Granola Bits of the Day: Pocket Diapers

Posted by Camille , Sunday, May 16, 2010 10:57 PM

Today I'm going to show how to use pocket diapers. Pocket diapers come in aplix(another brand of velcro-like material) or snaps and normally consist of a sleeve-like "pocket" (outer-PUL, inner-stay dry material like suede cloth) and some sort of insert, generally microfiber, that stuffs inside the pocket to soak up liquid. Many pockets come with two inserts but if yours only come with one you can stuff it with an prefold or something of that sort to add extra absorbency. I don't have any aplix pockets but I will show a side-snapping and a front snapping diaper.
(Left to right: Knickernappies One Size, FuzziBunz One Size)
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This is what the inside of a pocket generally looks like, the insert is made of microfiber.
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The insert is easily removed by either pulling or shaking out into the diaper pail.
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When putting the insert in the pocket DO NOT DO THIS:
Microfiber has been said to cause blistering on sensitive skin so it is necessary to have a barrier between the microfiber and bottom. If you don't want to use microfiber there are a plethora of natural fiber inserts you can substitute with.
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Once you have stuffed the pocket diaper, I like to stuff all of them straight out of the dryer so they are ready to use, the diaper is applied much like a disposable except it has snaps! You may want to count over on the snaps to get an even fit. Fuzzibunz one size change size with and adjustable elastic in the legs and back, there is a size guide on the Fuzzibunz website. *Ignore my horrible manicure ;)*

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Knickernappies are classic snapping one size diapers, here it is fully expanded, as you can see it gets quite large.
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To put on a snap-rise one size, first button the rise to the appropriate height for your baby.
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Pull the diaper so that it is tight around the thigh and snap each side so it is snug and comfy for baby.

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For night time diapering you may want to use 2 inserts, as pictured below. Again, if you only have one insert you can use a small prefold or other such cloth as extra protection.
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1 Response to "Granola Bits of the Day: Pocket Diapers"

Paula Says:

you are my go to guide <3