Pocket Nappies – The Ultimate Guide

  • By: Gian
  • Date: June 19, 2022
  • Time to read: 3 min.

If you are looking for a reliable yet economical way to care for your baby while out and about, then pocket nappies might be the perfect solution. These reusable nappies offer parents the convenience of being able to change their babies on the go, just like disposables without the inconvenience of two piece nappies. This article will introduce you to this simple but effective invention – how it works, what are its advantages over other types of reusables, and why they are so popular among new parents.

What is a pocket nappy?

They are effectively a two-piece nappy but once prepped they become an all in one nappy.

Pocket nappies are re-usable cloth nappies with a waterproof outer, stay-dry inner and a pocket in between for stuffing and absorbent pad. They are very quick drying cloth nappies and super slim fitting. Many are one size and the absorbency is adjustable.

How Do I Prepare a Pocket Nappy?

Preparing a pocket nappy is very simple. Once you have it all washed and dried, simply get your insert, ‘stuff’ it inside the pocket formed between the outer waterproof layer and the fleece liner and you are good to go!

prepping pocket nappies

How easy to use are pocket nappies

9/10 on the ease of use scale.

They are easier to use than a two part system as they are just like a disposable nappy once prepared.

The waist fastening can be poppers or velcro.

Sizing – Birth to potty pocket reusable nappies

They can be sized or one size. Birth to potty means they are suitable from about 9lbs up to about 35lbs. This varies dramatically with manufacturers with many being more in the 12lbs range upwards. Also some babies might be in weight range but have long chicken legs.

How to wash pocket nappies

Put dirty nappies in a nappy bucket or wet bag until you are ready to wash.

To destuff or not to destuff, that is the question… Some people say you need to go to the effort of taking out the inner pad when you put the soiled nappy in the nappy bucket. However, life is too short to be pulling at soiled nappies. It’s best to put the whole nappy in the mesh laundry bag or wet bag, then put the whole lot on a pre-rinse cycle.

You can then choose to detach the absorbent pad from the waterproof outer for the final wash or do it when hanging on the washing line. The cloth nappy will clean better if separated but really it’s not essential you can still be the perfect nappy lady if just separating when drying.

Do not use fabric softener and no need to tumble dry as they dry very quickly. Just flush the solids down the toilet then pop them into the bag.

Do Pocket Nappies Need Liners?

The pocket nappy has its own inbuilt liner so its not needed but some people like to use disposable paper liners.

What Fabrics are Pocket Nappies Made from?

Generally speaking, they are PUL on the outer layer, with a fleece lining on the inside. The booster can be anything from microfibre to bamboo or organic cotton.

Are pocket nappies suitable for newborns?

Yes! You can get newborn sized pocket nappies.

Are pocket nappies suitable for a toddler?

Yes! However, for a toddler for night time nappies you may prefer not to use a pocket nappy as it can be harder to get suitable absorbency in the pocket and prevent leaks.

Do pocket nappies have adjustable absorbency?

Yes! You can easily adjust the absorbency on pocket nappies. You can fold the insert on the inside to the front for a boy nappy or to the back for a girl nappy. You can add extra pads or boosters to increase absorbency.

Pocket cloth nappies with a double gusset – needed for faff?

Often cloth nappies will say they have a double gusset. What is it and what does it mean, and do you need it? The quick answer is that the manufacturers have chosen to sew in an extra gusset layer in the hope it will hold more

Do Pocket nappies need outer wraps?

No! They have a built in waterproof layer so you do not need to add any additional outer wraps.

This article was written by: Gian MIller – Full-Time Writer, Baby Whisperer & Dad of 3.

Gian spends a lot of his time writing. A self-proclaimed baby whisperer, Gian has been through it all with his own children and is passionate about sharing his hard-won wisdom with other parents. When he’s not writing or changing diapers, you can find him playing the guitar or watching baseball (or preferably both at the same time).