Diapers – Pockets & AIOs vs. Prefolds

Molars are the worst.  My poor guy has red, bulging gums and is a total drool machine.  He has been sleeping terribly the past three days and I’m going out of my mind with exhaustion.  I’m not really good for much right now…

I promised a review of pocket diapers a while back.  Does anyone remember?

We bought a stash of pockets, all-in-ones (AIOs) and also have a few prefolds to complete our collection.  We have had mixed results with the pocket diapers, but overall I really like them.  Jack stays dry longer, which is especially fabulous at night but at the same time makes it difficult to tell when he needs a diaper change.  Daycare is willing to use them since they are as easy as disposables, which is fabulous.  They are so trim that Jack no longer has the “bulky diaper waddle” going on.  They snap, so Jack can’t take them off of himself.  Oh, and they dry super fast!

There are some significant cons, though, for those of us who don’t own a washers/dryer.  Pocket diapers are very sensitive, so there are only a few detergents that can be used and you have to be careful with the amount because too much detergent equals buildup on the fleece and leads to either loss of absorption or a putrid odor.  We have been fighting the latter for a couple of weeks now…I thought I was being pretty conservative with detergent (using about a table spoon of Planet) but apparently that is not conservative enough.  We have odor AND Jack developed a rash all over his backside.  The first time we washed the diapers someone left a dryer sheet in the dryer, which is a HUGE problem for pockets.  I’ve also noticed there is fabric softener left in the washer dispenser, which I desperately tried to clean out yesterday.  I have stripped the diapers (which basically means washing them in hot water without detergent) twice already and the stench does seem to be slowly receding.  I also switched to Purex Free & Clear (to help Jack’s skin) and reduced the amount to about a teaspoon.  It might take a couple more washes before the diapers are completely back to normal.  In the mean time, it’s a huge pain!  (Interestingly, the prefolds and AIOs aren’t having the same stench problems even though I’ve been washing the diapers all together.  +1 for those types!)

AIOs are pretty fabulous.  They are even easier to use than pockets.  They tend to be pretty pricey, but not prohibitively so if you are used to the cost of pocket diapers.  They do not dry as quickly as pockets, however, unless you get some like the Mommy’s Touch AIOs, which I think are technically “all-in-twos” – the doubler isn’t completely attached to the diaper, so air can circulate around it in the dryer and get it to dry more quickly.  I have found them to be extremely absorbent, and have added another doubler for nighttime diapering (although it’s probably not necessary).  These might win, although they are bulkier than pockets.  Also, they don’t fit as trimly as pockets.

So, there ya go.  I think it’s a great idea to get a variety of diapers because they all have their pros and cons.  I think we’ll always prefer prefolds for young infants who aren’t moving around yet, but the ease of a one-piece system makes pockets and AIOs great for toddlers.

Is there something I didn’t cover?  Ask away!

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  1. If the AIO insert is sewn on just at the top & bottom like a Bumkin, it will dry faster if you flip it around. Kind of hard to explain, but basically turn the diaper inside-out so the insert is against the outside of the diaper instead of the inside.

    As for the buildup, it probably IS a result of the fabric softener, not because you’re using too much soap. Pour boiling water into the dispenser until it’s clean & leave a note asking other residents to please use a Downy ball or similar instead of the dispenser, as it’s causing a rash (don’t mention the diapers, people get squicked out and weird sometimes about that).

  2. If the AIO insert is sewn on just at the top & bottom like a Bumkin, it will dry faster if you flip it around. Kind of hard to explain, but basically turn the diaper inside-out so the insert is against the outside of the diaper instead of the inside.

    As for the buildup, it probably IS a result of the fabric softener, not because you’re using too much soap. Pour boiling water into the dispenser until it’s clean & leave a note asking other residents to please use a Downy ball or similar instead of the dispenser, as it’s causing a rash (don’t mention the diapers, people get squicked out and weird sometimes about that).

  3. Have you tried baby orajel or tylenol? Or water before bed? For the molars?

  4. Have you tried baby orajel or tylenol? Or water before bed? For the molars?

  5. Jen – we have Mommy’s Touch and Reuzum AIOs and the insert is attached with one seam so it’s able to flap freely to dry. Are you suggesting that I snap the diaper shut with the inside out?? We also have some diapers (BumGenius) that don’t have a separate insert. Those don’t dry completely in the 40 minute cycle, so I just lay them out overnight.

    Good idea about the note!

    Palofmine – yes, we try just about everything. Ibuprofen is the only thing we’ve had success with, and that reduces his night waking during teething to about 2x a night on a good night.

  6. Jen – we have Mommy’s Touch and Reuzum AIOs and the insert is attached with one seam so it’s able to flap freely to dry. Are you suggesting that I snap the diaper shut with the inside out?? We also have some diapers (BumGenius) that don’t have a separate insert. Those don’t dry completely in the 40 minute cycle, so I just lay them out overnight.

    Good idea about the note!

    Palofmine – yes, we try just about everything. Ibuprofen is the only thing we’ve had success with, and that reduces his night waking during teething to about 2x a night on a good night.

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