, once the nappy is done up and fitted correctly (see here for the ANA’s handy fitting tips flier), there is no more to do (until bub puts their nappy to use)
One of the big drawcards of pocket nappies is that you can add as many or as few (based on the size of the pocket) inserts as you need. This means you can adjust the absorbency based on whether your child is a heavy, average or light wetter, as well as adding layers for night or removing them for a child learning to use the toilet. Different types of inserts also have different qualities, so you can choose one style or a combination.
Choose your own adventure (or, at least, choose your inserts)
The next bit of awesomeness is that you can make use of many different materials to soak up the liquid in your nappy. Microfibre and bamboo are two common types of fabric, but you can even use things from around the house (like an old t-shirt, cleaning cloth, etc.) if you get stuck. Prefold nappies also make great pocket-stuffers, if you have any laying around.
Okay, so there may be the need to fold an insert to fit it in the pocket, but it won’t require a course in origami, just a simple fold over to make it fit in the pocket (some won’t even need that).
Because you can separate the inserts and shell, pocket nappies usually dry much faster than an all-in-one style nappy. The shell dries super quickly so, if you have extra inserts in your stash, you can get it back into rotation in no time!
Stay Dry Layer
Whilst this is certainly not exclusive to pocket nappies, it is something that most pocket nappies have. Usually, the top of the nappy (the part that touches baby’s bottom) is made from a suedecloth (also called microsuede) or microfleece material which wicks moisture away from your child and towards the absorbent inserts inside the pocket.
Last but not least, the nappy shell can be used for other things besides being a vital part of the pocket nappy system. Without its inserts, the nappy can be used as a cover over a non-waterproof fitted nappy, flat or prefold (though it may not be able to be reused straight away like some other covers as some urine is likely to soak into the lining). Another neat trick is that it can be used (again without inserts) as a swim nappy. Its elastic legs and waist help anything that shouldn’t escape into the water stay contained and the lining of the nappy is comfy on bub’s skin. Just remember that chlorine can fade your nappy, so it may be worth considering keeping one particular nappy aside for use in the pool.
Like many other nappies on the market, pocket nappies are available in a range of different styles and are adjustable to suit different sized children. With so many benefits, it is easy to see why they are the go-to nappy for so many people!
Tots and Toddlers was born in 2013 from a love of cloth nappies and a frustration at not being able to find them locally. Based in Seymour, Victoria, Naurelle lives with her husband, two young children and, occasionally, her teenage stepson. She works part time in the business, also dividing her time between her “day job”, admin for her husband’s business and spending time with her family. The range of products at Tots and Toddlers has now grown to include other funky finds for parents that are not easily sourced in local shops, and is available online as well as in “The Shop Local Co.” (a collaborative pop-up shop) in Seymour.